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Leave your footprints on our shores…
They will be welcomed by gentle waters and rolling surf.
Anticipate larger than life encounters.

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Whale Watching

The shores hugging the Cabot Trail are teeming with sea life and present one of the best locations in Nova Scotia to experience a close encounter. Cape Breton’s whale watching captains bring you in close so you can say hello to the Atlantic Ocean’s gentle giants: pods of friendly Pilot and Minke whales, great Humpbacks and Finbacks, as well as dolphins, porpoises, seals and many other marine wildlife.

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Kayaking

Cape Breton has some of the best coastline in the world and a great way to explore it is by canoe or kayak, allowing you to sit as close as one can to the water, giving you an intimate and engaging experience with your surroundings. Our tour operators offer guided excursions, lessons and rentals in several locations across the island.

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Boat Tours

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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Beaches

Take a dip in the western shores of Cape Breton where you can swim in the warm, salty waters of the Gulf, beachcomb, and enjoy a front row seat to some of the most picturesque sunsets. Local favorites include Port Hood Beach, Inverness Beach, West Mabou Beach, and Chimney Corner Beach. On the south coast, Point Michaud Beach is a renowned beach ideal for surfing.

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Fishing

Tie a fly and cast for wild Atlantic salmon on the Margaree River. Just minutes from the Cabot Trail, The Margaree Valley is known as a world class fly fishing destination with many seasoned tour guides. Other notable fishing holes exist in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park which offers recreational fishing opportunities, in season, on its many lakes and streams.

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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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CB West Paddle Boards – Margaree River Run

CB West Paddle Boards – Margaree River Run

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Belle Côte

Guided tours down the lower Margaree River on a SUP (stand up paddle board), or kayak. Paddle through changing landscapes and salmon pools, while honing your skills as you learn a little bit about the...

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Dixon’s Zodiac Seafari – Whale & Coastal Tours

Dixon’s Zodiac Seafari – Whale & Coastal Tours

Region: Cabot Trail Community: Neil's Harbour

Dixons Zodiac Seafari is located in the tiny fishing village of Neil’s Harbour, just below the lighthouse. Join us and embark on a minimum two hour adventure in search of different whale species suc...

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“When traveling around the Cabot Trail, you must get out on the water. North River Kayak Tours is an excellent stop for all levels of kayaking. Expect to see several bald eagles flying overhead. We even saw a nest with babies sticking their heads out, waiting for mom to arrive. This was one of the most pleasant kayaking excursions we’ve ever had. It was a relaxed, easy going half day excursion that offered beautiful views and great conversation.”

Debra Corbeil and Dave Bouskill
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