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T+L, Fodor's: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, one of world's best islands

© By Kathryn Harley Haynes
 
Bay Of Fundy
Cape Breton Island

Why? Easy: stunning scenery, riveting history, Celtic culture-and we're just getting started.
     Cape Bretoners have always known it, and now the word is out everywhere: that the Nova Scotia island is one of the best in the world. Travel + Leisure magazine readers recently rated Cape Breton third, right after Bali and the Galapagos. And Fodor's calls it an island paradise. So what's all the hubbub?
     Well for one thing, there's the scenery. Rocky, romantic, sweeping, maritime. For some of the most breathtaking views, check out the Cabot Trail, a 298-km (185-mi) roadway that soars above oceanside cliffs and dips into sheltered coves. Then there's the history: a fascinating mix for you to explore, ranging from the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest reconstructed 18th-century French fortified town in North America, to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, There's the culture: including Celtic music that's drawn raves from The Guardian, an array of Scottish crafts taught with traditional care at the Gaelic College and the magic of Mikmaq storytelling at Wagmatcook Centre.
     More? Well, there's golf: Golf Digest once rated Cape Breton as one of the world's best golf destinations. And there's whisky: Cape Breton is home to Glenora Inn & Distillery, North America's only single-malt distillery.
     You can always go and see for yourself.

Kathryn Harley Haynes's roving childhood through Great Britain, Canada and the United States was good grounding for the get-up-and-go demands of journalism and broadcasting. In her award-winning writing, Haynes captures the telling details and revealing quirks that illuminate a story, whether it's a travel piece, business feature or personality profile. Her work has appeared in Chatelaine, En Route, Harrowsmith Country Life, Homemaker's, More, Maclean's, Reader's Digest and others. Haynes makes her home on the mist-shrouded coast of Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore.

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Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Breton_Island
Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Cape_Breton_Island
Cape Breton Island: http://cbisland.com/index2.php
Tourism Nova Scotia: http://novascotia.com/en/home/default.aspx

What's happening, money, distance, time?
Media Guide: http://www.abyznewslinks.com/
Currency conversion: http://www.xe.com/ucc/
Distance calculator: http://www.indo.com/distance/
Time zone converter: http://www.timezoneconverter.com/

Transportation, visas, health, maps and temperature
Airlines (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airlines
Embassies/Consulates (Embassy World): http://www.embassyworld.com/
Health precautions (WHO): http://www.who.int/ith/en/
Google interactive map: http://maps.google.com/
Temperature (Temperature World): http://www.temperatureworld.com/


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