Cape Breton Island Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Cape Breton Island - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Cape Breton Highlands National Park 1

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LeNoir Forge Museum

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This restored 18th-century French blacksmith shop occupies a handsome stone structure on the waterfront. In its 19th-century heyday,...

Les Trois Pignons Cultural Center

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The center, which contains the Elizabeth LeFort Gallery, displays samples of the rugs, tapestries, and related artifacts that helped...

Marconi National Historic Site

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On a spectacular headland, this site commemorates the spot at Table Head where, in 1902, Guglielmo Marconi built four tall wooden towers...

Margaree Salmon Museum

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Exhibits at this unassuming and yet widely renowned museum are proudly old-school, which seems fitting because they're housed in a former...

Rita's Tea Room

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The tiny community of Big Pond consists of a few houses dotted along the highway, but most people come to see one in particular: the...

Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Cape Breton Fossil Centre

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Two affiliated facilities across the harbor from Sydney proper chronicle the area's prehistoric and more recent pasts. The mines museum,...

Usige Bàn Falls Provincial Park

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The focal point of this park, 14½ km (9 miles) north of Baddeck, is a forested 1½-km (1-mile) round-trip trail to a much-photographed...

Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre

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The center spotlights the ancient history and rich traditions of the native Mi'Kmaq people, with aboriginal guides providing interpretations...

West Mabou Beach Provincial Park

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A wide sweep of sandy beach backed by a dune system is the standout feature of this 530-acre park on Mabou Harbour. The only public-access...

Whale Interpretive Centre

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Visitors who like to stay on dry land while observing sea life should stop by the center. Using zoom scopes on the whale-spotting deck,...


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