"MooseSpotting in Cape Breton Highlands" Top 5 Page for this destination Cape Breton Island by richiecdisc

Cape Breton Island Travel Guide: 169 reviews and 438 photos

On a clear day, one can imagine an idyllic existence for the Micmac native Americans that once claimed sole domain of the rugged and beautiful island Cape Breton, at the tip of Nova Scotia. Yet in less ideal climatic conditions, one can but wonder how hardy Arcadian settlers of both Scottish and French descent came to call this often-foreboding place home. It is often said that those emigrants that fled from Europe sought not only religious freedom but also more space; not oddly, their choices tended towards those that resembled their homeland. With rolling highlands and weather beaten craggy coasts, Nova Scotia fit right into every Scots dream of having his own Loch Lomand. Modern day Cape Breton has changed at a slower pace than the rest of Nova Scotia and the Maritimes in general seem in a time warp compared to the rest of Canada's Provinces. That's okay though, it makes for a great travel experience for not only can one enjoy the many physical marvels that the well-endowed island manifests but you can step back in time and get a real feeling for a simpler existence that man has perhaps rushed too blindly from.

  • Last visit to Cape Breton Island: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated Nov 25, 2003
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    I enjoyed reading your tips, the way you tell the story was fun. Fantastic photos. Loved hiking there:)

  • Nov 5, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    And then there's the south coast of the island where the St. Peter's Canal joins the Atlantic Ocean to the Bras d'Or Lakes; sailing, music, seafood, coastal hiking, and community festivals where you can have an authentic Cape Breton experience.

  • Florida999's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2007 at 12:58 PM

    Good info here! We're going there this summer. Love the moose photos, wow! How cool:) It took us all week in the Tetons last year to spot just one....

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2005 at 1:47 PM

    Cape Breton is a place dear to my Good page with informative tips & great photos

  • dfactor's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2005 at 8:28 PM

    Nice shot of the beach. Nice composition of the red rock in the middle. And the sky is marvelous.

  • GillianMcLaughlin's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2005 at 2:00 PM

    Wow. have just read a book set in this area and was curious to see what it looked like. Many thanks for such a wonderful wander through it.. really impressive photos and texts.

  • hevbell's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2004 at 2:20 AM

    Fantastic photos! I loved the scenery on Cape Breton but we just stuck to the Cabot Trail :/ My mouth is watering for some of that seafood chowder now!

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2004 at 8:07 PM

    I was out hiking once, and a female moose walked right by me, about 10 feet away, like I wasn't even there. Awesome animals close up! Fantastic page. Greetings from Calgary :o)

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2003 at 9:19 PM

    Amazing expedition! No wonder you two are such good shape! I never saw Cape Breton but it's like I know it now. Always such fun to read about your travels!

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2003 at 11:49 AM

    Gorgeous photos and great moose stories. It went from looking like you'd see none, to a veritable moose viewing spectacular! Good stuff.


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