Bras d'Or Lake
Sunset over Bras d'Or Lake in Irish Cove, Nova Scotia, in September 2015
Mi'kmaq camp in Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia photographed by Paul-Émile Miot in 1857.
West Bay in early summer
Ocean-going ships enter and exit the Bras d'Or Lake system via Great Bras d'Or, spanned by the Seal Island Bridge
Reserve Colliery 1900
Passenger steamer on Bras d'Or Lake near New Campbellton, ca 1903.
Aerial view of Sydney Harbour
The East Bay Regatta, held the last weekend in July since 1984, features races and other social events. As many as 40 boats participate.
CBRM Council Chambers in City Hall, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton Regional Municipality welcome sign
NASA landsat photo of Cape Breton Island
J.A. McCurdy Airport
Marine Atlantic ferry Blue Puttees
Great Hall of Cape Breton University
Rita MacNeil performing at the National Arts Centre in 2009
Centre 200, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Shoreline is under the jurisdiction of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the county municipalities of Inverness, Victoria, and Richmond.

- Bras d'Or Lake

Nearby attractions such as the Cape Breton Highlands, Bras d'Or Lake and Fortress of Louisbourg have made Cape Breton Island a tourism destination for many years.

- Cape Breton Regional Municipality

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NASA landsat photo of Cape Breton Island

Cape Breton Island

Island on the Atlantic coast of North America and part of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Island on the Atlantic coast of North America and part of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada.

NASA landsat photo of Cape Breton Island
Philippe de Pastour de Costebelle, 1st Governor of Île Royale, only known image of a French Governor
Siege of Louisbourg (1758)
Samuel Waller Prentice, 84th Regiment, 4 January 1780, shipwrecked off Cape Breton, Nova Scotia by Robert Pollard (1784)
The former Congregation Sons of Israel synagogue, in Glace Bay. In 1902, the synagogue was Nova Scotia's first purpose-built synagogue. It permanently closed in July 2010. To the left is the also closed Talmud Torah community centre. This was the location of the Hebrew school and functions like Bar Mitzvah and wedding dinners.
Cape Breton Island's most recognizable and commonly used flag
Cape Breton Island's "Eagle" flag (1994)
Cape Breton Island's second cultural flag, the "Tartan" flag (early 1990s)
Cape Breton Island's first cultural flag, the blue-and-yellow flag, dates to the 1940s.
Cabot's Landing, Victoria County, commemorating the "first land seen" by explorer John Cabot in 1497
The shoreline of Bras d'Or Lake at Marble Mountain, Inverness Co.
A bulk carrier in the Strait of Canso docked at the Martin Marietta Materials quarry at Cape Porcupine
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Smelt Brook on the northern shore
Entering Cape Breton Island from Canso Causeway
Seal Island Bridge in Victoria County, the 3rd-longest in Nova Scotia
Sydney Harbour with Point Edward, Westmount, and downtown Sydney visible

Approximately 75% of the island's population is in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), which includes all of Cape Breton County and is often referred to as Industrial Cape Breton.

These efforts resulted in the first powered flight in Canada when the AEA Silver Dart took off from the ice-covered waters of Bras d'Or Lake.