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Things to See & Do in Cape Breton

Not just another pretty place. Here, you’ll find a lifetime of adventure packed on our 175-kilometer-long island. Iconic topography gives way to a living history, where each cove and inlet reveals welcoming communities, distinct cultures, stunning wilderness, and more of the story.

Outdoor Adventure

Stunning landscapes demand exploration. Climb a mountain. Explore the coast. Get outside and discover our Island’s, adventurous heart.

  • Coastal Adventures

    Through straits and canals, coastal communities and Canada’s only inland sea, get to know our corner of the Atlantic. From port to port, there’s plenty to explore by charter, tour, or on your own.

  • Culinary Activities

    A flavor as unique as our destination. Small-scale and self-sustained, Cape Breton serves-up fresh ship-to-shore shellfish, succulent Atlantic lobster, and Island-inspired culinary delights with an East Coast twist.

  • Motorcycling

    Coastal curves and endless adventure await you on Cape Breton Island. Through quaint communities, Highland peaks, and tree-fringed trails, you’ll learn the true definition of open road.


  • Golf

    Highlands, links—this isn’t Scotland, but it sure plays like it. Some of the world’s finest courses and 175-kilometers of stunning terrain to explore. Golf was invented for places like Cape Breton Island.

Celtic Colours International Festival

This October  8-16 we’ll be delivering the Celtic Colours experience online—to be enjoyed in the comfort and safety of your own home.

  • Culture & Heritage

    Our stories echo from coast to community. Hear them at a powwow. Feel them with each shake of cannon fire. Live our history in each uniquely Cape Breton experience.

  • Music & the Arts

    You’ll hear it before you see it. A rhythmic drumming, the intermingling of three mother tongues, the soft tap of pointed toes, a flurry of fiddle strings—the heartbeat of our Island.

  • Fortress of Louisbourg

    You won’t just see 18th-Century France, you’ll live it. Brush past marching French soldiers.

Locals Know Blogs

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