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Welcome to Cape Breton Island on Canada’s Atlantic Coast

Cape Breton Island’s story is told in many ways. It’s etched in her craggy cliffs. Written in the trails that marble her face. Spoken in three languages and celebrated in her music and dance. Alive in the millennia’s old history of Unama’ki—Cape Breton Island’s true name, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. To know our Island is to know she’s an unyielding beauty, one which breeds a fierce spirit, resolute pride, and resilient communities knit together by tradition. Pjila’si, Cíad Míle Fáilte, Bienvenue—welcome to a place loved by many and home to a lucky few.

Explore North America's Favourite Island See for yourself why Cape Breton Island continues to be recognized as the #1 Island in North America.

#1 Island in North America

Cape Breton Island has been ranked the #1 Island in North America by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Cape Breton Island was also ranked the #1 Island in Canada at the prestigious 2020 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. These awards honour the top travel destinations and companies around the globe.

Cape Breton Island's Incredible Cabot Trail

Cabot Trail

The 298-kilometer-long Cabot Trail is a winding mix of roadway, paths, stairs, and stunning beauty that takes you from unreal ocean vistas to quaint fishing villages.

Outdoor Adventure

You name it, you can do it on Cape Breton Island!  Explore mountains that bring you the most incredible ocean vistas, hike to Nova Scotia’s tallest waterfall or cycle the world-famous Cabot Trail

Things To Do

Not just another pretty place. Here, you’ll find a lifetime of adventure packed on our 110-mile long island.

Getting Here

Getting here is easy. Leaving is the hard part. Catch a flight into Sydney from Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. Driving? All roads lead to Cape Breton Island. If it’s the sea that beckons, there are ferries, cruise lines, and plenty of ways to chart your own course.


Hit the greens at one of Cape Breton Island’s many award-winning golf courses

Locals Know Blogs

Clean It Right

Tourism businesses with the Clean It Right designation have completed a training program to ensure they are cleaning their establishment with the safety of their guests in mind.

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