Migrating whales meet rugged coastlines on Cape Breton Island, where Celtic traditions are preserved in living museums and music halls. Hiking, climbing and cycling adventures beckon in the world-famous Cape Breton Highland National Park nearby.
Things to do in Cape Breton
Step back in time at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, which recreates the fortress as it were in the 1700s. French soldiers march down the street, fisherman return with their catch and ladies flaunt their fashion in formal parlors. Play 300-year-old children’s games, sip rum with sailors and fire a musket.
For a delightful dose of local culture, visit the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre. In addition to browsing the intriguing exhibit retracing the history of Cape Breton music, you can enjoy lively Celtic tunes, learn to step dance or play the fiddle. For a real challenge, take a half-hour class to learn the basics of Scottish Gaelic language.
Take a guided tour with tastings at Glenora Distillery, Canada’s first single-malt whiskey distillery. Indulge in an authentic three-course feast at the distillery’s Nova Scotia restaurant before sipping the heart-warming drink at Glenora Pub while singing along with the evening ceilidh.
Discover spectacular natural scenery in Cape Breton Highland National Park, the most famous national park in Atlantic Canada. Drive along the Cabot Trail, which hugs the Cape Breton coastline before winding through the forested river canyons and ancient plateau. Choose from 25 scenic hiking trails, which range from leisurely strolls and lantern walks to challenging climbs.
Getting around Cape Breton
Cape Breton Island is accessible by plane, bus or car. You can fly into JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport or arrive by car via the Trans-Canada Highway from mainland Nova Scotia. Once on the island, rental cars, taxis, buses and boats are all available.