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How much does it cost to live in Cape Breton?

Detached

Median Selling Price$265,000


Average Days on Market

38

#Active Listings (last 30 days)

168

#Sold Listings (last 30 days)

3

Why live in Cape Breton?

Cape Breton is known for its highland scenery and endless coastline. But beyond its natural beauty, this Nova Scotia island has so much to offer residents. Learn more about what makes Cape Breton so unique below.

Quality and diversity of education in Cape Breton

The Cape Breton Victoria Regional Centre for Education is the school board that operates on Cape Breton Island. It runs schools all over the island, with the majority being in Sydney, the area’s largest city. However, you will also find schools in Glace Bay, Ingonish, Pleasant Bay, Cheticamp, and beyond. The main post-secondary institution is Cape Breton University, which is a public university. It is the only university on Cape Breton Island, though there are a couple of nearby colleges, the CBBC Career College and the Canadian Coast Guard College. For more post-secondary opportunities, residents will need to travel farther away to cities like Halifax, Antigonish, or Wolfville, where you will find Dalhousie University, St. Mary’s University, Acadia University, St. Francis Xavier University, and more.

Most populous cities in Cape Breton

Sydney is by far the largest town on Cape Breton Island, so, unsurprisingly, many of the most populous neighbourhoods are located here. They include Florence, Downtown Sydney, Coxheath, Dominion, Donkin, Alder Point, Balls Creek, Bras Dor, Whitney Pier, and Glace Bay.

Quality of infrastructure for Cape Breton

Residents of Cape Breton will benefit from the area’s quality infrastructure, which includes the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. This is a regional airport that offers Air Canada and WestJet flights throughout Canada. For international travel, Cape Breton residents will need to head to Halifax Stanfield International Airport, approximately four hours from the island. Unfortunately, there is no train service in Cape Breton, though there are Via Rail stations in Amherst, Truro, and Halifax, which give residents access to other Canadian provinces. Maritime Bus also has several stations on the island, including three in Sydney alone, as well as one in Port Hawkesbury, one in Wagmatcook, and one in Whycocomagh. Meanwhile, the nearest major hospital is Cape Breton Regional Hospital, which is located in Sydney.

Safety and security for Cape Breton

Cape Breton is one of the safest places to call home in Nova Scotia. It features a low crime rate, including a low property crime rate and a low violent crime rate. The area is protected by the Cape Breton Regional Police Service. In any sort of emergency, call 9-1-1.

Cape Breton property market

The Cape Breton property market is thriving, which makes it a great place to buy. Depending on what part of the island you prefer to live in, whether a larger town like Sydney or somewhere smaller like Ingonish, the housing options will range. Generally speaking, residents can find everything from cottages and bungalows to apartments, condos, detached homes, semi-detached homes, and townhomes on Cape Breton Island.

Standard of living in Cape Breton

Boasting quality schools, a plethora of healthcare centres, unbeatable ocean scenery, and plenty of recreational opportunities, the standard of living in Cape Breton is high. There’s a reason that so many people choose to call Cape Breton home, as well as travel here during the summer months.

Something wonderful about Cape Breton

As you might suspect given that the area is in fact, an island, natural beauty abounds here. The island is 110 miles long and features plenty of forest, rolling hills, and coastline. At its highest peak, the Cape Breton Highlands reach 1,745 feet above sea level. The island is home to Cape Breton Highlands National Park, one of the most scenic national parks in Canada. Running through the park is the Cabot Trail, named after explorer John Cabot who is believed to have visited the island in the late 15th century. Today, the Cabot Trail is the top tourist attraction in the area, spanning 185 miles of picturesque roadway. Along it, you will find everything from beaches and hiking trails to golf courses, parks, and more.