Skip to main content

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.

  • Things to Do 5

    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.

  • Things to Do 6

    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.

  • Over the shoulder view of a woman buttering her lobster dinner.

    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.


Experiences & Packages

Take in a coastal adventure where ocean giants await you. Dive into delicious culinary delights. Learn the traditional ways of our founding people. Experience our Cape Breton Island.

Aerial view of stunning cliffs overlooking the ocean
  • Things to Do 8


    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.


  • Things to Do 7


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

Things to Do 3
  •  1

    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.

  • Things to Do

    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.

  • Things to Do 4

    Fortress of Louisbourg

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

Locals Know

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