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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

Get to know Cape Breton Island

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.)

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  • Inverness Beach
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    Inverness Beach, Inverness

    Stoll along the boardwalk along the sand dunes to reveal a 1.5 km sandy beach bordering on some of the warmest ocean waters in Nova Scotia.  Continue walking a bit further down the boardwalk to take in some of the golfing action at Cabot Links, Canada’s first true links course.

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  • Highland Village Museum
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    Highland Village Museum, Iona

    Located in picturesque Iona, overlooking the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake, the Highland Village Museum brings to life Nova Scotia’s Gaelic culture, heritage, and hospitality. Experience life as a Gael during your tour of this living history museum and be sure to take part in a traditional céilidh.  Sláinte!

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  • Skyline Trail
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    Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    Experience an eagle’s view of the Cabot Trail from a headland cliff while hiking this mostly level boardwalk in the Cape Breton National Highlands Park. Keep an eye out for whales in the Strait below and for wildlife and the many boreal birds that call the area home.  Be sure to pack your camera for this hike.

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    Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    Having received such accolades as the Best Motorcycle Trip in North America by USA Today, and 20 Roads You Should Drive in Your Lifetime by Business Insider, visitors flock here to experience the breathtaking Cabot Trail.  From panoramic roadside look-offs, pristine beaches, and maintained hiking trails, you won’t be disappointed.

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    Bell Estate overlooking Bras d'Or Lake, Baddeck

    One of 16 designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Canada, the Bras d’Or Lake is Canada's largest inland sea, a perfect mix of salt and fresh water.  Located in the heart of the Island, sail, paddle, and explore by land the many hidden coves and islands located throughout the lake.

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  • Inverness Beach
  • Highland Village Museum
  • Skyline Trail

Cape Breton Communities

Sydney Baddeck Ceilidh Trail