Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Atlantic Canada >
Jul 20, 2011 01:44 PM

Where to Eat on the Cabot Trail

Hi all.
My wife and I are driving the Cabot Trail for 4 days/3 nights in mid-August and need to line up where to stop along the way for the best food around.
We're driving from Halifax to Mabou, then from there up to Pleasant Bay, and then down to Ingonish. Flying out of Sydney the final day.
We're perfectly willing to stop anywhere along the way and out of the way if need be.


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. We drove the Cabot trail two years ago - absolutely unreal. When traveling we *never* eat at the same restaurant twice... Except on this trip... We stayed in Pleasant Bay, and ate the best Snow Crab / Lobster meal we have ever had (caught fresh that day) for <$25pp. You get a half of a crab and a full lobster per person... The house white wine was unreal, and reasonably priced...

    The restaurant was called 'The Rusty Anchor' and actually has a rusty anchor outside... Very small, with a great view of the water. Enjoy!

    1. Hometown Kitchen in Chetticamp (sp?), run by real life French speaking Acadians, and Hideaway Campground/Aspy Bay Oyster for the best half-shell oysters you'll ever taste on the east coast.

      1. I live in Cape Breton (not on the trail however) but go there yearly for at least a week of camping. As such we eat most of our meals at the camp site rather than in restaurants, however when a rainy day, or a day trip to the trail beckons, one of my favorite places in Ingonish is the Seagull Restaurant. I'm going to honest and say that the food is only standard but the view is amazing on the deck overlooking Ingonish and the ocean. If you are looking for fish and chips (fresh but deep fried) and want to lounge over the ocean this place is wonderful.

        The place mentioned above in Cheticamp is delish...the fish cakes are very very good. Basically if you get seafood any place around the trail you are likely getting local and freshly caught fair.

        If you have any questions about the area please feel free to ask me a question or two. I've lived in Cape Breton my entire life which gives you access to 34 years of experience and I'm more than happy to help if I can.

        1 Reply
        1. re: smiliepie

          We are going to Cape Breton Island for 5 days on early Sept. We will be traveling in a small RV and with our daughter, Yvette, who uses a power wheelchair. As a lifelong resident, can you give us any info that may be of interest? We prefer out of the way rather than taking the tour bus route. We will take day trips from Bras D'or Campground. Food, beaches, scenic overviews, accessible anything. Thanks, Anne

        2. If you are still on the island, there is a great little cafe called The Dancing Goat right on the Cabot Trail at the Margaree Forks. Stop for some great sandwiches, incredible soups and fantastic pastries and desserts. If you are there for breakfast even better. This is likely the only place on the trail you can get an espresso, cappucino or qualtiy cup of coffee. Check it out, you will not be disappointed.

          1. I was wondering what other places Chowhounds might recommend.

            Right now, I've got the Chanterelle Inn in Baddeck, The Rusty Anchor in Pleasant Bay (mentioned above), Coastal Waters in Ingonish, Main Street in Ingonish, Seascape in Ingonish and Seagull (mentioned above) on my list.

            Open to any ideas for good seafood or baked goods!

            Thanks for any suggestions.

            2 Replies
            1. re: prima

              What about the Pub in Mabou? Sometimes very good, sometimes overwhelmed. . . check out the number of cars. I've had good fish cakes and beans and gingerbread at the Distillery up the road. . . blanking on the name. I think the West side of the Cape is so beautiful with its mixture of hills and field and forest. Don't forget the Inverness Art Gallery for really good local art.

              1. re: Dempsey

                Thanks so much for your suggestions and comments, Dempsey. :-)