Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
Why it’s awesome:
The Cabot Trail, the famous highway that winds through Cape Breton Highlands national park, is a well-known Canadian gem. In just under 300 kilometres, it packs dramatic cliffs, the stunning Ingonish beach and quaint seaside communities.
What to do:
Most visitors will see the Cabot Trail from the window of their car. But the trail is so densely saturated with vistas and viewpoints that it deserves a slower pace. Pick a guided or self-guided bicycle tour, which will allow you to enjoy the fresh air, crashing waves and Nova Scotian hospitality. Plus, it'll get your appetite ready for gorging on lobster rolls and fresh oysters at the end of the day.
When to visit:
Being near the water can mean some drastic temperature swings, so July or early August is your safest bet for good weather. Bring a few extra layers just in any case.