April 27 2016

Cape Breton

 

A view of the coastal waterways on Cape Breton Island and all they have to offer.

Nestled in the highland heart of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island is home to fascinating views from both land and sea. Known for its charm and beauty, visitors from all over the world travel to see the captivating Cabot Trail, the beautiful Bras d'Or Lake and maybe even experience a maritime kitchen party! Offering visitors the warmest of welcomes, Cape Bretoners are known for their endless supply of hospitality and find joy in helping visitors explore the island they are proud to call home. Filled with exhibits of history from the Fortress of Louisbourg, the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and the Highland Village, it is clear that Cape Breton Island is a small area filled with strength and prosperity.

Photo: www.boatingcapebreton.com


With four unique Niche Ports, Louisbourg Wharf, Harbour Authority of Cheticamp, Baddeck Community Wharf, and the Port of Sydney, there are unlimited opportunities to experience Cape Breton Island in a true coastal fashion. Each Niche Port welcomes vessels from cruise ships to private boats and are situated in a unique part of Cape Breton Island. Coastal excursions on the waters of Cape Breton Island offer individuals the chance to take in magnificent scenery while riding the waves on the island's beautiful coast; you may even see a whale or two! No matter how many times you take a trip around the island, a new form of rugged beauty will be sure to capture your eye.


In 2015, Cape Breton's cruise ship season in the Port of Sydney alone, welcomed over 71 cruise ships with 89,664 passengers and 42,984 crew members. These individuals who may never have travelled to Cape Breton before are now getting the opportunity to experience our world-renowned island in the most wonderful fashion - on both land and sea. Excursions are offered to these visitors where they can hop on one of the shuttles or buses waiting for them upon their arrival to take them to popular Cape Breton landmarks. While here, they can explore stores and restaurants which supports local businesses and the Cape Breton economy as a whole.


You will not have to travel far to witness the hard work and dedication of the local volunteers and employees who work year round to ensure marinas, harbours, and ports are ready for your arrival and one reason our visitors return year after year. "You may return home, but your heart will never leave".

Surrounded by pieces of history in a small Cape Breton fishing village, the Louisbourg Wharf offers services for fishing berthage, cruise ships as well as plays host to many community events. A singular awe-inspiring moment is apparent while sailing into Louisbourg Harbour. With the spire of the King's Bastion on the horizon ahead, it's as if you are transported to another time. Costumed animators playing the roles of real business people, soldiers and musicians add to the feeling of stepping back in time. The site is the largest reconstructed 18th century fortified town on the North American continent.

Harbour Authority of Cheticamp
One of the first Harbour Authorities to operate in Canada, the Harbour Authority of Cheticamp has been serving boaters since 1989. It is responsible for the operation of three public fishing harbours in the Cheticamp area. In Cheticamp, you will see our Acadian culture celebrated through music, dance and art. The friendliness of the people, the beautiful scenery, the endless ocean and astonishing mountains will leave you with long-lasting and pleasant memories of your visit. Need to stretch your legs? There are 26 trails of varied lengths and difficulty, including the Skyline Trail. The 9.2 km loop takes you to a headland cliff, 1330 feet above the ocean. All trails in the Cape Breton Highlands yields the same result - exceptional views that will leave you breathless.

Thanks to https://www.boatingcapebreton.com/Boating-Cape-Breton-Newsletters for this article. You can view the full story there.

 

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