Explore the Rolling Hills of the East Coast: Cape Breton awaits

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Want to feel like you've been transported to the Scottish Highlands while staying on Canadian soil? Cape Breton is the perfect destination for you.

Known for its captivating tales, water adventures, and rich history, Cape Breton is a destination full of wonders waiting to be explored. Discover all the curiosities it has to offer!

“I’ve been out kayaking basically since before I was walking; it has always been a part of my life,” said Sky Moses-Fitzgerald, rental coordinator at Cabot Trail Adventures. 

Cabot Trail Adventures in Northern Cape Breton offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the rugged coastline from the water along the famous Cabot Trail. You'll be surrounded by towering highland mountains and dramatic cliffs, with barrier beaches providing perfect spots for a restful break.

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The Weather Network's Jordyn Read enjoys a kayaking adventure at Cabot Trail Adventures (The Weather Network)

The tour takes you through the serene coves of South Harbour, where you can venture into tranquil inlets and enjoy the soothing sounds of birds singing all around you. It's a one-of-a-kind way to experience Cape Breton, making you feel like the only person in the world.

“So much of our lives move quickly… out on the water, you are more separated from everyday life, and you may take things slower than you would in the city. For me, it’s just about being out there, being a part of nature, and seeing the world around you from an angle you usually don’t,” explained Moses-Fitzgerald.

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Cape Breton is renowned for its breathtaking views, but it's also rich in history. In fact, the famous inventor Alexander Graham Bell first visited in 1885 and was captivated by its resemblance to his birthplace in Scotland. He decided to build a property there, continuing his lifelong passion for invention.

Get curious and delve into the mind of a modern-day genius and inventor at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

Jordyn Read/TWN: Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site (The Weather Network)

“Bell wanted a place that was neither too warm nor too crowded. He stopped in a small town called Baddeck, where every day was said to be a lazy Sunday,” explained Georgia Pardy, a student heritage interpreter at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

“He said the rolling hills of Cape Breton reminded him of Scotland; he loved it so much... He worked on a lot of inventions here and did a lot to help the local community along with his wife, Mabel,” she continued. 

Inside the museum, ramps guide you through exhibit spaces where you can discover Bell’s history, contributions to society, and his lesser-known inventions, apart from the telephone. One of the show-stopping exhibits is the aviation room, where a full-scale replica of the Silver Dart suspends from the ceiling as one of many attractions. 

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The Silver Dart is celebrated as the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to fly in Canada. It was designed by Alexander Graham Bell’s Association and piloted by J.A.D. McCurdy in 1909 on Baddeck Bay, Nova Scotia.

The Silver Dart (The Weather Network/Jordyn Read)

The Silver Dart (The Weather Network)

"We, as Cape Bretoners, are very proud of this heritage and are eager to share it with the world. I think that is why we (Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site) can be considered a staple,” said Pardy. 

Cape Bretoners truly cherish the tranquilly of their surroundings, embracing every chance to connect with the world around them each day.

The Cabot Trail in Cape Breton is famous for its mountain vistas and picturesque stops atop the Highland Mountains. But did you know you can experience this iconic trail from the water?

Sailing on Bras d'Or Lake offers visitors a special opportunity to admire Cape Breton's rolling hills from the deck of a catamaran.

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Jordyn Read/The Weather Network: Sailing CBI, exploring  Bras d'Or Lake

Sailing CBI, exploring Bras d'Or Lake (The Weather Network)

“The water is just a different experience you’re going to get from... just getting on the water... you can put your feet up and relax and just enjoy the scenery and see the mountains,” explained Paul Jamieson, owner of Sailing CBI (Cape Breton Island), a sailing and catamaran local business where guests can charter waters with local and knowledgeable guides. 

"In the fall, you get the colours; in the summertime, you get beautiful sunsets and sunrises in the morning... It’s a hobby that recharges my battery all the time... I think the quietness and peace of mind. The quality of living we have here is phenomenal; we enjoy life," said Jamieson. 

With its iconic trails, breathtaking mountain views, and serene water adventures perfect for soaking in the scenery, Cape Breton offers endless exploration. It's a place that truly inspires, making it an ideal destination to discover Canada's East Coast this summer.

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