Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia
Is a place known by locals and travelers for its raw, natural splendor and the living culture of Gaelic, Acadian and Mi’kmaq communities that inhabit the island. There are several reasons to visit the island, from its many waterfalls, hiking trails, inlets, and campgrounds to the historical locations and breathtaking landscape. Here are a few things to see on this gorgeous Canadian Island.
Bras d’Or Lake
As both Canada’s largest inland sea and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve this space shows the commitment of the locals to the idea of sustainability. Residents seek to find ways in which to make the quality of life better for current and future inhabitants. The Biosphere Reserve is about finding ways for the human race and nature to coexist peacefully. In addition, the area is home to an array of wildlife, lobster and oyster fisheries and is a popular vacation destination for recreational boaters. Yacht racing and sailing are long traditions of the area with various yacht clubs participating in annual Regattas and race weeks.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Known for its amazing highlands and its ocean scenery this park is full of steep cliffs, deep canyons and forests that border the Atlantic Ocean. The world-famous Cabot Trail scenic highway runs through the national park along the coastline. This location has over 25 hiking trails, sprawling beaches, beautiful waterfalls and unbelievable golf courses. The diversity of the landscape makes it an ideal spot for vacations with your family or a romantic getaway for couples.
The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
Step onto the site of the Fortress of Louisbourg and you step back in time to an 18th-century fortified town. Designed to resemble a functioning fortress of the 1800s guests find soldiers in uniform with muskets in hand and women carrying in the daily harvest. This fortress town, which was settled by French colonist, was the capital of lle-Royale (New France) and once considered the French stronghold in North America. Nowadays it is one of the most popular tourist sites on the Island.
Whether you seek a walk through nature or a stroll back in time Cape Breton Island awaits exploration.