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Climate & Weather

Our landscapes might offer extremes but our weather is decidedly moderate. Cape Breton Island enjoys a temperate coastal climate that rarely dips too cold or gets too hot with the weather and temperature fluctuating throughout the day. Around here there’s a saying that often rings true: “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” You’ll often experience sun, wind, and clouds in the same day, so pack smart and dress in layers.

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  • A hiker crawls up a rocky hill overlooking the ocean


    Mid-March to late April: 0 to 10 °C (32 to 50 °F)
    Late April to mid-June: 10 to 20 °C (50 to 70 °F)


  • A rushing river surrounded by dense forest


    Mid-June to mid-September: 20 to 25 °C (70 to 80 °F)

  • A stunning landscape of autumn foliage


    Mid-September to mid-November: 10 to 20 °C (50 to 70 °F)
    Mid-November to mid-December: 0 to 10 °C (30 to 50 °F)

  • Two snowmobiles parked outside winter cabins


    Mid-December to mid-March: 0 to -15 °C (0 to 32 °F)

Daily Weather Information

Current weather forecasts are available online on the Environment Canada Weather Centre website, the Weather Network website or by phoning 1-902-426-9090 (English) or 1-902-426-9095 (French).

For up to the minute weather conditions visit

Current Weather

Saturday, January 23

partly-cloudy-day -2°C Feels like -7°C Partly Cloudy
5.09kph Wind - WSW
71% Humidity
16.093km Visibility

Today's Weather

7 Day Forecast

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