Cape Breton Chronicles
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Do you crave adventure and want a multi-day experience that you will be talking about for years? Good, you are in the right place then! This 4-day long tour is packed full of adventure with incredible guided hikes, whale watching, sea kayaking, bird islands boat tour or just take time to relax on one of the world’s most beautiful islands – Cape Breton Island; a place commonly referred to as the “crown jewel of Nova Scotia.”
“I have traveled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian Rockies, the American Rockies, the Andes and the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland; but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.” – Alexander Graham Bell
Day # 1 – We are off to Cape Breton, in no time at all you’ll see why Nova Scotia is referred to as New Scotland, as we drive past rolling hills and wind up at the door step of the Bras D’or Lakes and the base of Salt Mountain. Here we hike to the summit following the moderate trail for incredible views of the lakes below, the surrounding hills and soaring eagles above the countryside.
It’s then time to make our way to the lovely lakeside town of Baddeck, once home to the world famous inventor of the telephone – Mr. Alexander Graham Bell. His estate “Beinn Bhreagh” still stands tall and proud overlooking the beautiful Baddeck Bay.
Day #2 – Today we enter the Cape Breton Highland’s National Park, making frequent stops to take photos from the look-offs that overlook the ocean and the highlands which rise from its’ cool blue waters. There is no better way to see and experience Cape Breton than by foot. We hike the popular Skyline Trail which follows the mountain ridge and offers incredible views of the surrounding highlands and the Bay of St. Lawerence which lies 1000ft below. The majestic moose it frequently seen roaming these parts in search of food and shelter from the elements.
We then arrive at the quaint little harbour village of Pleasant Bay which is one of the best places in Canada to go whale watching. Many species of whales can be seen in these rich waters including the Minke Whale, Humpback, Fin Whale and most frequently seen are the pods of Pilot Whales.
Day #3 – Waking up in Pleasant Bay is always a treat as your’e surrounded by lush green mountains and the sound of surf from the nearby sea; really could this get any better? Yes it can! We fill up on a hearty breakfast and of course hot coffee and tea before crossing over the mountains toward the east coast and Cabot’s Landing Beach Park. We spend some time at the 4 mile long beach where John Cabot was said to have first landed in 1497, hence giving the famous coastal drive the name “Cabot Trail.”
A short drive brings us to our kayaking destination. From the cockpit of our sea kayaks we paddle the waters of the South Harbour lagoon where bald eagles are frequently seen. The water is so clear here you can even see fish swimming underneath your kayak. After lunch we keep our feet on dry land as we hike past the seaside village of White Point out onto the peninsula where pink granite cliffs rise from the sea. This location is a great place to spot eagles, whales and various seabirds.
Day #4 – At the mouth of St Ann’s Bay lies a set of rocky islands known as the Bird Islands. It is here we get a chance to experience Nova Scotia’s largest Puffin colony (Mid June – Mid August), Eagles and Seals (Mid August – Mid September). Our boat operator and hosts are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about this incredible area and make this an unforgettable experience. (Do not forget your camera for this tour)
After our boat tour we continue our travels, making our way back to the mainland of Nova Scotia, saying farewell to Cape Breton. On our drive we make a stop at the university town of Antigonish for a rest to share stories and photos of our amazing expedition, before returning back to the city of Halifax where we finish our 4-day long journey together.
- Moderate Overall Difficulty
- 4 Days Tour Length
- 22.0 km Walking Distance