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The Cabot Trail

The linked websites on this page are provided as a starting point for you to explore Cape Breton Island. All content is the sole responsibility of the owner of each website & does not imply agreement by MacKenzie House Tourist Home. Quotes given are from each website describing in their own words the services they offer. Enjoy our Island!


Auberge Giselle's Inn Dining Room & Lounge (Baddeck)
"Some of the finest cuisine on Cape Breton Island can be found in the comfortable, bright, 130 seat dining room at Gisele's Inn, Baddeck. Our award winning European-trained chef prepares delightful specialties with a traditional French flare. Gisele's offers superb food and attentive service in an inviting atmosphere."

Bell Buoy Restaurant & Supper House (Baddeck)
"Overlooking the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes in picturesque Baddeck, Nova Scotia, the Bell Buoy Restaurant and Supper House offers a great mix of family and gourmet dining in a warm and inviting atmosphere."

Big Intervale Fishing Lodge (Margaree Valley)
"After a day of fly fishing or exploring the beaches or hiking through the hills exploring with colours, there is no better way to end your day than to dine in our casual dining room and to enjoy delicious fresh seafood, fish and our tantalizing swiss cuisine to which we are renown."

Chanterelle Country Inn (North River Bridge)
"Cape Breton's culinary ingredients are truly second to none. The restaurant at the Chanterelle takes advantage of its amazing variety of meats, seafood, cheeses, greens, vegetables, produce and wines to serve a refined regional cuisine."

Coastal Waters Restaurant (Ingonish Beach)
"Coastal Restaurant & Pub has been chosen to be on Food Networks, "you gotta eat here" hosted by John Cutucci. We were picked to be featured on the show for our Ringer Burger, fresh Crab Dip and our delicious Cinnamon Roll Skillet. Our popularity is based upon good service and fresh, homemade food that we make right here by our talented cooks."

Englishtown Bus Cafe (Englishtown)
"Come enjoy the magic of an old London Bus. The Englishtown Bus Cafe welcomes you.  Relax at our outside seating under the canopy of trees, or sit upstairs and take in the spectacular views of St. Ann's Bay and harbour.  Dine on our fish and Chips, Chowder and Lobster rolls (in season) and watch for specials.  Good food, great atmosphere all while you are waiting to catch the Englishtown Ferry or just out for a drive."

Harbour Restaurant & Bar (Cheticamp)
"The Harbour Restaurant is ideally located in the center of the village of Cheticamp, along the Cabot Trail on the boardwalk. The Harbour Restaurant and Bar offers informal casual ocean view dining with the freshest seafood, pasta, steaks, salads and homemade desserts."

Island Sunset Restaurant (Belle Cote)
"At Island Sunset Resort, every dining experience is special. The casual elegance of the ocean front Dining Room is a beautiful location for you to enjoy the resort’s epicurean delights that our culinary team prepares with skill and care."

Lakeside Restaurant (Baddeck)
"Open for dinner. Our NEW Chef Tim Lockhart and his culinary team create some of the best seafood dishes, entrees and desserts on the Island."

Laurie's Seafood House (Cheticamp)
"With over 50 years of service, Laurie's fine reputation for quality food, service and hospitality has been acknowledged with several dining awards. We specialize in ocean-fresh seafoods and traditional Acadian dishes."

Markland Restaurant (Dingwall)
"Our talented chefs have revitalized The Markland restaurant and have made a point of celebrating local cuisine with wild halibut, lobster, snow Crab, seafood chowder, scallops and oysters along with choice beef, chicken and pasta."

McCurdy's Dining Room (Baddeck)
"Join us for dinner in McCurdy's Dining Room while enjoying one of the best views in Cape Breton.  McCurdy's evening menu features fresh and local foods from the land and the sea."

MidTrail Restaurant (Pleasant Bay)
"The Mid-Trail restaurant is a popular casual eating place for travelers and locals alike. Locally caught Lobster, Snow Crab, Mussels, Scallops, Haddock and Sole are among the top items on the menu along with a varied selection of dishes for other tastes and preferences as well."

Normaway Inn (Margaree Valley)
"The Normaway is noted for serving wonderful country gourmet meals in a bright and open dining room in full view of gardens, fields, and the surrounding hills. Savour some of nature's delights at breakfast and at dinner."

Purple Thistle Dining Room (Ingonish Beach)
"Enticing Nova Scotia-inspired dining options, featuring only the freshest of ingredients, await you at the Purple Thistle Room. Stunning views and sophisticated flavours give this upscale restaurant its exceptional reputation."

Restaurant Acadien (Cheticamp)
"Waitresses in traditional costumes will greet you at the Restaurant Acadien, while the aromas coming from the kitchen will tell you that this establishment offers dishes which you will find nowhere else in the area."

Rusty Anchor (Pleasant Bay)
"They specialize in seafood,  and were mentioned in the National Geographic Traveller in 2005 as the best place to have pan fried fish.  This family dining establishment caters to all needs and has a varied menu, lots of parking, children's menu, is licensed, and wheelchair accessible."

Seafood Stop (Cheticamp)
"Our seasonal family business started in May of 1998. We look forward to your visit in Chéticamp on the world famous Cabot Trail. Choose from a variety of seafood: lobster - live and cooked, fish and chips (cod or haddock) cooked on a grill or deep-fried, scallops, shrimps, clams, mussels, sole & seafood chowder."

Seascape Coastal Retreat (Ingonish)
"Our fine dining restaurant features fresh local seafood and uses home grown herbs and vegetables (seasonally), meat and vegetarian dishes are also available & we will do our best to cater to any special needs you have."

The Crofter's Table Restaurant (Ingonish)
"The Scottish crofters settled these highland lands, and our restaurant pays them tribute with succulent seafood and down home favourites. Relax; enjoy the food, the decor and our friendly Cape Breton Hospitality."

Galleries & Shops

The Water's Edge Gallery (Baddeck)
"It is our goal to provide you with a widely diverse collection of interesting artwork and fine crafts with our primary focus on new and established artists of the Atlantic Provinces."

Big Hill Pottery (Port Bevis)
"Beautiful porcelain pottery, functional and decorative, to suit city or country living."

Cape Breton Clay (Margaree Valley)
"Transforming a simple thrown form into an elaborate container, with crabs, lobsters or mussels added to it, is both a challenge and a reward. I want to make new things that feel good to hold."

Larch Wood - Don Beamish (East Margaree)
"Don Beamish is a Cape Breton, Nova Scotia-based artist who leads a team of six at Larch Wood Enterprises located in East Margaree."

Sunset Art Gallery - William Roach (Cheticamp)
"Sunset Art Gallery has been in operation for 21 years focusing on the folkart of William Roach who specializes in woodcarving and paintings created on site in the studio across from the gallery."

Arts North (Cape North)
"No craft shop on Cape Breton's Cabot Trail brings together the work of as many juried Cape Breton craft artists as does Arts North, at the northern tip of the island."

Christopher Gorey Gallery (Ingonish)
"Mr. Gorey works in oil and watercolour, and paintings which reflect a feeling of light and texture, not only depict the people and beautiful landscape of Cape Breton Island, but other areas of Eastern Canada as well."

Sew Inclined (Wreck Cove)
"Tapestries and brocades are in abundance at Sew Inclined. Whether you are looking for jackets, vests, dresses, purses or hats, Sew Inclined will have something for you. Our contemporary and historical designs are for men, women and children."

Glass Artisans Studio & Gallery - Wendy Smith (North Shore)
"Glass Artisans Studio and Gallery is located on the Cabot Trail on beautiful Cape Breton Island. The gallery and studio is owned by Wendy Smith, a stained glass artist whose work is featured in the gallery along with many others."

North Shore Woodsmiths - Robert J. Evans (North Shore)
"Wooden boxes, bowls, turnings, banding, bowls, games, clocks; original designs, made from local hardwoods."

Wildfire Pottery - Sarah Beck (North Shore)

Colouratura Art Gallery (Indian Brook)
"Located Right on the Cabot Trail in the St. Ann's Bay Area this large former church offers a great ambiance to browse our wonderful selection of Paintings, Pottery, Quilts and Photography."

Leather Works by John C. Roberts (Indian Brook)
"Leather Works by John C. Roberts is 22 years old this summer. We are located in Indian Brook, Victoria County, on the world-famous Cabot Trail.Our shop is in the front room of a 4-room workshop, where all our products are made. Most days, John welcomes youngsters and oldsters alike to come back and learn a bit about leather."

Piper Pewter - Donna & Harold Frizzel (Indian Brook)
"Harold & Donna Frizzell returned to their native roots on Cape Breton Island in 2000 after living and working in various locations across Canada and Europe for over 20 years. After a career in the busy and challenging world of Information Technology Donna discovered a quieter lifestyle of gardening, beekeeping and working with pewter."

Shari MacLeod Studio (River Bennet)

Iron Art & Photographs - Carol & Gordon Kennedy(Tarbot)
"In this delightful "Roadside Attraction", owned and operated by Cape Breton artists, there are striking photographs, intriguing metal sculptures made on site, as well as fun, practical and artistic items for everyday use. Open Jun-Oct, Daily 10-6 or year round by appointment."

Shape Shift Pottery - Deanie Cox (North River Bridge)
"I have been a self-employed artist since June of 1997. My training was unique to Cape Breton. I was fortunate to be able to apprentice with Carole MacDonald of Goose Cove Pottery for four years. Starting out as shopkeeper for Carole, I later became her assistent, and eventually developed my wheel-throwing skills and learned to sculpt clay and create my own glazes."

Gaelic College Kiltmakers (St. Ann's)
"The Gaelic College sewing room is owned and operated by the Gaelic College.  Our sewing room offers traditional, regulation kilts in light, medium and heavy 100% wool tartans.  Our master kilt-maker, Ann Cantell, boasts 19 years of experience making one-of- a-kind, hand sewn kilts.  She has created kilts for Canadian dignitaries, films such as Disney's The Princess Diaries, and regularly ships fine tartan hand crafted products all over the world."

Museums & Attractions

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site (Baddeck)
"A unique exhibit complex where models, replicas, photo displays, artifacts and films describe the fascinating life and work of Alexander Graham Bell."

Bras d'Or Lakes & Watershed Interpretive Centre (Baddeck)
"The Bras d'Or Lakes and Watershed Interpretive Centre is sponsored by the Bras d;Or Preservation Nature Trust, as part of their effort to raise awareness and understanding of this unique and complex ecosystem."

Margaree Fish Hatchery (Margaree Valley)
"The Province has administered a hatchery program since 1982, when a federal-provincial agreement delegated responsibility for the production and distribution of trout in Nova Scotia." 

Margaree Salmon Museum (North East Margaree)
"The Margaree River, world famous for its salmon, runs through rural valleys and hills that are a dream come true for photographers, artists, and outdoorsmen. At the Margaree Salmon Museum learn the rich history of salmon fishing in this area and enjoy the incredible collection of salmon flies, rods, reels, and many other artifacts of sports fishing."

Centre de la Mi-Careme (Grand Etang)
"Visit this unique display of locally crafted masks and exhits depicting the evolution of one of the oldest Acadian traditions, "La Mi-Creme", still celebrated here every winter."

Acadian Museum (Cheticamp)
"This museum is a true delight as it contains all kinds of artifacts depicting life as the Acadians of the region knew it many years ago."

Cape Breton Highlands National Park (Cheticamp)
"The headlands and cliffs of Cape Breton Highlands National Park tower over the rich, natural heritage that is all around. Home to the worl-famous Cabot Trail, the land is blessed with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and a human history that stretches back to the last Ice Age. The park offers many accessible treasures and experiences remarkable in their diversity, beauty and wonder."

Les Trois Pignons: Museum of the Hooked Rug & Home Life (Cheticamp)
"Visit Les Trois Pignons for a special view into Acadian culture and the history of Cheticamp, a stunning collection of hooked rugs and antiquities, genealogy resource centre and library, and a full range of visitor information services."

Whale Interpretive Centre (Pleasant Bay)
"The Whale Interpretive Centre in Pleasant Bay on Cape Breton Island promotes and preserves an awareness of whales and marine life by creating a unique and stimulating experience for our visitors."

North Highlands Community Museum (Cape North)
"Come Visit Us Down North!"

Giant MacAskill Museum (Englishtown)
"The 1981Guinness Book of World Records lists Angus as the tallest natural giant who ever lived, the strongest man who ever lived, and the man having the largest chest measurements of any non-obese man."

Great Hall of the Clans (St. Ann's)
"The Great Hall of the Clans museum features a “walk-around” exhibit that traces the history and development of the Celt from ancient times through to the Highland Clearances."

Festivals & Events

Cabot Trail Relay (Baddeck)
"The annual Cabot Trail Relay Race is a 185 mile/276.33 km, 17 stage relay race through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world… beginning in Baddeck, Cape Breton, over steep mountains in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, through many small communities around the famous Cabot Trail, to the gently rolling Margaree Valley. This year’s race takes place May 26th & 27th."

Music at The Barn (Margaree Valley)
"Gatherings with entertainment in the dining room, living room, and the Barn have been a part of the Normaway Inn since the 1940's."

Festival de l'Escouette (Cheticamp)
"The Acadians of Chéticamp are very friendly people that will move you deeply with their hospitality, friendliness and warm welcome."

Hike the Highlands Festival (Ingonish)
"This ten day hiking festival features more than 20 guided hikes, workshops, evening activities and more! Set in the Cape Breton Highlands along the world renowned Cabot Trail, our hikes offer some of the most spectacular coastal scenery and hiking trails in the world. We’ve attracted hikers from across Canada, the United States and Europe…and they keep coming back for more."

Margaree Summer Festival (Margaree)
"Don't miss a unique and entertaining event "Anything That Floats" race at Doyles Bridge, judging of floats, canoe race, BBQ and live music. Bring the whole family. Lots of fun for all ages! Race will be followed by a military band concert in the park at Coady/Tompkins Library, Margaree Forks."


Bell Bay Golf Club (Baddeck)
"The beautiful Bell Bay Golf Club located in the quaint village of Baddeck, Nova Scotia, was awarded "Best New Course in Canada" by Golf Digest 1998 and "55th Best Course in Canada" by ScoreGolf Magazine 2008. Bell Bay sits high above Cape Breton's inland sea, the Bras d'Or Lakes, offering panoramic views from virtually every hole."

Le Portage Golf Club (Cheticamp)
"Playing this course, you will walk a dirt road trodden by the Micmac Indians and the Acadians, early settlers of Cap Rouge and Petit Étang transporting their canoe on their shoulders to reach Chéticamp."

Highlands Links (Ingonish)
"The Cape Breton Highlands Links Golf Course is a public golf course that offers golfers a unique opportunity to experience golf on a course that experts rank among the top 100 worldwide. When you consider that there are 32,000 golf courses worldwide, it is easy to understand why those who have had the opportunity to experience and come to know Cape Breton Highlands Links - love it!"