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Why You Should Visit Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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Why You Should Visit Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Located on the east coast of Canada, Cape Breton Island is on the north-eastern tip of Nova Scotia. Although this is not the most famous island, there are endless activities for everyone. The scenery, culture, and heritage are what makes this island one of the most enjoyable destinations for those looking for romance, adventure, nature, and surprises.

Outdoor Adventure

Why You Should Visit Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Kayak Expedition on Sea in Cape Breton Island

This island is perfect for the outdoor adventurist. The variety of activities is endless. Summer offers good conditions and plenty to do outside. You can hike the expansive lake trails and national parks. Cape Breton also offers kayaking, beaches, pond beaches, a boardwalk through the bogs, boat tours, trails, whale watching, lobster tours, guided walks, biking, water activities, waterfalls, and camping facilities. There are even winter options for when the temperatures drop low. Skiing and snowmobiling are two options for those who don’t want to stay inside. You can take your pick of outdoor adventures. Locals take great pride in conserving the natural beauty of this island so there’s enough to go around. Cape Breton Island is an ideal trip for those who want to take advantage of its unspoiled and charming beauty.

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Cabot Trail

Why You Should Visit Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Coastal Scene on the Cabot Trail

The 185-mile loop of scenic roadway is a huge draw for motorcyclists. The trail is one of the most scenic drives available. Looping around the greater part of the island, the trail closely follows the east and west coast. On both sides, you have a clear view of the surrounding water and nature. To travel from start to finish it takes approximately eight hours to drive. However, there’s so much to do along the way that most people plan to travel for three days. Along the Cabot trail, there are endless scenic overlooks, nature trails, and quaint fishing villages. You should plan to stop and look around at several points. Along the way, you will encounter nature that’s been untouched, coastal views, local culture, and fine accommodations. The Cabot Trail is an unexpected dream-like adventure that should not go unnoticed.

The Fortress of Louisbourg

Why You Should Visit Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Old fortifications in Fortress of Louisbourg

If you’re looking to add a little history to your trip, check out this national historic site and stumble into the past as you do so. Louisbourg, at one point, was the center of the island’s traffic, commercial center, and military. This fortress is a historical reconstruction that allows you to experience the many types of people, jobs, and lifestyles that were and are a part of the island. There are demonstrations that allow you to fully experience the time and authentic activities that took place on the island almost 300 years ago. From the food to the people you’ll feel like you are apart of history.

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Why You Should Visit Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Cape Breton Island is a slice of land that is unique and hard to compare. The simple beauty of the island is enough to attract families, couples, and adventurists. On the island, there are activities that will satisfy even the pickiest of travelers. Those looking for nature can camp in numerous areas, while other might enjoy a luxury hotel room that is also offered. A small piece of Canada will leave you with enough memories to last a lifetime. Start planning your next trip.

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28 Comments

  1. robin Rue says

    I would love to go to Nova Scotia, actually. It’s not all that far from me and it sounds really pretty there.

    1. Tiffany says

      We would love to have you visit! travelmaritimes.com is a fabulous digital travel magazine that can give you some great ideas when planning your trip.

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    We’re currently planning a trip to Canada, and I believe this is going on the list. It is absolutely gorgeous there!

  3. Jen Rattie says

    Good grief! Nova Scotia is gorgeous! I feel like either a fairy or a lumberjack is waiting around every corner there. Maybe both!

  4. Sarah @ The Outside Family says

    Beautiful! I’ve never considered this as a travel destination but now it’s going on the list. My family and I love the outdoors and never need an excuse to go on vacation!

  5. Pam Wattenbarger says

    It sounds like nature lovers would have a ball on Cape Breton Island. It looks like a beautiful place to visit.

  6. Cacinda says

    I went out east many years ago with my parents. It is such a beautiful part of the country.

  7. MJ.L says

    Wow these pictures are beautiful! I would love to visit there one day!

  8. Marcie W. says

    Wow, Cape Breton Island is stunning! As a girl born and raised in the desert, all of that gorgeous greenery is more than enough to get me there.

  9. Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    I’ve never been to this island before, but now I would love to! Lots of great beautiful places to see! Amazing!

  10. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I lived in Nova Scotia for a few years when I was growing up. Cape Breton Island was one of my favorite places to go visit family.

  11. Our Family World says

    Oh it’s so breathtaking! The places are really beautiful I want to visit someday!

  12. Brianne says

    Wow! This place looks so incredible! It is definitely on my bucket list.

  13. Louise Bishop says

    I like the islands that are not overly popular. Usually, you end up having better adventures at those places. Beautiful spot!

  14. Rosey says

    I always like those scenic road driving. 😉 It’s hard to not look around if you’re driving, but of course that’s not overly smart to do. 🙂

  15. Reesa Lewandowski says

    Wow it is beautiful there!! My husband and I have always wanted to visit Nova Scotia!

  16. Julie Porter says

    This is just stunningly beautiful! I’ve only been to Canada once, and that was to Ontario. I would love to visit Cape Breton Island, and would definitely love to ride our Harley on the Cabot trail!

  17. Elizabeth O. says

    After seeing the pictures, I don’t think anyone needs more reasons to visit! It’s really beautiful out there and breathtaking as well.

  18. chei says

    This place looks so peaceful! Wish i could visit here.

  19. Sissi says

    OK- you have me! That truly looks stunning. I have to put this on my bucket list and visit soon! Thank you so much for sharing these stunning photos.

  20. Ron Leyba says

    What a fun and amazing place. Love to visit soon. looks really promising!

  21. Dawn McAlexander says

    I had never really thought of Nova Scotia as a vacation destination. This is really nice. I will have to reconsider it. Nova Scotia is looking pretty nice.

  22. Cindy Ingalls says

    Though I’ve been to Canada, I’ve made it to Nova Scotia. I’ve always heard how beautiful it is and from the pictures I can really see why it is worth a visit.

  23. Hannah Marie says

    I like places close to nature. This is perfect! The weather and the whole place looks relaxing 🙂

  24. hey sharonoox says

    Great pics! We’re planning to take a short trip to Nova Scotia this summer. I’ve been there decades ago but haven’t been to Cape Breton. Will definitely include this in our travelling itinerary. Thanks.

  25. CatVills says

    I fell in love with the place. It feels like your in a fairytale setting.

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