Cape Breton Island Tourist Attractions
Cape Breton Island Tourist Attractions – Cape Breton Island is an island which is located on the Atlantic coast of North America. The name maybe derives from Cap Breton close to Bayonne, or to the name Breton, Bretagne, the Anglicized version of the French historical region. The northeastern part of Nova Scotia province is formed by Cape Breton Island. It is outcast from the mainland by the Canso Strait and linked by a causeway.
A ravishing blend of land and sea becomes the hallmark of Cape Breton Island, boasting the highest mountains in Nova Scotia and at the same time it’s so rich in stocks of coal. Beautiful coastal scenery, small towns, parks, and national historic sites draw tourists here. A lot of people also visit the island on biking, camping, or hiking trips during the summer. Here’s an overview of best tourist attractions in Cape Breton Island:
1. Cabot Trail
Cabot Trail is a 300-kilometer picturesque drive in the northwest of the island, beginning from Baddeck and going around the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It is named for Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot), Italian seafarer, who is assumed as the first person to land in North America in 1497.
The charming combination of rounded mountains, deciduous forests, prairie land, and ocean-side cliffs, together with the closeness of the sea make the Cabot Trail as one of the most lovely stretches in North America. Small Cape Breton towns, hiking trails, viewpoints, beaches, and other picturesque attractions tempt the drivers to pull over, and linger along its way.
2. Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
Fortress of Louisbourg is known as the most famous historical reconstruction in Canada, the prototype of a Living History Museum which introduces tourists to the rigors of middle 18th century. Life on the inhospitable, often mist-shrouded, east coast of Canada. Throughout the primary tourist season, exactly put on townspeople which including fishermen, merchants, maids, servants, and soldiers, revive the difficult daily tasks of those times. Restaurants serve specialty dishes which are prepared from old recipes.
The fortress is surrounded by a wall with bastions and towers and covers more than 40 buildings. The town, of which seven blocks of houses were reclaimed, was exact on the water, so that ships could tie up there. The most lavish buildings are in Bastion du Roi, which was occupied by the French King’s agent. The ordinary barracks of the soldiers were simply furnished. Porte Dauphine is entrance to the fort, near from the Armoury, and there is a museum by Bastion du Roi.
3. Cape Breton Highlands National Park
The mountainous national park which is located in the north of the island expands for over 950 square kilometers in the St. Lawrence Gulf. The assorted animal life is especially impressive and includes eagles, wild cats, beaver, duck, moose, and deer.
The Park visitor centers are situated close to Igonish and Chéticamp on the Cabot Trail picturesque drive. There are a lot of footpaths and hiking through this park, including the popular and spectacular Skyline Trail. Fall foliage, Beaches, and lookout points are all draws.
4. Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
Baddeck is one of the most fascinating villages in Nova Scotia and a starting point for the Cabot Trail lovely drive on the shores of Bras d’Or Lake. Its name means where an island is nearby. The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell had a summer residence here.
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site houses personal result and documents which belonging to the famous inventor, and also parts of 2 hydroplanes which made by Bell and powered by aircraft engines.
5. Glace Bay
Glace Bay has been known for its coal for long time. The hill, which the town was built contained vast coal deposits, which had been mined by the French since 1720. The Museum of Cape Breton Miners shows how coal originated, and also demonstrating new and old coal mining methods. Touring of Ocean Deeps Colliery is especially impressive. The old miners graphically illustrate life at this coal seams. There is a reconstruction of miners’ quarter next to the museum from the second half of the 19th century.
As well as in Glace Bay, Marconi National Historic Site deals with the work and life of the Wizard of Wireless, Guglielmo Marconi, who proved that it was possible to send messages across the Atlantic ocean using electromagnetic waves instead of wires.
6. Bras d’Or Lake
This large lake and its plentiful bays in central Cape Breton encompasses over 1,000 square kilometers in all. It has both saltwaters and fresh and pretty Cape Breton towns like St. Peter’s and Baddeck as well as parks and lovey drives front the lake shore. Sailors enjoy the boating chances on the lake, seafood lovers are fans of the lake’s oysters and lobster.
Chéticamp is famous for a little Acadian fishing village which is situated on the edge of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, with plentiful artisan workshops. Visiting is recommended to the prettily decorated St-Pierre Church which was built in 1893, and the Acadian Museum.
The museum offers the history of the Acadian people, and provides craft demo of rug hooking, weaving, wood carving, and spinning. The primary focus of this site is a craft shop which featuring locally made hooked rugs. There is also an Acadian-cuisine restaurant here.
8. St. Peters Canal National Historic Site
St Peter’s is famous for one of the oldest villages on the Cape Breton Island. The restored fortified trading station set up by a 17th-century French colonist, Nicolas Denis, is worth a visit.
Running through the town is St. Peter’s Canal, which is nowadays a National Historic Site. The waterway provides a route between the Bras d’Or Lake and Atlantic Ocean.