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Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia


Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
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Highland Links
Cabot Trail in Autumn
Eskasoni Mi'Kmaq

We could tell you that Cape Breton Island is home to exceptional scenery and a stunning array of wildlife. We could also mention that the region offers an unparalleled golf experience. We could even say that the island presents a fascination mix of Acadian, Mi’kmaq, Gaelic and Irish culture. But instead we’ll simply say: In 2011, Travel + Leisure magazine named Cape Breton Island the number one island destination in all of North America. That sums it up nicely.

Recommended Cape Breton Island Experiences

Fortress of Louisbourg

Take a step back in time with a visit to North America’s largest historical reconstruction – the Fortress of Louisbourg. The 18th-century French fortified town includes costumed interpreters, guided tours and many other onsite activities.

Alexander Graham Bell

Located in the lakeside community of Baddeck, you’ll find the largest collection of artefacts, photographs, and personal mementos of Alexander Graham Bell, one of the most influential men of the 19th and 20th century.

Celtic Culture

At its best, The Celtic Colours International Festival welcomes fall with the resonating sounds of fiddles, pipes and voices. Over 250 musicians, dancers, singers and storytellers share their passion for Celtic culture at various venues through Cape Breton.

The Fabulous Four

Discover why Cape Breton is recognized as one of North America’s top golfing destinations. Led by Highland Links, Bell Bay, Le Portage and Dundee – the Island’s Fabulous Foursome – Cape Breton boasts a fantastic variety of both spectacular and challenging courses.

Outdoor Island Adventures

Hike stunning highland trails in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Take to the water on a sailing expedition on Bras d’Or Lakes or watch pods of Pilot whales play in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

How to Get to Cape Breton Island

There are eleven scenic routes that will lead you to each of Nova Scotia’s distinct tourism regions. Each route highlights many of the region’s culture, history and natural attractions. The following trails will take you to and around the Cape Breton Island region.

  • Fleur-de-lis Trail
  • Marconi Trail
  • Cabot Trail
  • Ceilidh Trail
  • Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive