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.
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.
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.
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.
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.