Top Attractions in Cape Breton Island
What travellers are saying
- Started out not believing the hype about the Cabot Trail, but after driving up the East side, I could not believe just how beautiful it is. It is worth exploring some of the side areas, such as Neil's Harbour. Just standing in amazement at the side of the road as a Red Fox trots by.... so wonderful.Written 29 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Walking off the cruise ship we found it easy to get around with the map and info provided by the tourist box located at the pier. The shops inside the pavilion provide an opportunity to shop and get more tips from the merchants. There is also musical entertainment at times. We found this a good place to visit at the end of our day for some A/C and last minute shopping.
Our walking tour started just 10 minutes from the pier and took us about 3-4 hours covering the historical neighborhood and business district from DeBarrest St to Wentworth Park. Included in our walk were several historical homes, churches, museums, markets, craft fair ( on cruise days) businesses and a bite to eat.
The walk included shaded streets, some benches to rest and plenty of neighbors willing to stop and talk with us.
If time is limited stick to Charllotte St between Amelia and Townsend Sts.
A bathroom was available at the McConnell Library - thanks to the staff.Written 2 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Although it was enjoyable, it would have been a bit better if the Pavilion included a bit of history regarding the Fiddle, and the importance of the fiddle to local culture.Written 28 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A must see! Breathtaking views in a beautiful Island. Better in person than any postcard or web site.Written 19 August 2022
- As a plus sized person im always worried about my ability to complete a hike when it’s a new one to me. The walk to the view point and back was pretty easy… it’s essentially downhill the whole way there at a slight decline… when you get to the boardwalk you meet a set of stairs that take you to the end… just remember you have to climb them on the way back.
A highly recommended hike for all ages.
Seats can be found along the trail if you need a break tooWritten 11 September 2022
- Alexander Graham Bell [3 March 1847–2 August 1922] was born in Edinburg, Scotland, and died two weeks before my father’s birth. At age 23, he and his family traveled to Ontario. He converted a carriage house to his “dreaming place.” His primary interest was the human voice, inspired in party by the Six Nations Reserve, where he learned the Mohawk language and translated its unwritten vocabulary into Visible Speech symbols [phonetics].
By 1874, Bell was completing a telegraph system and worked on voice communication, largely because of his marriage to Mabel Hubbard in 1877. His wedding gift was 1,487 shares in the newly formed Bell Telephone Company. Mabel was deaf, and Bell’s inventions assisted her in “hearing” what other said. They had four children and enjoyed much time at a family compound in Baddeck, Cape Breton Island.
But Bell’s inventions far exceeded phone/telegraph communications, as demonstrated by this phenomenal historic museum. One of those inventions is the Silver Dart airplane, and far too many to mention in a brief review. This museum is a MUST SEE educational facility. Astounding!Written 28 September 2022
- We enjoyed a quick stop at this church, which was beautiful and gives you a flavor of what's important to the local villagers.Written 8 September 2022
- Les tois pignons means “the three gables” and is a cultural center in Chéticamp, at the northern tip of Nova Scotia [Latin for New Scotland]. It houses the Elizabeth LeFort Gallery and the Marguerite Gallant Collection, and displays the history of hooked rug manufacturing in the village. The displays are art in wool. Although of the “portraits” of many famous people, including Queen Elizabeth II, I found the most becoming to be that of Jacqueline Kennedy—almost appearing to be textured acrylic paint.
This was a brief stop on a Maritimes guided tour. I had no idea of the scope this museum/cultural center offers. If you’re near here on the way to Prince Edward Island, stop in for a break and enjoy what one person knew was her life’s calling. There are tiny signs posted about the artwork that one of our group didn’t see, so I’ll post it is capital letters: DON’T TOUCH. Oil from skin is easily soaked into the wool and impossible to remove. It can degrade color, texture, and eventually the fibers.Written 28 September 2022
- Try the Skywalk Hike you won't be disappointed! October has been such a beautiful month to visit Cape Breton, great weather and fall foliage...so brilliantly coloured.Written 15 November 2021
- It was a 30 minute brisk walk in and a lovely small lake for swimming, glad it was end of the day and not crowded.Written 3 September 2022
- This beach is right besides the ferry terminal and it is a nice place to hang out. We were there around 6 pm on a weekday and it is a happening place. The softball team was getting ready, the local musicians were playing, folks are fishing, kids are playing in the playground and some folks are fishing.
We spent an hour walking the beach and looking for beach glass.. It was peaceful...Written 18 August 2021
- Great views and scenery. Sandwiched between the beach/ocean and the Cabot Links fairways, very beautiful. Easy stroll with a couple of look out spots. Easy access and fair amount of parking.Written 8 September 2022
- The gallery features quite a good variety of crafts and arts. Found some of the works inspirational for my own interest in crafting.Written 2 September 2022
- My Husband and I visited Meat Cove as part of our Cape Breton Adventure in August 2021. The drive to Meat Cove wasn't as bad as we expected and there were some nice views along the way. The Meat Cove itself is really just a few buildings and the campground/restaurant was surprisingly full. We parked and spent some time walking along the beach which is mostly rocky but with a few patches of grey sand. On our way back we found a planked walkway leading through the woods and following the river. We decided to follow it and it was a nice shady walk but really there were no views an the path simply led back to the main road.
Back at the car we drive just slightly out of "town" and then decided to do the Meat Cove Mountain Trail. Although this is only a 1 km trail the trail basically just heads straight up the mountain for a km. With our legs burning a bit we finished the climb and emerged to find some gorgeous views of the mountains and valleys on one side of us and sweeping views of the rugged coastline on the other. An added bonus is that the top of the hill is loaded with wild blueberries so we picked a couple handfuls and enjoyed them as we sat and took in the scenery around us.Written 26 May 2022
- My first visit to this place was just this summer and I'm sad that I didn't discover it sooner!
It was an easy peaceful walk and I will definitely be back again.Written 28 September 2020
Frequently Asked Questions about Cape Breton Island
- The best day trips from Cape Breton Island according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Cabot Trail Discovery Tour
- 6 Hours Cabot Trail Tour in Canada
- Scenic ,Cultural and Historic Tours of Cape Breton
- Highland Village, Baddeck, Bell Museum Tour
- Private Cabot Trail Discovery Tour
- The most popular things to do in Cape Breton Island with children according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Cape Breton Miners' Museum
- Cape Breton Highlands National Park
- Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
- Inverness Beach Boardwalk
- Highland Village