Come Along with Me: Hiking the Cabot Trail!

The end of the summer has come and gone. I’m just barely a week into classes and my free time is already being swallowed up by work and assignments. Summer really was too good to be true. However, there were so many high points this summer that I really cannot be too sad that it is over.
I have to say that my favourite part of the whole summer was our trip to the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton. I was blown away by how unbelievably stunning it was.. The entire trip was a series of mind blowing views and many, many stops along the way.

(Photo by: Rowan Morrissy)
(Photo by: Rowan Morrissy)

We set out on Friday afternoon for the five hour trip from Halifax to Cape Breton. The drive there was quite uneventful, and although I always find the Nova Scotian landscape to be quite beautiful, it was nothing compared to what was in store. I had zero expectations going into this trip, but even the highest of expectations would surely be exceeded. It was that  good.

(Photo by: Kenny Malcolmson)
(Photo by: Kenny Malcolmson)

We got to our campsite after dark and set up with a few flashlights. We couldn’t see anything around us, but the sound of waves hinted to us that we were very close to the ocean… We decided to wake up to wake up at dawn the next morning to catch the sunrise as it rose over Canada for the day. It was such an incredible thing to sit there and watch as the sun came up knowing that we were some of the first people to experience it for the day.

(Photo by: Rowan Morrissy)
(Photo by: Rowan Morrissy)

Later on in the day, after a three hour nap due to our late arrival and super early morning, we set out again to drive the trail! We decided to drive around to the other side of the Island to hike the Skyline trail, which is apparently one of the most popular trails to hike. If you ever get the chance to do this hike, it comes highly recommended! Not only was drive there incredibly stunning, but the views at the end of the trail were some of the prettiest I’ve ever seen! Better still… WE SAW A MOOSE! It was pretty far away, and I have yet to invest in a better lens (hence no pictures)… But it was absolutely massive, and sopeacefully quiet as it hid amongst the trees. I’d never seen anything like it.

(Photo by: Rowan Morrissy)
(Photo by: Rowan Morrissy)
(Photo by: Rowan Morrissy)
(Photo by: Rowan Morrissy)
Adam
(Photo by: Rowan Morrissy)
As for the views.. I honestly don’t have many words. I’m hoping the pictures I took will adequately convey the magnificence of this place. I could have sat and watched the ocean and the hills for hours. It was so peaceful to sit and just exist in those moments. I’m getting chills just thinking about it.
(Photo by: Adam McKerihen)
(Photo by: Adam McKerihen)
Pretty
(Photo by: Rowan Morrissy)
Ponder
(Photo by: Adam McKerihen)
After the hike, we made our way back around the island to finish the trail. We made our way back to the campsite, exhausted and exhilarated by our day. I feel like I could go on and on about the rest of our trip.. but I will leave it there for now. We went on a few more hikes, and stopped off at a waterfall before heading home. I can’t even tell you how tired I was… After sleeping on a faulty mattress in the cold and hiking 8km a day.. Well, you get the picture. At least… I think I put enough in this post.
(Photo by: Rowan Morrissy)
(Photo by: Rowan Morrissy)
What was the highlight of your summer?
Sincerely, Rowan

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