Getting There & Away
Cape Breton Island is linked to mainland Nova Scotia by the Canso Causeway. The Trans-Canada Hwy (Hwy 105) runs straight up the middle of the island to Sydney, which has air and ferry links to other Canadian centers.
The Cabot Trail forms a massive loop that takes in about a third of the island's northwestern corner.
Maritime Bus operates limited services from Halifax into the region, but by far the best way to explore the dramatic scenery at your own pace is by renting a car. From Halifax, Hwy 102 meets the Trans-Canada Hwy heading north through the middle of Nova Scotia to the Canso Causeway. For a more scenic route, consider taking some smaller roads up the Eastern Shore.