Life and Weather in Cape Breton

Study on one of the the world’s most beautiful islands

View from a lookoff in Cape Breton Highlands National Park north of the Acadian community of Cheticamp

View from a lookoff in Cape Breton Highlands National Park north of the Acadian community of Cheticamp

Along with getting an exceptional education, being a CBU student means you will be part of a select group of people who have the opportunity to study on one of the world’s most renowned island destinations. In 2011, Cape Breton Island was named the “#1 island destination in Canada and #3 in the world” by Travel + Leisure Magazine and was also named one of National Geographic’s “Best Trips of 2013.”

An island of wondrous, natural beauty, Cape Breton merges the modern with traditional in its options of entertainment and recreation. Repeatedly ranked among the top islands of the world, there is plenty to do in Cape Breton while taking well-earned rests from your studies. Fresh Atlantic Ocean air will clear your head and enhance your learning.

A blend of traditional and innovative business ventures propel Cape Breton Island forward. For decades, coal mining, steel making and fishing defined Cape Breton. That strong industrial history shaped an island of strong, hard working, close-knit multi-cultural communities. Many Cape Bretoners are of Scottish or Irish heritage and with those industries arrived an influx of people from French, Polish, Italian, Ukrainian and Lebanese descent. Along with the early Mi’kmaq aboriginal settlers, Cape Breton’s richness in diversity is embedded in its history. The island and its people now draw upon that strength as it transitions into an economy of high tech entrepreneurs, education and artistic excellence. CBU is at the heart of this transition, as its diverse programs prepare individuals for careers across the job spectrum, including engineering, teaching, public health, folklore and tourism management.

Cape Breton’s main employment sectors include Cape Breton University, other educational institutions, hospitals, schools, government agencies, local businesses, call centers and a thriving tourism business. Cape Breton’s unique culture is rich in its people and their abilities. International students and individuals from around the world who come to live here are very much part of the island’s success. A CBU Alumni from China now owns and operates his own Chinese restaurant in Sydney. A lifestyle exists here unlike anywhere else. Cape Breton’s relaxed, yet productive atmosphere creates a community where all are welcome and where all is possible.

You will have no problem filling your free time while studying at CBU. Cape Breton Island offers exciting experiences at famous attractions such as the Cabot Trail and the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site as well as rustic cycling paths, sea kayaking routes and endless hiking trails waiting to be explored. For more information about Cape Breton Island, visit

It’s easy to get here

The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport (YQY) is only a five-minute drive from CBU, so whether you are flying in or flying out, the airport is just around the corner. Traveling to Toronto is also easy, with frequent flights between YQY and the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

And of course… we have beaches 

CBU is only a 20-minute drive from the nearest beach, and despite our snowy winters, we get beautiful weather in the warmer months. In the summertime, you will enjoy swimming at one of our many warm, sandy, ocean-side beaches. Be sure to bring your swimsuit!

International Student Services 

Cape Breton University offers a variety of student services specifically designed for international students! To find out more about everything that we have to offer, view our services here.