Each of the four seasons in Cape Breton brings outstanding recreational opportunities. If you’re taking part in outdoor activities, be sure to prepare for the weather by packing smart and dressing in layers. Current weather forecasts are available online on the Environment Canada Weather Centre website, the Weather Network website or by phoning 1-902-426-9090 (English) or 1-902-426-9095 (French). Click here to read more about the climate of Cape Breton.

For a helpful guide on what to expect during your first winter in Cape Breton – Unama’ki, download this guide.

Municipal Recreation Departments

Each municipality has their own internal departments that help connect residents with recreational events and activities. Many municipal departments also have recreational equipment available to rent (e.g. snowshoes, cross-country skis). Contact your nearest municipal recreation department to find out more.


Cape Breton – Unama’ki boasts a number of golf courses, including several that are recgonized regularly as word-class golfing destinations. Visit the Island’s golf courses at the following links:

Velo Cape Breton

Velo Cape Breton offers a wide variety of rides for people of all ages and abilities, including Road Cycling Instruction Sessions and Rides for novice cyclists, Instruction on Touring by bicycle, weekend rides, short casual Evening Rides, Day and Multi-day Tours.


Many skating options exist in communities across Cape Breton – Unama’ki. Although the best resource to locate these options near you are to contact your municipality’s recreation department, below are a few available options:

CBRM Sport and Social Club

There’s a robust CBRM Sport and Social Club within the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. They meet at least once a week for various amateur sports games.

Ski Hills

Cape Breton – Unama’ki is home to beautiful snowy winters with two ski hills that offer downhill winter sports enthusiasts a number of unique experiences:

Other local Recreation Groups

Camping & Hiking

There are so many options for camping and hiking in Cape Breton – Unama’ki that it would be impossible to list them all. There are, however, multiple resources to help find them and experience the natural beauty of the Island:

Book Clubs

Another great way to meet people is to join a community book club. To find a local book club, contact your nearest library at Cape Breton Regional Library or Eastern County Regional Library.

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Last Modified: March 25, 2024