Cape Breton Island celebrates its heritage and unique setting. Throughout this island, located across from the mainland of Nova Scotia on the other side of the Strait of Canso, visitors come to soak in the amazing scenery and truly unforgettable things to do. Before the Celtic music starts wafting from the pubs, the island's residents and visitors have a chance to experience breathtaking natural beauty, interesting museums, and tours that take you far away from the ordinary.
As you might expect, Cape Breton boating is an important part of the island's history and heritage. Even if you drive across the Canso Causeway from the mainland, you can't really experience Cape Breton culture without spending some time on the water. For experienced boaters, modern marinas will provide docking and even boat rentals, in addition to whatever you need for Cape Breton boating. But even landlubbers can enjoy time on the water, thanks the readily available charters and excursion cruises.
Many people make a point of include whale watching tours on their Cape Breton vacations. The waters surrounding the island are home to several species of whales, including minke, humpback and the rare sight of the North American right whale. Tour companies specializing in Cape Breton boating are ready to take visitors out to where the whales splash and play alongside dolphins and seabirds. Wildlife watchers don't have to take to the seas to spot amazing creatures. Hikers often spot eagles soaring in the skies above and some even have seen massive moose in its natural habitat.
Some of the best hiking on Cape Breton Island is found among the protected lands of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This beautiful and wild landscape encompasses sandy beaches alongside winding coasts and magnificent highlands. The available activities at the 366-mile park beyond hiking include visiting the interpretive center, admiring the scenery, and golfing. Geocaching is becoming a more and more popular pastime at this park perched on the tip of Cape Breton Island. Visitors also can make their reservations at one of the many well-equipped campgrounds. Backwoods camping is available on a first-come-first-served basis in the spring and summer.
If camping is not your thing, you can also explore the options for the Cape Breton Island rentals. Several interesting homes, many with views of the beach, can be rented by the week or reserved for longer vacations. Whether you're looking for a rustic cabin or a luxury getaway, Cape Breton Island rentals can suit your requirements and budgets. Some of the island's homes have been transformed into bed and breakfasts, which are good options if you want to experience a warm welcome and make new friends. Like all of Nova Scotia, residents specialize in providing hospitality to visitors who come from all around the world.
Your innkeeper can make suggestions for things to do around Cape Breton Island. After whale watching tours and the national park, another popular attraction the Cabot Trail. This scenic byway twists along the northern coast of the island, along one of the most scenic coastlines in Atlantic Canada. Another popular thing to do is golf, as the island offers some of the most scenic greens and challenging courses around. Bras d'Or Lakes, at the heart of the island, are a favorite for kayaking and sailing excursions.
In addition to B&B inns and Cape Breton Island rentals, you'll find a mix of hotels and motels that fit all types of budgets. Many of the properties are located around Sydney, the island's largest city. Located on the eastern coast, the city offers a mix of modern convinces, including restaurants and golf courses. Its airport offers regular service to Halifax, and the ferry connects with Port aux Basques in Newfoundland. You'll also find an array of waterfront activities in Sydney, including beaches, dive shops, and narrated sightseeing tours that reveal the singular heritage and dramatic natural beauty of Cape Breton Island.