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Fall is when Cape Breton comes alive. 

 Our most photogenic season, you’ll find hiking tours and famed fishing holes, farm-to-fork cuisine, world-class cycling, and a special at-home edition of the Celtic Colours International Festival.

With the autumn foliage on full display, it’s the perfect time to journey into our iconic wilderness on a family hike, savour the last swings of the season at Canada’s only true links course, forage for market-fresh goods, or hit the open road to experience the coastal, colorful curves of the Cabot Trail.

Crisp. Cozy. Colourful.

Autumn’s beauty is calling. It’s time to answer.

It’s that magical time of year when the temperature starts dropping and nature explodes with colour. Plan your safe escape.

7 Natural Wonders of Autumn on Cape Breton Island

Coastal Adventure, Fall

Cape Breton is filled with incredible natural places. It's home to meandering rivers, rolling hills, cascading waterfalls and scenic lakes. These locations are beautiful in every season but they really shine in the fall.

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Experience Fall

Indulge in the local harvest. Hit the greens surrounded by a landscape of oranges, yellows, and reds. Immerse yourself in a foot-stomping good time at one of Canada’s premiere musical events. No matter your preference, fall in Cape Breton has something for everyone.

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    Taste of Autumn

    Tantalize your eyes and taste buds. Work up an appetite with a hike surrounded by golds, reds, and a sea of blue or take a scenic fall drive to experience Cape Breton’s great seasonal eats and harvest treats.

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    Some of the most iconic images of the Island are of the Cabot Trail swathed in a rich fall foliage. This season, explore the path less travelled—along with a few famous ones too.

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    Celtic Colours At Home

    We hope that you’ll tune in and enjoy the Celtic Colours experience online—in the comfort and safety of your own home—featuring performances as well as some local flavour to keep you connected with Cape Breton Island and the Celtic Colours community.

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    Places to Stay

    From charming cottages and campgrounds to quaint bed & breakfasts, luxurious hotels, and seaside inns, there’s always a warm welcome waiting for you on the Island. Find your perfect place to stay in Cape Breton this fall.

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    Experiences & Packages

    Set against a spectacular kaleidoscope of fall colours, a world of seasonal experiences and packages awaits you, whether it’s a helicopter tour along the coast or taking a trip back in time at Fortress Louisbourg.

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    Scenic routes. Stunning trails. And all the terrain a gear-head could wish for. By mountain or winding coastal road, experience fall on our Island your favourite way—on two wheels.

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    Experience the lure of our waters this fall. Cast for salmon amongst miles of brightly hued leaves along the famed Margaree or catch and release trout in the wild majesty of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

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    Highlands, links, and crisp autumn air—this isn’t Scotland, but it sure plays like it. Find some of the world’s finest courses and 175-kilometers of colourful, tree-fringed terrain this season in Cape Breton Island.

Live Leaf Watch

Watch as our summer greens turn into golds and reds surrounded by a sea of blue with our Live Leaf Watch! Follow our livestream from Nova Scotia Webcams featuring the Cape Breton Highland Links Golf Course.

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