Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
Top Attractions in Cape Breton Island
What travellers are saying
- Very good and well preserved historical site that captures life as it was in the early days of North America. Great area to walk around and explore. History was fascinating and the people were friendly. Highly recommend if you're in the area.Written November 5, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A must do! Enjoy the scenery. Highly recommend the Skyline Trail near Cheticamp. The trail itself is good for everyone. If you are short on time keep to the left at the "Y". Follow it to the most spectacular view. You will not be disappointed!Written November 8, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The Cabot trail is not to be missed. Beautiful beaches, hikes, historical monuments, coast lines, art, food and people. You should try to spend a few days minimum.
But south of the trail and Sydney and the Gabarus Wilderness area, is a deserted paradise, Belfry beach. Nature at its best. Most days belfry beach has beautiful waves for surfers, but it always has unparalleled pristine natural beauty. Bring a picnic, and spend the day exploring or listening to the pounding surf. Gorgeous. Take the Belfry Beach rd off of the Fourchu road.Written October 30, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck was way more than I expected. It was substantial in size and told the story of his life with many pictures, artifacts, prototypes and videos. It also showed that he discovered many things besides the telephone. It is definitely worth a visit. Plan on at least an hour.Written November 9, 2022
- Absolutely beautiful. Very well maintained trail and the view at the end of the loop is amazing. A good hike but not too farWritten October 15, 2022
- This is the one place to visit when you visit the area. We got very luck to be able to go as it’s the off season, and we’re able to join a couple other groups for the tour. Lot of information, and our tour guide terry, who use to work in the mines, was full of knowledge, and was able to answer any questions that you had. All staff present where very friendly. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit here, if you get the opportunity. Was definitely the highlight of our off season vacation to the area.Written November 27, 2022
- The Highland Village Museum was interesting attraction with beautiful views of the Bras D'or Lakes.
It is an outdoor living history museum (with many old buildings) dedicated to Nova Scotia’s Gaelic folk-life, culture, and language. You get a guided brochure with a map and an order to visit the buildings. People in each building (Cultural Historians) are dressed in period costume and tell stories of what took place in those buildings.
Be aware that there is a lot of walking and some uneven, hilly terrain.Written November 10, 2022
- A beautiful hike through the bush, over rocks and along the shoreline. It was very hot the day we were walking but we were not disappointed at the end of our walk. Absolutely stunning views. Make sure you have water and good footwear for this hike.Written November 8, 2022
- Thoroughly enjoyed the evening, captivated from the git-go, awed by the utilization of a minimal set design and ability of cast to alternate their characters. First time in attendance but we will be back, drove 5 hours to come and see this play, got interested after reading an advert in the Halifax Herald and we were rewarded for our efforts. Thank-you.Written October 20, 2022
- When the sand is visible it's gorgeous. Visit every year. Very close to amenities. The bonus is nearby Warren Lake.Written September 13, 2022
- Once finding a parking spot walked along the boardwalk to the beach. Enjoyed a lovely walk on the long sandy beach. It was the holiday weekend so it was starting to get busy with families.Written November 8, 2022
- We loved having lunch at the Freight Shed overlooking this pristine inner sea. It is saltwater and features an actual lighthouse. Where else can you dine with a lighthouse as your backdrop. We also had coffee and scones purchased from Been There cafe here--very relaxing.Written September 8, 2022
- Had I known how little water was there I probably wouldn't have done this hike in 90 degree weather. It was described as an easy walk but when you are older, easy is sometimes not appropriate.Written August 10, 2022
- A must see! The focus is primarily on the development of the world famous Cheticamp rug hooking style. Also artifacts depicting daily life in the early days of this isolated community. Human resilience and hard work as well as creation of beautiful bookings to make a few extra dollars to pay a family’s expenses. Rug hooking demo on site. The body of work by Elizabeth Lefort is breathtaking! She could hook 55 loops per minute!Written October 16, 2022
- Great place to stop and do a short hike. Lot of bang for the buck in terms of views. Head to White Point which is off the Cabot Trail. Park at the harbor and walk up the rock path. Can’t miss it. The path soon opens up to an open expanse that has numerous paths around the point. Can’t get lost there as it’s wide open and you can easily see the path back down to harbor area. We took our binoculars. Saw seals and lots of birds. Great place to take a blanket and lunch and just sit and enjoy the views.Written August 19, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions about Cape Breton Island
- The best day trips from Cape Breton Island according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- 6 Hours Cabot Trail Tour in Canada
- Scenic ,Cultural and Historic Tours of Cape Breton
- Highland Village, Baddeck, Bell Museum Tour
- Cabot Trail Discovery Tour
- Cabot Trail: a Smartphone Audio Driving Tour
- The most popular things to do in Cape Breton Island with children according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Cape Breton Miners' Museum
- Cape Breton Highlands National Park
- Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
- Inverness Beach Boardwalk
- Highland Village