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Cape Bretons Epic Winter Bucket List
Each winter our ski hills and winter festivities come to life as snow makes its arrival. Overnight the island is transformed into a winter wonderland with gorgeous views and epic adventures.
1. Take A Winter Road Trip
Don’t let winter give you cabin fever. Instead, stay in a warm winter cottage, visit a ski hill, or watch the snowfall in the Cape Breton Highlands. See how many communities you can visit in one day, bring home a souvenir from each one, find your new favourite dining location, or look off stop. The possibilities are endless.
2. Snowmobile Through the Highlands
If you’ve seen the highlands in the summer then you know how beautiful it can be. However, in the summer you can only hike or admire from the base of the mountains. Through the use of a snowmobile, you can truly go off the beaten path. You can zip through valleys, head to the peaks of your favourite mountains, and meet up with friends along the Great Trail.
Winter Packages Starting at $109
4. Warm-up in a Wood Fired Hot Tub
On a cold winter’s night, nothing is better than dipping your toes into a hot tub. Warm-up from the inside out as you sit back and relax. Starting to plan your winter getaway? Find all our Island’s hot tubs here.
5. Cross Country Ski at North Highlands Nordic
Known as one of Cape Breton’s “best-kept secrets” North Highlands Nordic is home to many cross country skiers, skate skiers, and snowshoes. The grounds are regularly grooms, with trails as wide as 16 meters. That’s more than enough room for a little friendly competition.
7. Enjoy the Slopes and Views at Ski Cape Smokey
With over 11 runs and 59 acres of skiable terrain, Ski Cape Smokey is a must-do winter destination for the skiers and snowboarders in your family. Take advantage of the scenery as you glide down the mountainside towards the ocean, the view will leave you breathless.
8. Stay in a Cozy Accommodation
From cozy cabins to luxurious suites, Cape Breton has it all. Stay in your own two-story cottage at Keltic Quay Bayfront Lodge & Cottages, perched along the edge of Whycocogmah Bay. Watch the sunrise over the Bras d’Or Lake from your personal suite at the Inverary Resort. Wake up to the snowy scene of a Cape Breton valley with Valley View Chalets, or break away from the crowds at a new off-grid camping cabin facility, Iron Mountains Wilderness Resort. For a complete list of places to stay this winter, please click here.
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Have you wanted to take a weekend trip to Cape Breton in the winter but don’t know where to start? Here's an itinerary from our ambassador Kyler's visit to Cape Breton Island to help guide you on your next Cape Breton Island adventure!