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Cape Breton Island Region

You may want to check your brakes before heading to Cape Breton. The world-renown Cabot Trail, with its dramatic coastal views and highland scenery, can be rather steep. Not to mention you’ll want to stop a lot while on the island.

Don’t Miss Outdoor Adventures

Take a side trip back to the 18th century at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest reconstruction of its kind in North America. Then visit An Clachan Gàidhealach (the Highland Village), a living history museum for Gaelic language and culture - and the only re-enactment of its kind in North America. Explore more recent industrial history by descending to the deeps on a coalmine tour a mile beneath the ocean floor. 

Sail on the Bras d’Or lake, one of the worlds’ largest salt water lakes, and where famed inventor Alexander Graham Bell set up a research laboratory. It was here, in the winter of 1909 that Bell Labs’ Silver Dart flew off the frozen ice -- the first heavier-than-air powered flight in the British Empire.

Don’t Miss Experiences

Cape Breton island enjoys a depth of unique culture matched only by a diversity of geography. And while tourists are more than welcome at the fiddle-filled Celtic Céilidhs, First Nations Pow Wows, and Festivals Acadien, we’ll be celebrating regardless of who joins us. (But we’d really prefer if you could make it.)

Cape Breton Communities

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