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Cape Breton offers breathtaking views and scenic drives throughout the island on its 5 trails. The Ceilidh and Cabot Trails run along the western coastline. The Bras d'Or Lakes Scenic Drive, Fleur-de-lis and Marconi Trails lead motorists and bikers along the eastern coast and around the Bras d'Or Lake in the center of the island.
Cabot Trail makes a 185 mile winding loop around the Cape
Breton Highlands National Park on the northern tip of the island.(13)
The Ceilidh Trail runs from the Canso Causeway, the deepest causeway in the world, along the western coast of the island for 67 miles until it meets the Cabot Trail.(15) The trail winds past Nova Scotia's largest freshwater lake, Lake Ainslie, and through the Mabou Highlands.
Two large oil companies have gotten licenses to begin drilling for oil on both coasts of Cape Breton Island. The unusual part is that the exploratory drilling will take place very near the shoreline potentially affecting the marine and bird life that makes its home there. The area is home to some of the richest lobster, crab and oyster fisheries.(16)
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Amy Clendenin 2002