Plan Your Visit
Cape Breton offers many activities and experiences for travelers and Hunter’s Mountain Chalets is perfectly situated to be your base for your Cape Breton vacation.
Distance (by car) to Various Points of Interest
Cabot Trail – 5 – 8 hrs. (round trip)
The Cabot Trail, named one of the best road trips in the world by Lonely Planet, is a trail that winds through stunning landscapes, along the Margaree River, a Canadian Heritage Salmon River, and through spectacular rugged highlands of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada. The trail itself takes its name from the Italian explorer John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) who reached our shores in 1497, sailing on a mission for King Henry VII of England. The name also celebrates the meeting of Cabot and the Mi’kmaq people, the original inhabitants of Cape Breton Island, at Aspy Bay over 500 years ago.
The Cabot Trail, completed in 1932, joined previously isolated fishing villages along an approximate 300 km loop. Today the Cabot Trail connects eight major communities with intriguing histories, ranging from the Acadian Region, to Irish and Scottish settlements. These vibrant communities are gateways to outdoor adventures and cultural events.
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site – 10 minutes
A unique exhibit complex where models, replicas, photo displays, artifacts, and films describe the fascinating life and work of Alexander Graham Bell. Special events such as Harvest Home complement the offering of activities on this site, situated on 10 hectares of landscaped grounds overlooking scenic Bras d’Or Lake and Baddeck Bay.
Fortress of Louisburg – 1.5 hours
A visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg — the largest reconstructed 18th-century French fortified town in North America — is a series of experiences that set a mood. Ramparts, streets, households and interpreters help to create the look, texture and mood of another century. Cannons on stone ramparts, a busy waterfront tavern and the crackling of a kitchen fire all tell how people of a different age lived and worked.
Gaelic College – 25 minutes
Situated in the heart of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts was founded in 1938 as a school devoted to the study and preservation of the Gaelic language, arts and culture. Students of all ages and abilities from around the world take courses at our Cape Breton campus, USA campus, and online. Our world-class instructors offer programs in Scottish traditional disciplines including Gaelic language and song, music, dance and crafts.
Iona Highland Village – 45 minutes
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A Gaelic welcome to the “Highland Heart of Nova Scotia” awaits you in Iona, Cape Breton Island. Experience Nova Scotia’s Gaelic culture at one of many community events or at the Highland Village outdoor pioneer museum. View some of the most breathtaking scenery that this Province has to offer on the shores of the mighty Bras d’Or. The Iona Peninsula is well worth the visit.
For more information about planning your Cape Breton vacation, visit www.novascotia.com