Experiences

Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures

If birdcalls, whispering-breezes and rushing-rivers are your ideal soundtrack – this is your Island. Explore a range of challenging and picturesque golf courses. Experience some of the most memorable journeys to be found on two wheels, whether by bicycle or motorcycle. Hike and discover a piece of paradise. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to bring your camera. Your eyes will fill with wonder…your heart will never leave.

Culinary

Culinary

If you're hungry, you're in for a tasty journey. Taste lobster fresh from the boat, steamed to perfection, and served at a table near enough to hear and smell the ocean-waves. Sip a glass of fine-wine, ice-cold ale, or a dram of Canada’s only single malt whisky. Either way, it’s going to be some of the best you’ve ever had. That goes for everything we serve here.

Coastal Experiences

Coastal Experiences

Embark on a new coastal adventure everyday on Cape Breton Island. With thousands of kilometres of spectacular coastline, the opportunities are as vast as the Atlantic Ocean. Meet our friendly whales who are as interested in you as you are in them. Experience Canada’s Largest Inland Sea, the Bras d’Or Lake by sail or by shore. Take a boat ride to Bird Island, home of the Atlantic Puffin.

Music, Arts & Entertainment

Music, Arts & Entertainment

Cape Breton inspires musicians. From our mountains and our shores, we have produced award winning singers, songwriters and musicians, including Rita MacNeil, the Rankin Family, Natalie MacMaster, Bruce Guthro , The Barra MacNeils and Mary Jane Lamond. This is music that resides in our souls. You can feel the generations of loss, lament, joy and hope in a single note.

Culture and Heritage

Culture and Heritage

Our entire Island echoes with the whispers of the generations that have come before us. Here before all of us, Mi’kmaq culture continues to thrive and inspire. The Eskasoni First Nation on the Bras d’ Or Lake, is the world’s largest Mi’kmaq community. You’ll discover music, art, humour, cuisine and stories that have been passed down over hundreds of years. There’s no need to search for history here - we’ve put a bit of time-travel at each exit.

Artisan Experiences

Artisan Experiences

Our art is as diverse as what stirs us and is brimming with our history, our joys and sorrows, our hopes and dreams. Discover every kind of artisan at work here – makers of kilts and quilts; baskets and glass. Find art created from our old industrial labours - blacksmithing, leather and wood working. Our artists have found unique methods to preserve our history while creating one-of-kind- masterpieces.

No craft shop on Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail brings together the work of as many juried Cape Breton craft artists as does Arts North, at the northern tip of the island. Nova Scotia is home to many producers of extra-high quality crafts, and a su...
Your source for everything Cape Breton Tartan! Bookmarks, fleece blankets, tablecloths, napkins, placemats, runners, tote bags, Christmas stockings and tree skirts, and keychains....
Located right on the Cabot Trail, Indian Brook, in the St. Ann's Bay Area this large former church offers a great ambiance to browse our wonderful selection of: Oils and Acrylics Watercolours Pottery exclusive to the Gallery Fine Art Quilts Ph...
Donnie and Rose Courage have a family craft shop business on the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton. The shop features their own handcrafts which include: custom made handcrafted wood frames and our own Courage photos; pressed flower cards and bookmarks; b...
The Lake Ainslie Weavers & Craft Guild offers classes at the School in spring and fall and operates a gallery and summer gift shop featuring products produced by local artisans.  During October’s ten day Celtic Colours International Music Fest...
Come browse Baddeck’s first Multi-Dealer Antiques Centre with a variety of beautiful QUALITY British & Canadian antiques, jewellery, militaria, uniforms & military caps, hats & badges, china, glass, linens & lace, country vintage, cans, bottles, ...
We would like to invite you to come and experience a Cape Breton welcome, as you browse the numerous products being offered by local craftsman and businesses from our area. If you are looking for one of a kind item from Cape Breton then you are ...
The Third Meadow Gallery Shop showcases artwork from Inverness County artists and also features various artists from across the Maritime Provinces. You will find a wide variety of handmade ceramics, paintings, knitted goods, jewelry, prints, book...
Much of the work in our gallery is reflective of the sea, the environment and the maritime experience. Much of the flora, fauna and the fishing village experience of the Maritimes can be seen in the artwork represented here. The gallery is locat...
Linda has been creating beautiful functional pottery for over 25 yrs. Bright & spirited porcelain mugs, teapots, bowls, serving pieces & much more, are made with precision & attention to detail. Come watch Linda create magic at the potter’s wheel...
Cape Breton is world renowned for its natural beauty, majestic eagles and moose, professional artists, and warm hospitality.  Here, at Cape Breton Antler Art you will find all of the above.  Each exquisite carving is produced from authentic moo...
Acrylic and Watercolour paintings and other decorative painted items for sale. Visit by appointments only....
Doug Fraser was born and raised just outside the Village of Inverness and is the seventh son of 12 children. Growing up he was surrounded by laughter, Gaelic song and traditional Cape Breton step dancing, but it was a paintbrush where Fraser foun...
Shirley Poirier Carpenter has been painting since 1970. She is founder and past president of the Merrymeeting Art Association in Topsham, Maine and is a member of the Kennebec Art Club in Bath, Maine. A summer resident of D’Escousse. Cape Breto...
A seaside shop featuring fine Canadian art & craft. Stop by and check out the many pieces of unique handmade treasures!...
Tears of Glass is a jewelry design studio and gallery overlooking majestic Inverness beach. Focusing on hand picked, naturally tumbled glass from the local area, we create beautiful, one of a kind pieces. Whether you are looking for an already ...
When my husband Brian and I first got together, we said “We’re big, we can do whatever we want.” So after living and gardening in Indiana for a few years, we packed up and moved to Nova Scotia. We wanted a place we could call our own, a pla...
When I first met a basic drawloom I knew damask would be a major part of my weaving life. I`ve always lived next to large bodies of water — Lake Michigan and now the Atlantic — and the interplay of light, wind and water has captivated me. Dam...
Glass Artisans Studio and Gallery is located on the Cabot Trail in North Shore. The gallery and studio is owned by Wendy Smith, a stained glass artist whose work is featured in the gallery along with many others. We invite glass artists from all ov...
Experience the diverse culture, heritage and science of Cape Breton at the Cape Breton Centre for Heritage & Science. This museum focuses on the social and natural history of Cape Breton County and features exhibitions (both in-house and travelling...
The Father John Angus Rankin Cultural Centre has been operating as a museum since 2001, hosting archives and census records, photos, a small gift shop, workshops, ceilidhs, looms and weaving, and much more.  The building was the former Glebe Hou...
Established in the former Canadian National Railway Station (1901), this museum promotes, conserves, researches, communicates, and exhibits our history, heritage, and culture. Consisting of extensive displays illustrating and depicting the underg...
The LeNoir Forge was originally built in 1793 by brothers and blacksmiths Thomas and Simon LeNoir from France. During this period of history shipbuilding and repair was flourishing on Isle Madame. The forge produced materials that were used in th...
Main-à-Dieu Fishermen’s Museum, located in Cape Breton’s Coastal Discovery Centre, provides a fascinating insight into the changes and challenges faced by the fishing industry over the past 100 years. The museum features an impressive collection...
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