Upload Photo

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

The otherworldly Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, was more or less cut off from the North American mainland until 1955, when a causeway opened. Early immigrants to Cape Breton from the Scottish Highlands left their mark on the fishing villages of the island's Atlantic side, where signs are in Gaelic and kilts abound, while settlers from France populated towns on the Gulf of St. Lawrence side, where French is spoken widely and Acadian food is served.

Sign up for Newsday's Travel newsletter to plan small day trips, big getaways and more.


Newsday.com now uses Facebook for our comment boards. Please read our guidelines and connect your Facebook account to comment.