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Things to See & Do in Cape Breton

Not just another pretty place. Here, you’ll find a lifetime of adventure packed on our 175-kilometre-long Island. Iconic topography gives way to a living history, where each cove and inlet reveals welcoming communities, distinct cultures, stunning wilderness, and more of the story.

Culture & Heritage

Our stories echo from coast to community. Hear them at a powwow. Feel them with each shake of cannon fire. Live our history in each uniquely Cape Breton experience.

  • Outdoor Adventure

    Stunning landscapes demand exploration. Climb a mountain. Explore the coast. Get outside and discover our Island’s adventurous heart.

  • Music & the Arts

    You’ll hear it before you see it. A rhythmic drumming, the intermingling of three mother tongues, the soft tap of pointed toes, a flurry of fiddle strings—the heartbeat of our Island.

  • Fortress of Louisbourg

    You won’t just see 18th-Century France, you’ll live it. Brush past marching French soldiers.

  • Coastal Adventures

    Through straits and canals, coastal communities and Canada’s only inland sea, get to know our corner of the Atlantic. From port to port, there’s plenty to explore by charter, tour or on your own.

  • Culinary Activities

    A flavour as unique as our destination. Small-scale and self-sustained, Cape Breton serves-up fresh ship-to-shore shellfish, succulent Atlantic lobster, and Island-inspired culinary delights with an East Coast twist.

  • Motorcycling

    Coastal curves and endless adventure await you on Cape Breton Island. Through quaint communities, Highland peaks, and tree-fringed trails, you’ll learn the true definition of open road.


  • Golf

    Highlands, links—this isn’t Scotland, but it sure plays like it. Some of the world’s finest courses and 175-kilometres of stunning terrain to explore. Golf was invented for places like Cape Breton Island.

Live Music

On Cape Breton Island you will find tunes around every turn! Music is our heart and soul.

Locals Know Blogs

Illustrated map of Cape Breton Island

Easy to Find. Hard to Leave.

There are direct flights to Sydney from Toronto and Montreal and from other North American and European cities via Halifax. If traveling by ground, the Trans-Canada Highway 104 leads to Cape Breton Island.

Getting Here and Around