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Whale watching tours are a popular activity in the Francophone region of Cape Breton, which spans from the Margaree River to the village of Cheticamp.(Credit: Handout, 2005)

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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.