Top things to do in Cape Breton Island

Top Choice Historic Site in Louisbourg

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

The fortunes of the province that became Nova Scotia are inextricably bound up with this mighty fortress, built by the French but battled over countless times before finally being burned to the ground in 1760. The c…
Top Choice Pub Food in Ceilidh Trail

Red Shoe Pub

The Red Shoe is the place to catch a bit of Celtic music as you mosey down the Ceilidh Trail. The homely, ramshackle pub hosts at least one gig seven nights a week, from country crooners to folky fiddlers, and you c…
Top Choice Museum in Baddeck

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Telecommunications pioneer and inventor Alexander Graham Bell fell in love with Bras d'Or during a family holiday – apparently the hilly scenery reminded him of his Scottish homeland. In the late 1880s he built a la…
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. It's accessible by the famous Cabot Trail, a third of which runs along the …
Top Choice Distillery in Ceilidh Trail

Glenora Inn & Distillery

The first distillery in North America (and the only one in Canada) to make single-malt whiskey, this renowned producer claims to take its secrets straight from the old country. Guided tours explore the process and i…
Top Choice Museum in Sydney

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 the company of a former miner. It's fascinating – and not a lit…
Top Choice Canadian in North Sydney

Black Spoon

If you ask a local where to eat in North Sydney, they'll point you straight to the Spoon. It's a small space that goes big on flavours: hazelnut-crusted salmon, scallop carbonara, bacon-bourbon ribs, washed down wit…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Sydney

Breton Brewing

The top place around Sydney for a beer is the taproom of this up-and-coming brewery, jointly run by Welsh and BC beer masters. You can watch the brewing process while you drink, and maybe have a food-truck snack on …
Top Choice Seafood in Baddeck

Baddeck Lobster Suppers

In Baddeck's former legion hall, this local institution offers your choice of lobster, salmon, snow crab or strip loin with all-you-can-eat mussels, chowder and dessert for an all-in $50. It's no-frills dining: you'…
Top Choice Canadian in Ingonish

Main Street Restaurant & Bakery

Come breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, Ingonish's friendly diner is the place most people head for when they're feeling hungry. Chunky BLT sandwiches, homemade waffles, big plates of chicken, pasta and seafood, an…