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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.