- Bras d'Or Lake
- , Cabot Trail
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- , Coastal Adventure
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- , Fortress of Louisbourg
- , Golf
- , Hiking
- , Living Culture
- , Music & the Arts
- , Outdoor Adventure
10 Unforgettable Experiences in Cape Breton Island
You may return home after your vacation, but your heart will never leave if you take in some of these unforgettable experiences.
Rising from the sea and clinging to mountains, the 298-kilometre-long Cabot Trail is a winding mix of the roadway, paths, stairs, and stunning beauty that takes you from unreal ocean vistas to quaint fishing villages.
Plan several days to experience the journey of a lifetime along one of the world’s most scenic drives—you’ll need it.
Just east of Sydney, Nova Scotia, you’ll discover a portal to the past at one of North America’s busiest 18th-century seaports.
Founded by the French in 1713, this reconstruction of the original French town and fortifications is the largest—and best—of its kind in North America, offering a heavy dose of history and culture with each unique experience.
Our Island is renowned as a hiker’s paradise, a challenging beauty that demands exploration. Breathtaking landscapes await you on every Highland crest, low-tide beach, and serene trek through old-growth forest. Lose yourself in our wilderness. Discover our wild heart with each trail.
A culinary capital of our own right. World-class shellfish netted right off the shores of the North Atlantic. Sustainably farmed and locally grown ingredients with big flavour. Craft brews and award-winning spirits that entwine our heritage with our land. On our Island, delicious means something entirely new.
Journey to one of North America’s first multi-cultural societies, where ancestry is treasured and our roots deep. Discover centuries-old legends in one of five First Nations communities. Tap your toes at a Ceilidh. Walk amongst relics of the old country and explore new-world Acadian traditions. Discover our industrious past and our innovative spirit in every community you visit.
Ever wonder how many people and instruments you can squeeze into a kitchen? The rhythm of life here is defined by such gatherings. Feel its pulse during a square dance as you step to the jigs and rollicking reels.
Chart your own course for adventure. Through straits and passages, coastal communities and canals, get to know our corner of the Atlantic.
Nestle into a wooded haven. Be lulled to sleep by the ocean tides. Let the wind and wildlife play soundtrack to your wild escapes as you enjoy one of our 5,000-star accommodations.
Sweeping cliffs, majestic ocean views, and miles of green—Cape Breton Island was made for golf. Find a course to suit every mood, from championship courses to Canada’s only true links.
With fog-free, sheltered waters, you’ll find unparalleled boating on Canada’s inland sea. It’ll be smooth sailing—much like the rest of your Cape Breton Island vacation.
Stories about the Island, by Locals and Visitors
When we think of waterfalls, the image that comes to our mind is tropical pools, cascading water, peace and calmness. But come winter, these waterfalls turn into a completely different scene. We have rounded up our favourite winter waterfalls around
Callum MacCrimmon shares his experience on his 3rd Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton. Calum is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer best known as a founding member of the award-winning Scottish folk band Breabach.