Cape Breton NS

Cabot_Trail_in_the_AutumnView real estate in Cape Breton including homes cabins and resort properties tucked amongst the majestic pines and the tree-lined roadways.

With an everchanging landscape of sea and hills, Cape Breton Nova Scotia is renowned as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. If you are looking for a beautiful location to buy property with lush green vegetation, great seafood, and gorgeous waterfront views, then Cape Breton should rise to the top of your list.

Cape Breton is host to many inns, manors, lodges, cottages and real estate properties which will give you an enjoyable stay in a lovely environment. Many of these locations have spectacular views of this north eastern Canadian paradise.

House_in_DarkIf wish to become a permanent resident of Cape Breton, then you’ll be happy to know that Cape Brenton real estate is available and very reasonably priced to fit a wide variety of budgets. Along its shores, you can even find undeveloped lots for sale which you can purchase and use to build your own dream home. Many homes cost less than $150,000, particularly around Sydney. However, if you are seeking something more spectacular and indulging, then you might want to consider the purchase a three bedroom ski chalet with 2,900 square feet of living space on six acres of landscaped hillside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean for about $700,000.   Cape Breton Island is an amazing place to visit and even better place to call home. With natural beauty around every corner, you will never be disappointed with what you see and experience here.

Cape Breton Real Estate, Accommodation and Lodging

Colonial_Window_Fortress_LouisbourgCape Breton isn’t home to large chain hotels. Instead, you’ll find a number of inns, manors, cottages, and more lodging and real estate establishments which will give you an enjoyable stay in a lovely environment. Many of these locations have spectacular views of this island paradise.

If you want to join the other permanent residents of Cape Breton, then you’ll be happy to know that Cape Brenton real estate is available and very reasonably priced to fit a wide variety of budgets. Along its shores, you can even find empty lots for sale which you can purchase and use to build your own dream home. Many homes cost less than $150,000, particularly around Sydney. However, if you’ve got the money and you want something spectacular, then you might want to purchase a three bedroom ski chalet with 2,900 square feet of living space on six acres of landscaped grounds overlooking the Atlantic Ocean for just under $700,000.   Cape Breton Island is an amazing place to visit and even better place to call home. With natural beauty around every corner, you won’t be disappointed by what you see and experience there.

Access and Transportation
Fishing_Boats_in_Bay“Ciad Mile Failte” – One Hundred Thousand Welcomes to Cape Breton. Gaelic culture is well enshrined on Cape Breton Island. This welcome greeting, whether spoken in Gaelic, a more traditional Cape Breton accent or through a firm embrace is sure to be provided to any visitor or new resident of the Island.   In travelling to Cape Breton you may consider a number of different modes of transportation. If you wish to consider flying in from Montreal Quebec or from the provincial capital of Halifax Nova Scotia you will arrive at the islands major city of Sydney, Nova Scotia. Additionally air transport is also available via the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon (Air St Pierre), on a weekly basis. If travelling via automobile or train you may choose to transit the Canso Causeway which has connected Cape Breton Island to the mainland of Nova Scotia since 1955.   Optionally, you can travel by ferry to the island from either Port aux Basques or Argentia Newfoundland, Canada’s most eastern island and province.     Cape Breton Climate and Location

Activities and Sights
Colonist_Renactment_LouisbourgYou’ll find plenty of activities to keep you busy on Cape Breton Island, particularly if you are interested in history. You can explore the Cabot Trail on a 185 mile walking or driving tour around the north west coast of the island. The more adventurous may consider any of the 25 walking trails ranging from 20 minute strolls to more demanding mountainous hikes through some of the most beautiful natural sights on the island.

 Highland Village is another unique location on the island – this 43-acre establishment allows you to trace the history of the Scottish community on the island. Animal lovers may be interested in the Whale Interpretative Center where they can learn about the history of 16 different whale species and see a life size model of a pilot whale.

 In addition to many other great sights, the historic Fortress of  Lousibourg initiated in 1719 and completed in 1745 is an incredible visit for those wanting to step back in history. The fortress is a living model of times past with its complete reconstruction being undertaken between 1961 and 1981.   During the warmer months, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the wonderful outdoor activities on the island. Golf, cycling, hiking, swimming, fishing, and more are all easily accessible and enjoyable on the island. You can also whale watch, ski, or take a snowmobile tour.  

Cape Breton Services and Shopping
Keltic_Lodge_Cape_SmokeyCape Breton Island offers plenty of unique craft and artisan shops for you to explore. The island is teeming with talented craftspeople who create quilts, wood furniture, art, and other items to sell to visitors. Nearly every corner of the island is home to a number of these shops.   You will also find delectable food and treats at the island’s many restaurants. Most of the chefs use fresh food grown right on the island in their recipes which gives every dish a fresh, delicious flavor of its own.

Climate and Location
Atlantic_Ocean_SunsetCape Breton Island can be known for its brisk to cold winters and its mild summers. High temperatures during summer average between the mid-60’s and lower 70’sF (around 21C) between June and September. In winter, however, the highs rarely leave the 30’s F (around 0C) and will sometimes dip below freezing.   On average the island receives approximately 69 inches of rain and snowfall every year; the summer months being the driest as well as the warmest.

Cape Breton Island is located off the northeastern coast of Nova Scotia where the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean meet. The island is just east of Prince Edward Island and south of Newfoundland Island.   Nova Scotia is the second smallest province in Canada – only Prince Edward Island is smaller. Although the island only covers 21,000 square miles, Nova Scotia is home to just over 932,000 residents. The province, whose name means “New Scotland”, is actually located on a peninsula itself off the east coast of New Brunswick. Prince Edward Island is north of the island and Maine is to the southwest.   Nova Scotia is one of the most populous islands in the Maritimes. Fishing, mining, agriculture, tourism, and film production are all major industries in the province. Long before that, however, Nova Scotia was the first Scottish settlement in North America when it was formed in 1621. The province was also one of the first four – Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick were the others – to join the Confederation of Canada.   The province’s capital and largest city is Halifax, located on the Atlantic Coast. The city has more than 372,000 residents, which is more than one-third of the entire province’s population.

Cape Breton Culture, History and Population
Fish_Pots_on_DockCape Breton is a moderate sized island. Although it is the 18th largest island in Canada, it is only the 75th largest island in the world. The island’s is home to just over 147,000 full-time residents.

Cape Breton Island was originally home to ancestors of the Mi’kmaq Nation who had lived on the island for hundreds of years by the time Europeans arrived there. John Cabot was reportedly the first of those Europeans when he visited the site in 1497. About thirty years after Cabot’s visit, about 200 settlers arrived on the island to establish a fishing colony until the island was passed onto another generation in 1631.

The island was home to settlers from many different parts of Europe, including France, England, Ireland, and Scotland. In 1820, the island became part of Nova Scotia and only a few decades later established an active relationship with Newfoundland, another nearby island. Around this same time, large number of Scottish immigrants came to the island and their presence greatly influenced the island’s culture.

During the early 1900’s, Cape Breton received plenty of attention for being the home of two famous inventors: Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the telephone) and Guglielmo Marconi (sender of the first Trans-Atlantic radio message).

 

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