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Cape Breton’s Epic Winter Bucket List

Fill your bucket list this winter with adventure, experiences and views. Check out these 8 must do bucket list items!

  • Snowmobiling

    Extensive trails. Drive-up eateries. Cozy accommodations. Cut a powdery path across highland mountains and coastal plains to lose yourself in the white dusted beauty of winter in all her glory.

  • Snowshoeing

    Trek your way to familiarity. Get to know every silvery inch of Cape Breton Island in the winter through winding trails, rugged headlands, ice-covered waterfalls, and peaceful woods.

  • Helicopter

    See the unforgettable sights of Nova Scotia’s ocean playground from the air. From our rugged coastlines to our snowy trails, you won’t want to miss out on this.

  • Nordic Skiing

    Four cross-country ski facilities. Hundreds of trails to discover. Glide around beautiful sea vistas, bound across golf courses, and challenge yourself on the only serviced Telemark hill in the Maritimes.

  • Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding

    Shred powder while overlooking Canada’s only inland ocean. Bound down Nova Scotia’s tallest alpine peak, high above the North Atlantic. Here, the mountain meets the ocean—literally.

  • Culture & Craft Experiences

    Cape Breton Island is open and our locals are waiting for you. Connect yourself to the heartbeat of mother earth while experiencing a Medicine Walk or work with a local artisan and create your own unique piece.

Winter Packages and Specials

Rediscover our Island this winter! Whether it is a vacation, a staycation, or a one-day adventure there are plenty of winter packages and specials just waiting for you to enjoy.

  • Winter Accommodations

    Not even the cold can dull the warmth of our Island. Embrace winter with a snowy farm stay or escape to an authentic Mongolian yurt set in the vast wilderness of the Cabot Trail.

  • Winter Eats

    Cozy up for an après ski ale alongside the Bras d’Or Lake. Defrost over a steaming bowl of fresh chowder. Tuck into a hearty Dutch Pannekoek (pancake) before embarking on a wintery trek across the Cabot Trail. The air may might be chilly but our winter hospitality is warm.

Experience Winter

Enjoy the slopes by day. Cozy fireside dining after a great day of shopping local artisans. Explore our 1100km of groomed trails on a snowmobile or by snowshoe. No matter what you decide to do, winter in Cape Breton has something for everyone.

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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.

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