Cape Breton is the proud home of the Bras d’Or Lakes. Known as the “great inland sea” it spans 450 square miles, all of which offer great experiences for any outdoor enthusiast. Surrounding the lakes is a scenic drive, rich in history, wildlife “the American bald eagle is often seen soaring in the skyoverhead” , and breath-taking views are on ever turn.
Along the way you can stop by museums such as the Highland Village in Iona, where you can experience life as a Scottish settler or perhaps the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck which celebrates Bell’s remarkable achievements. It was here at his summer home, “Beinn Bhreagh”, where the first power controlled flight in the British Empire took place in 1909. The replica of the Silver Dart is now on display at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.
Known world-wide by boating enthusiasts are our fog free waters, which make a perfect environment for kayaking and sailing. Boat tours can be found in Baddeck, a great opportunity to see our scenery from a different perspective or even become a lobster fisherman for a day! Swimming is also popular among tourists, with our countless beaches providing a relaxed and serene setting. Stop by for a true Cape Breton tradition of tea and homemade goods!
In June of 2011 – the Bras d’Or Lake and its watershed was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. What is a Biosphere Reserve ? A “Biosphere Reserve” is an international designation of recognition from UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) for an area in the world which is deemed to demonstrate a “balanced relationship between humans and the biosphere.” – Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association.