Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Cape Breton Island's community halls echo with the sounds of fiddle music and the accompanying thump-thump of fast-moving, jig-dancing feet. And it's no wonder, considering that most of the population is descended from Scottish Highlanders who settled here among the rolling green hills and windswept ocean vistas in the late 18th century. The Island's relative isolation on Nova Scotia's rugged Atlantic coast helped to preserve elements of Celtic culture, with the added bonus of safeguarding the natural treasures of the area. Cape Breton's only city, Sydney, is a good starting point for a scenic drive along the winding roads of the Cabot Trail.