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Bras d’Or Lake

It may be called a lake, but this is really Canada’s inland sea. A mecca for sailors and a true paddler’s paradise. Here, you’ll find saltwater fringed by deep forested hills and culture abound.

Explore this UNESCO designated Biosphere by boat, navigating this unique salt-water estuary, a blend of Arctic and warm subtropical oceans. Or, skirt the massive lake by car, popping into welcoming communities as you go.

 

The Bras d'Or Lake

Boating on the Bras d’Or Lake

Unparalleled sailing and boating await you on the Bras d’Or. Fog-free and sheltered by lush forested hills, experience perfect winds as you explore secluded anchorages, hundreds of coves and islands, and over half a dozen welcoming marinas.

 

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    Places to Stay

    The Bras d’Or region is home to some unique B&B’s, Wilderness Resorts, Motels, Golf Resorts, Inns, you name it! All you have to do is sit back, relax, and pick your favorites. 

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    Places to Eat

    Whether you are looking for a quick but tasty lunch or a full course supper the Bras d’Or Lake region has you covered. With homemade seafood dishes in the summer, warm soups in the winter, and mouthwatering desserts year-round. 

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    Boat Tours & Charters

    Unparalleled sailing and boating charters await you on the Bras d’Or. Fog-free and sheltered by lush forested hills, experience perfect winds as you explore secluded anchorages, hundreds of coves and islands, and over half a dozen welcoming marinas

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    UNESCO Biosphere

    Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2011, the Bras d’Or Lake and its watershed area are recognized for the residents live in harmony with nature and work to promote a healthy environment, economy, and culture.

Illustrated map of Cape Breton Island

Easy to Find. Hard to Leave.

There are direct flights to Sydney from Toronto and Montreal and from other North American and European cities via Halifax. If traveling by ground, the Trans-Canada Highway 104 leads to Cape Breton Island.

Getting Here and Around

Baddeck, the Beginning and the End of the Cabot Trail

Bras d'Or Lake, Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Coastal Adventure, Culinary, Music & the Arts, Outdoor Adventure


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Eskasoni Cultural Journey

Eskasoni Cultural Journeys

Discover authentic Mi’kmaq culture along our picturesque 2.4 km trail on Goat Island in Eskasoni. You will be guided along the trail by one of our Mi’kmaq cultural interpreters who will take you to visit several villages, each one offering a unique experience to learn and partake in this way of life.