Travel Tuesday: Cape Breton

Not many places can boast a series of rave reviews as impressive as this island in Canada.

“One of 49 journeys that’ll change your life,” CNN beemed in 2013.

“Most romantic place in Canada,” said in 2012.

#1 island destinations in North American, #3 in the world,” Travel & Leisure magazine declared in 2011.

When you think of the world’s greatest islands, Canada might not necessarily jump to the top of the list. In North America, perhaps you think of islands off the coast of Florida, or Hawaii’s tropical Kauai or Oahu. Worldwide, there are the famous Greek islands, and the white sand beaches of Southeast Asia. So what could an island in Canada have on all of those famous spots? After all, Cape Breton must be in the 1000 Places to See Before You Die Page-A-Day® calendar for good reason.

For starters, Cape Breton is home to stunning scenery—cliffy beaches, old lighthouses and lush trees—that creates a one-of-a-kind setting. Then there’s the culture: a melting pot of Scottish, Acadian, Irish, African, and the native Mi’kmaq tribe. This intermingling of these traditions creates a vibrant musical arts tradition, and makes for a diverse and sophisticated culinary scene.

(Photo above from Flickr, credit Joe Schlabotnik)

(Photo above from Flickr, credit Andrea Schaffer)

As far as how Cape Breton will change your life, there is no shortage of life-altering experiences to be had upon this lively island. For example, you can:

-Hike the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, as you listen to the echo of fiddling off the hills surrounding you

-Relive history at the largest historical reconstruction in North America—enlightening for adults, and a blast for kids

-Shoot for a hole-in-one on one of the award-winning golf courses

-Dance at a Ceilidh to the tune of local Celtic fiddlers

-Explore the waters on a cruise, by kayak or canoe

If all the Scottish culture around Cape Breton has you craving some sips of good scotch on the rocks, may we suggest you check out Single Malt and Scotch Whisky? This guide will help new Scotch drinkers and seasoned Scotch aficionados alike to search for the brands perfect for their taste. We bet it will help you loosen up as you do a jig to the Celtic tunes in the most romantic place in Canada.


Read on for more on 1000 Places to See Before You Die book and calendar line from Workman Publishing and Page-A-Day. 


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