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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Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

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

Cabots Landing Provincial Park

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

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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

Cape Breton Miners' Museum

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

Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

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

Cossit House

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

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

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

Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts

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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...

Gampo Abbey

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

Highland Village Museum

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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...


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