Cape Breton Island

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  • 1. Cape Breton Highlands National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    A 950-square-km (366-square-mile) wilderness of wooded valleys, barren plateaus, and steep cliffs, Cape Breton Highlands National Park stretches...Read More

  • 2. Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

    Museum/Gallery

    This may be Cape Breton's most remarkable attraction. After the French were forced out of mainland Nova Scotia in 1713, they established their...Read More

  • 3. Highland Village Museum

    Museum Village

    The 40-acre "village" is set high on a mountainside with a spectacular view of Bras d'Or Lake and narrow Barra Strait. Its 11 historical buildings...Read More

  • 4. Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

    Historic District/Site

    This site pays homage to Bell's many inventions and humanitarian work. Inside the main building, films, photos, artifacts, and models provide...Read More

  • 5. Cabots Landing Provincial Park

    Beach–Sight

    This long, sandy beach remains untouched by modern development, other than the picnic tables on the adjoining grassland. It's a great place...Read More

  • 6. Cape Breton Miners' Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Here you can learn about the difficult lives of the local men whose job it was to extract coal from undersea collieries. After perusing the...Read More

  • 7. Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    Packed with exhibits detailing the fine points of fiddling, the center also has an archive with classic recordings and oral history interviews...Read More

  • 8. Cossit House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Built in 1787, this unpretentious wooden building was originally home to Reverend Ranna Cossit—Cape Breton's first protestant minister—his wife...Read More

  • 9. Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts

    Educational Institution

    Being home to direct descendants of the Gaelic pioneers, St. Ann's Bay is a logical site for this college, established in 1938 with a mission...Read More

  • 10. Gampo Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Nova Scotia is a center of Shambhala Buddhism, and though Shambala International is headquartered in Halifax, this abbey is its monastic heart...Read More

  • 11. LeNoir Forge Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 12. Les Trois Pignons Cultural Center

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 13. Marconi National Historic Site

    Historic District/Site

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

  • 14. Margaree Salmon Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 15. Rita's Tea Room

    Restaurant–Sight

    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 former...Read More

  • 16. Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Cape Breton Fossil Centre

    Sydney Mines | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 17. Usige Bàn Falls Provincial Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    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 50-foot...Read More

  • 18. Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre

    Native American Site

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

  • 19. West Mabou Beach Provincial Park

    Beach–Sight

    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 beach...Read More

  • 20. Whale Interpretive Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    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, you...Read More

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