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Our rivers and lakes are calling!

A wise person once said, ‘A bad day fishing is better than a good day at the office’. Whether you’re fishing for trout, bass or salmon, it’s a sentiment we can all get behind. This 3-day itinerary will have you exploring some of the best fishing holes and rivers on the Island. While we can help you find the best places to cast a line, it’ll be up to you to see what you can land and which fish tales you’ll choose to embellish. Be sure to download and review the Nova Scotia Angler’s Handbook for all rules and regulations.

Day 1

Baddeck to Baddeck River Bridge – 8km

Start your day before the sun comes out and head out on the water. Fishing on the Bras d’Or Lake near the Baddeck River Bridge on the Cabot Trail will see you casting for a variety of trout species, striped bass and perch. Be sure to bring your camera to share photos so you can brag to your friends at home! Choose from a great variety of nearby accommodations.

fly fishing in the river
  • Grab a cup of coffee and make the short drive to the Baddeck River Bridge on the Cabot Trail
  • Cast your line and test your skill on the water
  • Treat yourself to lunch at the Herring Choker, only a short drive from your location
  • Enjoy a lobster supper in Baddeck at the Lakeside Restaurant or the Baddeck Lobster Suppers
  • Watch the sun go down over the Bras d’Or Lake as you get ready for tomorrow’s adventure
  • Get a good night’s rest at any of the great accommodations in Baddeck

Day 2

Baddeck to Whycocomagh – 38km

Day 2 starts off exploring Whycocomagh. Whycocomagh is home to some of the best trout (brown, rainbow and speckled trout) and striped bass fishing on the Bras d’Or Lake and, if you’re extra adventurous, be sure to drive the extra distance along the Bras d’Or Lake to the River Denys Basin. This basin is one of Cape Breton Island’s best-kept fishing secrets.

  • Depart Baddeck and drive west on the Trans Canada Highway to Whycogomagh
  • Enjoy a great morning fishing for trout or bass
  • Have a late breakfast or early lunch at Charlene’s Bayside Restaurant and Café
  • Explore the River Denys Basin on the Bras d’Or Lake
  • Stay at one of the great accommodations in Whycocomagh

Day 3

Whycocomagh to Margaree – 58km

Day 3 brings you to one of the most famous fishing rivers in Canada. The world-renowned Margaree River is famous for its idyllic beauty and salmon fishing. We recommend working with a guide when fishing on this designated Canadian Heritage River. Guides will help keep informed of all the rules and regulations while fishing on the Margaree while putting you in some of the best pools.

Fly Fisher casts off on Cape Breton Island
  • Leave Whycocomagh and head to Margaree
  • Cast for salmon in one of the many salmon pools along the Margaree
  • Grab a bite to eat with a late breakfast and coffee at the Dancing Goat
  • Explore a new pool on the Margaree
  • Be sure to brag about the one that got away
  • Treat yourself to an amazing supper at the Woodroad Restaurant or the Island Sunset

While there are many great fishing locations on the Island, here are some we recommend.  Be sure to check on associated regulations for each location:

  • The Chéticamp River
  • Fullers Bridge in Forchu
  • The Middle River
  • The North River
  • Grand River
  • Mabou Harbour

Businesses and Activities from Itinerary

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Baddeck Lobster Suppers

Region: Cabot Trail

Community: Baddeck & Area

We are a family owned, neighborhood restaurant featuring locally-fished lobster, salmon, crab and more! Fresh hard-shell lobster and all-you...

46.0972 -60.7571

Charlene’s Bayside Restaurant and Cafe

Region: Bras d’Or Lake

Community: Whycocomagh & Area

Home to Charlene’s Multi-Award Winning Famous Seafood Chowder. A great family dining experience enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. ...

45.970933 -61.111437

Island Sunset Resort

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Trip Advisor Rating 102 Reviews

Region: Canada’s Musical Coast

Community: Margarees

Island Sunset Resort is nestled in Belle Côte on the historic mouth of the Margaree River on the breathtaking Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Is...

46.4487 -61.1029


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Trip Advisor Rating 23 Reviews

Regions: Canada’s Musical Coast, Cabot Trail

Community: Margarees

Woodroad is a 25 seat restaurant offering fine dining experiences in Margaree Harbour. Located along the stunning coast of western Cape Bret...

46.4038 -61.1535