At the eastern most tip of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton is awash in both Celtic culture and natural beauty.
Celtic Colours International Festival
Celtic Colours International Festival is an experience like no other. Each October, Cape Breton Island comes alive with music, energy and excitement as people from far and wide celebrate the region’s rich culture. From concerts and dances, to workshops and community suppers, Celtic Colours International Festival offers a full range of events against a gorgeous fall backdrop. Winner of ECMA Event of the Year in 2016 & 2017, this fall’s gathering takes place from October 5-13, with tickets going on sale July 10. More info is available at www.celtic-colours.com
Let the Cabot Trail amaze your senses
The Cabot Trail’s magnificent world-renowned experience is unlike any other. Hike the celebrated Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, be moved by soulful fiddle tunes that echo off the hills near Baddeck and dine on fresh seafood in Ingonish. Plan to savour every moment, every experience. Take time to unwind and enjoy this masterpiece.
Walk through time at the Fortress of Louisbourg
Explore the largest historical reconstruction in North America where military drumming, musket firing and lively townsfolk compete for your attention. The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site turns history into humour during dinner theatre performances, streets into stages at late-night concerts, and cannons into candid vacation moments. It’s the allure of Louisbourg.
Golf like no one is watching
Proclaimed by Forbes magazine as ‘The Hottest Island in Golf’, the courses have long been recognized as the best in the country. Cape Breton is home to Cabot Links, Canada’s only true Links course, as well as award-winning masterpieces such as Stanley Thompson’s Highlands Links.
Observe a masterpiece in the making
You will discover every kind of artisan at work here – makers of kilts and quilts, baskets and glass, along with art created from old industrial labours – blacksmithing, leather and woodworking. These artisans have found unique methods to preserve our history while creating one-of-a-kind treasures that celebrate the Island.
Kick up your heels at a ceilidh
North America’s only living Celtic culture thrives here, and you can be sure locals know how to put on a Ceilidh that will keep you on your feet! With more fiddlers per capita than any other destination in the world, you won’t have to look far to find some jigs and reels. Just ask a local where the party is and they can show you a move or two!
Get your hands on our history
Delve into the mind of a genius at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Read a page from his personal notebook, take a step with his walking stick, and explore the many inventions created by this extraordinary man. Tour an underground coal mine with a retired miner as your guide at the Cape Breton Miners’ Museum, and participate in a Gaelic milling frolic at the Highland Village Museum! There’s no need to search for history here – there’s a bit of time travel in each exit.
The coastal playground will delight those who are as comfortable afloat as afoot. Explore the shores, lakes and rivers by sail, kayak or canoe. Enjoy relaxing paddles on gentle waters, or an exciting journey over rolling swells for a close encounter with some friendly whales. If you prefer to sit back and enjoy the view, take a front-row seat to some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet with endless coastline horizons.
Live the vibrant culture
Cape Breton is home to many beautiful cultures – Celtic, Aboriginal and French to name a few. The culture is also rooted in mining and steel-making history. Locals hold their traditions close, and love to share with visitors.
Paradise is just a hike away!
With some of the world’s most celebrated landscapes, Cape Breton calls out to be explored. Area hiking trails range from easy strolls to rugged challenges, but the terrain yields the same result – exceptional views that will leave you breathless.
Sail Canada’s largest inland sea
Canada’s 16th Biosphere Reserve and largest inland sea, the Bras d’Or Lake is known for gentle, fog-free waters, beautiful anchorages, and hundreds of coves and islands. The Lakes are an international cruising destination and offer varied boat tours, from seabird tours and ecological sailing tours to elegant cruises