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Shop In-house for Gifts, Watercraft and Accessories

Spend some time in our  Gift shop searching out local handmade items and CD’s of local musicians as well as Cape Breton souvenirs, clothing and various sundries to complement your travelling needs. Or take a look at the selection and catalogue of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, lifejackets and other water related apparel and equipment. We have kayaks and stand-up paddle boards for rent to help you in making your decision before deciding on a final purchase for yourself, whether during your stay or sometime in the future.

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Outdoor Activities at 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 on hand in the inn.

Enjoy the refreshing nature of physical activity that has you seeing inspiring views. Whether cycling through Battery Park or along the St. Peter’s trail or Kayaking on the Bras d’Or Lakes, one of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves,  you can be refreshed and relaxed at the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn while not having to venture too far.

Click on the titles below for a list of Activities.

Kayak, canoe, stand up paddle boards, pedal boat and bicycle rentals

    • bikes, single kayaks – $10 per hour
    • bikes, single kayaks – $25 per half day
    • bikes, single kayaks – $40 per day
    • double kayaks, stand up paddle boards, pedal boat, canoe - $15 per hour
    • double kayaks, stand up paddle boards, pedal boat, canoe - $40 per half day
    • double kayaks, stand up paddle boards, pedal boat, canoe – $60 per day

                             Click here to see our various packages for discounted rental prices

Stay and Sail

                              Click here to see our Stay and Sail package for details

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Local Outings

Cape Breton Island has many things to see and do for such a small Island. When using the Bras d’Or Lakes inn as your vacation base, there are many options for you within a 2 hr drive. This gives you plenty of time to reach your days activities, and return to the Inn for a relaxing or entertaining evening. Click here for some popular activities and attractions within a two drive from the Inn.

Click on the title below for a list of Attractions.

Just down the Road

      • St. Peter’s Lion’s Club Marina: st-peter-s-lions-club-marina-750

Address: 32 Lions Ave
Phone: (902) 535-2729
Email: gerry@stpetersmarina.ca
Website: www.st-peters-marina.com

The St. Peter’s Marina, located in the small village of St. Peters at the southern entrance to the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes is a great place to stay after a long sail across the ocean or a great last stop before leaving the Bras d’Or.
Some of the finest sailing in the world is done on the famous Bras d’Or Lakes. Known for its gentle, fog-free waters, beautiful anchorages and hundreds of coves and islands, the Lakes are an international cruising destination attracting hundreds of boating enthusiasts every year.

      • Richmond County:Richmond County

Richmond County is waiting to be discovered: the stories of our past, coupled with endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, provide the perfect backdrop for a vacation to be remembered. Richmond County is your first stop on Cape Breton Island.
More info: http://www.capebretonsheritagecoast.com/
Contact:
2357 Highway 206
Box 120 Arichat
Nova Scotia B0E 1A0
(902) 226-3982
Email: jstanley@richmondcounty.ca

      • Isle Madame Historic & Scenic Region:Isle Madame

Look-offs, picnic parks, museums, beaches, wharves, and lighthouses are among the delights of Isle Madame. Discover Acadian language and traditions, and relish in the warm hospitality of our people.
Isle Madame is about 7 miles wide and 10 miles long and has 12 fresh-water lakes. It was named in honor of Madame de Maintenon, the second wife of Louis XIV of France. Shortly after 1492, French, Basque and English fisherman used Isle Madame as a summer base for their fishing, whaling and walrus expeditions. In the waters around Isle Madame in the early 1500’s, walrus were slaughtered by the hundreds of thousands for their ivory tusks and the oil rendered from their fat.
More info: http://www.capebretonsheritagecoast.com/
Contact:
2357 Highway 206
Box 120 Arichat
Nova Scotia B0E 1A0
(902) 226-3982
Email: jstanley@richmondcounty.ca

      • Wallace MacAskill Museum:

MacAskill House Museum is the restored birthplace of noted marine photographer Wallace R. MacAskill. It is owned and operated by the MacAskill House Museum Society. The house dates to circa 1850 ad is an excellent example of a home of the St. Peter’s area at the turn of the twentieth century. It is furnished with furniture of the period. It contains over 150 MacAskill photographs, most in their original frames.

MacAskill was also part of the “Arts and Crafts Movement” of the 1920’s and several artifacts created by him are part of the collection. Also on display is a sizeable camera collection spanning the 1900s. The museum is open daily from June 15 to the end of August and on week-ends or by appointment during September. There is ample parking and the house is wheelchair accessible. There is no admission, but donations are welcome.

More Info: http://www.visitstpeters.com/Main/atractions.htm

Contact:
7 MacAskill Drive, (fronts on Main Street)
St. Peters, NS B0E 3B0
(902) 535-2531

      • Nicolas Deny’s Museum:Nicolas Deny's Museum

Nicolas Denys was a maker of history in Acadia for over half a century: his remarkable qualities make him one of the builders of this new land, Cape Breton, in its beginnings.
To honor Nicolas Denys, Cape Breton Island’s first permanent settler, and to collect and preserve the history and artifacts of the St. Peter’s area.
St. Peter’s is where, in 1650, he built a trading post and tried to develop the French colony. For years he was engaged in fisheries here, manufactured lumber, and cultivated land.
He constructed a road across the isthmus between the Atlantic and the Bras d’Or Lake, and hauled his boats over that portage. He traded with the Mi’kmaq First Nation.

Special activities or events:
Open House during the 1st week of August (during Nicolas Denys Days in St. Peter’s, along with auctions, flea markets, a parade, ceilidhs, chowder lunches, etc

Contact:
46 Denys Street
St. Peters, NS B0E 3B0
(902) 535-2379
email: judy_madden80@hotmail.ca

      • Point Michaud Beach Provincial Park:Point Michaud Beach

Address: 3796 Hwy 247, Point Michaud
Website: http://www.cbisland.com/things-to-do/outdoor-adventure/beaches/point-michaud-beach-provincial-park

After a beautiful drive skirting the ocean from St. Peter’s to L’Ardoise and beyond you will see a sign that says, “Point Michaud, home to a world class beach”. You know the beach is close! Round a turn and see the beach with waves smashing against the rocks next to it. Point Michaud is an exceptional 3-km (2-mi) sandy beach, backed by marram-covered sand dunes and large cranberry bogs.

The beach stretches in a bow shape from the rocks close to the parking area for a number of kilometers to a wooded headland. The water is cold and beautiful – crystal clear with nice breaking waves. The beach grasses dance gracefully back and forth in the summer breeze and are the most vibrant green. If you walk far enough, you will come to a beautiful wetland. The beach is perfect for walking or running or exploring.

A highlight of Point Michaud Beach is the surfing. All summer long, lessons are offered on the beach between 10 am and 5 pm. There are lessons everyday from July 1 to August 31. Lesson are available to anyone aged 5 and up. It’s a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

      • St. Peter’s Canal:St. Peter's Canal

Address: 160 Toulouse St, St. Peters, Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 535-2118 (summer) / 902-295-2069 (winter)
Email: madeline.harvey@pc.gc.ca
Website: www.pc.gc.ca

Discover the 140-year history of this famous Nova Scotian canal and its tidal lock system. Watch its workings as all types of pleasure craft and the occasional commercial vessel pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Bras d’Or Lakes. Outdoor exhibits describe how the locks work.

      • Lobsters ‘R’ Us:Lobsters R Us

Located in scenic L’Ardoise, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Lobsters R Us is a modern storage and marine facility built in 2004. Owned and operated by Blaire Martell and managed by Philippe Gagnon, Lobsters R Us serves the local community as well as customers all across Canada and the United States. From fresh lobster and snow crab to fishing supplies to boat building and repair or maintenance, Lobsters R Us strives to provide a welcoming area to both customers and the fisherman they purchase from.

More Info: http://www.lobstersrus.ca/

Contact:
Little Harbour, Lower L’Ardoise
Phone: (902) 587 2202
email: philippe@lobstersrus.ca

Within a 1 hour Drive
      • Rita’s Tea RoomRita's Tea Room

Warm hospitality, leisurely meals, special teas and home style goodies are all available when you visit Rita’s Tearoom. A popular attraction on Cape Breton Island where you can learn the in­depth history of the Island’s internationally acclaimed songstress, Rita MacNeil. Begin your visit with a welcome from your guide who will meet in you the foyer and then proceed to the display room all the while regaling you with stories of Rita’s life, career and her connection to the tea room and her home town of Big Pond. Sample some of Rita’s Tea Room Blend and before you leave a must stop is a visit to the gift shop where you are sure to find Rita MacNeil’s CDs, books, Tea Room china, unique wares and her new line of themed giftware “Tea Room Collections”.

More Info: http://www.ritamacneil.com/tearoom.html
Contact:
8077 Highway 4 Big Pond,
Cape Breton Island, NS
(902) 828­2667

      • Granville on the Green Concert SeriesGranville on the Green

Each summer, regional and national artists visit Port Hawkesbury to share in this unique musical opportunity.The outdoor concerts are held each Sunday evening on our stage located overlooking the beautiful Strait of Canso . Bring your blanket or chair for your own comfort, and join us for some amazing music.
To Find us: The Town of Port Hawkesbury is located in Nova Scotia (Canada) just across the Canso Causeway on Cape Breton Island. If you are travelling on the Trans Canada Highway, turn south on Reeves Street at Port Hastings and follow the coast until you see the sign for Granville Street, in Port Hawkesbury, to your right.

More Info: http://www.granvillegreen.ca
Contact:
Town of Port Hawkesbury
(902) 625­2591
email: phcc@me.com

      • Port Hawkesbury Civic CentrePHCC Logo

The Civic Centre houses an arena, fitness centre, meeting and conference facilities, performance space, gallery and retail space, municipal offices, racquetball courts, and a walking track. The Arena has 1000 fixed seats with the capacity on the arena floor to host an additional 1000 theatres style, or 700 banquet style. This is an excellent space for trade shows and is the first arena in North America to use engineered natural daylight to illuminate the ice surface.

More Info & Events Schedule: http://www.phcivic.com/
Contact:
606 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia B9A 2R7
Box Office & General Information (902) ­625­-2591
email: phcc@mac.com

Within a 2 hour Drive

          • Fortress Of Louisbourg National Historic Site
          • Cape Breton Miner’s Museum
          • Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design
          • Highland Village Museum
          • Glenora Distillery
          • Celtic Music Interpretive Centre
          • Eskasoni – Two Stories Cultural Journey
          • Membertou Heritage Park

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Day Tripping around Cape Breton Island

Cape Breton Island has been receiving many accolades in recent years. With National Geographic Travel magazine naming Cape Breton Island as one of 20 Must See Destinations for 2013 and recently being named either 1st or 2nd best Island Destination in North America by Travel and Leisure Magazine readers survey 5 out of the last 7 years. You can explore the all of Cape Breton’s leading attractions from here by car and motorcycle over a few days and return to known comfort and cuisine.

A Day on the Road

          • Cabot Trail
          • Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
          • Highland Village Museum
          • Miners Museum
          • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
          • Alexander Graham Bell Museum
          • Whale Watching in Northern Cape Breton
          • Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts
          • Craft Artisan Studios
          • Les Trois Pignons – Cheticamp Acadian Museum
          • Golf Cape Breton