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The CBRM is among the oldest regions in Canada. First inhabited by the Mi'kmaq people, who continue to be very important members of the Cape Breton society, Cape Breton was also one of the first areas of the North American continent to be explored by European adventurers.

Fortress Louisbourg, which is located in the southeastern part of the CBRM, is one of the foremost historic sites in Canada and it is testament to the important early role of Cape Breton in the settlement and development of North America.

Whether it is breathtaking scenery or historic landmarks and exhibits or shopping or entertainment or business opportunities, all of the communities of the CBRM offer interesting and diverse experiences.

Ranging from a stroll along the harbour in the historic north-end of Sydney, which is the largest community in the CBRM, to a visit at the fossil center in Sydney Mines, to an exploration of the Miners' Museum in Glace Bay, or a swim in the Atlantic Ocean at the magnificent sandy beach located in Dominion, there is really no end to the things to do and enjoy in the CBRM.