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Having an Atlantic bubble adventure this summer? Try these ideas for family fun on Cape Breton Island


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.

Kayaking on the Bras d'Or, says Tiffany Thornton, is a great way to have fun with your family in Cape Breton. - Tiffany Thornton
Kayaking on the Bras d'Or, says Tiffany Thornton, is a great way to have fun with your family in Cape Breton. - Tiffany Thornton

 

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.

Lake Bras d'Or, an "inland sea", is the perfect spot for outdoor water adventures in Cape Breton. - Contributed
Lake Bras d'Or, an "inland sea", is the perfect spot for outdoor water adventures in Cape Breton. - Contributed

 

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

The once-thriving gypsum quarry in Gypsum Mines, near Cheticamp, has evolved into an emerald green-hued lake over time.  - Tiffany Thornton
The once-thriving gypsum quarry in Gypsum Mines, near Cheticamp, has evolved into an emerald green-hued lake over time. - Tiffany Thornton

 

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.

Don't forget to bring your swimsuits if planning a trip to visit Gypsum Mines, near Cheticamp in Cape Breton, says Tiffany Thornton. - Tiffany Thornton
Don't forget to bring your swimsuits if planning a trip to visit Gypsum Mines, near Cheticamp in Cape Breton, says Tiffany Thornton. - Tiffany Thornton

 

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.

Tubing down the Margaree River is a must-do family adventure while on Cape Breton Island. - Tiffany Thornton
Tubing down the Margaree River is a must-do family adventure while on Cape Breton Island. - Tiffany Thornton

 

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!

Take time to dip your feet in the 120-kilometre-long Margaree River. - Tiffany Thornton
Take time to dip your feet in the 120-kilometre-long Margaree River. - Tiffany Thornton

 

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:

Views at dusk after a day of water adventures in Cape Breton - Tiffany Thornton
Views at dusk after a day of water adventures in Cape Breton - Tiffany Thornton

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