The Bras dOr Lake in Cape Breton is one of the worlds premiere in-land saltwater seas and Canadas largest inland sea. The Bras dOr Lake has a great reputation, by sailors and boaters alike, for being one of the greatest sailing destinations of the world. With its sheltered waters, summer water temperatures averaging 75.2-78.8F (24-26C), South West prevailing winds, and fog-free water, you can see why the Bras dOr Lake has acquired such a reputation.
Set sail from St. Peters on part of the UNESCO Bras dOr Lake Biosphere Reserve. Your captain, Gordon Kerr will teach you the ropes of sailing and give you a chance to try it for yourself aboard his 25 foot, traditional sloop, Cuna Mara. This adventure departs from the lakeside of the St. Peters Canal National Historic Site, a historic locks system that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Bras dOr Lake.
The Bras dOr Lake, an inland sea of partially fresh and saltwater, is home to a variety of sea life and birds such as bald eagles and the great blue heron. After sailing the sparkling waters, well find one of the lakes many sheltered, secluded coves and drop anchor. Enjoy a picnic lunch and perhaps go for a dip in the cove (snorkel sets provided). Well do a few scientific water tests (eg. pH&temp) and sample the biodiversity of the area (e.g. plankton tow) while listening to tales of the local history.
For the full-day adventure, we can sail to and dock at Chapel Island, part of a local Mikmaq community, Potlotek First Nation, the location of the historic Chapel Island First Nations Mission. This is the location of one of the first contacts between the native North American people and the Europeans. We might even meet with a local guide to hear stories of the Mikmaq knowledge keepers, some of their legends and history.
- Guided sailing tour of the Bras dOr Lake, part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
- Brief sailing instruction with the opportunity to take the helm
- Picnic lunch (locally sourced, as available) and beverages onboard
- Swimming and Snorkeling
- Biological sampling (e.g. plankton tow)
- Guided hiking tour of Chapel Island First Nation Mission
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