Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Monday, April 20, 2009
Cape Breton Island has lured visitors to her shores for thousands of years. It is an amazing place, where the sand and sea air have joined forces with the enchantment of our history to create an indescribable atmosphere. As you visit with us today, you'll see what we mean!

Cape Breton Island
Cape Breton Island - seat of ancient culture and hub of the Celtic music revival. For centuries, the Scottish and French settlers of tree-covered mountains and magnificent valleys nurtured their heritage in relative isolation. Today the world flocks to historic villages, world-class golf courses, and Celtic music festivals in the island's stunning setting.

Join in the old-time dances as bagpipers and fiddlers celebrate Gaelic culture amidst the quiet beauty of the Ceilidh Trail. Surround yourself with the splendour of the Cabot Trail's bold highlands, where moose and bald eagles abound and humpback whales caper in the shimmering waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Stroll the grassy shores or cruise to international boating destinations along the Bras d'Or Lakes Scenic Drive.

Tour the world-class historical reconstruction of Fortress Louisbourg, wander through centuries-old Acadian villages, and descend to a coal mine beneath the ocean floor on the Fleur-de-lis and Marconi Trails and in Metro Cape Breton. Colourful and cultured-delight in the sights and sounds of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia's masterpiece.

Interested in historic sites, cultural events, outdoor adventure or just sheer relaxation? Cape Breton Island's five Scenic Trails can deliver. Pack a picnic for the splendour of sunsets over the Bras d'Or Lakes or photograph your way through a hike along the rugged coastline of the historic east. The waters on our western "Sunset Side of the Island" are your perfect host for whale watching, sailing, kayaking and scuba diving

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