Trail Ride

If the Cabot Trail isn’t on your bucket list it should be!

I HAD PLANNED TO BE IN HALIFAX for work so we decided to take our summer vacation on the East Coast. The vacation was planned and I made arrangements to ship my 911 Cab to Halifax. 

Thorsons Enclosed Vehicle Transportation picked up my car and delivered it to Halifax. The car arrived ahead of schedule so we dropped the roof and headed out to Peggy’s Cove for the day. Peggy’s Cove is a small rural fishing community and site of the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. The large boulders that make up the coastline are really impressive and fun to explore.

The next day we headed out to Cape Breton Island. We decided to take the scenic route along the Eastern Shore on our way to the Cabot Trail. The Cabot Trail winds through stunning landscapes through the rugged highlands of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

The weather was hot and sunny and the drive was fabulous with lots of impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean. On our way we stopped in Guysborough and headed to Authentic Seacoast Distillery and Brewery. This is a bit of a funny story but we had previously met our host, Glynn Williams, owner of an impressive Porsche Panamara 4 E-Hybrid Executive, at the annual Exotic Car Show in Toronto. Glynn was at the distillery the day we arrived and he took us on a tour and tasting experience. The distillery and brewing facility produces award-winning spirits and craft beers.

Following the East Coast hospitality we headed out to Baddeck, the entrance to Cape Breton Island. The views and the drive only got better from here. After a short drive we entered the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Our first stop was the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish. We spent a couple of days relaxing and site seeing.

The car gets a lot of attention. There’s always someone who wants to talk about the car and I’m happy to oblige. The car went through many builds before I decided on chalk with black wheels, black leather interior, red seat belts of course and black sports exhaust. The interior beltline is painted in chalk to reflect Porsche’s of the past.

Our drive the next day into the mountains was spectacular and the winding mountain roads were made for a Porsche.

We headed towards the top of the Island and Cape North eventually stopping for the night at the Silver Lining Inn in Cheticamp. Our drive the next day into the mountains was spectacular and the winding mountain roads were made for a Porsche. There were lots of places to stop and take in the amazing scenery of the Atlantic and Mackenzie River Valley. Along the way we came along a moose, a truly amazing animal to see in its own habitat.

We left the Cabot Trail and headed to Highway 19. We stopped at the Glenora Distillery in Glenville, North America’s First Single Malt Whisky Distillery. We took a tour of the distillery and had some lunch before heading to PEI.

We decided to take the ferry across the Northumberland Strait and spent a couple of days in Charlottetown exploring PEI before heading to the Confederation Bridge on our way back to Halifax. It was a wonderful Canadian vacation with amazing scenery and spectacular driving, which we were lucky enough to do in our own 911 with the roof down! </>

Story and photos by Shaun Simrod, UCR Member

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