The Island is recognized among culinary enthusiasts as a must-eat region of Nova Scotia for its renowned shellfish dining experience. The finest lobsters and snow crab in the world come from the cold coastal waters off Cape Breton. Mabou Harbour’s succulent oysters are making a name for themselves. Our shellfish is fished sustainably, with certified harvesting practices.
Experience the Island’s local food and ingredients, from foraging for mushrooms and buying lobster at the wharf, to fine dining featuring our world-class shellfish. We celebrate small scale and sustainable agriculture and boast over 225 farms ranging from fresh produce, to artisanal cheese, to grass fed and Highland beef.
The “Good Cheer” Trail winds through Cape Breton. Visitors can enjoy local craft beer at Big Spruce Brewing and Breton Brewing, both of which are available at many pubs and dining establishments. North America’s first Single Malt Whisky, Glen Breton Rare, is produced at Glenora Inn & Distillery, with tours and tastings. A Fortress Rum Tasting Experience is available at the Fortress of Louisbourg.