Cape Breton Island is renowned worldwide for its natural, unspoiled beauty and welcoming hospitality. Its rugged coastline, rocky cliffs, breath-taking views along the Cabot Trail, and the pristine waters of the Bras d’Or Lakes are just a few of the amazing adventures in store while visiting. These experiences are, perhaps, only outdone by the island’s long-standing friendly reputation.
Cape Breton’s three niche ports, Chéticamp, Baddeck and Louisbourg) are tucked in and around the island. Each port will capture your heart in its own unique way so be sure to leave enough time to discover them all! For adventure seekers and cultural enthusiasts alike, consider your welcome mat rolled out.
Adventure seeker? Hike the breathtaking Skyline Trail or any one of the 26 hiking trails throughout the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Sail the Bras d’Or Lakes or learn the art of an authentic lobster boil.
Culture enthusiast? Tap your toes and join in a traditional Cape Breton ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee). Admire Acadian art or try your hand at rug hooking in Chéticamp, the hooked rug capital of the world! Over on the other side of the island, visit the Gaelic College with its Hall of Clans and its incredible array of all things Gaelic.
History buff? Learn about the many inventions of Alexander Graham Bell, beyond the telephone. Stroll through a living 18th century French fortified town with a visit to North America’s largest reconstruction site, the Fortress of Louisbourg. Or go underground with a visit to an actual coal mine at the Glace Bay Miners’ Museum.
Browse the many shops, boutiques, and studios throughout our charming towns and villages for a piece of Cape Breton to bring home. While you soak up the scenery, tuck it away in your memory bank! And when you step back on the ship, feeling like you’re forgetting something? Don’t worry. It’s just a little piece of your heart. It happens to all those who visit. Cape Breton will take care of it until you return.
Cape Breton Island. Your Heart Will Never Leave.
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