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Cape Breton IslandCanada

A rich Celtic heritage blends with First Nation and Acadian cultural influences on this remote and breathtakingly scenic Nova Scotian island.

Cape Breton Island draws visitors from all over the world due to its famous hiking and driving trails and unique local culture. Witness the Celtic influence running through the music and customs of this special island, the only place in North America where Scottish Gaelic is still spoken.

Visit the island to explore traditions preserved since settlers arrived from the Scottish Highlands in the early 19th century. Find signs of the even earlier Acadian settlers in towns such as Chéticamp, where the Acadian French dialect can still be heard. Explore the heritage of the first people to dwell on this land, the First Nation communities who still thrive here.

One of the major attractions of the island is the Cabot Trail. Drive this 186-mile (300-kilometer) trail that winds around oceanfront cliffs for astonishing mountain views. Make time to stop at some of the numerous hiking trails, scenic lookouts and charming towns scattered along the route.

Another popular natural attraction is the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Discover its diverse mountain and forest habitats, home to animals including moose and eagles or head to Bras d’Or Lake to spot a huge array of waterfowl.

To experience Celtic culture at its strongest, time your trip to coincide with one the festivals of Scottish music and dance held throughout the year. Also be sure to visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, a museum dedicated to one of Scotland’s most famous sons, the inventor of the telephone. The museum is located in village of Baddeck on the northern shore of Bras d’Or Lake.

The Membertou community is one of the island’s five First Nation communities. Learn about their fascinating history at the Membertou Heritage Park. Explore a different experience of island life at the Fortress of Louisbourg, a detailed recreation of an 18th-century Canadian settlement, complete with actors in period dress.

Fly to Cape Breton Island’s domestic airport, the JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. Although Cape Breton Island is now easily accessible by air, its remote location at the northern point of Nova Scotia has meant that it has historically been hard to get to. That’s why its patchwork of local traditions remains so distinctive.

Top Hotels in Cape Breton Island

Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront
Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront
3.5 out of 5
300 Esplanade, Sydney, NS
The price is CA $94 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in the heart of Sydney, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, World's Largest Fiddle, and Centre ...

4/5Very Good! (874 reviews)

"There was absolutely nothing unique about the property. It did have a nice view of the Harbour."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2021

Holiday Inn Sydney - Waterfront
Travelodge by Wyndham Sydney
Travelodge by Wyndham Sydney
2 out of 5
480 Kings Road, Sydney, NS
The price is CA $84 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Situated on the waterfront, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Membertou Heritage Park, Bethel Presbyterian Church, and Cape Breton Centre for ...

3.9/5Good! (625 reviews)

"Beds were extremely comfortable, bathrooms are in need of an update"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2021

Travelodge by Wyndham Sydney
Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney
Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney
3.5 out of 5
380 Esplanade, Sydney, NS
The price is CA $115 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Located in the heart of Sydney, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Centre 200, and Bethel Presbyterian ...

4.2/5Excellent! (991 reviews)

"What a beautiful clean room amd gracious staff, it was wonderful and relaxing"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2020

Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Cape Breton Island

Chisholms of Troy Coastal Cottages
Chisholms of Troy Coastal Cottages
3.5 out of 5
1327 Highway 19, Troy, NS
The price is CA $119 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Situated by the ocean, this cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Port Hastings Historical Society Museum and Archives, Port Hasting Museum, and Port Hawkesbury ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (138 reviews)
Awesome stay!

"The location of these cottages is on top of a small hill, and the views are amazing. The cottage had comfortable beds, clean bathrooms, enough towels and toiletries. Only wish I had stayed longer than the two nights, I was booked for."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

Chisholms of Troy Coastal Cottages
West LA Chalet by DMNikas Spectacular Lakefront near INVERNESS
West LA Chalet by DMNikas Spectacular Lakefront near INVERNESS
Glenville, NS

Situated on the waterfront, this chalet is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Black River Bog Nature Reserve and within 12 mi (20 km) of Cabot Links and Inverness Miners Museum. ...

5/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)
Lovely Cottage

"Lovely cottage with a beautiful view of the lake. Michael was great to deal with. Would go back in the summer to take advantage of the canoe and kayaks. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 28, 2020

West LA Chalet by DMNikas Spectacular Lakefront near INVERNESS
 Fiddlerslake Romantic Apartment At The Lake
Fiddlerslake Romantic Apartment At The Lake
Marion Bridge, NS
The price is CA $149 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21

Situated on the waterfront, this romantic apartment building is within 20 mi (32 km) of Two Rivers Wildlife Park, Bras d'Or Lake, and Membertou Heritage Park. ...

Fiddlerslake Romantic Apartment At The Lake
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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