The Bras d'Or Lakes Inn hotel, in St. Peter's, Cape Breton offers hotel accommodations overlooking the Bras d’or lakes - an ideal base for your Cabot Trail excursion and day trips to Fortress of Louisbourg.
Come for the food. Stay for the fun!
The Bras d’Or Lakes Inn is more than just a fantastic place to get a sumptuous meal, or a great night’s sleep. It’s a Four Star waterfront Cape Breton Island mini-resort, with a bounty of amenities and activities that let you be as active, or relaxed as you want to be. Located in St. Peter's at the hub of Cape Breton’s Heritage Coast, we’re surrounded by pristine waters of the Atlantic ocean and the Bras d'Or Lake, with scenic hiking, cycling and driving experiences on your doorstep
As a guest at the hotel, feel free to go for a paddle in one of our rental kayaks or a canoe, set out on one of our bikes to explore St. Peter’s, and area on your own or make arrangements to take Kayak Lessons or tour the Bras d'Or by contacting Kayak Cape Breton
The nearby St. Peter’s Lions Marina is one of eastern Canada’s friendliest yachting facilities, and you are welcome to wander down there and see local and visiting yachts. This marvelous little facility has the distinction of being the first port of call for yachts arriving in the Bras d’Or Lake from the Atlantic Ocean via the historic St. Peter’s Canal. Completed in 1865, the canal features North America’s oldest operating tidal lock, and you can take advantage of daily guided tours and a chance to open the lock yourself at this National Historic Site, just a few minutes walk from the Inn.
Feel like just sitting in the sun and getting lost in a book? We’ve got the ideal spot on the Bras d'Or Lakes Inn’s waterfront licensed wharf or deck off the dining room where you can do just that – and if you get a bit peckish or thirsty, there’s always something good to eat or drink at hand in the hotel.
The MacAskill House Museum tells the story of St. Peter’s native son Wallace MacAskill, who became world-renown for his dramatic photographs of the sea, and the men and vessels that took incredible risks in fishing, trade and commerce during the last stages of the Age of Sail. MacAskill was also was a successful racing sailor in his own right, and his yacht Highlander became a Nova Scotia legend. MacAskill was also the creator of the most iconic images of the famous Grand Banks schooner Bluenose, images which have graced a noteworthy Canadian postage stamp, and live on to this day on the Canadian ten-cent piece.
Literally every weekend of summer, you’ll find a community festival going on in Richmond County. Experience the traditional foods of their Celtic and French Acadian roots, and jump into games, dances and some down-home music and entertainment.
How about a day trip to Fortress Louisbourg? North America’s oldest full-scale reconstruction of a 17th century French outpost rivals attractions such as Virginia’s Williamsburg in size and authenticity – and represents a real time-travel experience for any history buff.
Just 20 minutes away from the hotel, a side trip to Isle Madame will connect you with Acadian culture that has flourished here for well over three centuries. This tiny archipelago of islands offers a great coastal driving tour, and also features a looped coastal hiking trail – the Cape Auguet Eco-Trail. Other spots well worth the visit include LeNoir Landing (site of a historic forge museum and genealogy services) as well as La Picasse, the Acadian cultural centre at Petit-de-Grat.
A scenic drive through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park on the Cabot Trail provides a breathtaking experience, and opportunities to see a rich cluster of crafts and artisan work, visit Acadian communities in the Cheticamp region, see local wildlife such as moose – or take a whale watching or bird watching tour. Baddeck is just another interesting place to visit, where you can see the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, another well-known national historic site that helps interpret not only Bell’s famous developments in telephony, but his varied inventions and experiments including early hydrofoils, ground-breaking technology for the hearing-impaired. Back at the Inn, there’s still plenty to see and do. Each week, we host live entertainment with Cape Breton musicians and dancers performing in the Celtic traditions at Thursday's Ceilidhs on the Canal and Kitchen Rackets (open acoustic jam session).
With all there is to do on your Cape Breton experience, after a busy day maybe you’d just like to wander down to the waterside hot tub and have a relaxing soak as the sun sets over the Bras d'Or Lake.