Mabou in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, offers a variety of outdoor activities. Hiking trails like the Mabou Highlands Trail and the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail are great for exploring the scenic views of the area. You can also enjoy fishing in nearby rivers and lakes, or kayaking and canoeing in the Mabou River. For beach lovers, West Mabou Beach Provincial Park is a great spot for swimming and relaxing. Golfers can tee off at the renowned Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs courses. And if you’re interested in cultural activities, attending a local Celtic music performance or visiting the nearby Celtic Music Interpretive Centre can be a memorable experience.

Cape Mabou Highlands Hiking Trails 

Celtic Shores – Biking | Walking | Running

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Top hikes in Cape Breton

Cabot Cliffs Golf Course


Here are some of the best beaches around Mabou, Cape Breton:

1. Inverness Beach – Inverness Beach is a beautiful, sandy beach located in Inverness, Cape Breton. It is one of the most popular beaches in the area and is known for its stunning views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

2. West Mabou Beach – West Mabou Beach is a secluded beach located in the village of Mabou, Cape Breton. It is known for its clear, shallow waters and is a great spot for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

3. Port Hood Beach – Port Hood Beach is a long, sandy beach located in the village of Port Hood, Cape Breton. It is a popular spot for beach volleyball and is known for its stunning sunsets.

4. Chimney Corner Beach – Chimney Corner Beach is a secluded beach located along the Cabot Trail in Inverness County. It is known for its rugged beauty and is a great spot for hiking, beachcombing, and picnicking.


West Mabou Beach

Inverness Beach

Port Hood Beach




This beautiful area is known for its delicious seafood and local cuisine. One of the most popular restaurants in the area is the Red Shoe Pub, known for its live music, pub fare, and fresh seafood dishes. For those looking for a fine dining experience, The Dancing Goat Café & Bakery offers a selection of gourmet dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Other options include the Mabou River Inn Restaurant, serving up traditional Nova Scotian dishes.  

The Red Shoe Pub – Mabou

Whits Public House – Inverness

Glenora Distillery – Inverness

The Annex – Inverness

Mabour River Inn  



Looking for entertainment activities in Mabou, Cape Breton? Here are some options for you:

1. Celtic Music Interpretive Centre – This center showcases the art, culture and history of Cape Breton’s Celtic heritage through music, exhibits, workshops and performances.

2. Dance to the Tunes of a Ceilidh – Enjoy the rhythm and music of Cape Breton-style ceilidh at various locations around Mabou. It is a great way to experience the lively Celtic culture of the region.

3. Mabou Farmers’ Market – This market offers fresh local produce, home-baked goods and crafts, along with live music performances every week.

4. The Red Shoe Pub – This iconic pub in Mabou offers live Celtic music, delicious food and a cozy atmosphere.

5. Outdoor Activities – Explore the trails of Beinn Bhiorach, enjoy the scenic views of Mabou Harbor or go fishing on Mabou River.


Mabou Farmers Market

The Red Shoe Pub

Inverness County Center for the Arts

Celtic Music Interpretive Center

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A popular destination for square dancing enthusiasts. The area hosts various square dancing options, including weekly dances at the West Mabou Hall, with live music provided by local fiddlers and pianists. The dances are open to people of all ages and skill levels. Additionally, there are several annual events, including the Mabou Ceilidh Days in August, which features workshops, concerts, and of course, square dancing. The town is also home to the Strathspey Place Performing Arts Centre, which hosts regular celtic events throughout the year.


Traditional Square dancing around Mabou





Mabou offers a variety of shopping options for visitors and locals alike. The Mabou Farmers Market is a popular destination, where visitors can find fresh produce, homemade baked goods, and locally-made crafts.  The Mabou Freshmart grocery store offers a range of everyday items.  Overall, the shopping options in Mabou offer a unique and authentic taste of Cape Breton’s culture and craftsmanship.

Clothing and Gym

Mabou Farmer’s Market

Photography – Cape Breton Gallery

Groceries/Alcohol – Mabou Freshmart

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We require a 2 night minimum stay. No pets or children under 10 are permitted on site.

Other Attractions in Mabou

Woman on sailboat Mabou Harbour

Mabou, Cape Breton offers diverse attractions for travelers. Bird watching, stargazing, museums, and picnicking are popular activities. Visitors can also explore the Mabou Harbour Lighthouse or St. Marys Parish, try fishing or hiking, and socialize in local pubs and restaurants.

Mabou is an ideal destination for those seeking adventure or relaxation. Our geodomes provide a unique and luxurious way to experience this beautiful region.

Book a weekend in our geodomes to enjoy all that Mabou has to offer while indulging in the ultimate glamping experience. Don’t miss out on the chance to make unforgettable memories in one of Canada’s most beautiful destinations.

The History of Mabou

Woman on sailboat Mabou Harbour

The town’s history is a unique blend of Gaelic and Acadian cultures, with settlers arriving in the 19th century from Scotland, Ireland, and France. Today, Mabou remains a vibrant community that celebrates its heritage through music, dance, and storytelling.

Visitors to Mabou can experience this rich culture firsthand and learn about the town’s history through its many museums and cultural attractions.

Woman on sailboat Mabou Harbour

Our Location IN MABOU


Mabou is on the western, sunset side of Cape Breton Island. It is approximately 65 km from the Canso Causeway along route 19 highway. The Northeast Cove is at 355 Mabou Harbour Road, Mabou, Nova Scotia.

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Danny 902-984-1160
Lorna 902-984-1150


355 Mabou Harbour Road Mabou, Nova Scotia BOE1X0