Visitor Information:




Arrive by land, sea or air...

By Land

Cape Breton Island is linked to mainland Nova Scotia by the Canso Causeway, a mile-long road and railway system that is part of the Trans Canada Highway.

From New Brunswick you can follow the Trans Canada Highway #2 to the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border, and then follow the Trans-Canada Highway #104 to Cape Breton Island.

From the United States you can follow Interstate 95 north to the US/New Brunswick border.  Follow the Trans Canada Highway #2 to the Nova Scotia/New Brunswick border, and then follow the Trans Canada Highway #104 to Cape Breton Island.

By Sea
From the US to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
At Yarmouth, follow Highway #103 to Highway #102.  Follow the #102 to the Trans Canada Highway #104, which leads to Cape Breton Island.

From Bar Harbor, Maine
For schedules and reservations, contact Bay Ferries Ltd., 1-888-249-7245.  Tickets must be picked up one hour before sailing.

From Portland, Maine
Daily service from April 18 to November 6.  Reservations required.  In the US or Canada, call 1-888-249-7245.

From Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia
Follow the #101 to connect with the #102.  Follow the #102 to connect with the Trans Canada Highway #104, which leads to Cape Breton Island.  Daily service year round; reservations recommended.  Call Bay Ferries Ltd., 1-888-249-7245.

From Prince Edward Island to Caribou, Nova Scotia
Follow the #106 to the #104.  Follow the Trans Canada Highway #104 to Cape Breton Island.  Daily service May through December.  Call Northumberland Ferries Ltd., from Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island, 1-800-565-0201.  From all other areas, 1-902-566-3838.

From Newfoundland to Cape Breton Island
Port-aux-Basques to North Sydney, daily service year round.  Argentia to North Sydney, three times weekly, June 22 to October.  For reservations and schedules, call Marine Atlantic Reservations, 1-800-341-7981.

By Air
The J. Douglas McCurdy Aiport  in Sydney  is serviced daily by regular Air Nova flights via Halifax and on to New York, Boston, Montreal, Toronto and St. Johns.  During high season, air service is supplemented with direct charter flights from Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal to Sydney.  Sydney Airport has several car rental kiosks for your convenience.

Halifax Stanfield International Airport is located near Halifax.  Halifax Stanfield is pleased to provide you with many non-stop routes to regional, national and international destinations. You can also find a complete list of all airlines that fly in and out of Halifax. 

Once you cross the causeway....


Situated on the western side of Cape Breton Island, Inverness County’s boundaries embrace the lay of the land from Port Hastings to Meat Cove. The southern boundary of the county includes portions of the saltwater Bras d’Or Lakes with picturesque villages like Whycocomagh, Orangedale, Marble Mountain and West Bay. The county's landscape changes from rolling farmlands to rugged coastlines and stunning highlands as it meanders through country roads and quiet fishing villages.

From Mainland Nova Scotia, cross the Canso Causeway and follow Route 19 after the rotary. Route 19, also named the Ceilidh Trail, (pronounced 'kay-lee') is a coastal drive to the Cabot Trail. It follows the northwestern or Gulf of St. Lawrence shoreline of Cape Breton Island and takes you on a wonderful drive along saltwater bluffs and beaches and inland, through hills dotted with farmland and river valleys.  Communities of Creignish, Judique, Port Hood Mabou Inverness and SW Margaree  are found on the Ceilidh Trail.  Route 19 connects with the Cabot Trail   at Margaree Forks where you enter into the beautiful “Margarees”, a series of villages scattered along one of the world’s most celebrated salmon rivers. Route 219, "the shore road" at Dunvegan is another alternative route meets up with the Cabot Trail at Margaree Harbour.   From the Margarees, traveling north on the Cabot Trail you will enjoy the coastal beauty as you tour  through coastal communities of Belle Cote, LeMoine, St. Joseph du Moine, Grand Etang.  The Acadian village of Cheticamp welcomes you to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance.  Pleasant Bay the whale capital of Cape Breton is nestled between the MacKenzie and North Mountains.  Meat Cove, awaits on the other side of the North mountain, located off the Cabot Trail. More spectacular vistas await you here at the northern tip of the island where the Gulf of St. Lawrence meets the Atlantic ocean.

Alternative routes take you into the heart of Inverness County. From the rotary follow Highway 105 to Whycocomagh, driving inland and through farm country and many small rural communities, including Waycobah First Nation. Taking Route 395 at the village of Whycocomagh puts you on your way to Lake Ainslie, Nova Scotia’s largest fresh water lake. Route 395 also connects to Route 19 at Strathlorne.

Every corner of the County boasts trails, look-offs and scenic vistas where visitors can hike during the day and, in the evening, if you wish, enjoy heartwarming, shimmering sights as the sun sinks into the ocean. Locals refer to western side of Cape Breton as the "sunset side of the Island" and visitors soon find out why.

The Inverness County Sunset Side of Cape Breton visitor's guide provides community descriptions on each route and is full of interesting tidbits that will help keep the traveler and residents  up to date on what is happening throughout our County.  Visitors guide, 2014 Inverness County Summer & Fall Brochure and Inverness County Dance Brochure are available at all visitor information centres on Cape Breton Island.

Cape Breton Island

Cape Breton Island

Inverness County

Inverness County