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History & Heritage

Our island resonates with the voices of generations before us. We hold our traditions close, and our need to share them even closer. Over 30 museums and four National Historic Sites give you a first-hand look at the innovation, industry, and peoples that helped shape Cape Breton Island. Tour the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck to get a glimpse into the mind of a genius. Descend into and underground coal mine with a retired miner at the Cape Breton Miners’ Museum. Join in a Gaelic milling frolic at the Highland Village. Have a blast at the Fortress of Louisbourg where you can fire a period cannon or musket. Lose yourself in our rich heritage. Discover our history.

A woman holds a colourful mask over her face
People in period clothing stand next to a horse in front of a church
Girls in traditional costumes perform outdoors

Stories about the Island, by Locals and Visitors

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

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