The Best Things to Do and See on Cape Breton Island

Cabot Trail | © Canadian Tourism Commission
Cabot Trail | © Canadian Tourism Commission
Photo of Kate Horodyski
12 February 2018

Cape Breton has been awarded numerous times as one of the best islands in the world, and there is no doubt that the island is truly an unforgettable destination. From the rich Celtic culture to the stunning landscape, there is so much to see and do in Cape Breton.

Cabot Trail

No trip to Cape Breton is complete without a drive along the famed Cabot Trail, which runs along the island’s coast. It’s a beautiful drive year-round but is especially stunning in the fall when the leaves change color. Along the trail, you’ll find a plethora of charming towns, delicious restaurants, and fun attractions.

Cabot Trail, NS, Canada

Cabot Trail © Canadian Tourism Commission

Cabot Trail | © Canadian Tourism Commission

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Hiking Trail, Park
Cape Breton Highlands
Cape Breton Highlands | © Parks Canada
One of the best spots on the island and one of the best parks in all of Canada, Cape Breton Highlands National Park is full of jaw-dropping views and exciting outdoor adventures. Come for the day or enjoy a few nights at one of the park’s numerous camping sites.

Ceilidhs and Kitchen Parties

Dive into Cape Breton’s vibrant Celtic culture with one of its best traditions—a ceilidh. You’ll find these lively parties, filled with laughing, dancing, and lots of fiddling, all over the island.

Lobster Dinner

There is no shortage of amazing local restaurants around the island, and savoring a fresh lobster dinner is a must! While there are plenty of spots to choose from, Baddeck Lobster Suppers and The Lobster Pound and Moore are especially popular.

Cape Breton | © Canadian Tourism Commission


For some of the best whale-watching in all of Nova Scotia, head to Pleasant Bay/Ingonish along the Cabot Trail. You can expect to see minke and pilot whales, and if you’re lucky, you may even see a humpback whale!

Celtic Colours International Festival

Every fall, the island celebrates Celtic culture with the Celtic Colours International Festival. Enjoy nine days of concerts, dancing, community suppers, workshops, and so much more.

Celtic Colours International Festival | © Canadian Tourism Commission

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