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10 Hidden Gems on Cape Breton Island
Cape Breton’s hidden gems are waiting to be discovered! Come find some of our favourite gems and see how many you can find this year!
This hidden gem of a trail is found overlooking the Aspy Bay. This trail travels along the North Mountain range and doesn’t involve any climbing! What’s great about this hike is that you don’t have to hike far to arrive at the headland that looks over the bay. Be on the lookout for moose while hiking to the headland!
Get your swimsuits on and get ready for a day of sunning yourself on the Margaree River. Drift lazily along this world renowned river while watching trout and salmon swim underneath you. Keep your eyes open for eagles perched on the trees nearby hoping to have some fish for dinner!
There’s no denying it, Aspy Bay is one of Cape Breton’s most beautiful regions. Kayak along expansive beaches, intermittent islands and mountain backgrounds this is an adventure you’ll never forget. Don’t worry if you’re a kayaking rookie, Cabot Trail Adventures can help teach you a thing or two!
If you’re coming to Cape Breton, don’t forget your bicycle! The Celtic Shores Coastal Trail has 92kms of groomed biking trails just waiting for you. The trail travels from Inverness, through Mabou, Port Hood and Judique and all the way down to Port Hastings. You can literally bike for days!
Welcome to the most adventurous swimming hole on the island! Go for a dip under Nova Scotia’s tallest waterfall. These falls are 32m tall and are reputably Nova Scotia’s tallest. After a 9km hike through acadian forest to the falls, you’ll want to cool off in the pool for a swim you’ll never forget.
Tie a fly and cast for wild Atlantic salmon on the Margaree River. Find a moment for yourself while exploring one of the many notable fishing holes in this world-renowned salmon fishing river. Be sure to visit the Margaree Salmon Museum as well, it’s a must-see for an avid angler. Be sure to call ahead, the COVID-19 pandemic may affect their hours of operation.
There’s no better way to see Cape Breton than by it’s famous ‘inland sea’, the Bras d’Or Lake! Enjoy a day on the water and find hidden coves to play in. The Bras d’Or Lake is not only a famous body of water, it’s also a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve. After a day of sailing on the lake you’ll see why Alexander Graham Bell decided to build his home over looking the lake.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to surf? Did you know that you can actually learn to surf here in Cape Breton? You can take surf lessons at the Point Michaud beach and finally learn how to catch some waves. You may find it surprising to know that Cape Breton is a highly sought after location for surfing, especially during the winter months!
9. Paddling in Whycocomagh Bay
Picture this: set your alarm early, roll out of bed, walk out your door and slip your canoe in Whycocomagh Bay and watch the sun come up while your canoe glides though the still waters. If that’s not enough to start your day off on the right foot than I don’t know what is! If this is your slice of heaven then he Keltic Quay has just what you’re looking for. Their cottages decorate the shore line in Whycocomagh making a quick sunrise paddle almost too easy!
There are almost too many places on the west coast of Cape Breton to put your kayak in the water. Inverness, Chéticamp, Margaree, Mabou, Port Hood, and Chimney Corner are just a few of the places we’d recommend going for a sunset paddle. Is there a better way to wrap up the perfect day in Cape Breton? If there is, we’d be hard pressed to know!
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Shannon MacMullin is a Gàidhlig learner, singer and storyteller; a community educator, and the Cultural Experiences Co-ordinator at Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village. She loves dancing, making beauty in the world & bringing people together.