Local Attractions

With a population of approximately 1,600, the community of Inverness may be considered small, but the people here are big on new opportunities, and deeply connected to the community and its surrounding natural beauty.

In addition to everything else that Inverness and Cabot Links has to offer, here are a few local attractions that are guaranteed to please. And for more information or assistance in crafting an itinerary for your next trip, please talk to our Reservations Team.

Inverness County Centre for the Arts

As a regional hub for the arts on Cape Breton’s west coast, the Inverness County Centre for the Arts “celebrates the creative spirit of the artists of Inverness County.” The Centre showcases the work of artists from across Canada and around the world, and features an exhibition space, gallery, and gift shop. With its array of local handcrafted products, it’s the ideal place to find a souvenir or gift.

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Inverness Raceway

Dating back to 1928, the Inverness Raceway continues to be a wildly popular sporting attraction in town. It’s a great way to spend a few hours watching live harness racing, enjoying the local flavour, and placing a bet on a favourite horse. Races are held Wednesdays and Sundays in July and August (Sundays only in June and September); simulcast racing is usually on Thursday to Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons.

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Inverness Village Market

Each Saturday, the Inverness Village Market on Mill Road showcases the creativity, crafts, and culinary talents of community vendors. It’s hosted by Mill Road Social Enterprises, a local vocational agency for adults who have intellectual disabilities. Take a stroll through the market, and shop for products ranging from baked goods to artwork, enjoy a complimentary cup of tea and an oatcake, and have a lunch of seafood chowder.

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Glenora Distillery

Just a short drive south of Cabot Links, Glenora Distillery is home to North America’s first single malt whisky. Flagship spirits include the Glen Breton Rare 25 Year and the Glen Breton Rare Cabot Links 19 Year. Its restaurant and pub serve up seasonal dishes and live local music daily. Book a tour and explore this amazing piece of Cape Breton history. (And don’t forget to ask about the VIP tour experience.) Travel time: 15 minutes

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Quincy Street Market

Need the perfect gift? Treating yourself? Quincy Street Market is your shopping destination in Inverness. It offers everything from clothing to groceries, and balances beautiful arts and crafts from the region with carefully selected pieces from across Canada and beyond.

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Square Dancing

With live music from talented musicians and fun and welcoming crowds, Cape Breton square dancing is an experience like no other. There’s a square dance almost every night of the week on the island’s sunset side. Check in with our Cabot Links’ Reservation Team for the latest information on nearby dances. Then, shine up your shoes, grab a partner, and join in!

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