Cape North (Nova Scotia)

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Cape North is a headland located at the northeastern extremity of Cape Breton Island in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Cape North delineates the westernmost boundary of the Cabot Strait. It is located opposite Cape Ray on the southwestern tip of Newfoundland. Cape North the community takes its name from this historic landmark.

St. Paul Island is located approximately 24 km to the north in the Cabot Strait.

Cape North is claimed to have been the "prema tiera vista" or first land[1] seen by explorer John Cabot.


  1. ^ "Cape Breton Landfall Argument", Cabot's 1497 Voyage, Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site Project, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1997, accessed August 8, 2011.

Coordinates: 47°02′00″N 60°24′57″W / 47.03333°N 60.41583°W / 47.03333; -60.41583