Spend some time in our Gift Shop searching out local handmade items and CDs of local musicians as well as Cape Breton souvenirs, clothing and various sundries to complement your travelling needs.
Kayak Rentals and Outdoor Activities at the Inn
Feel like 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 some refreshing physical activity while taking in some truly 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 our Inn while not having to venture too far.
Cape Breton Island has many things to see and do for such a small place. When using the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn as your vacation base, there are many options for you within a two hour drive. This gives you plenty of time to reach your day’s activities, and return to the Inn for a relaxing or entertaining evening. Click here for some popular activities and attractions less than two hours from the Inn.
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. Special activities or events: Contact: 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 and is an excellent example of a home in 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 1920s 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 weekends or by appointment during September. There is ample parking and the house is wheelchair accessible. There is no admission, but donations are welcome. Contact: 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. 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. 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. 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. Address: 3796 Hwy 247, Point Michaud 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 every day from July 1 to August 31. Lessons are available to anyone aged 5 and up. It’s a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. 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: Warm hospitality, leisurely meals, special teas and home style goodies are all available when you visit Rita’s Tea Room. A popular attraction on Cape Breton Island where you can learn the in-depth 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 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 overlooking the beautiful Strait of Canso. Bring your blanket or chair for your own comfort, and join us for some amazing music. More Info: http://www.granvillegreen.ca 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 theatre 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/
This museum was constructed 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.
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.
46 Denys Street
St. Peters, NS B0E 3B0
Wallace MacAskill Museum:
7 MacAskill Drive, (fronts on Main Street)
St. Peters, NS B0E 3B0
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.
More info: http://www.capebretonblueways.com/
2357 Highway 206
Box 120 Arichat
Nova Scotia B0E 1A0
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/
2357 Highway 206
Box 120 Arichat
Nova Scotia B0E 1A0
Little Harbour, Lower L’Ardoise
Phone: (902) 587 2202
8077 Highway 4 Big Pond,
Cape Breton Island, NS
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.
Town of Port Hawkesbury
606 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia B9A 2R7
Box Office & General Information (902) 625-2591
More Info: http://www.lobstersrus.ca/
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 the Travel and Leisure Magazine’s readers survey for 5 out of the last 7 years. You can explore all of Cape Breton’s leading attractions from here by car and motorcycle over a few days and return to known comfort and cuisine.