Experience the adventure and breath-taking beauty of a land and a people truly shaped by the sea. Renowned for the highest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy, award-winning vineyards scattered about the province, nationally recognized chefs at the helm of Nova Scotia restaurants and over 700 festivals annually, Nova Scotia is a place of remarkable natural beauty and thriving culture. Relax at Peggy’s Cove fishing village, go on a whale watching trip, tour the Cabot Trail, see our rich heritage at the Halifax Citadel and Louisbourg fortress, etc. With all of this history, it’s no wonder there are two UNESCO World Heritage sites in such a small province!
Source: Nova Scotia Department of Tourism
Halifax is the only city in Canada where noon is announced by a cannon, heard throughout the thriving downtown from the city's hilltop fortress. Steeped in history, rich in culture and refreshingly cosmopolitan, Halifax carefully blends traditional charm and modern convenience. Pubs around the city feature Celtic music, blues, jazz and pop. You'll find museums, historical sites and five-star restaurants.
Source: Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership
Baddeck, situated along the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes, is a village in bloom from spring to autumn with a kaleidoscope of colours in baskets, boxes and gardens along its downtown shopping core. Baddeck is a bustling resort community boasting 600+ rooms, yet retains the essence of a quaint village.
Source: Town of Baddeck
Digby is located over looking the picturesque view of the Annapolis Basin. The Town of Digby has been an active fishing community throughout the years. Famous for the delicious scallops harvested from our local waters. The Annapolis Basin from our waterfront, offers clear crisp air, and of course the spectacular view of the incredible tides (28 to 35 ft.) in our harbour. Digby is central to many activities, including historic sites, some of the best Whale Watching in North America, lovely parks, hiking trails, and our own local championship golf course.
Source: Town of Digby
This region, know as 'the Northside' is so named because of its location on the north shore of Sydney Harbour.The communities of Bras d'Or and Florence are situated on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 105) just west of North Sydney. Here you will find accommodations, restaurants, campgrounds and other services. If your plans include a trip to Newfoundland, this is the place to be. The Marine Atlantic Ferry Terminal will put you aboard one of the two largest car/passenger ferries in North America, and send you out across the Cabot Strait to Port aux Basques or Argentia.
Source: Cape Breton Tourism
Pictou is considered to be the Birthplace of "New Scotland" and we are noted for our hospitality, scenery and many fine dining establishments. We also have many world class attractions, such as the Hector Heritage Quay, a full sized replica of the Ship Hector, and Grohmann Knives, famous for their "Russell belt knife". Come and enjoy our restored waterfront, visit our craft shops, museums and travel the Jitney trail, which is part of the Trans Canada Trail system. Deeply rooted Scottish heritage, strong Maritime traditions and ties to the sea are reflected in a wealth of diverse festivals and and events that take place annually in this seaside community.
Source: Town of Pictou
Pubnico is located in what was called, before the Expulsion, CAPE SABLE, which, even at the beginning, around 1614, had as its center what is now Port La Tour, called then Port Lomeron, David Lomeron having here a trading post, dealing with fur and fish. Charles de Biencourt, who was at the head of the small group of Frenchmen of what was then Acadia, comprising the south-western part of the peninsula, died around 1624. In 1631. Louis XIII named as Governor of Acadia Charles de La Tour, who had been a faithful companion of Charles de Biencourt. It is then that the name of Port Lomeron was changed to the name of Port La Tour. He was named Governor of Acadia again in 1651, while in France, from where he came back, bringing with him Philippe Mius d'Entremont, who was to be his Major. It is Philippe Mius d'Entremont who was to be the founder of Pubnico.
Pubnico is considered as being not only the oldest village which, in Acadia, is still occupied by the Acadians, but also as the oldest village in Canada which is still occupied by the descendants of its founder.
In recent decades, Cape Breton Island has become home to a significant tourism industry, with Sydney (as the island's largest urban centre) being a prime beneficiary. Sydney's tourism draw is increasingly linked to its cultural asset as being the urban heart of Cape Breton Island. Sydney is an ideal starting base to explore Cape Breton Island’s main attractions, especially the Fleur-de-lis and Marconi Trails.
Source: Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage
Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia has lured visitors to her shores for thousands of years. It is an amazing place, where the sand and sea air have joined forces with the enchantment of our history to create an indescribable atmosphere. As you visit with us today, you’ll see what we mean! Interested in historic sites, cultural events, outdoor adventure or just sheer relaxation? Cape Breton Island’s five Scenic Trails can deliver.
Source: Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership, Cape Breton Island Industry association