Cape Breton Island, a picturesque destination connected to Nova Scotia’s mainland peninsula by a bridge, boasts its own distinctive Celtic and Breton-influenced culture, with music and crafts abundant here. You’ll also find plenty of windswept beaches, where you could take a dip in the bracing waters of the Atlantic or head out on the waves for a spot of whale watching.
Sydney is the largest town on the island and its historical capital so, as you would expect, there’s plenty to see and do here. Stroll along the waterfront and get a bite to eat or take a walking tour and see the ‘Big Fiddle’; the world’s largest fiddle at 60 feet tall! Whilst here, take a trip to Membertou Heritage Park, where you can learn about the fascinating history and culture of Membertou, whose presence predates European settlers by hundreds of years.
The town of Baddeck is another great base for a stay in Cape Breton Island and is considered the beginning and end of the Cabot Trail. Set on the shores of St Patricks Channel (part of the salt-water Bras d’Or Lake system), this charming town has plenty of inviting eateries to dine in and is surrounded by natural beauty. History buffs won’t want to miss the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site (formerly the inventor’s summer home). For some evening entertainment catch a Celidh played by local Baddeck musicians.
For a stay amidst the untouched natural beauty of this destination, Ingonish is just the spot, with its picturesque beach and close proximity to Cape Breton Highlands National Park.