Things to do in Northern Cape Breton

The Top of the Island

Moose: They're always a part of our hikes...and our lives | Photo by Sea Spray Outdoor Adventures

Moose: They’re always a part of our hikes…and our lives | Photo by Sea Spray Outdoor Adventures

The region from Neils’s Harbour to Meat Cove is an area that offers outdoor enthusiasts a myriad of activities that allow them to experience first hand the rugged beauty for which northern Cape Breton is deservedly famous. Moreover, these activities are not reserved for the elite adventurer, but may be pursued and enjoyed by visitors with a wide variety of fitness levels.

Full day custom-designed coastal hike | Photo by Sea Spray Outdoor Adventures

Full day custom-designed coastal hike | Photo by Sea Spray Outdoor Adventures

Tours – Whale watching, hiking, cycling.

Whale watching tours, hiking, cycling, and beach walking experiences all await visitors, and all may be pursued at varying levels of intensity and duration. Visitors seeking self-directed hiking, cycling or walking experiences will find maps and services available within the National Park visitor information centers. Those seeking guided outings, whale tours or cycle or kayak rental services will find private operators skilled in matching outings to ability levels or providing well-maintained equipment for rent.


Most importantly, however, is the fact that this region is the heart of the truly spectacular “mountains meeting the sea” scenery so visitors seeking outdoor adventures not only find quality activities here, but also receive the added benefit of pursuing those activities in a magnificent setting.

Peruse our various Outdoors categories on our scroll down list to see the opportunities the region offers.


A good thumbnail description of the environment of northern Cape Breton can be found at and at The environment to which the information refers includes the Top of the Island region…in fact, at the Top of the Island much of what is explained on the Park web page is most evident. Not only are the environmental attractions at their best here, but the whale watching, hiking, cycling or kayaking tours provided by various operators allow visitors to truly immerse themselves in this environment. Visitors can also join boat tours and get a different perspective. Seeing this magnificently mountainous shoreline from the water will surely add to the wonder of Cape Breton. It is during such outings that guests experience the flora and fauna that simply doesn’t exist in such plenitude in other regions.


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Northern Cape Breton Museums
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Experience live history at the community museums of Northern Cape Breton. We have live-displays of the famous St. Paul’s Island Lighthouse, authentic harbour buoys, blacksmiths and Cape Breton artisans. Discover why community-based museum’s capture the unique history of the Northern Nova Scotia and the Cabot Trail.

Oshan Whale Watch Contact: Captain Fraser
3384 Bay St. Lawrence Road Bay Saint Lawrence , Nova Scotia B0C 1G0 Phone: 1-902-383-2883 Phone: 1-877-383-2883
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Watch whales, seals and rare birds beneath the Highlands of Captain Fraser’s generational homestead. Locally owned & operated, we offer guaranteed whale sightings. More important, Oshan Whale Watch is a family business: we treat the whales and our customers like our family. Don’t believe us? Then check out our reviews on Trip Advisior or the Testimonial page on our website.

South Harbour Farm
301 Shore Road South Harbour , Nova Scotia Phone: 1-902-383-2198
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Nova Scotia’s northern-most market gardens offers fresh-picked organic produce from asparagus in June to blackberries in October. Native shrub gallery, peaceful walks and inspiring views on the Shore Road of the beautiful Cabot Trail.

T&R Crafts
28564 Cabot Trail Sunrise Cape Breton , Phone: 902-383-2891 Fax: 902-383-2142
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Specializing in local handcrafts and souvenirs. We also have quilts, knitting, maple products, jams, jellies, T-shirts, music, nautical items, and much more. Midway on the tip of the Cabot Trail, stop in while you are enjoying your vacation.

Tartans and Treasures
29661 Cabot Trail South Harbour , Nova Scotia Phone: 1-877-481-2526 toll free year round
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North Americas largest collection of tartan scarves, blankets, ties, clan crested plaques, crystal and all Scottish regalia. For authentic Scottish wear you must stop here while on your Cape Breton Vacation. We will proudly help you find Scottish regalia for your clan, or for the little Scotsman in you.

The Bay Cafe
Bay St. Lawrence. , Nova Scotia Phone: 902-383-2334
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Located inside the BSL Community Center we offer a menu of local seafood and baked items. Eat in or take out. Open year round.

The Hut Takeout
3280 Bay St. Lawrence Road , Nova Scotia Phone: 902 383 2513
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We have no Internet, no air condition, just great food, a great view and friendly hosts! We deliver! And the bonus of being a take out is that if you don’t like our picnic tables, then you can find another wonderful view in Northern Cape Breton to enjoy your food. If you do, please remember to take your refuse back to our garbage bins.

The Markland
Dingwall , Nova Scotia Phone: 800 872 6048 Phone: 902 383 2246
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Our restaurant is open to everyone and features locally caught and prepared food.

There are several reasons to make the Markland your choice for your vacation, here are some in no particular order: centrally located to Cape Breton’s famous golf courses, Dingwall is the hidden gem of the Cabot Trail, we have the pristine ocean beach to visit, Friday night concerts, chamber music Sunday afternoon, fine dining, nature walks, and we are near National Park, bird & whale watching.

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