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Almost 300 years of industrial heritage, made possible by several generations of innovative minds and industrious spirits. Transport yourself to a bygone era of train travel. Experience mining life with a retired coal miner as your guide. Learn more about the “Steel Capital of eastern Canada.” Discover the history and innovation that built our Island; honour those who made it possible.

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Museums & Heritage Sites

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Cape Breton Miners Museum

Region: Sydney and Area / Marconi Trail

Community: Glace Bay

The Cape Breton Miners’ Museum in Glace Bay pays tribute to the contribution of the region’s coal miners and coal mining industry. The m...


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LeNoir Forge Museum

Region: Cape Breton’s South Coast

Community: Arichat

Come visit one of the oldest stone buildings on Cape Breton Island. “The Forge,” built between 1780 and 1800, was an important e...


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An Drochaid (The Bridge)

Region: Canada’s Musical Coast

Community: Mabou

An Drochaid (The Bridge) Museum is located in Mabou (60 km / 37 mi from the Canso Causeway) on Cape Breton Island. Formerly a general store ...


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Beaton Institute Archives

Region: Sydney and Area / Marconi Trail

Community: Sydney

The Beaton Institute is a cultural heritage archive mandated to preserve the social, economic, political, ethnic and cultural history of Cap...


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Cossit House Museum

Region: Sydney and Area / Marconi Trail

Community: Sydney

Visit this historic home to discover how a controversial Loyalist Anglican minister and his wife started a new life in the capital of a rapi...


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Fort Petrie Military Museum

Region: Cape Breton’s South Coast

Community: New Victoria

On site of World War II fortification. 2-storey underground bunker with ammunition storage rooms and machine shops; Battery Observation Post...


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