There is no shortage of fun, educational places to go and activities to do while visiting Cape Breton Island! Check out some of the key things to do during your downtime between Celtic Colours concerts and events. Want even more to explore? Visit cbisland.com.
The Gaelic College | Colaisde na Gàidhlig
Those attending the Festival should become familiar with the The Gaelic College | Colaisde na Gàidhlig, the only institution of its kind in North America. During the Festival, the college becomes the central hub of the Festival, where artists and attendees gather each night for Festival Club.
The Highland Village | Baile na Gàidheal
The Highland Village | Baile na Gàidheal is an outdoor living history museum and Gaelic folklife centre that illustrates the story, culture, and identity of Nova Scotia Gaels. All counties of Cape Breton Island can be seen from this charming place, and dropping in is a must during any trip to the Island!
Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, which is in “low season” come October, welcomes visitors to meander through the reconstructed colonial French town. The largest reconstructed historical site in North America, a visit to the fortress during the low season is the best opportunity to experience the stillness of the streets and take in the beauty of the exterior architecture of the buildings.
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is located in the beautiful village of Baddeck. Baddeck is a one hour drive from the JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport, and is always bustling during the Festival. Plan to spend at least two hours touring the museum and its gorgeous grounds overlooking the Baddeck Bay.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cape Breton Highlands National Park is one of three national parks in Nova Scotia, and the only national park on Cape Breton Island. The national park is home to one of Canada’s most iconic drives, the Cabot Trail. Known for winding roads hugging the Atlantic Ocean’s shoreline, this scenic drive offers breathtaking views at every turn. Whether you’re a motorist or nature lover, the park has 26 hiking trails and waterfalls to enjoy along the way.