Discover the island that's been ranked as the most beautiful by Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Cape Breton Island truly offers a world of wondrous sightseeing opportunities that include the famous Cabot Trail.
Floating over the rest of Nova Scotia like an island halo, Cape Breton Island is a heavenly, forested realm of bald eagles, migrating whales, palpable history and foot-tapping music. Starting up the Ceilidh Trail along the western coastline, Celtic music vibrates through the pubs and community centers, eventually morphing into more eclectic Acadian-style tunes around Chéticamp.
Linked to the rest of mainland Nova Scotia by a steel swing bridge, the island proudly claims the jewel in Nova Scotia's tourism crown: the 297km-long Cabot Trail, which twists and climbs its way through and around Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The trail traverses coastal mountains with glorious ocean views, passes plenty of loose moose on the roads (watch out!) and boasts dozens of challenging trails to bring you back to nature.