With rustic forest, scenic valleys and imposing highlands, Cape Breton in Nova Scotia boasts some of the most stunning scenery in North America. And while the dramatic landscape will wow travelers who visit the island, there is more to this picturesque area than meandering drives through the countryside. Between the world-class golf courses, whale-watching excursions, rich Gaelic heritage and storied history, there is much to explore on Cape Breton.
Consult Travel and Leisure’s Cape Breton Travel Guide for an extensive look at the Island’s must-do activities.
Things Not to Miss in Cape Breton Island
• Drive the Cabot Trail, which circles Cape Breton Highlands National Park
• See migrating fin, minke, and humpbacks in the wild on a whale-watching cruise
• Embrace the area’s Scottish heritage and witness a Ceilidh in one of the region’s traditional pubs
• Turn back the clock at the interactive Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
• Learn what life was like underground in the Miner’s Museum
• Sample the single malt whiskey at the Glenora Distillery
When to Visit Cape Breton Island
While the frequent rain showers are responsible for the island’s stunning natural landscape, they also make planning a vacation somewhat difficult. The best time to travel to Cape Breton is during the summer months of July and August when the weather is warmest and drier – but always come prepared for a rain shower. The stunning autumn colors and changing foliage draw leaf peepers in droves, but travelers who visit in September and October should wrap up warm. The winters on the island are bitter and harsh and many of the tourist attractions close during the off-season.