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Locals Know - Bras d'Or Lake Scenic Drive

Our locals know best, from the top ten experiences on each of ourmagnificent trails and truly unforgettable hidden gems, just waiting to be discovered.

Bras d'Or Scenic Drive - Top Attractions

  1. Ceilidhs

    Join visitors and locals alike for an authentic celebration of our culture. Saturday night Ceilidhs at Iona Heights Inn; most evenings at the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn.
  2. Dundee Golf Club

    This lakeside golf club is nestled in the richly forested hills on the shores of the beautiful Bras d'Or Lake. Enjoy spectacular vistas and a challenging, world-class golf course.
  3. Battery Provincial Park

    Overlooking the majestic St. Peter's Bay, you will soon discover the historical significance of the site, including its fascinating connection to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.
  4. St. Peter's Canal

    This 800-metre canal linking the Atlantic Ocean with the magnificent Bras d'Or Lake offers scenic views, history, and a picturesque picnic area.
  5. St. Peter's Kitchen Rackets

    Enjoy some of the Island's best traditional Cape Breton music in a welcoming, lively environment.
  6. Daysailing Adventure

    Set sail from St. Peter's with Richmond Adventure Sailing Tours or Cape Breton Sailing Charters for an unforgettable coastal adventure.
  7. The Lakes Golf Club

    The Lakes Golf ClubThe Lakes Golf Club With rolling hills, crashing streams, and dramatic elevation changes, The Lakes offers 18 distinct postcard views.
  8. Eskasoni Cultural Journeys

    Explore two distinct cultures in this special tour by land and sea. Situated in the heart of the Bras d'Or Lake, feel the vibrancy of Mi'Kmaw and Gaelic cultures and traditions of our people.
  9. Baile nan Gàidheal/Highland Village

    Not your traditional museum! Experience Nova Scotia's Gaelic culture, heritage, and hospitality like never before at this living history site in scenic Iona.
  10. FireHouse Ironworks

    Explore a modern blacksmith shop where you may enjoy live demonstrations by artist-blacksmith, Grant Haverstock, and try your hand at the art of forging metal.

Hidden Gems

  1. The Feast of Saint Anne

    Honouring their patroness, St. Anne, grandmother of Jesus, the greatest feast day for the Mi'kmaq occurs on the last Saturday in July each year. Savour this cultural celebration!
  2. Rita's Tea Room

    Commemorating the late Rita MacNeil, drop by her tea room and enjoy a cup of tea and oatcakes; both well-known Cape Breton traditions.
  3. Goat Island

    Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beautiful trails of Goat Island. Be sure to watch for bald eagles nesting nearby.
  4. Bird Island Boat Tours

    This ecologically sensitive nature tour takes you to Bird Island, a renowned nesting ground for Atlantic Puffins. Here, you may also see eagles and grey seals basking in their natural habitat.
  1. Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre

    A peaceful gathering place for residents and visitors alike to experience the majestic Bras d'Or Lake. On site washroom/laundromat, shower facilities, fitness centre, and scheduled events are among the draw.
  2. Salt Mountain Hiking Trail/Skye River Trail

    Two spectacular hiking trails in the heart of our Island. Salt Mountain Hiking Trail, Whycocomagh and Skye River Trail, Waycobah.
  3. Have a Sip

    Drop by Eileanan Breagha Vineyards, arguably the most stunning vineyard vista in Nova Scotia, and Big Spruce Brewing, a certified organic farm known for its two flagship beers: Cereal Killer Oatmeal Stout and Kitchen Party Pale Ale.
  4. Kayak Cape Breton

    Explore a nearby island or river estuary with an experienced and professional tour guide.
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