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Are you planning a family adventure to wrap up your summer fun? Cape Breton Island is the place to be.
Cape Breton may be renowned for the Cabot Trail, but the Island is also home to emerald green waters, salmon spawning rivers and even a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Lake Bras d'Or, an "inland sea", is filled with freshwater and saltwater, teeming with sea creatures, diverse geology, and ecosystems to explore. It is the perfect spot for outdoor water adventures.
Start your family adventure at the Inverary Resort in the Town of Baddeck. The Inverary has an adventure center on Lake Bras d'Or and you don't have to be a guest to enjoy a variety of water activities. You can rent a paddle board, which is great for families as you can fit two people on a board. They also have kayaks, tubes and even seadoos you can rent for an hour or more (life jackets and paddles are provided). Head out along the lake towards Kidston Island for a fantastic view of the lighthouse.
When you get back to shore, be sure to look down in the shallow water for a great view of different sea creatures. The Bras d' Or estuary is filled with purple starfish, unique looking pipefish, a variety of crabs and more - it's like a natural aquarium.
A day on the water
About a ninety-minute drive from Baddeck leads you to Cheticamp, a lovely seaside Acadian town. Up the road from there is where you can find the trail to Gypsum Mines. The 15 or so minute hike to the mines is an easy one that can be done with kids but be sure to bring your bathing suits. The once-thriving gypsum quarry has evolved into an emerald green-hued lake over time. This naturally beautiful spot makes for the perfect swim, even in the fall when the leaves begin to change colour all around the lake.
Tubing down the Margaree River is a must-do family adventure while on Cape Breton Island. The Margaree is 120 kilometres long and has been known for over a century as one of the best places to go salmon fishing.
Live Life in Tents offers daily tubing and other water activities. They will drop you off at the start of the river and pick you up about two-and-a-half hours later. You can link your tubes together for more family fun!
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles circling above, and otters frolicking in the river.
To plan your family adventure, check out:
To learn more about the UNESCO Bras d'Or Biosphere visit: