Via the Canso Causeway.
1 hr 37 min (131.1 km) via Trans-Canada Hwy/NS-105 W
Approximately five hours.
According to the Cabot Trail tourism map, available at Nova Scotia welcome centers and various museums and merchants on Cape Breton Island, the entire Cabot Trail drive takes approximately five hours.
The distance between Halifax and Cape Breton Island is 266 km. The road distance is 399.6 km.
The consensus is that either way is great. Do whichever fits your plans.
Everyone tells you that you should plan for 3 to 5 days on the Cabot Trail – a 185-mile drive around the tip of Cape Breton passing along and through the scenic Cape Breton Highlands. When you look at the Cabot Trail on a map it looks pretty manageable
Approximately 2 hours
The loop takes approximately two hours to complete in daylight, so here are a few tips for this Trail: Bring lots of water if you plan on doing the entire loop.
The essential stops along the Cabot Trail