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Cape Smokey Provincial Park

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Address: 40301 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Ferry, Nova Scotia B0C 1L0, Canada
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+1 902-662-3030
09:00 - 16:30
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Cape Smokey Provincial Park in Cape Breton Island offers grand views of the Atlantic the the coastal hills bedecked in flashing autumn foliage. We visited on October 14 and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 October 2016
Akhil B
New Delhi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Cape Smokey Provincial Park in Cape Breton Island offers grand views of the Atlantic the the coastal hills bedecked in flashing autumn foliage. We visited on October 14 and the timing was perfect as it was peak foliage. Take your picnic basket if it is a sunny day.

Thank Akhil B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We stopped here for about 30 minutes while driving the Cabot Trail. There were picnic tables, restrooms and a beautiful view of the sea. One of many charming overlooks on the Cabot Trail!

Thank Jo M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Why take a walk to another waterfall or to the top of another mountain when you can enjoy a wonderful walk along the coastline to a lookout over the Keltic Lodge and Middle Head trail? This under-publicized park and trail are much better than many of the other so called hikes listed in the tourist information, which are really no... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Compared to other parks, trails and views located on the Cabot Trail, as well as other locations in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, I found this park to be less than average. Rather than spending your time stopping & hiking here, I would go on around the Cabot Trail to the section between Skyline Trail and Cheticamp.

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Hamilton, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

We stumbled upon this small park after climbing a steep road. We were looking for a place to stop and take photos. This was a good spot. There's also toilets if you need them. It's not much by itself. But the view!

Thank CanuckAbroad133
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

This rugged trail runs for 5 km; it's more rocky than smooth, and in mid-May we encountered some wet sections. The first 40 minutes were through a pretty, wooded area, with the trail sloping downhill, then climbing the headland. Here the trail runs closer to the cliffs and there are good views and outlooks (the trail is set back far... More 

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Sydney, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

A long, narrow, twisty, turny mountain drive.....kind of scary but the views from it are astounding! The scenery is second to none coming back down. Super scary drive in the winter!!

Thank chronicbon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

This park is located on the Cabot Trail on the Ingonish side. Before you reach the park, you have to drive up a steep section of the trail. The views are quite impressive of the surrounding area and the Atlantic Ocean. This park does have several picnic tables, and if my memory serves me right, portable toilets. There is a... More 

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Prince Albert, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015 via mobile

We are newbies to the cabot trail and this took our breath away. A little scary driving up initially!

1 Thank MeganYPA
niagara falls, ontario, canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015

Traveling counter clockwise after crossing the short ferry ride from Sydney, NS, we began our trek up Cape Smokey. Never have we witnessed such breathtaking natural beauty! Fall travel is a must here. The colors and fresh mountain air will leave you breathless with awe.

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