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Exploring Nova Scotia | Things to Do in Cape Breton

With its craggy cliff sides, captivating waterfalls, and beloved Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island is quite possibly Nova Scotia’s most picturesque and alluring vacation spot. Add to that a rich history, deep-rooted societal relevance, and world-class outdoor recreation opportunities along the Atlantic Ocean and in the mountainous Highlands, and Cape Breton is the ideal destination for a memorable vacation! We at Cabot Shores invite you to make yourself at home with us as you explore everything our beautiful island has to offer. To help you decide how to spend your time here, we put together a few things to do in Cape Breton to make your stay even more memorable.

Things to Do in Cape Breton during Your Nova Scotia Retreat

Although many of our guests are content with spending their time at our wilderness resort, we highly recommend and encourage you to immerse yourself in the surrounding beauty and cultural attractions that characterize Cape Breton. Part of what makes Cabot Shores special is our dedication to providing lasting memories, new experiences, and charming hospitality. Whether it’s our unique lodging options, locally sourced cuisine, wellness offerings, or innumerable adventures, something about our neck of the woods enthrals and enamours first and long-time visitors alike. Below we devised a brief guide to shed some light on the most prevalent things to do in Cape Breton. 

Local Art on Cape Breton Island

Given the immaculate landscapes found throughout Cape Breton, it’s easy to understand why so many artists come here to find inspiration. Less than 20 minutes from Cabot Shores, you’ll find an astonishing assortment of craftspeople and creatives. Here are a few we’ve shared on our website:

  • Piper Pewter – Across the street from Cabot Shores. Specialize in lead-free pewter products
  • Colouratura Fine Art Gallery – 1km from Cabot Shores. This former church-turned gallery also offers delicious homemade chocolate!
  • Iron Art and Photographs – 10 km from Cabot Shores. From photographs to sculptures, as well as functional and decorative ironwork for your home.
  • Leather Works – 2 km from Cabot Shores. A variety of leather goods, from belts to wallets, handmade on the premises.
  • Sew Inclined – 5km from Cabot Shores. Unique hats and clothing
  • Glass Artisans Gallery – 6km from Cabot Shores. Discover the intricate world of expressions in glasswork.
  • Wildfire Pottery – 8.5 km from Cabot Shores and featuring the artistry of Sarah Beck, along with a book store.

Cabot Trail

With nearly 300 kilometres of winding roads, pathways, and hiking corridors, the Cabot Trail is one of the most scenic roads in North America. Passing through Cape Breton Island National Park, the Cabot Trail encompasses a significant portion of the isle, allowing you to immerse yourself along the way. Whether you’re looking for the perfect hiking trail, picture-perfect panoramas, or just a breath of fresh air, the Cabot Trail lends itself to unrivalled discovery and exploration. 

An Idyllic Nova Scotia Resort on Cape Breton Island

Those of us fortunate enough to live here know it could take years to partake in all the things to do on Cape Breton Island, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying! There’s a reason that Cape Breton Island continually ranks among the world’s finest isles, and we love nothing more than showing visitors what the other locals and we have known for generations. For more information on how our wilderness retreat centre can serve as your base camp for adventure or make reservations, please reach out to us online or call 866-929-2584 today!

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MacKenzie Cutcliffe
MacKenzie Cutcliffe
February 17, 2024.
We had an excellent stay! We stayed in the tiny house and got the hot tub as an addition - the house was an adorable little cabin, very clean and had everything we needed (mini fridge, microwave and more!). The hot tub was worth the addition! Paul and the staff were so considerate, he even called me before we arrived and let me know how the roads were and to make sure I knew how to get to the tiny house since we were probably arriving after dark. I can’t say enough good things! We will definitely be back!
Alexis Helena
Alexis Helena
February 16, 2024.
It was a great space, the manager was very helpful and answered all our questions. Will definitely be coming back
Katie Crossley
Katie Crossley
January 25, 2024.
My husband and I got married at Cabot Shores last October, after staying there multiple times in the past and falling in love with the scenery and food!! Paul was amazing to deal with leading up to the wedding! I was definitely a needy bride lol and he was always so patient and helpful with everything. The whole thing went off without any issues at all and my guests had a great time and raved on and on about the food! We are huge out door people and loved the whole vibe ! We can’t wait to go back again soon and make more wonderful memories at this slice of heaven in our favourite place in the world, Cape Breton !!
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January 10, 2024.
An unforgettable experience for a family trip. A yurt experience is more than just lodging, especially if you have young children. What is most impressive of all is the owner and his wife, who are so kind and affectionate.
Karleigh Johnstone
Karleigh Johnstone
January 8, 2024.
Stayed in the Phoenix Dome for 2 nights and had the most wonderful experience. The dome was lovely and stayed warm through the night. The highlight of our stay was the food. My husband has been a chef for 20+ years and was blown away by the quality of the food. We had dinner one evening and the salmon was absolute perfection. We were lucky enough to be the only guests for breakfast so they cooked us a few items instead of the buffet and we enjoyed every bite. Hands down the best scrambled eggs I have ever eaten! The staff were so wonderful, kind and accommodating. We would love to return and spend more time here exploring the trails and relaxing on the beach. Thank you to everyone at Cabot Trail for such a wonderful experience!
Bobbi Zahra
Bobbi Zahra
January 1, 2024.
Hot tubs were great, overlooking the gorgeous water view. Yurt was super comfortable, very spacious, and even when the fire died while we were sleeping, we stayed cozy and warm - the bedding was superb. Recommendation for Red River Trail was great, and we enjoyed the hike very much.
Sandy Mackley
Sandy Mackley
November 27, 2023.
The staff at Cabot Shores actively took opportunities to make our stay relaxing and enjoyable. Our Mongolian Yurt was comfortable with the wood stove and outside hot tub. Would strongly recommend calling these fine folks and discussing your stay with them.

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Lukas
Lukas
September 21, 2022.
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Very nice people and a place full of joy ! Stayed 2 nights in the „Eagle dome“ which was really comfy and clean!Had really delicous dinner at the main lodge where paul played some music just for us and had nice conversations whith him and the other staffmembers.Also booked the hot tub at our dome for our last night from where we had a great view on the campfire.Lovely place where you see how much effort they put in every detail.
Nicole
Nicole
August 22, 2022.
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Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
Ryan
Ryan
August 14, 2022.
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Relaxing
Nigel
Nigel
July 25, 2022.
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Beautiful place and very friendly staff. Perfect location if you’re travelling along the Cabot Trail, I highly recommend checking this place out! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Anooj
Anooj
October 25, 2021.
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This was our first time staying in the Eagle Dome and we absolutely fell in love with this beautiful place. Super clean place to stay!
Redwan
Redwan
October 17, 2021.
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Very nice place to spend a couple of nights in the nature! My wife and I enjoyed our stay.It might be a good idea to install a heater in the dome as it can get chilly at night.
Brooke
Brooke
October 1, 2021.
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Beautiful, quaint place to stay! So unique and off grid. We loved staying at the dome!
Madison
Madison
September 9, 2021.
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We had a great stay in the Eagle Dome! We loved watching the sunset and sunrise, and being able to hear the waves from the ocean. Next time we would stay a few more days and prepare a bit better - we weren’t packed for off grid but we made it work. Outhouse was a few steps away, shower and toilet a short walk. We didn’t get the hot tub or use the sauna/other amenities but would certainly consider it next time.

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