Tourism and Recreation

Tourism

Known for its friendly people, breathtaking vistas and world famous Bras d’Or Lakes, Cape Breton Island is one of the world’s premier tourist destinations. Whether visiting for personal or business reasons, the following links will provide the information required to assist with trip planning to Cape Breton Island.

Tourism Accolades:

  • Travel and Leisure magazine names Cape Breton # 1 Island Destination in Continental US and Canada, and # 3 in the World. (2011)
  • National Geographic magazine names the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia as one of the 10 Walks & Hiking Tours in the world. (2011)
  • Readers Digest names the Cape Breton Highlands National Parks as #3 of 10 Amazing Canadian Hikes (2011)
  • Lonely Planet magazine names Cape Breton, Nova Scotia as #9 of 10 of the on your bike: the world’s best cycling routes (2011)
  • About.com names the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia as #9 of the 10 best scenic drives in Canada (2011)
  • My Hog Magazine lists the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia as the Number 1 of 10 famous motorcycle roads around the world (2010)

Recreation and Leisure

Cape Breton offers many opportunities for recreation and leisure.  From golfing on one of Cape Breton's world renowned golf courses, to hiking around the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton has many attractions for both children and adults alike.  Cape Breton is also home to a high performing and well respected Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team, the Screaming Eagles and the Cape Breton University athletic teams who have achieved consistent national university team standings with their basketball and soccer championship teams.

Culture and Heritage

Cape Breton has a strong history of multi-culturalism with a diverse ancestry of over 30 cultures —Acadian,Scottish, Mi’kmaq, African, Irish and more. The island is home to an extensive network of national heritage sites, museums and diverse experiential based tourism assets. Even today Cape Breton Island’s history and its culture of music, language, cuisine and the visual arts continue to honour age-old traditions as the people of the island to welcome new migrants from across the country and around the world.

“I was initially attracted by some of the most unbelievable natural scenery in the world, along with some of the friendliest people. Now, after living here, I’ve come to understand that with its rich Gaelic culture, Cape Breton Island is really unlike anywhere else in North America and is reminiscent of Scotland or Ireland.”

Ben Cowan-Dewar
Co-owner/Developer of Cabot Links

Festival and Events

On Cape Breton Island there are hundreds of festivals & events, museums, concerts, plays, and recreation opportunities to meet the needs of a wide variety of interests.

Climate

The beauty of Cape Breton is displayed in every season.  Cape Breton enjoys warm summers, breath-taking autumns, crisp, cool winters and a pleasant spring.  For current weather in Cape Breton, check out the Weather Network.

Cape Breton

January

April

July

October

Daily Maximum (°F/°C)

32/0

43/6

73/23

55/12

Daily Minimum (°F/°C)

16/-9

30/-1

54/12

39/4

Rainfall (in/mm)

3/75

4/97

4/86

5/135

Snowfall (in/cm)

31/80

10/26

0/0

1/3