Top things to do

Top Choice National Park in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

One of Atlantic Canada's most famous and spectacular national parks, Cape Breton Highlands occupies 20% of the Cape Breton Island landmass. Accessible by the famous Cabot Trail, one-third of which traverses the park…
Top Choice Canadian in Ingonish

Main Street Restaurant & Bakery

By far the best breakfast stop near Cape Breton Highlands National Park and also a great stop for lunch and dinner. Sandwiches and French toast are made with thick, fresh bread, and the seafood plates are immense. T…
Monastery in Pleasant Bay

Gampo Abbey

This abbey, 8km north of Pleasant Bay past the village of Red River, is a monastery for followers of Tibetan Buddhism. Ane Pema Chödrön is the founding director of the abbey and a noted Buddhist author, but you aren…
Canadian in Chéticamp

Harbour Restaurant

At the Harbour Restaurant, local harbor-front dining at its best includes a range of Canadian and Acadian meals, not limited to oceanic treats. That said, the mushroom-topped scallops and Acadian morue en cabane (sl…
Cafe in Cabot Trail

Dancing Goat

When a place this out of the way is this busy, it's gotta be good. Everything is homemade, most ingredients are local, and hearty breakfasts are as good as you'll get on Cape Breton. Big sandwiches and salads can be…
Museum in Chéticamp

Les Trois Pignons

This excellent museum explains how rug hooking went from being a home-based activity to an international business. Artifacts, including hooked rugs, illustrate early life and artisanship in Chéticamp. Almost everyth…
Museum in Chéticamp

Le Centre de la Mi-Carême

Mi-Carême, celebrated in the middle of Lent, is Chéticamp's answer to Mardi Gras. Locals wear masks and disguises and visit houses, trying to get people to guess who they are. This museum covers the history of the c…
Bakery in Chéticamp

La Boulangerie Aucoin

This is the place to go for fresh-baked French- and American-style loaves, pastries, cakes, pies and ready-made sandwiches perfect for that picnic on the Cabot Trail. Family-owned and operated since 1959.
Canadian in Chéticamp

All Aboard

This family-friendly restaurant serving seafood (including lobster, haddock and local salmon), steaks, burgers, pasta and salad is fast becoming an area favorite. Delicious and great value.
Beach in Ingonish

Ingonish Beach

This long, wide strip of sand is tucked in a bay surrounded by green hills.