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Welcome to Cape Breton Island on Canada’s Atlantic Coast

Cape Breton Island’s story is told in many ways. It’s etched in her craggy cliffs. Written in the trails that marble her face. Spoken in three languages and celebrated in her music and dance. Alive in the millennia’s old history of Unama’ki—Cape Breton Island’s true name, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. To know our Island is to know she’s an unyielding beauty, one which breeds a fierce spirit, resolute pride, and resilient communities knit together by tradition. Pjila’si, Cíad Míle Fáilte, Bienvenue—welcome to a place loved by many and home to a lucky few.

Find Out Why Our Locals Think We're Number 1!

Travel & Leisure’s Number 1 Island in Canada!

For the second year running, Cape Breton Island has been named the #1 Island in Canada, and now #8 in the world, in Travel+Leisure’s 2019 World’s Best Awards! Some of our local ambassadors share why they believe our incredible Island is deserving of this ranking.

View from the Top

Culture and heritage have carved out 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 a piece of your heart in each corner of our Island.

A red car with bikes attached drives down a highway overlooking the ocean

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 historical fortress overlooking the ocean

Fortress of Louisbourg

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

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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.

Stories about the Island, by Locals and Visitors

Be Adventurous

Not just another pretty place. Here, you’ll find a lifetime of adventure packed on our 110-mile long island. Iconic topography gives way to a living history, where each cove and inlet reveals welcoming communities, distinct cultures, and stunning wilderness where activity runs wild.

A family stands on a wooden platform overlooking the ocean

Our Signature Events

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