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No matter the season, Cape Breton Island is a renowned destination for tourists from around the globe. There is a reason that Cape Breton has been voted #1 Island in The Americas by Condé Nast Traveler readers. The signature hospitality and warmth thread together the iconic scenery, unique cultures, acclaimed golf courses and coastal experiences, creating a travellers paradise.

At the northern tip of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island is a magical place of spectacular coastline, exceptional scenery, delicious seafood, and rich culture. There are so many things to see and do on the Island.  You’ll find an array of experiences that range from cooking lobster on a beach in Cape Breton Highlands National Park to learning traditional basket weaving with an Indigenous Mi’kmaw artisan.


We recommend spending at least 5-7 days on the Island for a full experience. And you may return home after your vacation, but your heart will never leave.


Several carriers fly into the JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport via Halifax Stanfield International Airport; there are also direct flights from Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec.


By car, the Trans-Canada Highway in Nova Scotia will lead you to Cape Breton Island. Maritime Bus provides bus service from various locations.


Visitors from the Northeast United States, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island can ferry to Nova Scotia and drive through to Cape Breton. Ferries also sail from Newfoundland to North Sydney.



If you fly into Sydney, car rentals are available or you may hire a taxi or take a shuttle. If you have a car, driving time on the Trans-Canada 105 will get you from the Canso Causeway, the gateway to the Island, to Sydney in two hours.


Road routes loop around the Island and it’s easy to get from one region to another. But don’t rush. Pick up a visitor map and savour your time here.



Due to the effects of COVID-19, the Cape Breton Partnership has put together a list of helpful resources.

Find more information here.
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