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Introducing Inverness

Row upon row of company housing betrays the history of coal mining in Inverness, the first town of any size on the coast. Its history and people are captured evocatively by writer Alistair MacLeod. His books are for sale at the Bear Paw, next to the Royal Bank.

Beginning near the fishing harbor there are kilometers of sandy beach with comfortable water temperatures in late summer. A boardwalk runs 1km along the beach. In the old train station just back from the beach, the Inverness Miners' Museum presents local history. Inverness County Centre for the Arts is a beautiful establishment with several galleries and an upmarket gift shop featuring work by local and regional artists. It's also a music venue with a floor built for dancing – of course!

Macleods Inn B&B is a high-end B&B for a not-so-high-end price about 5km north of Inverness. The house is big and modern but the decoration is in keeping with Cape Breton heritage.