Cape Breton Island

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

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  • 1. Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

    This very engaging site pays homage to the many inventions and humanitarian work of Alexander Graham Bell. Inside the main building, films, photos, artifacts, and...Read More

  • 2. Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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

  • 3. Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

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

  • 4. Highland Village Museum

    The 43-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

  • 5. Cabots Landing Provincial Park

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

  • 6. Cape Breton Miners' Museum

    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. Casino Nova Scotia

    At the casino you can try your luck at slot machines, test your skill at gaming tables, or simply settle in to enjoy the live...Read More

  • 8. Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

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

  • 9. Cossit House

    Built in 1787, this unpretentious wooden building was originally home to Reverend Ranna Cossit—Cape Breton's first protestant minister—his wife Thankful, and their 10 children. Now...Read More

  • 10. Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts

    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

  • 11. Gampo Abbey

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

  • 12. Inverness Miners' Museum

    Housed in a former railway station, this small museum has a range of artifacts relating to the community's coal mining past and the everyday life...Read More

  • 13. Inverness Raceway

    Harness racing has been happening here since 1926, and the Wednesday and Sunday races held throughout July and August are about as traditional as you...Read More

  • 14. LeNoir Forge Museum

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

  • 15. Les Trois Pignons Cultural Center

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

  • 16. Marconi National Historic Site

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

  • 17. Margaree Salmon Museum

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

  • 18. Peterfield Provincial Park


    Take a hike through history at this park on the south arm of Sydney Harbour. Initially developed as the private domain of David Matthews, a...Read More

  • 19. Rita's Tea Room

    The very small Big Pond consists of only a few houses, but most people come to see one in particular: the one-time home of singer-songwriter...Read More

  • 20. 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 50-foot...Read More

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