Englishtown is mostly known for being the gateway to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. For years, a small car ferry has shuttled passengers across the channel to the highway that winds along the Northern Shore towards to the national park. Despite the traffic that Englishtown sees, many visitors and locals alike are unaware of the many things to see and do in the village.

One of the more well-known attractions in Englishtown is the museum dedicated to Cape Breton’s one and only Giant, Angus MacAskill, who stood almost 8 feet tall and weighed more than 500 pounds.

Donelda’s Puffin Boat Tours offers 2.5-3 hour tours onboard The Highland Lass. Guests have the opportunity to see unique rock formations, sea caves, bald eagles, puffins, seals and a number of other bird and marine species. The Great Hall of Clans and Gaelic Heritage and Learning Center is a great place to learn more about the history of Scotland and the people who left there and sailed to the shores of Cape Breton Island. Visitors looking for unique and handcrafted souvenirs of their visit to Cape Breton can find a number of items for sale at Breton Treasures and Trinkets.

Outdoor lovers enjoy a couple of hiking trails, saltwater swimming and a rocky beach suitable for an afternoon or evening of fishing along the shore.

Andrea MacEachern is a freelance travel writer and amateur photographer living in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. anotherdayforgrace.blogspot.ca

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