Cape Breton Island’s history has been shaped by the sea and the
fishery. The Aboriginal people who greeted the first European
visitors to their coasts were the Mi'kmaq. Occupation of this region
extends back to more than 10,000 years ago.
In the century after John Cabot's 1497 voyage to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Mi'kmaq would trade furs for copper kettles, woolen blankets, iron knives, and the other products of early modern Europe, as well as teach the early settlers how to survive in the new land. Waves of Scottish immigrants settled in Cape Breton during the 18th and 19th century along with the French and other European settlers and Cape Breton became a multi-cultural island.
Cape Breton Island has received many rankings and awards including:
Number One, Must-see Island in North America
Travel and Leisure magazine World's Best Awards 2009, pretty much summed it up for us naming Cape Breton Island the number one, must-see island to visit in North America and number three on its top islands of the world list.
Colourful and cultured – Experience the sights and sounds of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia's Masterpiece.