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Chart a course on The Bras d’Or Lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Canada’s largest in-land sea.
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Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere

The Bras d’Or watershed, a UNESCO Biosphere, is a unique salt-water estuary that constitutes a true inland sea. Communities around the Lake choose to take on the challenge of protecting the biodiversity while continuing responsible human activity on the Lake. The Bras d’Or Lake has unique characteristics, with species typical of both Arctic waters and warm subtropical oceans.

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Boating on the Bras d’Or Lake

The Bras d’Or Lake provides an unparalleled sailing and boating experience. The Lake measures roughly 100km in length and 50km wide with a maximum depth of 287 meters and is surrounded by tree-covered, rolling hills, providing just the right amount of wind. Known for fog-free waters, secluded anchorages, and hundreds of coves and islands, the area is a boater’s paradise.

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Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Ports

Marinas and yacht clubs offer berths and mooring space, launch/haul-out services, water hook-up, and electricity at the dock. Other amenities may include washrooms, showers, laundry, telephone, wifi, fuel, ice, pump-out, waste oil services, pressure-washing, and tender services. The Island has several harbour ports for vessels both small and large to dock.

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Boat Tours & Charters

From relaxing sailing tours on the Bras d’Or Lake, to adventurous zodiac whale cruises on the open Atlantic or lobster dinners out on the water, Cape Breton offers a wide range of boat tours and charter activities. Incredible coastal vistas provide the backdrop to the abundant sea life found in the North Atlantic, featuring whales, seals and many seabirds and fish.

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Eagle Eye Outfitters – Deep Sea Fishing

Eagle Eye Outfitters – Deep Sea Fishing

Region: Ceilidh Trail Community: Inverness

Come aboard and fish our beautiful clean waters for Mackerel, Cod (seasonal), Striped Bass, and other bottom fish. All fishing gear will be provided. Bathroom facilities available on board.In addition...

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“Cloud-shrouded mountains, sun-splashed hills, wilderness forests, snug coves, broad bays, eagles soaring overhead. In a week of sailing in the heart of Cape Breton Island, Bras d’Or Lake turned out to be far better than the place I’d read about for years, with the hopes of one day visiting. Toss in fine summer weather, water that’s as prefect for sailing as it is for swimming, sparkling fiddle tunes, and some of the nicest folks you’ll meet on the planet, and well, my next question is, “How soon can I get back there?””

Mark Pillsbury
Cruising World

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