Cape Breton Highlands National Park

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Cape Breton Island is located on the Atlantic coast and is part of the province of Nova Scotia.  The island is physically separate from Canada's mainland but the Canso Causeway connects it with nearby Nova Scotia.  The main industries that have managed to thrive over several years in these parts include fishing, forestry and tourism.  As a result of all the great things do in Cape Breton Island, the hotels, B&Bs, lodges, resorts and other types of Cape Breton Island accommodation are constantly welcoming new guests.  Sourcing the most affordable hotel accommodation in Cape Breton and the best places to stay is as simple as running a search online and narrowing down the results by selecting additional criteria such as the star rating and facilities/services.

Best outdoor things to do in Cape Breton Island

The Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Ingonish is a popular outdoor attraction in Cape Breton Island.  Tourists and locals come here to enjoy the views and hike around the area.  At the entrance of the park, you will come across the village of Cheticamp.  Here, the accommodation is simple and the restaurants serve mostly traditional meals.  You won't find luxury hotels in these parts but, with so much waiting for you outside, you won't spend much time in your room anyway.

There are several trails within the boundaries of the park.  Of which, Cabot Trail is one of the most popular.  Of course, you could always ask the locals or run some searches online to find out more about the other scenic drives and hiking trails.

If you make your way to Bras d'Or Lake, there are several driving routes that will allow you to enjoy the most amazing views of the lake and surroundings.  On the north shore of the lake, you will come across the cosy town of Marble Mountain.  You can spend some time on the beach here or explore your surroundings a little bit more by hiking up Mountain Road or heading for the marble quarry. 

In Baddeck, the Uisage Ban Falls are one of the biggest attractions.  This area is perfect for hiking and relaxing as you watch and listen to the water flowing.

Other things to do in Cape Breton

Apart from the many outdoor attractions in Cape Breton Island, there are also several other sights and activities that are sure to keep you out of your hotel room for several hours each day.

If you are passing through Pleasant Bay, you can stop in at the Whale Interpretive Centre and find out more about the giants of the ocean.  This museum might be small but it is filled with fascinating facts about these gentle giants.  There are also several whale watching spots nearby if you want to try to get a look at them in their natural habitat.

The Kidston Island Lighthouse in Baddeck and the Eddy Point Lighthouse are both lovely places to relax for a while and take in the views and fresh air. 

As for historic sites and landmarks, there's certainly no shortage here.  The Fortress of Louisbourg will really transport you back in time as you learn about the fascinating local history.  There are also several hiking trails and a local dinner theatre for evening entertainment.

Explore the Outdoor Pioneer Museum at the Highland Village in Iona and find out more about the Scottish lifestyle in Nova Scotia.

Depending on where you stay in Cape Breton Island and all the towns you visit, there are various kinds of speciality shops that sell everything from local art and quilts to books and trinkets.  These shops are great for souvenir hunting and you will usually find the best gifts for loved ones back home too.