Driving Trails

For many, the beauty and culture of Cape Breton Island is what brings people to visit our Island. Whether you are visiting, or living here, these driving trails are a must see for the whole family.

Drive the world-famous Cabot Trail, extending 298km long, this drive will take you to mountain top views, and down the coast through small fishing villages, each telling a story of their own.

Check out the 263 km Fleur-de-lis Trail beginning at the Canso Causeway and driving around beautiful Isle Madame, through the Acadian communities of Arichat, Petit de Grat, and D’Escousse. The Trail winds its way along picturesque coastlines with many secluded inlets and coves. St. Peter’s Canal is a popular stop along this drive, with history dating back to 1650.

Looking for something shorter, but just as scenic? Head North after the Canso Causeway down the Ceilidh Trail. Ceilidh is a gaelic word meaning a “gathering” or “visit”. The trail follows the western shore of Cape Breton Island through Creignish, Judique,¬†Port Hood, Mabou, and¬†Inverness, eventually joining onto the Cabot Trail in Margaree Harbour.


Sometimes the best way to appreciate Cape Breton’s natural beauty is from the water! Cape Breton South is surrounded by the open Atlantic Ocean views and the inland sea, the Bras d’Or Lakes.

Rent a sailing charter on the Bras d’Or Lakes and enjoy a day visiting secret coves and capes. Or why not learn to sail at the Cape Breton Sailing School in St. Peter’s.