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 Get a Taste of Autumn

Fall in Cape Breton is a feast for the eyes, soul, and appetite. Our most photogenic season, you’ll find hiking tours and festivals, farm-to-fork cuisine, autumn events, and more than 300 cultural experiences taking place across the island during the Celtic Colours International Festival.

With the autumn foliage and our heritage on full display, it’s the perfect time to sample a dram of island-made whiskey at Glenora Inn & Distillery before season’s end, rub elbows with locals at a lunch ceilidh, learn traditional Mi’kmaq cooking techniques, or take in the bounty of the harvest at one of our many Farmer’s Markets.

Fall For Cape Breton

Island Stories, as Colourful as the Leaves.

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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.

  • Celtic Heart of North America

    Celtic Colours

    Discover one of Canada’s premier musical and cultural events. Each fall our heritage takes centre stage with over 300 cultural experiences that include live music, culinary events, workshops, artist’s series and more.

  • Outdoor Adventure 2


    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.

  • A couple enjoys fly fishing in the woods


    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.

  • A golf course overlooking the ocean at sunset


    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.

Leaf Watch 2019

They say a watched pot never boils, but when it comes to Cape Breton Island’s everchanging leaves, we believe a watchful eye on the Highlands helps hurry the harvest season. Stay up-to-date with each pop of crimson, rust, and gold with the help of our live feed.

Where to Eat

The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse

Region: Sydney and Area / Marconi Trail

Community: Sydney

Visit Cape Breton’s authentic Irish Pub located in the heart of downtown Sydney. Opened in 2013, The Old Triangle has become a downtow...

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Arichat Seafood Market

Region: Cape Breton’s South Coast

Community: Arichat

The Arichat Seafood Market offers a unique spin on your regular shopping experience. Not only can you come in to buy local fresh and frozen ...

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7 Ways to Experience Fall on Cape Breton Island

Fall In Love With Our Island

The 2 Day Getaway Contest

Share your favourite Fall photos of Cape Breton Island using our hashtag for a chance to win!
Use #FallForCapeBreton and you could be entered into The 2 Day Getaway Contest.

Celtic Heart of North America

Experience Celtic Colours

Destination Cape Breton will be live streaming from Celtic Colours. Experience the music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate Celtic culture.

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