We want to acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki. Cape Breton Island, also called Unama’ki, is one of seven ancestral and unceded territories of the the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq, Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources, but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.
Cape Breton Island is located on the north-eastern tip of Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. Joined to the mainland by a rock-filled causeway, Cape Breton Island has proven itself to be one of the top scenic and touring destinations in the world.
Visitors may explore the Island’s regions and trails, alive with Gaelic, Aboriginal and Acadian cultures, awe-inspiring land and seascapes, exciting outdoor adventure and rich history. Roadways hug the coastline and the world’s largest inland sea, the Bras d’Or Lake.
Plan your visit so that you get to experience the best of our regions – we have written about all those things that make the trails so special in these pages, but there are so many more incredible and “off-road” experiences to be discovered as you venture around the Island.