Outdoor Adventure

Cape Breton’s island playground is abundant with activity and a landscape
that inspires adventure. Trail hikes revealing towering waterfalls and sea-kayaking
to secluded beaches are but a few of the many experiences we treasure.

Hiking

Hike meandering trails through old growth forest stands, hug highland mountaintops, or traverse to the base of a stunning waterfall. With so much coastline, there are many seaside trails that offer expansive ocean views, such as the popular Skyline Trail which leads to a breathtaking headland above the Atlantic. Please respect your surroundings and follow the proper Trail Etiquette.

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Camping

Whether you prefer hiking deep into the woods to pitch a tent or pulling into a campsite by car, one thing is certain, you will be amazed by one of our 5000-star camping accommodations. Cape Breton is home to more than 25 private campgrounds, 3 provincial camping parks, and 6 spectacular campgrounds in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

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Kayaking

Cape Breton has some of the best coastline in the world and a great way to explore it is by canoe or kayak, allowing you to sit as close as one can to the water, giving you an intimate and engaging experience with your surroundings. Our tour operators offer guided excursions, lessons and rentals in several locations across the island.

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Cycling

There is no doubt that Cape Breton Island’s Cabot Trail is one of the most stunningly impressive routes for the cycling enthusiast in North America. Or you can rent a mountain bike for an outing on one of our other scenic routes and trails, like the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail on the Island’s west coast.

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Whale Watching

The shores hugging the Cabot Trail are teeming with sea life and present one of the best locations in Nova Scotia to experience a close encounter. Cape Breton’s whale watching captains bring you in close so you can say hello to the Atlantic Ocean’s gentle giants: pods of friendly Pilot and Minke whales, great Humpbacks and Finbacks, as well as dolphins, porpoises, seals and many other marine wildlife.

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Fishing

Tie a fly and cast for wild Atlantic salmon on the Margaree River. Just minutes from the Cabot Trail, The Margaree Valley is known as a world class fly fishing destination with many seasoned tour guides. Other notable fishing holes exist in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park which offers recreational fishing opportunities, in season, on its many lakes and streams.

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Beaches

Take a dip in the western shores of Cape Breton where you can swim in the warm, salty waters of the Gulf, beachcomb, and enjoy a front row seat to some of the most picturesque sunsets. Local favorites include Port Hood Beach, Inverness Beach, West Mabou Beach, and Chimney Corner Beach. On the south coast, Point Michaud Beach is a renowned beach ideal for surfing.

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Richmond Adventure Planning

Richmond Adventure Planning

Region: Bras d'Or Lake Scenic Drive Community: St. Peter's

Set sail from St. Peter's on part of the UNESCO Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve. Your captain, Gordon Kerr, will teach you the ropes of sailing and give you a chance to try it for yourself aboard his 25-ft. tr...

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Bird Island Boat Tours

Bird Island Boat Tours

Region: Bras d'Or Lake Scenic Drive Community: Big Bras d'Or

Daily tours to see puffins, other seabirds, seals and bald eagles. Educational, uniquely narrated 2 3/4 hour tours. Rain or shine in our covered boat, with most windows removable for glass-free photography. Puf...

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Capt. Mark’s Whale & Seal Cruise

Capt. Mark’s Whale & Seal Cruise

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Pleasant Bay

Capt. Mark's is Pleasant Bay's most experienced whale watching company. Operating for 23 years, Capt. Mark and his crew take you along Cape Breton's pristine coastlines in search of whales like Pilot, Minke, Fi...

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“The most memorable days of our trip were spent in Cape Breton Highlands National Park... with stunning ocean vistas and a wide variety of hiking and nature trails suitable for all levels of hikers.”

Peter Levine
The Washington Post

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