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Discover Vibrant Living Cultures on Cape Breton Island

When you travel to Cape Breton Island, you’re not only treated to beautiful seascape vistas, incredible hiking and amazing seafood, here you’ll also learn that Cape Breton Island is home to multiple, distinct cultures that enrich our Island. Explore our Mikm’aq, Acadian and Gaelic cultures on this 5-day Island-wide itinerary.

Day 1

Sydney to Louisbourg – 35 km

Welcome to your first day exploring the Island and its cultures. Today you’ll venture to the 18th century at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site where you’ll learn how French settlers interacted and learned from the Mi’kmaq while trying to establish a colony in North America.

 

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Day 2

Louisbourg to Eskasoni – 73 km

Continue learning about the Mi’kmaq people and their culture as you travel to Membertou and Eskasoni where you will experience the Membertou Heritage Park and Eskasoni’s Cultural Journeys.

 

 

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Day 3

Iona to Arichat – 146 km

Learn about the Gaels and how they came to settle on Cape Breton Island as you journey through time at the Baile Nan Gael/The Highland Village. Next, drive along the scenic Bras d’Or Lake as your travel to the Acadian community of Arichat.

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Day 4

Arichat to Mabou – 107 km

Continue to learn about the Gaels and how their musical culture began to shape Cape Breton Island’s, Inverness County, also known as ‘Canada’s Musical Coast‘.

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Day 5

Mabou to Chéticamp – 84 km

Continue along Canada’s Musical Coast and the Cabot Trail to Chéticamp to learn more about the Acadians and how they came to call Chéticamp home.

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Cape Breton Island is a proud home to several distinct cultures each with their own unique history, customs and traditions.

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Centre de la Mi-Carême

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Trip Advisor Rating 26 Reviews

Region: Canada’s Musical Coast

Community: Chéticamp & Area

Mi-Carême (Mid-Lent) is a celebration involving masks and disguises. The Centre de la Mi-Carême offers a unique display of locally crafted...


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Eskasoni Cultural Journeys

Region: Bras d’Or Lake

Community: Eskasoni

Pjila’si! Nestled along the Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton’s rolling heartlands – where the highlands meet the lowlands –  there...


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Glenora Inn & Distillery

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Trip Advisor Rating 403 Reviews

Region: Canada’s Musical Coast

Community: Inverness

The Glenora Inn and Distillery Resort is situated on a 200 acre site in Glenville, rich in the heritage of its Scottish culture and only a ...


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LeNoir Forge Museum

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Trip Advisor Rating 11 Reviews

Region: Cape Breton’s South Coast

Community: Isle Madame

Come visit one of the oldest stone buildings on Cape Breton Island. “The Forge,” built between 1780 and 1800, was an important e...


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The Clairestone Inn

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Trip Advisor Rating 63 Reviews

Region: Cape Breton’s South Coast

Community: Isle Madame

Experience sea level living on an island off an island at The Clairestone Inn: a newly renovated 17 room boutique hotel nestled in the quain...


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Iona Heights Inn

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Region: Bras d’Or Lake

Community: Iona & Area

The Iona Heights Inn is centrally located on Cape Breton Island along Highway 223, with an amazing view of the beautiful Bras d’Or Lak...


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