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Winter Activities

Rise above the temperature with moonlit snowshoeing, festivals, snowmobile rallies, warm Ceilidhs, and more. Cape Breton Island is a place for all seasons. So lace-up, grab some poles, hit the slopes, and track your own path. Lean into the snow and embrace our coastal winter like an Islander.

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  • Snowmobiles travel down a snowy trail

    Snowmobiling

    Extensive trails. Drive-up eateries. Cozy accommodations. Cut a powdery path across highland mountains and coastal plains to lose yourself in the white dusted beauty of winter in all her glory.

  • Two snowshoers trek through a snowy landscape overlooking the ocean

    Snowshoeing

    Trek your way to familiarity. Get to know every silvery inch of Cape Breton Island in the winter though winding trails, rugged headlands, ice-covered waterfalls, and peaceful woods.

  • Cross Country Skiers dot a snowy landscape

    Cross Country Skiing

    Four cross-country ski facilities. Hundreds of trails to discover. Glide around beautiful sea vistas, bound across golf courses, and challenge yourself on the only serviced Telemark hill in the Maritimes.

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    Skiing & Snowboarding

    Shred powder while overlooking Canada’s only inland ocean. Bound down Nova Scotia’s tallest alpine peak, high above the North Atlantic. Here, mountain meets ocean—literally.

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    Winter Events

    From moonlit snowshoe treks and family friendly festivals to snowmobile rallies and warm Ceilidhs, we celebrate winter with a full schedule of events.

  • Two snowmobiles parked outside winter cabins

    Winter Accommodations

    Not even the cold can dull the warmth of our Island. Embrace winter with a snowy farm stay or escape to an authentic Mongolian yurt set in the vast wilderness of the Cabot Trail.

  • A piece of fried fish on a bed of vegetables

    Winter Eats

    Cozy up for an après ski ale alongside the Bras d’Or Lake. Defrost over a steaming bowl of fresh chowder. Tuck into a hearty Dutch Pannekoek (pancake) before embarking on a wintery trek across the Cabot Trail. The air may might be chilly but our winter hospitality is warm.

Stories about the Island, by Locals and Visitors

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.

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