Travel + Leisure magazine has called Cape Breton Island, home to the world-renown Cabot Trail, one of the world’s must-see islands. The natural beauty of the highlands provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities such as golfing, kayaking, hiking, cycling, and whale watching. And don't forget about motorcycling! The Cabot Trail was featured in USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice for Best Motorcycle Trip in 2014.
Hike and camp at Cape Breton Highlands National Park, play a round of golf at the famous Highland Links, peruse artisan shops along the trail, or just drive and stare as you experience this 300-kilometre (186-mile) highway that offers spectacular coastal views, highland scenery and warm Celtic hospitality.
Experience an eagle’s view of the Cabot Trail while hiking this mostly level boardwalk in the heart of Cape Breton National Highlands Park. Keep an eye out for whales, wildlife, and the many boreal birds that call the area home. On this trek, you won’t just look at nature, you’ll be in the thick of it.
To end your day of exploring on the perfect note, don't miss the Skyline Sunset Hike.
Hike the Highlands
Indulge in nature with 10 days of guided hikes with spectacular coastal scenery and flora and fauna by day and activities, presentations, and music by night. The Hike the Highlands Festival takes place each September along the Cabot Trail and features hikes for beginners and seasoned trekkers alike.
For the adventurous, gather a group of friends and set out to climb three mountain peaks in the Cape Breton Highlands in a day during the 3 Peaks Challenge in July.
Artistic creation meets natural beauty on the Cabot Trail Artisan Loop. With its dramatic coastal views and highland scenery, Cape Breton is a source of inspiration for artists on the island. From potters and glass artisans on the North Shore to galleries in the Highlands, from rug hookers in Cheticamp to the jewellers everywhere in-between, imagine yourself there.
Cycling the Cabot Trail
For seasoned cyclists craving a thrilling challenge, cycle around the Cabot Trail, one of the most highly-rated cycling routes in the world. Tackle the terrain with gusto on self-guided adventures, enlist the expertise of a local cycling tour operator who offers assistance and rentals, or take the sightseeing-by-van tour option when the elevation is too challenging.
Views from a Different Perspective
For those looking for more ways to view the majestic highlands and amazing Cape Breton scenery, a boat tour may be the perfect solution. From sailing and fishing tours on the Bras d'Or Lake in Baddeck and whale watching tours departing from six locations along the Cabot Trail, to visiting the Atlantic Puffin nesting grounds at Bird Island, the view from the water never disappoints in Cape Breton.