Welcome to Cape Breton Island
Linked to the rest of mainland Nova Scotia by a steel swing bridge, the island proudly claims the jewel in Nova Scotia's tourism crown: the 297km-long Cabot Trail, which twists and climbs its way through and around Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The trail traverses coastal mountains with glorious ocean views, passes plenty of loose moose on the roads (watch out!) and boasts dozens of challenging trails to bring you back to nature.
Most tourists visit in July and August, and many restaurants, accommodations and attractions are only open from June through October. Celtic Colours, a popular roving music festival that attracts top musicians from countries with Celtic connections, helps extend the tourist season on Cape Breton Island into the fall, a superb time to visit.