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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. A 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.


Stories about the Island, by Locals and Visitors

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.

Oh The Things You’ll See

Once described as “A basin ringed by indigo hills laced with marble. Islands within a sea inside an island,” it’s a special place where you can watch the community gather for a Saturday night Ceilidh. See bald eagles circle overhead by kayak, trail, or sail. Feel the vibrancy of Mi’kmaq culture at Eskasoni and be treated to Gaelic hospitality in the form of oatcakes and tea—all in the same day.

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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.


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