Summer attractions include celebrations, festivals, music entertainment and more.
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia – Culture buffs and fun-seekers planning a summer trip should visit Cape Breton Island, where a unique Canadian east coast experience awaits.
Cape Breton Island is home to the only living Celtic culture in North America, the world famous Cabot Trail and is the hottest island golf destination, according to Forbes Magazine.
The summer months will bring a famous fortress’s historical anniversary, traditional musical performances, world-class golfing and a foodie festival - among other attractions.
Cape Breton Island is well-serviced by direct airlift during the summer. Air Canada and West Jet offer non-stop flights to the Island making for quick and easy access. West Jet’s direct seasonal service from Toronto to Sydney runs until October 26th. To book your flight, visit www.aircanada.com or www.westjet.com
A full listing of activities, events and travel suggestions follows:
Fortress Louisburg set to Celebrate 300th Anniversary
This summer marks the monumental 300th anniversary of The Fortress Louisburg. There has never been a better time to visit and experience 18th century life. Beginning June 30th, The LouisRocks summer concert series will feature four musical events in honour of the historic site’s legacy. Forge 300, happening from July 4th to the 7th, will be Cape Breton’s first international Blacksmithing event that will also add to the 300th birthday celebrations. For more information and the full list of events, please visit www.louisbourg300.ca
The Cabot trail is described as the islands’ most admired attraction, where beautiful sights make for picture-perfect road trips. Looping around the northern tip of Cape Breton, this 298-km long trail passes through The Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The trail receives regular accolades, which recently included it being named one of the World’s Top 10 Coastal Drives by travel website VirtualTourist.com. The trail provides, for beginners and experts, fantastic summer hiking. From driving alongside cliffs, to trekking the hill tops, the Cabot Trail offers some of the best views of Atlantic Canada during the summer months. For a full map and more information, please visit www.cbisland.com
Stay and Play at Cabot Links Resort
Cape Breton is home to some of the best golf in Canada, and this summer Cabot Links Resorts invites travellers to come experience the new upgrades and course expansion. The golf course is unveiling its 12 hole expansion this season, which has increased play along the water with six new “ocean-side holes.” Along with taking the golf game to the next level Cabot Links will be debuting new additions to the food and beverage program. To make a reservation call 1-855-652-2268 or visit www.cabotlinks.com
Authentic Fiddler Concerts Weekly
Cape Breton Island is considered home to some of the finest Celtic fiddling worldwide and this summer they are showcasing their talent weekly. Located at the Normaway Inn in Margee Valley, concerts will take place on Wednesday evenings through July and August. For more information please visit www.cbisland.com
World-Renowned Master Chefs at This Year’s Right Some Good Festival
The ultimate foodie adventure awaits! Canada’s ultimate pop-up dining experience is taking place on the Island this summer from August 23rd to August 31st. World-renowned chefs will showcase local inspired cuisine at the Right Some Good Festival. For the first time ever the festival will be the backdrop to the popular cooking TV show, “Master Chef Face Off.” People looking to get in on the action can learn culinary tricks from the pros by taking part in two workshops lead by award-winning American, Chef Michael Reidt. For full event details, please visit www.rightsomegood.ca
About Destination Cape Breton Association (DCBA):
DCBA is the designated marketing organization for Cape Breton Island, operating under three pillars of business; visitor servicing, product development and marketing. DCBA is dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of the tourism industry on Cape Breton Island.