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Locals Know - Cabot Trail

Our locals know best, from the top ten experiences on each of ourmagnificent trails and truly unforgettable hidden gems, just waiting to be discovered.

Cabot Trail - Top Attractions

  1. Coastal adventure

    Discover the majesty of our coastline, led by knowledgeable and passionate tour guides in the heart of our Island. Puffin tours available in Englishtown; sailing tours available in Baddeck.
  2. Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

    Learn about the fascinating life and work of Alexander Graham Bell – scientist, inventor, teacher, and innovator. View the Silver Dart Airplane replica, and take a White Glove Tour for an intimate glimpse into the life of a genius.
  3. The Gaelic College/Colaisde na Gàidhlig

    The only cultural experience of its kind in North America, the Gaelic College offers a unique opportunity to experience the living and vibrant culture of Nova Scotia’s Gaels. St. Ann’s
  4. Artisan studios

    Explore the exceptional artistic community of St. Ann’s Bay. Visit the colourful studios of a hat maker, leather maker, glass blower, and pewter-smith.
  5. Highlands Links

    Rated #3 in ScoreGolf’s Top 59 Canadian Public Golf Courses (2015), Highlands Links is a world-class, Stanley Thompson course with a backdrop of mountains and sea. In 2016, help us celebrate our 75th anniversary.
  6. Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    Choose from 26 scenic hiking trails, from easy forested walks to sloping coastal hikes. Picnic in quaint coves, and experience the friendly local culture in the fishing villages that dot the park’s edges.
  7. Whale-watching

    Your ocean encounters will leave you wanting more! Spend a day with one of our experienced captains, looking for whales and admiring the seacoast. Tours available in Ingonish, Neil’s Harbour, Bay St. Lawrence, Pleasant Bay, and Chéticamp.
  8. Walk the Skyline Trail

    Arguably the best view of the Cabot Trail, the Skyline Trail leads you to a dramatic headland cliff overlooking our rugged Cape Breton coast.
  9. Chéticamp

    At Les Trois Pignons, discover an extraordinary collection of hooked rugs by world-famous artisan, Elizabeth LeFort. And be sure to relax at La Plage Saint-Pierre on Chéticamp Island.
  10. The Margarees

    Marvel at the beauty of our renowned Margaree River; tie a fly and try your hand at salmon fishing, gain an appreciation for the various life cycles of salmon and trout as they mature at the Margaree Fish Hatchery, and reflect upon the lifestyle and heritage of fishing at the Margaree Salmon Museum.

Hidden Gems

  1. Ceilidhs

    Kick up your heels and have a rollicking good time! Dance like a local in Baddeck, North Shore, and Ingonish.
  2. Sea-Kayaking

    Experience true freedom as you navigate the ocean waters. Sea-kayaking tours with knowledgeable and experienced guides are offered in Baddeck, North River, and South Harbour.
  3. Neil’s Harbour and Meat Cove

    Discover these “off the beaten path” destination gems. Visit the lighthouse and ice cream parlor in Neil’s Harbour; hike the trails of Meat Cove, and your heart will never leave.
  4. White Point

    This moderate hiking trail features four kilometers (2.5 miles) of spectacular views of Sugarloaf and North Mountains.
  1. St. Paul Island Museum & Lighthouse

    Enjoy a historical and fascinating interpretive talk at Canada’s first heritage lighthouse.
  2. North Highlands Community Museum & Culture Centre

    This lovely exhibit hall in northern Cape Breton introduces you to local heritage through age-old artifacts and modern exhibits.
  3. Gampo Abbey

    A Western Buddhist monastery in the Shambhala tradition, Gampo Abbey offers a serene and spiritual experience. Daily tours are offered during the summer season.
  4. Gypsum Mine

    An unexpected discovery. This short hike will lead you to perhaps the most awe-inspiring view and swimming hole you’ve ever seen.
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