Experiences

Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures

 If birdcall, whispering-breezes and rushing-rivers are your ideal soundtrack – this is your Island. Explore a range of challenging and picturesque courses dotting the Island – and don’t miss the Highland Links in Ingonish, which was rated the Top Public Course In Canada by Golf Digest.

Cyclists will experience some of the most memorable journeys to be found on two wheels. The rugged beauty of our Island, and our warm hospitality, put us #9 on the prestigious Lonely Planet’s top places to cycle in the world. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to bring your camera.

Culinary

Culinary

If you're hungry, you're in for a tasty journey. You’ll taste lobster here, fresh from the boat, steamed to perfection, and served at a table near enough to hear and smell the ocean-waves it was recently pulled from. While you savour it, you can sip a glass of fine-wine, ice-cold ale, or a dram of Canada’s only single malt whisky. Either way, it’s going to be some of the best you’ve ever had. That goes for everything we serve here.

Take your appetite on a tour of flavours from both land and sea that are prepared with the same joy and skill that we apply to our music and art. Taste lamb from the hills, Angus steaks from our pastures, and all that the sea has to offer.

Coastal Experiences

Coastal Experiences

Prepare to embark on a new coastal adventure everyday on the Island. With its thousands of kilometres of spectacular coastline, the opportunities are as vast as the Atlantic Ocean.

Music, Arts & Entertainment

Music, Arts & Entertainment

Cape Breton inspires musicians. From our mountains and our shores, we have produced award winning singers, songwriters and musicians, including Rita MacNeil, the Rankin Family, Natalie MacMaster, Bruce Guthro , The Barra MacNeils and Mary Jane Lamond.

This is music that resides in our souls. You can feel the generations of loss, lament, joy and hope in a single note. You can hear it across the island, in little community halls, where the wooden floors are bare from years of square-dances; in large open-air concerts with the ocean waves are a musical backdrop and in music halls, perfectly tuned to mingling the sounds for audiences.

Across Cape Breton Island, there awaits a mix of styles and sounds - from traditional Acadian music in Cheticamp and Isle Madame to toe-tapping fiddle tunes during the annual Celtic Colours festival or a joyous rock and roll pulse vibrating within the Fortress of Louisbourg.

Culture and Heritage

Culture and Heritage

Our entire Island echoes with the whispers of the generations that have come before us. Here before all of us, Mi’kmaq culture continues to thrive and inspire. The Eskasoni First Nation on the Bras d’ Or Lake, is the world’s largest Mi’kmaq community. You’ll discover music, art, humour, cuisine and stories that have been passed down over hundreds of years.

There’s no need to search for history here - we’ve put a bit of time-travel at each exit.

Artisan Experiences

Artisan Experiences

Our artisans retell our stories through watercolour and ink; in pottery vases and wooden folk art seagulls; in sea glass jewelry and stained glass sun catchers.

You will hear it in the hand-crafted fiddle, see it in the fabric dyed silk, feel it in the soft leather notebook cover as you jot down notes from this incredible trip to Cape Breton. Whether it is through our paint brushes, silk scarves, incredible photos or... You will uncover a deeper meaning.

Our art is as diverse as what stirs us and is brimming with our history, our joys and sorrows, our hopes and dreams. You will discover every kind of artisan at work here – makers of kilts and quilts; baskets and glass. And you will find art created from our old industrial labours - blacksmithing, leather and wood working. Our artists have found unique methods to preserve our history while creating one-of-kind- masterpieces.

Cape Breton Island is the breathtaking backdrop of the Golf Cape Breton golf experience. When you are not on the course, spend your time touring our Island and your memories will be filled with spectacular vistas, lively music, fun-filled festivals a...
Much has been written and even more said about Canada’s first – and only – true links golf course.  But to truly understand what if feels like to be transported to a time and place reminiscent of golf’s beginnings, you simply must experience...
Here between the majesty of the Cape Breton Highlands and the roar of the Atlantic Ocean, Stanley Thompson's masterpiece has grown in stature to be regarded as a national treasure. It is constantly ranked as Canada's top public golf course and is a ...
The Lakes Golf Club has become the Island's most played course in just two seasons. Graham Cooke's world class design features dramatic elevation changes and spectacular views of the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes. The Lakes Golf Club offers multiple expe...
One of Cape Breton Island’s premier golf courses, Bell Bay overlooks the Bras d’Or Lakes in beautiful Baddeck. This Thomas McBroom masterpiece has incredible views from virtually every hole. The course was sculpted into the natural features of th...
Le Portage is just a wedge away from the Cabot Trail, the iconic tourist route which winds through its home community of Ch'eticamp. One of Cape Breton's most demanding tests of golf is set upon a plateau with majestic views of the mighty Atlantic, ...
Right Some Good is Canada’s ultimate foodie adventure. It’s the one place you can try foods prepared in ways you only see on TV. Savour the flavours of one-of-a-kind menus using the finest ingredients from Nova Scotia—and prepared by some of th...
Cape Breton Island is known for its world-class hospitality! Join us for Race the Cape and experience the very best of our Island. Celtic music, East Coast cuisine and cultural performances will delight sailors and fans at the end of each race day....
Lionel's Golf Centre is a 9 hole course located in Gardiner Mines, NS....
Community-managed. Boat launch providing access to the Bras d’Or Lakes. Picnic tables, interpretive centre....
Seaview Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole course in North Sydney on Cape Breton Island with a course rating of 71.6 and a 131 slope. The par-71 course (6,446 yards) boasts rolling hills and spectacular views of the North West Arm and Sydney. Designed...
Rising Tide Expeditions is based in Gabarus and offers sea kayaking instruction, adventures and education in several unique locations on Cape Breton Island.  We offer half-day and day-long guided paddling trips in beautiful Gabarus Bay with basic in...
Located only 5 minutes from downtown Sydney on the way to the Fortress of Louisbourg, Juniper Hollow offers nine well maintained holes, excellent greens, and affordable rates. At 1518 yards, this executive nine hole course offers two par fours at 290...
Artist Ann Schroeder shares her passion for colour in this inspiring setting of ocean and sky. Ann's hillside studio overlooks the Gulf of the St. Lawrence and the rolling dunes of West Mabou beach. Lobster boats head out to sea, watched over by the...
Take a guided half day or day hike in the Cape Breton Highlands ...
Imagine a nice, easy, fairly level stroll along a babbling brook and through a mature hardwood forest with a scenic waterfall at the end. Add to that the songs of forest birds and you have this relaxing trail. This short 1.7 km (1.1 mi) loop trail f...
Glass Artisans Studio and Gallery is located on the Cabot Trail in North Shore. The gallery and studio is owned by Wendy Smith, a stained glass artist whose work is featured in the gallery along with many others. We invite glass artists from all ove...
When I first met a basic drawloom I knew damask would be a major part of my weaving life. I`ve always lived next to large bodies of water — Lake Michigan and now the Atlantic — and the interplay of light, wind and water has captivated me. Damask ...
Whether you’re looking for an educational tour, a relaxing culinary experience, or an interactive day of fun, Colaisde na Gàidhlig has something for you!  While visiting Colaisde na Gàidhlig, enjoy a day filled with culture, learning, and fun. ...
Whether you’re looking for an educational tour, a relaxing culinary experience, or an interactive day of fun, Colaisde na Gàidhlig has something for you!  While visiting Colaisde na Gàidhlig, enjoy a day filled with culture, learning, and fun. ...
Music Camp is a weekend experience for traditional music enthusiasts. Join like-minded amateur players for a weekend of jam sessions, instructional workshops with some of Cape Breton's top players and instructors, a fantastic concert, and some excell...
If you'd like to fly-fish for the mighty Atlantic Salmon, you've come to the right place!  Robert Chiasson grew up fly fishing on the banks of the Cheticamp River. He is always available for a friendly chat to help you get pointed in the right direc...
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