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The Cabot Trail is the main attraction on Cape Breton, and this is a journey full of picture-perfect vistas and friendly locals and certainly one to be taken at a leisurely pace. The section around the Highlands National Park is particularly scenic and can be slowed right down with some exploration of the many walking trails here. The skyline trail is a particularly popular walk which offers beautiful views along the rugged coastline. Access is from the western side of the Cabot Trail, halfway between Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, and the return walk is approximately 7.5 kilometres in length.

Aside from the obvious natural beauty there are several cultural attractions on Cape Breton as well. The Highland Village Museum, which sits on the shores of Bras D’Or Lake, is a living history museum offering an insight in to the roots of Gaellic Nova Scotia, how the first Scottish settlers lived and how the culture remains vibrant today. With costumed interpreters greeting you in Gaellic, and a number of restored historic buildings, this attraction really brings to life the culture, heritage and hospitality of this area. Louisbourg Fortress is a reconstruction of part of a huge French fortress as it was in 1744, the site of several wrangles between the English and French, and once acting as both a defensive structure and a centre of administration for the province. The original fortress was burned to the ground, however here today you can enjoy a guided tour by workers in period dress, several interpretive walks around the site and a number of buildings recreating typical life as a fort inhabitant.

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