Cape Breton Island: Places to Explore


  • Arichat

    Arichat is the principal village on Isle Madame: the largest island in a 44-square-km (17-square-mi) archipelago of the same name, which sits at Cape Breton's southernmost tip. Known today for its friendly... Read more

  • Baddeck

    Baddeck has enough down-to-earth amenities (grocery store etc.) to make it a service center, and enough charm to make it a tourist destination. The population is only about 1,000 residents but its larger... Read more

  • Big Pond

  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park

  • Cape North

    At the northernmost point on the Cabot Trail, just outside the boundaries of the national park, this is where explorer Giovanni Caboto (aka John Cabot) allegedly made land in 1497. Not only does Cape North... Read more

  • Chéticamp

    In Chéticamp, an Acadian enclave for more than 200 years, Francophone culture and traditions are still very much alive. That's why the Gaelic-inflected lilt in locals' voices is replaced by a distinct... Read more

  • Ingonish

    Ingonish—western gateway to the Cabot Trail—is one of the leading vacation destinations on Cape Breton, largely because it's home to the much-touted Keltic Lodge Resort and adjacent Highland Links golf... Read more

  • Judique

    Like so many Cape Breton communities, Judique is only a little clutch of buildings with Highway 19 running straight through as the main street. Nevertheless, the presence of the Celtic Music Interpretive... Read more

  • Louisbourg

    Though best known as the home of the largest historical reconstruction in North America, Louisbourg is also an important fishing community with a lovely harborfront. There are a number of good places to... Read more

  • Mabou

    The village of Mabou is very Scottish (Gaelic-language signs attest to it), and the residents' respect for tradition is apparent in everything from the down-home meals they serve to the music they so exuberantly... Read more

  • Margaree Harbour

    Aside from pleasant pastimes like hillside hiking and saltwater swimming (Whale Cove and Chimney Corner are the local's top picks for the latter), the Margaree area promises world-class fly-fishing. Margaree... Read more

  • Pleasant Bay

    Pleasant Bay is, well, pleasant, and because it's located about halfway around the Cabot Trail, it's a convenient place to stop. Local fishermen catch lobster in spring and snow crab in summer. The water... Read more

  • St. Ann's Bay and Around

    Continuing down the Cabot Trail down from Ingonish, you'll skirt St. Ann's Bay where communities are of the blink-and-you'll-miss-it variety. Indeed, if you didn't read their names on a map, you'd barely... Read more

  • Sydney

    If you come directly to Cape Breton via plane, ferry, or cruise ship, Sydney is where you'll land. If you're seeking anything resembling an urban experience, it's also where you'll want to stay: after... Read more