Cape Breton Island Bucket List

Cape Breton Island is a beautiful place, with so much to see and do! We see you living a vibrant and dynamic life while studying here.

Just like CBU, Cape Breton Island is alive with a vibrancy that is rich in culture and history. As you grow, flourish and find your best fit within our unique program offerings, we hope that you’ll explore all that our amazing island has to offer. University is about more than just what you study, it’s also about the friends that you make, the life lessons learned and the adventures that you take!

Cape Breton Island is always up for an adventure… are you? Check out the list below of just some of the many exciting and unique things to do around the Island. Each item is linked to more information including how to get there, what to expect and some ways you can take in each activity!

  1. Go Surfing
  2. Find the Fairy Hole
  3. Go to a Margaree Barn Dance
  4. Play Mini Golf
  5. Eat a Local Lobster Sandwich
  6. Swim at Gypsum Mines
  7. Visit Gampo Abbey Buddhist Monastery Shrine
  8. Hike to the End of the Skyline Trail
  9. Find the Waterfalls at Black Brook Beach
  10. Watch the Sunset at Chimney Corner Beach
  11. Canoe or Kayak
  12. Get a Waterfall Shower
  13. Hike to the Top of Franey
  14. Build a Sandcastle
  15. Take a Photo at the St. Ann’s Look Off 
  16. Find Devil Hill Falls
  17. Swim at Polar Bear Beach
  18. Take the Eskasoni Cultural Tour
  19. Hike Uisge Bán Falls
  20. Enjoy a Frozen Treat from Lick-a-treat
  21. Find Cape Clear
  22. Camp on any Cape Breton Campground or Beach
  23. Visit Mary Ann Falls
  24. Hike the Kauzmann Trail
  25. Hike Salt Mountain
  26. Go Whale Watching
  27. Go Go-Karting 
  28. Go Stand up Paddle Boarding 
  29. Swim in Egypt Falls
  30. Go Fishing
  31. Fly a kite at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
  32. Fire a musket at the Fortress of Louisbourg
  33. Take a picture of a sunset from the Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  34. Watch dazzling Canada 150 fireworks at a community event
  35. Hike the St. Peter’s Coastal Trail starting at the St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site
  36. Create the perfect s’more over a bonfire
  37. Enjoy an ice cream at Neil’s Harbour Lighthouse
  38. Indulge in some world-famous Cape Breton pizza
  39. Feast on food from a local food truck
  40. Enjoy a beverage and a board game at the Underground Café
  41. Explore the stories of Louisbourg on the Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail
  42. Find the unknown sailor on the White Point Hiking Trail
  43. Check out views of the Strait of Canso from the Ceilidh Coastal Trail
  44. Discover North River Falls Hiking Trail
  45. Travel along the boardwalk at the Bog Trail
  46. Catch the ferry to Kidston Island and explore for the day
  47. Skip a rock at a Cape Breton lake
  48. Show us your creative side by making beach art with shells or rocks
  49. Find a sand dollar on a beach
  50. Test your balance while stand up paddle boarding or surfing
  51. Find a Pit Pony underground at the Miners’ Museum
  52. Enjoy live entertainment at the Makin’ Waves Festival
  53. Take a selfie in front of local street art
  54. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a ceilidh
  55. Check out where the Blacksmith works at the LeNoir Forge Museum
  56. Attend a Pow Wow in a First Nation Community
  57. Grab a group of friends and experience the adrenaline of Cape Breton’s first Zipline
  58. Take a picture with a sunflower taller than you
  59. Go Ice Skating at the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre
  60. Get a picture with the Bells on the Baddeck boardwalk
  61. Picnic at a Cape Breton Provincial Park
  62. Shoot arrows and a variety of targets at Highland Bow & Arrow