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Places to Go on Our Island

Culture and heritage have carved our communities along stunning vistas, highland crests, and historic sites. Follow the lively sounds of fiddles to Canada’s Musical Coast. Discover the rugged beauty and cliff-hugging curves of the world-famous Cabot Trail. Leave your heart in each corner of our Island.

  • A highway hugs the shoreline

    Cabot Trail

    Where the mountains meet the sea, you’ll find iconic ocean views, hiking trails, colourful fishing villages, and secluded beaches accessible only by kayak and sheer will.

  • A rolling landscape of dense forest overlooking the ocean

    Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    Journey to a place where trails marble the forest and the locals have fins. This coastal park wraps adventure in rugged wilderness to offer peaks, waterfalls, golf, beaches and so much more.

  • Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail 2

    Louisbourg Area

    Untouched by time, embraced by history. Step back into 18th-century colonial France to experience Île Royale and walk the grounds of North America’s largest historical reconstruction.

  • A woman passes a bow to a man holding a fiddle

    Canada’s Musical Coast

    Here, music is written into the story of our Celtic culture, the very fabric of this stunning coastline dotted by beaches, highlands, world-famous pubs, quaint inns, and weekly Ceilidhs.

  • A sleepy harbour at sunset

    Cape Breton’s South Coast

    Cape Breton Island’s capes, keys and coves region. Where “Bienvenue” means welcome and Acadian culture flourishes along the coast, revealing the historic St. Peter’s Canal, lively fishing communities, a championship golf course, and the Island’s best surf.

  • Sailboats at dock with a lighthouse in the background

    Bras d’Or Lake

    Fog-free waters. Secluded anchorages. And, hundreds of coves and islands—chart a course on Canada’s largest inland sea and UNESCO Biosphere to discover our boater’s paradise steeped in history.

  • A large statue of a violin and bow

    Sydney Area/Marconi Trail

    Bustling ports and hidden beaches. Modern industries and ancient peoples. Folk art communities and world-famous technological discoveries. Experience an Island capital defined by parallels, forged by centuries of history and innovation.

Stories about the Island, by Locals and Visitors