At the Top of Cape Breton Island, first-time visitors find an environment that's both breathtaking and serene; a place where rugged mountains slowly yield to pounding waves, with long stretches of sandy beaches the result.
It's in this area of small communities flanked by the largest wilderness area in Nova Scotia on the north, the wilderness of the world famous Cape Breton Highlands National Park on the south and west, and the Atlantic ocean making up the remaining boundaries that the descendants of the early Highland Scots mixing traditional fishing livelihoods with more contemporary service-oriented professions having to do with environmental tourism.
Here services for visitors emphasize modern seafood restaurants and lodging while encouraging exploration of cultural and outdoor attractions involving:
Here Scottish céilidh and classical concerts are weekly summertime events, culminating with the Celtic Colours Festival in October, and summertime play production celebrates a vibrant highland heritage, while just to the south evening National Park interpretive programs compliment ones visit.
Here, in the autumn, the region hosts the annual Hike The Highlands Festival, lodging visitors in the heart of the area where the majority of the Festival's designated guided hiking routes are located.
Here, in the winter, reliable snow conditions make the region's 50+ kilometers of machine-groomed ski trails a Nordic skier's delight, while guided snow shoe and ski excursions into the highland wilderness results in encounters with wintering moose populations, as well as with coyotes, eagles and smaller mammals.This is a region ready-made for visitors seeking authenticity in their family vacation. The authenticity of:
We invite you to share our home, to meet our people, to enjoy our environment, and to take home memories of our natural wealth.