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Things to do in Cape Breton Island

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Cape Breton Island. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Cape Breton Island attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Cape Breton Island to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Cape Breton Island.

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  • Baadeck Yarns

    A jumbled, items-spilling-off-of-shelves knitting store. More
  • Black Sheep Gallery

    The Black Sheep Gallery was a former fish plant in West Jeddore that now sells folk and outsider art. More
  • Celtic Colours International Festival

  • Co-op Artisanale

    Swoon over the heaps of handmade rugs and socks at the Co-op Artisanale in Cheticamp. More
  • Féis Mhábu

    The festival glorifies all things Gaelic with traditional dances, workshops (learn to step-dance), and language classes (did you know that am fogha... More
  • Leather Works

    Pop in for the handsome leather buckets and bags. More
  • Museum of Hooked Rugs & Home Life and the Elizabeth LeFort Gallery

    LeFort's hooked portraits of Jackie Kennedy and various Canadian prime ministers are astonishing in their obsessiveness, as is her 80-square-foot d... More
  • Myles from Nowhere

    The funky, two-floored shack on the side of the road in Margaree Forks, carries campy stock. More

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