Cape Breton Island is home to four scenic travelways, the Ceilidh Trail, Cabot Trail, Bras d'Or Lakes Scenic Drive, and Fleur-de-lis/Marconi/Sydney Area Trails.
The Ceilidh Trail (pronounced kay-lee) guides visitors from the Canso Causeway to the Margaree Harbour.
The Ceilidh Trail is named for traditional Gaelic gatherings of music and song. Stunning vistas along the Mabou Highlands, where coastal trails and sea cliffs over look beautiful St. George's Bay, will leave your heart singing as it follows the shore of western Cape Breton.
The Cabot Trail guides visitors from the charming village of Baddeck through the Margaree Valley, the Acadian village of Cheticamp, to a highway carved into the edge of ancient highlands that winds its way around the highlands of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Don’t forget that the Cabot Trail is lined with amazing artisan shops many of them concentrated in St. Ann’s. Vibrant reds, golds and oranges also make for a breathtaking autumn drive.
The Bras d'Or Lakes scenic drive circles the shoreline of Cape Breton Island's beautiful inland sea, a haven for wildlife and seabirds. Farms and the villages of our Scottish settlers are nestled alongside the lakes known for gentle, fog-free waters, beautiful anchorages, and hundreds of coves and islands. The lakes are an international cruising destination, attracting hundreds of boating enthusiasts every year.
The Fleur-de-lis/Marconi/Sydney Area Trails which extend from Glace Bay to the Canso Causeway are dotted with picturesque Acadian villages such as Arichat and Petit-de-Grat. Along the rugged coastline you will find the historic Fortress of Louisbourg which stands guard overlooking the powerful Atlantic Ocean. Feel the bustle of activity along the waterfront of our city centre Sydney, a popular cruise ship destination.