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About the Island

A storied land with more tales to be written. Rich in natural beauty, with a deep sense of our cultural roots, Cape Breton Island is known for its warmth and our generous need to share it with the world. Locals know it’s a place for all seasons, now it’s your turn to see for yourself.

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    Getting Here & Around

    Getting here is as easy. Leaving is the hard part. Arrive by car, air, ferry, cruise or chart your own course. Get in fast, but take your time—from trail to coast there’s a lot of Island to see.

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    The Island

    Three mother tongues, hundreds of kilometers of Atlantic coastline, and a millennium of history—there’s a reason Cape Breton Island is one of the world’s top islands.

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    History & Heritage

    Discover the innovation, industry, and peoples that built our Island with over 30 museums, four National Historic Sites, and hundreds of curated experiences.

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    People & Cultures

    Indigenous, Celtic, and Acadian ancestry run deep in our communities. You’ll find it alive in the languages, stories, art, dances, cuisines, and music that showcase our cultural heritage.

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    Climate & Weather

    On Cape Breton Island, the weather may be ever-changing, but the adventures are seasonless. Embrace the coastal climate of our island in the North Atlantic and visit us year-round.

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    Practical Information

    On Cape Breton Island, we cherish spontaneity. But sometimes, a little bit of extra information can go a long way towards having the best trip possible.

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    Cape Breton Island in the Media

    Some of our biggest fans are the media. Travel writers and journalists have been singing this “top” island’s praises for years. But don’t take our word for it—get it straight from the source.

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    Visitor Centres

    Want to find the closest kitchen party or need directions to a waterfall? No problem. With eight Visitor Information Centres across the Island, you’re never far from a local in-the-know.

Locals Know

Illustrated map of Cape Breton Island

Easy to Find. Hard to Leave.

There are direct flights to Sydney from Toronto and Montreal and from other North American and European cities via Halifax. If traveling by ground, the Trans-Canada Highway 104 leads to Cape Breton Island.

Getting Here and Around