Must see attractions in Cape Breton Island

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    Glenora Inn & Distillery

    The first distillery in North America (and the only one in Canada) to make single-malt whisky, this renowned producer claims to take its secrets straight…

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    Cape Breton Miners' Museum

    Coal mining played a central role in the development of this part of Nova Scotia, so you shouldn't pass up the chance to venture into a disused mine in…

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    Les Trois Pignons

    This excellent museum explains how rug hooking went from home-based activity to international business. Artifacts illustrate early life and artisanship in…

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    Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

    This well-run center is one of the region's best places to experience Celtic music. The main exhibit room explores the origins and styles of the local…

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    Membertou Heritage Park

    This First Nations reserve has an interesting visitor center where you can learn about Mi'kmaw culture, and workshops (from $25) where you can try your…

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    Cabots Landing Provincial Park

    Stop in this wonderful provincial park, 10km north of the Cabot Trail en route to Bay St Lawrence, to enjoy Aspy Bay and its spectacular beach.

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    Highland Village Museum

    Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Bras d'Or Lake, this living-history museum explores the region's Gaelic heritage. Costumed Scots demonstrate the day…

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    Louisbourg Lighthouse

    Canada's first lighthouse was built on this wild, rugged and extremely scenic site in 1734. The present lighthouse, a handsome concrete structure, was…

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    Jost Heritage House

    In Sydney's North End, well-preserved Jost House belonged to merchant Samuel Sparrow. It has a modest collection of artifacts and furniture illustrating…

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    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 in a bid to get people…

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    Cossit House

    Built in 1787, Cossit House is the oldest residence in Sydney and one of the oldest surviving buildings in Nova Scotia. It was the home of Reverend Ranna…

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    Inverness County Centre for the Arts

    Inverness County Centre for the Arts is a beautiful establishment with several galleries and an upmarket gift shop featuring works by local and regional…

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    Meat Cove

    This small crescent of sand is pretty much as far north as you can get in Nova Scotia. The name is believed to derive from the beach's popularity as a…

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    St Patrick's Church Museum

    Built in 1828 in Pioneer Gothic style, St Patrick's is the oldest Catholic church on Cape Breton Island and now houses a museum recounting Sydney's…

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    Église St Pierre

    The unique and photogenic 1893 Église St Pierre dominates the town with its silver spire and colorful frescoes.

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    Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre

    Just south of Baddeck, Wagmatcook First Nation ( is composed of two Mi'kmaq communities. You can learn a little more about them at this…

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    Great Hall of the Clans Museum

    At the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts, about 20km north of Baddeck, this museum traces Celtic history from ancient times to the Highland…

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    Margaree Salmon Museum

    This small village museum explores the history of fishing in the Margaree Valley, with a collection of rods, reels, flies and vintage photos.