Only in Cape Breton
This special island, resting on the edge of our continent, earns large accolades such as National Geographic’s one of "20 Must See Places in 2013" and Forbes Magazines’ "Hottest Island in Golf."
Cape Breton is rich and full with experiences such as Canada’s only true links golf courses, Cabot’s Links and Cliffs, the world-renowned Cabot Trail, and home to phenomenal historic sites such as the Fortress of Louisbourg. Lets us help make your incentive program a one of kind experience where your delegates will "Follow their hearts".
Golf Was Invented for Places Like Cape Breton
There are 35,0000 golf courses around the world. Only a selection of these embrace the true spirit of the game. Cape Breton is one of those places. Canadian Golf Magazine’s Best You Can Play Top 50 golf courses in Canada rates Cabot Links as #1 and Cabot Cliffs as #2 and Highlands Links #5. SCOREGolf rates Cabot Cliffs #1 and Links #3 and Highlands Links #5.
Lucky for you, we have celebrated two significant milestones: Highlands Links celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2016. This Stanley Thompson masterpiece has grown in stature to be regarded as a national treasure; and Golf Digest names Cabot Cliffs as North America’s Best New Course in 2015. Last year marked the first year in full operational mode. Find out why Cabot Cliffs is golf, redefined, reshaped and reimagined.
How We Roll – The Cabot Trail & Beyond
Experience those iconic trail activities that no visitor should miss then discover the many hidden gems few are lucky enough to find. From an in-depth look at Nova Scotia’s Gaelic culture at the one-of- a-kind Gaelic College, to sea kayaking the North River, and hiking trails in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park you’re sure to get a flavor of “how we roll”. Then tucked away on the most northern point on northeastern North America is Gambo Abbey, an eastern Buddhist monastery.
On the western side of the island, you’ll be thrilled with your visit to Cheticamp’s Town Hookers, world-renowned rug hookers. Then back on the east side, find out what Alexander Graham Bell was talking about when he said, “I’ve travelled the Alps, the Rockies and the Andres, but nothing compares to the simple beauty of Cape Breton Island.” A great take on “how we roll” on the Cabot Trail and Beyond.
More than a Walk in the Park
Begin your walk in the park by stepping back to the 18 th century at Parks Canada’s Fortress of Louisbourg. French soldiers are marching down dirt roads, ladies are dancing in formal parlors, muskets are at the ready and rum is the drink of choice.
Then visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic site, and discover the depths of the man’s genius.
Even throw on some “White Gloves” and comb through some of Bell’s personal memorabilia that reveals even more about one of the most influential figures in human history. Hike a trail, plant a tree, have some great meals and you’ll know why this tour is more than a walk in the park.
Live Like You’re 20
Rekindle the time when possibilities were endless. And a time when fun and adventure reigned supreme. Enjoy the relaxing pace of a different time, with days filled with kayaking, hiking, swimming and cycling. Other than enjoying “the moment”, the only other thing on your mind will be “what’s for supper.” Speaking of which, the meals promise to be memorable!
Toe tapping music, beverage tasting are also part of the fun. Wrap up your 3 days of Living Like You’re 20, with some relaxing, reflecting, and connecting through morning seaside yoga.
Our Home & Creative Land
Cape Breton is known as the “Craft Capital” for good reason. From artists and artisans on the Cabot Trail’s “Artisan Loop”, to the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, to crafts people speckled throughout the Island you don’t have to venture far to meet these creative crafty & inspirational folks. Join us for an informative and highly educational artisan journey. Spend quality time with some of our most unique artisans in studios, galleries, workshops, farms and factories who all love to share their unique crafts and stories. Understand their artistic inspiration driven by the ocean, mountains and unique cultures.
Adventures On Our Land & Sea
To find out why Travel & Leisure Magazine named Cape Breton Island as the #1 Island to visit in the Continental USA & Canada and #3 in the world, take this tour. Kick off your first day catching a wee (or not so wee) wave at the islands surfing spot, Point Michaud. Then from board to boat, pleasure craft your way across the Bras d’Or Lakes, Canada’s only in-land sea and also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, to Baddeck where you’ll begin your travels around the Cabot Trail. Throw in some hiking, picnicking, Fly-fishing, kayaking, toe-tapping music and a beach crab & lobster boil and you’ll begin to see what all the fuss is about!
Cruise Cape Breton
Enjoy the views and vistas of Cape Breton from a completely different perspective. Sail and explore Cape Breton’s waterways from St. Peters Canal to the Bras d’Or Lakes, Louisbourg Harbour and beyond. Eskasoni’s Goat Island, The Cabot Trail, Margaree River Valley and Iona’s Highland Village, 42 acre “living museum” of Gaelic culture are just a few of the gems dotting this tour. During the first two days, you’ll be connecting the dots via our spectacular waterways on board a catamaran, complete with chef prepared meals while on board. Whales, puffins and eagles are a natural part of Cape Breton waters and they’re sure to pay a visit on this excursion. Also enjoy the sights and sounds of the land as you overnight in some of our magical small ports and enjoy even more local specialty meals.
To Know Them is to be Inspired by Them – A Cultural Tapestry
Meet, be inspired and kick start your cultural journey with Cape Breton’s indigenous people the Mi’kmaq at Eskasoni’s Goat Island. Enjoy a traditional welcome and native feast before you boat over to another thriving culture, the Gaelic community. See Highland Village, a 42-acres “living museum” then immerse yourself in Gaelic traditions at the Gaelic College. No tour in Cape Breton would be complete without a visit to the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre and a tour & tasting and dinner at Glenora Distillery. Your tour wraps up with a visit to Cheticamp, where you’ll meet the Town Hookers (some are world famous!). Take in a rug hooking demonstration, visit Centre de la Mi-carême and stop by Big Spruce Brewery a grab a sample or two!
Taste of Cape Breton
You could wait a year to get a dinner reservation at the award-winning Bite House. Or simply take this tour! Featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, the Cooking Channel, among others, the Bite House boasts a collection of mouth-watering recipes featuring ingredients grown, raised, caught or foraged in the Maritimes. And speaking of foraging, also enjoy a dinner where you eat what you found in the woods and water that day. Golfers will know Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links for the remarkable courses. But the courses outside may only be out-rivaled by those served in the dining rooms! Also visit an oyster farm, the world’s largest lobster holding facility, and a pint from Big Spruce Brewery. And to give you something else to talk about, try the 18th century “upper class dinner” at the Fortress of Louisbourg.