Cape Breton Island is steeped in history, reflected in its rich array of historic landmarks and visitor attractions that provide a fascinating insight into its past.

The island’s history is multi-cultural; perhaps that’s why today’s visitors are made to feel so welcome. Centuries of historical evidence and folklore show that the island has been inhabited by First Nations Mi’kmaq, the French, British and subsequently the Scottish.

Perhaps the appeal of the island to so many different nationalities is its outstanding beauty, summarized so eloquently by Alexander Graham Bell who said: “I have travelled the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps, and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.”

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