Cape Breton’s Secret Summer Bucketlist

I am billing this “Cape Breton’s Secret Summer Bucketlist” and it is filled with some of Cape Breton’s greatest, oddest, tastiest, funnest things everyone should do but probably have not because they didn’t know about them.

Explore, enjoy, and let me know how things went or what you enjoyed most.

Check back often. I am always adding great secrets.

Festivals & Events:
Anything that Floats
Point Michaud Sand Castle Competition
Point Michaud Surf Classic
Caribbean Festival
Lumière Art at Night
Scatarie Island Pilgrimage
Margaree Highland Games
Port Morien Summer People Festival
Swim the Canal
Canada Day Water Fight Parade

History & Culture:
Bell Museum White Glove Tour
Fortress Louisbourg Cannoneer
Governors Celtic Jam
Scatarie Island Pilgrimage
Mira’s Pirate Shipyard
Music at the Red Shoe Pub
Sterling Mine Barrens
St Margaret of Scotland Church
Isle Madame Lighthouse Tours
CB Public Art
Old Route 5 Stone Bridge
Nova Scotia’s Only Totem Pole

Camp at the Edge of the World
Cape Clear
Cape Dauphin Lagoon Swimming
Islandview Falls Dip
Squid Jigging Off the Government Wharf
Clam Digging at Fuller’s Bridge
Stargaze at Two Rivers Observatory
Mica Hill
Sunflower Field

Albert Bridge Jumping
Seal Island Catwalk
Cheticamp Quarry Swim
Clothesline Dummy
Cape Breton Drive-In Theatre
Visit the TARDIS
Giant Walk
Mountain Pine Zip Line
Highland Bow & Arrow
Tube the Margaree

Lick a Chick Chicken
Lick a Treat Giant Ice Cream Drumstick
Dancing River Sprite
Deep Fried Mars Bars in Glace Bay
Tasty Treat Dip and Nuts
Dancing Goat Porridge Bread
Farmer’s Daughter for Treats
Beggar’s Banquet
Frog Pond Café
Sweet Side of the Moon
Oysters at Hide Away Campground
Pebble and Fern Market Garden

* I am, in no way, responsible for any laws broken or misfortunes which may happen during your bucketlist adventures.
** Please be careful, use your head when following Google Map directions and tell someone where you are going

  1. Robert Butler July 11, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Interested in the catwalk . How do u find entrance to the walk? Thanks

    • srolls July 13, 2016 at 5:55 am

      If you park at either end of the bridge and find your way under the bridge, you should see it no problem. Use your own discretion if ignoring the “Do not enter” sign.

      • Robert July 13, 2016 at 9:27 am

        Thanks for the help

  2. Paul MacDougall July 17, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Hey, Tasty Treat whole belly clams are amazing. Also found at The Seagull in Ingonish. Others would call them a delicacy!!
    Great list!

  3. boomergirl January 10, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Loved our Cape Breton roadtrip. Got to some of this list.Would have liked having it along. Rambled here. I came home with 3-masted wooden weather vane made by an old fisherman/folk artist from New Haven. His little roadside biz had sign… ‘fishing stories told here’. He fished 58 years. Asked him what? He told me everything.

  4. Arleen May 18, 2017 at 8:58 am

    What about adding Sydney dragon boat festival to the list

  5. K. MacAdam May 18, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Miner’s Museum underground tours and Men of the Deeps concerts should be added!

  6. Natalie May 19, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Where can I find the clothesline dummy?? Searching for info on the net and can’t find any? Will be visiting the area for the first time in a little over a week. What are the BEST things to do? Thanks, Merci!

  7. dan May 20, 2017 at 10:59 am

    where are they getting the squid

    • srolls June 5, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      The squid are being caught off the wharf in Sydney, In front of the big fiddle.

  8. Robert Cotton May 20, 2017 at 11:05 am

    If you go to, Swim the Canal St. Peter’s, facebook site and click on photos or videos you may see something that interests you.

    • srolls June 5, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      I have always wanted to do it. I will be sure to add it to the list this year.

  9. Jean MacDonell May 24, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Mabou Coal Mines u real hiking and views!!

  10. Christine May 24, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I don’t see the Miner’s Museum there, is it still there?

  11. Barbara Burt May 26, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    When you spell Scatarie will you please spell it right, It’s spelled Scatarie not Scattarie. I know because my parents were from there, and I used to go there every summer when I was a child.

    • srolls June 5, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Sure thing. I had it right on the map but must have gotten confused in the list. I have seen it written at least 3 different ways from reliable sources. Will unify to your spelling (as the government maps show)

  12. Maureen Foley-Reese May 29, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks for the list. Am going to Isle Madame in late summer(Sept). Any suggestions?

    • srolls June 5, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      You must take in Point Michaud beach. Swim, waves, surf, walk for miles.

  13. Stacy June 9, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Point Michaud beach is not on isle madame hahahaha I think you need to do some more Cape Breton research bud. However, Maureen, there is a great beach on isle madame called pondville beach provincial park in arichat! It’s a gorgeous beach! I am from the island 🙂

    • srolls July 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

      I perfectly well know that Point Michaud beach is not on Isle Madame but was giving a suggestion of things to do that were in that area.

      In fact, if you are around later in July, there is a sand sculpture competition at Pondvill Beach Sunday, July 23.

  14. Stan johnson December 5, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    You should add Goat Island View Cafe to the list, gourmet food at take out prices, check out their Facebook page for daily specials. Located across the road from Eskasoni Cultural Journeys Goat Island Trail.

    • srolls December 13, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks. I will definitely check it out.

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