Whether the sun is blazing, the Fall leaves are scattering around your feet or the snow is mounting, you will find lots to do in Cape Breton. There are so many options, you may just end up extending your studies to do it all! This is just a sampling of what is available.
Cape Breton Health and Recreation Complex – this year-round facility is located at CBU. It includes a 57,780 square foot air supported dome, full size outdoor soccer turf field, an all weather 8-lane synthetic track, beach volleyball courts and a community fitness center.
- CBU Trails – located behind the residence community on campus.
- Baille Ard Nature Trail – located in Sydney on Cottage Road behind Sherwood Park Education Center, this 14 acre wooded area offers 3 km of well groomed trails. Great for walking, jogging or bird watching.
- Coxheath Hiking Trail – this day hike is a close to Sydney option. This two-three hour wooded trail starts with a steep section, then tapers off to a gradual slope.
- The Cabot Trail- news of this most popular trail may have already reached you. It’s swooping hills and rugged cliffs never fail to inspire. As students often say – have your camera ready! Along this stretch there are many, many hikes and trails, some located within the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, others outside of it.
Yoga – Many private instructors offer classes at varying times throughout the week.
Disc Golf – Two Crows Farm and Recreation in Catalone Gut have a 12-hole disc golf course on their property. A frisbee is used instead of a golf club and ball.
Ski Ben Eoin – Located about thirty minutes from the university, this hill offers various ski level runs – both downhill and cross-country. Daily rentals of skis and snowboards are available.
Ski Tuonela – a cross-country ski option in Goose Cove, near North River. The 25 km of trails run through a maple and birch forest in a picturesque corner of the island.
Skating – another popular winter event, indoor skating is an option at several places including C-200, the County Arena in Coxheath and on campus at the Canada Games Complex.
Wentworth Park – Situated in the middle of Sydney, this park is great for a taking a stroll or jogging. Music and theatre often happen in its bandshell. Chess and checkers tables are situated along the path – perfect for an outdoor game under the sun.
YMCA – In downtown Sydney, the newly remodeled facility offers fitness classes, indoor walking track, a pool, and weight room. There are also several privately owned and operated fitness centers in the area.
Cape Breton Beaches – if swimming is a passion, you are in luck. During the summer months there are many, many beaches – from a dip in the Atlantic Ocean, to the Bras d’Or Lakes and many places in between. A few highlights include Big Pond Beach in Big Pond, Black Brook Beach in Ingonish and Chimney Corner Beach in Inverness.