To live fully on this island is to learn to love it through every season. Even on our coldest days Cape Breton offers up some wonderfully wintery ways to stay warm and experience the best our island has to offer. Grab your toque and mitts! We’re hitting the road to take a look at five ways to warm up this winter.
1. Warming Up Outside
Relax every muscle as you enjoy the warm waters of this amazing outdoor hot tub at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort in Indian Beach. After a day of snowshoeing around some legendary trails you can take in a winter sunset view of Bird Islands, stargaze and cuddle up before dashing back inside your cabin where a crackling wood stove awaits. The next morning? Let a little meditation and Qi Gong warm the soul - or hop back in the hot tub. It’s pretty irresistible.
2. Gather Round The Fire
The wind can be howling outside and snow may be piling up fast but you’re sitting with friends around this magnificent floor-to-ceiling wood-burning fireplace in the Main Lodge at Keltic Quay in Whycocomagh. The large leather couches hug you as you sit with friends in one of the coziest rooms on the island. Whether you’re chatting about what you’ve done all day or planning tomorrow’s adventure it’s hard to imagine a better escape from the bluster.
3. Crank the Heat at a Ceilidh
The Wednesday Night Ceilidh is a Gaelic College tradition, and you’ll find no place hotter than MacKenzie Hall when the first notes play on windy night. Or, catch a Sunday afternoon Ceilidh at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique. You can’t go wrong with performances by top-notch Celtic musicians from around the world.
4. Mug it Up in Arichat
From the time you toss your mud on the potters wheel you’ll be feeling like a pro! V Pottery in Arichat gives you all the time, tools, and tricks you need to shape your first clay creation. Your piece will be dried, fired and shipped to your door! The studio shares a building with La Goélette à Pépé Café so you can sip a coffee, browse their market selections, and enjoy the incredible view of the harbour and Chedabucto Bay.
5. Sweet Heat in Iona
You’re turning up the driveway at the Iona Heights Inn and you see two signs - you’re torn between which to visit first! On the corner is , an inviting pub and grill high on comfort with an incredible menu and a bar that serves up warmth by the pint. Just a few feet away is Jill’s Chocolate’s - handcrafted chocolates that make incredible gifts, even if you’re treating yourself. It’s cold out. You deserve this! And yes, of course there’s hot chocolate!