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Magnificent trails and truly unforgettable hidden gems—all just waiting to be discovered. You may return home after your vacation, but your heart will never leave—not after some of these amazing experiences.

  • A highway hugs the shoreline

    The Cabot Trail

    Rising from the sea and clinging to mountains, the Cabot Trail is a winding mix of roadway, paths, stairs, and stunning beauty that takes you from unreal ocean vistas to quaint fishing villages. Drive the trail and experience the winding turns and endless expanses of cliffs and coastline. The Cabot Trail is your guiding path to exploring all of Cape Breton Island’s immense beauty and many hidden gems.

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    Golf

    Sweeping cliffs, majestic ocean views, and miles of green—Cape Breton Island was made for golf. Names like Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs‐two of the most recognized courses to have opened in recent memory‐sit on the west coast of Cape Breton, while the renowned Highlands Links, sits to the north. Adding to the great golf is Bell Bay in the quaint, seaside town of Baddeck, and Le Portage in the charming Acadian town of Chéticamp. Find a course to suit every mood, from championship courses to Canada’s only true links.

     

  • A hiker stops to take in the ocean coastline

    Hiking

    Our Island is renowned as a hiker’s paradise, a challenging beauty that demands exploration. From the world-famous Skyline Trail, nestled in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, to the stunning Louisbourg Lighthouse Trail, the hiking opportunities are endless. Lose yourself in our wilderness and discover a little more of your heart with each trail.

  • People play music at a picnic table at night under the stars

    Culinary

    A culinary capital of our own right. Experience world-class shellfish, locally grown ingredients, and award-winning sips that connect our heritage to our land. The culinary scene in Cape Breton is truly unlike anything you have experienced. With hundreds of cafés and restaurants to choose from, and countless local producers across the Island, you are in for a taste sensation with every meal!

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    Outdoor Adventure

    Not just another pretty place. Here, you’ll find a lifetime of adventure packed on our 110-mile long island. Go hiking on one of our Island’s many trails, and take in all of the stunning views. Swim at the many pristine and sandy beaches. Experience a guided paddle boarding tour along the Margaree River or sit back and relax as you go tubing down the river instead. In Cape Breton the outdoor adventures really are endless, so get your hiking boots and paddles ready!

  • Two kayakers paddle past a rocky coastline

    Coastal Adventures

    Chart your own course for adventure. From perfectly sanded beaches and whale watching to kayak tours, fishing, and paddle boarding–Cape Breton is the perfect spot to host your coastal adventure. Through straits and passages, coastal communities and canals, get to know our corner of the Atlantic. We’re sure you’re going to love it!

  • Three young girls sit outside an a-frame tent in the woods

    Camping & RVing

    Nestle into a wooded haven and experience the immense beauty and fun that comes with camping on Cape Breton Island. Be lulled to sleep by the ocean tides and let the wind and wildlife play soundtrack to your wild escapes, as you enjoy one of our 5,000-star accommodations. Looking to find the perfect place to tent for the weekend, or maybe glamping is more your speed? There’s an accommodation for whatever your wants may be. In Cape Breton we recognize that camping is all about the experience that surrounds you and we’re sure you’ll find a spot perfectly suited to your needs.

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    Fly Fishing

    Tie a fly and cast for wild Atlantic salmon on the Margaree River. Join seasoned fisherman for a cod fishing adventure on the Bras d’Or Lake or find a moment for yourself exploring one of the many notable fishing holes in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. For those with a desire to try out this fun activity, we promise they’ll be an opportunity!

  • A sleepy harbour and lighthouse at sunset

    Boating Bras d’Or Lake

    With fog-free, sheltered waters, you’ll find unparalleled boating on Canada’s inland sea. Take part in a sailing charter or kayak the stunning lake. Whatever activity you choose on the lake, it is sure to be smooth sailing—much like the rest of your Cape Breton Island vacation.

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    Motorcycling

    The Cabot Trail is known as a true rider’s paradise. With the winding and extensive Cabot Trail as your path, motorcycling becomes even more fun and is the perfect way to take in the sites. Feel the coastal breeze as you drive along the coast and take in all of the beauties first hand along your travels. Climb the mountains that rise from the sea and discover a journey that you’ll never forget.

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