Local Area Attractions
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
Cape Breton Island, is where Alexander Graham Bell, mostly famed as the inventor of the telephone chose to build his Canadian residence. This complex, with its three exhibit halls, contains the largest collection of Bell's artifacts and inventions, including replicas of the first telephones and a full scale model of the HD-4 hydrofoil craft.
The Bell Institute
The Bell Institute is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell and his work. Continued study of Dr. Bell's work and development of new applied research projects are motivated by a desire to continue his high standard of principle, his practical spirit and his social conscience.
Welcome to the Highland Village, a living historic museum and cultural center that celebrates the Gaelic experience in Nova Scotia. On a 43 acre hillside overlooking Bras d' Or Lakes, Nova Scotia's rich Scottish Gaelic culture comes alive with costumed staff, farm animals, period buildings and artifacts.
The Little River Fisheries & Heritage Museum
The Little River Fisheries & Heritage Museum is located in Englishtown and features articles and pictures that depict the fishing industry and the early life in the small communities along the North Shore. There is also a shell display that children find interesting because they can touch and examine them. For more information, call (902) 929-2745.
Whale Interpretive Centre
The Whale Interpretive Centre offers a unique experience, opening a window on the world of the whale. See Hook, a life size model of a Pilot Whale, exhibits, interactive media, saltwater tank, and book/giftshop. Visit the Whale Interpretive Centre online for more information.
The Sydney Coalfield hosts the largest coal resource in eastern Canada and in recent decades has been the centre of coal mining in Nova Scotia. Most of the province's electricity is generated from the coal mined there.
The Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre
The Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre is dedicated to learning and reviving the Mi'kmaq culture in the First Nation community of Wagmatcook and beyond. It offers an excursion through time. Mi'kmaq guides interpret their culture and traditions, and give a glimpse into the lives of their people, through the tales of the centuries.
The Gaelic College
The Gaelic College was founded in 1938 by Rev. A.W.R. MacKenzie as a school devoted to the study and preservation of the Gaelic language and Celtic arts and culture. Situated in the heart of the earliest Scottish settlement in Cape Breton, the College began as a school of Gaelic language in a small log cabin overlooking St. Ann's Bay. From its humble beginnings, this unique institution has expanded and gained an international reputation for its contribution to the maintenance and preservation of the language and culture.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada
The headlands and cliffs of Cape Breton Highlands National Park tower over the rich, natural heritage that is all around. Home to the famous Cabot Trail, the land is blessed with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and a human history that stretches back to the last Ice Age. The park offers many accessible treasures and experiences remarkable in their diversity, beauty, and wonder.