Top 10 Things to do in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

"For simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all." So said Alexander Graham Bell of the island he adopted as his home. Rich with Celtic, Mi'kmaq and Acadian heritage, Cape Breton is a delight for history buffs, music lovers and explorers of nature. Immerse yourself in 18th-century life at the Fortress of Louisbourg, explore the winding roads and Atlantic vistas of the Cabot Trail, and seek out a local Ceilidh for a lively and rousing experience.

1. Cabot Trail

Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia, Canada Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks, Hiking Trails, Scenic Drives More
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4.5 based on 1600 reviews

Cabot Trail

One of the most magnificent loop drives in North America treats visitors to the spectacular scenery of the Cape Breton Highlands.

Reviewed By 17KAG - Edmonton, CanadaEdmonton, Canada

Going in Reverse

We had always taken the Cabot Trail in a clockwise direction until this trip. Starting at Ingonish and going counter clockwise toward Cheticamp gave a much better view. The weather was changeable, but always seemed to improve as we got near to our viewpoi

2. Skyline Trail

Cape Breton Highlands National Park | GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead : Lat: 46.737691 Long: -60.880377, Nova Scotia, Canada Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails
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4.5 based on 750 reviews

Skyline Trail

Reviewed By Christine B - Hamilton, CanadaHamilton, Canada

Beautiful view at the End

There are 2 paths, one is much longer than the other. At the end of the path there are many flights of stairs that you can go down and get magnificent photos. Bring water and bug spray, there is a portable washroom along the trail. Do not start the trail

3. Sydney Waterfront District

333 Charlotte St, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1E1, Canada Sights & Landmarks, Piers & Boardwalks, Scenic Walking Areas
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4 based on 85 reviews

Sydney Waterfront District

Want to experience Sydney? Visit our Sydney Waterfront District - a safe, clean, inviting, and walk-able district with a business-friendly area for residents and visitors to experience our unique and vibrant small town atmosphere. Home to a beautiful waterfront boardwalk linked to the world's largest fiddle, and minutes to our historic district, not to mention a wealth of unique retailers and hotels, with so much to experience Sydney Waterfront District is proud to be the core of the CBRM.

Reviewed By Don P - Deerfield Township, NJDeerfield Township, NJ

Great place to walk while in Sydney

We didn’t have a plan to walk along the waterfront before we arrived, but it was a pleasant surprise when our cruise ship docked in this area. The wooden boardwalk was nice. Everyone walking seemed to be having a nice relaxing walk. It is very windy, so i

4. The Big Fiddle

74 Esplanade St, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1A1, Canada Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4 based on 496 reviews

The Big Fiddle

Reviewed By Razorback_Ed - Hot Springs, ArkansasHot Springs, Arkansas

A must see

Sydney is known for their music and this represents the heritage that they have. There is a restruant near by playing music that floats over to this site at the cruise terminal and makes it a wonderful place to visit and a great place to have your picture

5. Petersfield Provincial Park

1126 Westmount Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1R 1C6, Canada Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Petersfield Provincial Park

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, CanadaToronto, Canada

A great place to walk!

This is a great place for hiking or running. With 56 acres, we can walk here for hours! The paths are easily seen and they are quite comfortable. The trees were quite attractive and we ended up at the Atlantic Ocean. The sun was shining and everyone in th

6. Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design

322 Charlotte St, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1C8, Canada Museums, Shopping, Art Galleries
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4.5 based on 80 reviews

Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design

We serve the craft community of Cape Breton Island from beginners and recreational practitioners to highly accomplished professionals, offering instruction as well as resource and support services.CBCC&D offers a variety of educational opportunities in both contemporary and traditional craft, promotes and markets Cape Breton craft through exhibitions, special events, the maintenance of fine craft showcases throughout the Island and the operation of a permanent, year-round store-front Gallery and Gallery Shop representing over 75 Cape Breton artists.

Reviewed By 580RichardN - Keystone, ColoradoKeystone, Colorado

Really nice Stuff !

Just stopped in after seeing a Visitor Center brochure. Very nice selection of local art, pottery,jewelry, wood, etc. Bought a very unique pewter pendant for my wife for a bargain price. Great place to kill an hour in Sydney.Hi Richard, Thank you for stop

7. Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Ingonish, Nova Scotia B0C 1L0, Canada Nature & Parks, National Parks
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Treasures abound throughout the headlands and rugged cliffs of Cape Breton Highlands with its abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery and human history dating back to the last Ice Age.

Reviewed By 860aine - Chicago, IllinoisChicago, Illinois

Wonderful Location

This Park is just beautiful. We were there in the best week for their Fall Colors. Colors were fantastic, the best we have ever seen. Ocean views everywhere - only animal we saw was a moose. Walked along one ocean front beach - about 2 miles long.

8. Jost House Museum

54 Charlotte St, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1B7, Canada Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Specialty Museums, Historic Sites More
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Jost House Museum

The Jost House is the oldest house in Sydney Nova Scotia, built in 1786. We are open June 1st to October 29th and/or all cruise ship days. During your visit, a guide will give you a personal tour of our 1786 kitchen and the ground floor of the museum. The basement has been restored to the original 18th century kitchen. On the ground floor we have many historical Victorian artifacts in our bedroom, parlour, dining room and store. The upstairs portion of the house, added in 1910, has four different exhibit rooms to browse around in at your leisure. Our Hours in September and October are 10-4 Monday to Saturday but vary on cruise ship days. We are open on Sundays if a cruise ship is in port.

Reviewed By York130 - British Columbia, CanadaBritish Columbia, Canada

Oldest House in Sydney

A small museum of the oldest house in Sydney. A very nice tour with a knowledgeable guide. I’m glad we stumbled upon this museum while on a walking around downtown.Many things were closed because of no ferry I. The port and being that it is “shoulder seas

9. Gaelic College

51779 Cabot Trail Road, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada Sights & Landmarks, Educational sites
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4.5 based on 89 reviews

Gaelic College

Situated in the heart of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts was founded in 1938 as a school devoted to the study and preservation of the Gaelic language, arts and culture. Students of all ages and abilities from around the world take courses at our Cape Breton campus and online. Our world-class instructors offer programs in Scottish traditional disciplines including Gaelic language and song, music, dance & crafts.

Reviewed By MJM0327 - Bloomington, IndianaBloomington, Indiana

Definitely worth a stop

Gaelic college is a great place to review the history of Cape Breton. Mon-Fri they have live demonstrations, food, music, and a wonderfully informative historical center. We saw lots of short videos to enhance the learning and live performances of weaving

10. Meat Cove

Nova Scotia B0C 1E0, Canada Sights & Landmarks, Other, Neighborhoods
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4.5 based on 160 reviews

Meat Cove

Reviewed By bradchase8261 - Grantham, New HampshireGrantham, New Hampshire

Absolutely worth the trip!!

Justin was absolutely accommodating and friendly. Loved his sense of humor and commitment to make our stay enjoyable. The landscape is breathtaking and magical. My wife kayaked the coast and found a large waterfall in one of the many bays. The restaurant

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