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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.

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    Outdoor Adventure

    Stunning landscapes demand intrepid exploration. Hike the boreal forest. Paddle to a secluded cove. Camp on the edge of a cliff. Discover our Island’s adventurous heart.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Culinary

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Celtic Colours International Festival

    Discover one of Canada’s premier musical events. Throughout nine stunning fall days, catch international and local Celtic talent on stages across the Island.

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    Experiences & Packages

    Take in a coastal adventure where ocean giants await you. Time travel to an 18th-century French fortress. Learn the traditional ways of our founding people. Experience our Cape Breton Island.

Kitchen Parties

Stories about the Island, by Locals and Visitors

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
Celtic Heart of North America

Experience Celtic Colours

Destination Cape Breton will be live streaming from Celtic Colours. Experience the music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate Celtic culture.

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