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Cape Breton Island 2013 Official Travel Guide

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Visitor Information Centres

Cape North

Meat Cove

Bay St. Lawrence

Dingwall Pleasant Bay Neil’s Harbour Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Ingonish Chéticamp Ingonish Ferry Wreck Cove

Belle Cote Margaree Harbour Margaree River

Jersey Cove

Dunvegan

Tarbot Margaree Forks

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Glenville

New Waterford

Sydney

Mabou Port Hood

Mira

Aberdeen Whycocomagh

Judique

Marion Bridge

Eskasoni

Iona

Orangedale

Ben Eoin

Glendale

East Bay Mira River

Big Pond

Bras d‘Or Lake

Johnstown Loch Lomond

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Port Hastings 96 Highway 4 Ph: (902) 625-4201 Email  vic-phast@gov.ns.ca   St. Peters Highway # 4, Richmond County Ph:1-902-535-2185 Email  stpeters@dcba.ca    

Sydney 20 Keltic Dr., Sydney River Ph: 1-902-539-9876 Email sydneyvic@dcba.ca     Margaree Margaree Forks, Cabot Trail Ph: 1-902-248-2803 Email margaree@dcba.ca    

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Louisbourg Gabarus

Framboise

Chapel French Cove Island Sampsonville

Port Hastings

Scatarie Island

Inverness Route 19, Ceilidh Trail Ph: 1-902-258-2062 Email  inverness@dcba.ca   Baddeck Central Baddeck Ph: 1-902-295-1911 Email  baddeck@dcba.ca     Cheticamp Les Trois Pignons, Cheticamp Ph: 1-902-224-2642 Email cheticamp@dcba.ca Louisbourg Main Street Ph: 1-902-733-4636 Email  louisbourg@dcba.ca

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Ciad Mille Failte!  Pjila’si! Bienvenue! Welcome! No matter how you say it on Cape Breton Island, it is my pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to our visitors on behalf of Destination Cape Breton Association. You have arrived in a very special place where history and culture will weave a golden thread through your experience and outdoor adventure will take your breath away.    Nowhere else in North America will you find thriving Gaelic, Acadian and Mi’kmaq communities. As you make your way around any of our five scenic trails and traverse the hills and valleys of Cape Breton, you’ll understand why Travel + Leisure readers named us the #1 Island in North America, #3 in the World.  Today the legacy of those that came before us lives on and is celebrated in each community through our spirited and charming people. Experience tradition as you travel this beautiful Island, where our living culture - song, dance, music and storytelling are preserved and very much a part of our daily life.  Prepare yourself for the majesty of the Cabot Trail. Pack a picnic for the splendor of sunsets over the Bras d’Or Lakes or photograph your way through a hike along the rugged coastline of the historic east. Enjoy culinary delights created by world class chefs. Visit the Fortress of Louisbourg to take a stroll back in time or peruse the many museums that capture the storied history of our communities.  The waters on our western “Sunset Side of the Island” are your perfect host for whale watching, sailing, kayaking and scuba diving.  You will discover a special kindness and spirit of hospitality that will have you planning your next trip to Cape Breton Island long before this vacation ends.  May your experience be unforgettable and leave you with fond memories for years to come. Mary Tulle Destination Cape Breton Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia www.cbisland.com

How to use this book As you can see, Travel Cape Breton is divided into five segments, each one taking you through a different segment of the island by way of the “official” travel trails. These trails are: The Cabot Trail, The Fleur-delis Trail, The Ceilidh Trail, The Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive, and the Metropolitan Cape Breton route which includes The Marconi Trail and the Colliery Route.

Cabot Trail pg 12

There are , however, two other “routes” which we feel we should mention that will take the traveller from the Canso Causeway to the eastern end of the island, The Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 105) and Route 4.

Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive pg 44

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Fleur-de-Lis Trail pg 24 Ceilidh Trail pg 41

Marconi Trail pg 50

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All dates and times may be subject to change

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June 2013 June 2013 (dates to be determined): Louisbourg Celebrates Aboriginal Heritage Parks Canada partners with the local Aboriginal community to celebrate our shared history at the Fortress of Louisbourg. Chiefs and members of the Aboriginal community in Nova Scotia gather to honour the cultures that met with their ancestors here on Louisbourg’s historic grounds. Smudging and pipe ceremonies take place in reverence for the lives lived and lost here. Traditional drumming, dance demonstrations and workshops highlight Aboriginal customs, traditions and ties to historic Louisbourg.

June 3-7 Canada’s Coolest School Trip hosted by the Fortress of Louisbourg Parks Canada and Canadian Geographic offer once again the school trip of a lifetime! Last year’s contest saw the winning class trek from PEI to Banff, Alberta. This year’s winners embark on a whirlwind tour of Cape Breton Island, including an overnight experience at the Fortress of Louisbourg! For more information, visit My Parks Pass.

June 13 - August 15 Exhibit: L’endroit le plus convenable / The Most Suitable Place Through antique maps, documents, interactive computer-based activities and archaeological artefacts, this exhibit at Cape Breton University Art Gallery tells the story of the establishment by the French of the colony of Île Royale. The exhibit is a collaboration of Les Archives CharenteMaritime in La Rochelle, France, the Beaton Institute of Cape Breton University, and Parks Canada. For more information, visit Cape Breton University Art Gallery’s Web site.

June 22-23 Learn to Camp300 After a successful inaugural event last year, the Fortress of Louisbourg Learn-to-Camp event is back with a bang! To celebrate 300 years of history, 300 campers pitch their tents on the terreplein of the King’s Bastion. (Details and registration information to be announced.) For more information: 902-733-3552.

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June 29-30 Following Historic Footsteps Guided Walk Take a stroll through history with a walking club and retrace the footsteps of those who once travelled these historic lands on foot. On June 29 and 30, the Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club host special events as part of the 300th anniversary celebrations at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Take part in their historic 10-km guided walk and evening dinner. For more information, visit Cape Breton Island Hoppers’ Web site.

June 30 LouisRocks! Concert Series with a musical tribute to Louisbourg’s legacy Music genres merge on the night of June 30th as an eclectic mix of local and national performers take to one of the most phenomenal stages in Canada – the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. This multicultural concert and historical tribute ends with a memorable finale of cannons, muskets and 18th-century fireworks. 7:30 p.m. on the Fortress of Louisbourg waterfront. Tickets will go on sale April 29

July 2013 July 1 Canada Day! Parks Canada celebrates Canada Day with free admission to all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country.

July 1-15 Land to Sea / Field to Lab Archaeology Event The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site hosts an archaeology event featuring Parks Canada archaeologists from across Canada. Land to Sea/Field to Lab takes place the first two weeks in July. Archaeology demonstrations include a range of activities including terrestrial and underwater fieldwork, conservation work and collections management. Check back soon for more information.

July 5-7 Forge300 Forge300, hosted by the Cape Breton Blacksmiths Association, is the first-ever international blacksmithing event held in Cape Breton. The Fortress of Louisbourg is a fitting and historic venue for this two-day international event that honours a trade practised 300 years ago in this bustling global seaport. Demonstrations and workshops offer visitors a chance to get in on the hammering action. For more information, visit the Forge300 Web site.

July 20 Louisbourg Celebrates Families! Family fun is always on the menu at the Fortress of Louisbourg. But during the site’s 300th anniversary celebrations, July 20th, Parks Day, is jam-packed with family activities as Louisbourg celebrates families! The fun includes games, dancing, races, theatre, dress-up, children’s entertainers and a barbecue.

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LouisRocks! Concert Series with Joel Plaskett Emergency Described as one of Canada’s leading musical voices, award-winning singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett proudly hits the quay at the Fortress of Louisbourg to celebrate 300 years of history. Plaskett’s only Cape Breton appearance in 2013 includes a show-stopping, choreographed cannon-fire finale, complete with fireworks. 7:30 p.m. on the Fortress of Louisbourg waterfront. Tickets will go on sale April 29

July 25-28 CultureFête! A spirited cultural fair spills into Louisbourg’s historic streets as cultures merge to celebrate food, clothing, music, dance, stories and songs. This festive fair recreates the bustling, multicultural, harbourside market that was a daily part of life in 18th-century Louisbourg. Honouring and embracing all cultures with connections and legacies linked to the historic Fortress, CultureFête highlights themes each day to showcase artists and artisans, trades and cuisine. Friday, July 26: Trades day Saturday, July 27: Artists and Artisans day Sunday, July 28: Culinary day

August 2013 August 4 Storm the Fortress Ride your motorcycle into the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and spend an evening in the 18th century! For tickets visit the Fortress Louisbourg Association Web site or call 902733-2280 ext 3436.

August 9-13 Louisbourg Celebrates Seafaring Traditions Louisbourg’s historic harbour becomes a sea of sails once again to honour the area’s deep maritime roots. A parade of sails, parade of lights, races, kayaking and harbour tours are scheduled to showcase the site’s ties to the water. Special animation and interpretation at the historic site bring to life stories about 18th-century shipwrecks and Parks Canada’s underwater archaeology work.

August 10 Louisbourg Celebrates Diversity (LGBTQ Pride)! In conjunction with its 300th anniversary celebrations, the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site hosts a Diversity Day to celebrate LGBTQ Pride. Parks Canada works with community groups to host special events for the LGBTQ community.

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August 17 Race Through Time This exhilarating 8-mile road race takes you from modern-day Louisbourg into the 18th-century Fortress, where the French walked nearly 300 years ago. Awards and a delicious spaghetti dinner follow the race. Registration details to be announced. All registered runners receive a t-shirt! Please note: the race will start at 6:00 p.m. For more information: 902-733-2351 or louisbourgrace.com.

August 18 Louisbourg Celebrates Acadian Heritage! The Acadian community gathers at the Fortress of Louisbourg to celebrate their lasting legacies and their historic ties to the 18th-century fortified town. Acadian music, dance and masquerade add some extra joie de vivre to Louisbourg’s streets. Special workshops, demonstrations and talks share Acadian customs, traditions and historic connections to Louisbourg.

August 24-25 SuperFête de Saint-Louis Each year, the Fortress of Louisbourg celebrates the Feast of Saint Louis (la Fête de Saint-Louis). This year the Fête is extra special. To mark 300 years of history, the Feast of Saint Louis has become a two-day Super Fête! Each day a special concert complements traditional Feast of Saint Louis activities taking place throughout the site, which include a traditional procession and parade through town, 18th-century music, dance, and military demonstrations.

August 24 LouisRocks! with Matt Andersen and JP Cormier 7:30 p.m. on the Fortress of Louisbourg waterfront. Tickets will go on sale April 29

August 25 Fiddles for the Fête To finish off a feast in fine Cape Breton fashion, the Fortress welcomes fiddles for the Fête! Local musicians fill the Fortress with fiddle music for an outdoor square dance. 2 p.m. on the Fortress of Louisbourg waterfront. Tickets will go on sale April 29

September 2013 September 21 LouisRocks! at Founders’ Feast and Concert The Founders’ Feast is an exclusive culinary event hosted by a guest chef within the walls of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Sit down to an impressive full-course meal made with local ingredients and paired perfectly with select wines, as described by your chef. Take the experience home with you with the purchase of a culinary history book full of recipes, stories and vignettes about cooking à la française, 18th-century style. This special dinner is followed by a concert in the Chapel. 6 p.m. at Grandchamp House (dinner) and Chapel (concert). Tickets will go on sale April 29

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September 22 Growing Together A special legacy project of the Louisbourg300 celebrations is the De Gannes Gardens Project. Parks Canada partners with Family Place Resource Centre in Sydney to offer gardening space and staff expertise to teach families about gardening, including the nutritional benefits as well as the physical, mental and social benefits of being outside together working as a family. September 22 marks the official opening ceremony for this special project.

October 2013 October 13 Step Into the Past (Celtic Colours International Festival) This annual sellout musical event during the Celtic Colours International Festival takes on a special theme to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Louisbourg’s founding. For more information, visit Celtic Colours International Festival. Tickets will go on sale in June

October 17 Celtic Colours Salutes 300 Years of Louisbourg In honour of the 300th anniversary of the founding of Louisbourg, Celtic Colours International Festival hosts an additional concert at the national historic site. For more information, visit Celtic Colours International Festival. Tickets will go on sale in June

December 2013 December 8 Holiday Concert Celebrate the holidays at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and join us for our annual holiday concert. The concert takes place in the chapel in the King’s Bastion on site.

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Table of Contents Visitor Information Centres . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover Destination Cape Breton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 How to use this book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Louisbourg 300 Schedule of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7 Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Cabot Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Fleur-de-Lis Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Ceilidh Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Marconi Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Marketplace ACCOMMODATIONS Adventures East. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Cabot Trail Motel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Cambridge Suites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Chanterelle Country Inn and Cottage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Cheticamp Motel and Chalets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Clansman Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Days Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Hampton Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Hearthstone Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Holiday Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Keltic Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Keltic Quay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Lynwood Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 MacPuffin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Maritime Inns Port Hawkesbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Mountain Vista Seaside Cottages and Campground. . . 47 Normaway Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Quality Inn Sydney. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Quality Inn Dartmouth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Sea Parrot Oceanview Manor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Silver Dart Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 The Markland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover BAKERIES/GENERAL STORES Charlies Down Home Music. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 La Boulangerie Aucoin’s Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Foodland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 MUSEUMS/PLACES OF INTEREST CB Centre for Craft & Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 CBU Art Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Les Trois Pignons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Gaelic College and Gift Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Highland Village. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover Membertou Heritage Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Miner’s Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

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RECREATION/LEISURE Bird Island Boat Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Casino Nova Scotia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 CBU Art Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Celtic Colours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Donelda’s Puffin Boat Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Eskasoni Cultural Journeys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Eskasoni Gaming Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Golf Cape Breton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Highlands Links. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Membertou Entertainment Centre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Normaway Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Two Rivers Wildlife Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

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RESTAURANTS/OTHER Cabot Trail Motel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Casino NS - All Star Grille. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chanterelle Country Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clansman Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Days Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holiday Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keltic Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kiju’s Chicken and Deli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lobster Kettle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lynwood Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maritime Inns Port Hawkesbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miner’s Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Silver Dart Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Subway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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SHOPPING Arts North. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Flora’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glass Artisans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Moraff’s Yarns N’ Crafts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Petroglyphs Gift Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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OTHER CBRM Festival Fever. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Centre 200. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Inverness County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Victoria County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Visitor Information Centres. . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

Experiences & Packages EXPERIENCES Cabot Links. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comunn Féis an Eilein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conseil des arts de Chéticamp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eagle North Kayaking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eskasoni Cultural Journeys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FireHouse Ironworks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gaelic College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gampo Abbey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Larch Wood. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Le Centre de la Mi-carême. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . North River Kayak. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Point of View Suites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rita’s Tea Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sydney Action Week Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Two Rivers Wildlife Pak. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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PACKAGES Adventure East/Red Barn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Bell Bay Golf Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Bird Island Boat Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Cabot Trail Motel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 & 37 Castle Moffett. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Dundee Resort. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Hampton Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 & 37 Maison Fiset House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Normaway Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 & 39 On the Mira Bed & Breakfast. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Sea Breeze Cottage and Motel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Sea Parrot Oceanview Manor/Donelda’s Puffin Tours . . 38 The Birches Country Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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Welcome Cape Breton Island lies off the northeastern coast of Nova Scotia - 6,500 square kilometers of unspoiled natural beauty and elegance. Coastal vistas, wilderness trails, glorious beaches, and pastoral vignettes make Cape Breton, one of the most intriguing vacation spots in North America. The Travel Cape Breton guide is divided into a number of sections that will guide you through our Trail system and provide you with detailed information and highlights as you explore the beauty and hospitality of our island. Thank you for spending some of your time with us. I hope you enjoyed your visit as much as we enjoyed having you. As always, your comments and suggestions are welcomed. Safe travels! Blair Oake, Publisher, Travel Cape Breton

Cape Breton Island is owned and published by City Printers Ltd. and supported by Destination Cape Breton Publisher Blair Oake Design Harve Grant, Sales Cathy Lamey Copyright 2013 Travel Cape Breton All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, without written permission from the publisher. Travel Cape Breton takes no responsibilities for errors or omissions. Mail inquiries to: Travel Cape Breton c/o City Printers Ltd. 180 Townsend St., Sydney, NS B1P 6J7 Tel: (902) 564-8245 • Fax: (902) 539-2040 E-mail: csr@cityprinters.com www.cityprinters.com Photos George Simhoni, Wally Hayes, Harve Grant, Lee Boudreau, Scott Munn, Alene O’Neil, Whylie Mulvihill, Vibe Marketing, Lori Burke

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Franey, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cabot Trail Whales, white caps and windswept plateaus Imagine standing on a mountain 1500 feet above the sea. A summer shower has just passed and a fine mist lingers on your face. In the valley below, a rainbow rises toward you, arching so close you can almost reach out and touch it. Out at sea, beyond the mountains, the sun kisses the sky and whitecaps are coaxed to life by an offshore breeze that’s beginning to blow. This is the Cabot Trail.

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The Lonely Planet calls the Cabot Trail “one of the most scenic destinations in the world.” Winding down this 300km coastal route, you’ll quickly understand why. Named after Italian explorer John Cabot, Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail showcases the best our island has to offer. Seasons along the Cabot Trail are marked with hiking opportunities in the spring, championship golf during the summer, Celtic celebrations in the fall and skiing adventures in the winter. One third of the Cabot Trail is located within the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a striking mix of natural wonders and cultural treasures. The Cape Breton Highlands, with

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steep cliffs and ocean views at virtually every turn, is widely considered the most stunning feature of the park. Cabot Trail sightseeing is one of the most popular activities offered by the national park. Numerous viewpoints provide ample opportunities to admire the natural beauty of the landscape. Set aside lots of time, there is no need to rush. The beautiful vistas are just a part of your Cabot Trail adventure. This is a part of the world that begs exploration that will create lasting memories. The ‘Trail’ (as locals call it) is a loop which can be travelled in either direction, each way an experience unto itself.

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Your Cabot Trail journey begins at Baddeck, a full-service community situated on the Bras d’Or Lake and one of the country’s most popular resort communities. The most notable resident of Baddeck was inventor Alexander Graham Bell, whose splendid estate “Beinn Bhreagh” can be seen from the Village. At the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Bell’s life and his work come alive with exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities. The 100th Anniversary of the Bras d’Or Yacht Club Regatta week, Cabot Trail Relay Run, exciting July 1st Canada Day Celebrations, superb shopping and dining opportunities all make Baddeck a great place to stop off for an extended visit. - Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site: here you can explore the amazing world of inventor A. G. Bell; find out how he bridged the world between sound and silence; participate in experiments,

kite-making and kite-flying programs and take in a presentation in the Mr. Bell Theatre. Celebrate Aviation Day and mark the flight of the Silver Dart, the first powered flight in Canada and the British Empire which took off right on Baddeck Bay. For something really special, take part in a White Glove Tour. The tour takes visitors behind the scenes for an opportunity to look and touch personal artifacts not currently on display at the museum. See old photographs and notebooks and even take a few steps with Bell’s walking stick. Upon departure from Baddeck, continue on the Cabot Trail by taking the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 105) a few kilometres west to Nyanza, and Exit 7. This will bring you through Hunter’s Mountain, through Middle River, Lake O’Law and into the Margarees.

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The area known as the ‘Margarees’, are small areas which take their name from the renowned Margaree River. Designated a “Canadian Heritage River”, it’s one of Eastern Canada’s best-known rivers. This is mostly due to the presence of some of the world’s best salmon pools, creating an angler’s paradise that attracts sport fishers from far and wide. A canoe trip down the River, from Lake Ainslie to Margaree Harbour, is an experience of a lifetime and many accommodations can provide access to canoes and guides. Northeast Margaree is located right on the Cabot Trail. Take the Egypt Road to get to Margaree Valley to visit the Salmon Museum and historic Fish Hatchery (the oldest in Nova Scotia) where you can access the trail network for hiking, skiing or snowmobiling. Watch for the sign to turn off to Margaree Centre and check out one of the locals’ favorite swimming holes! Follow the Cabot Trail to Margaree Forks, where the Southwest and the Northeast Margaree Rivers meet. Here you will find a Visitor Information Centre, CoadyTompkins Library, and convenience store. There’s a turnoff here onto the Ceilidh Trail (Route 19) which takes you west through Southwest Margaree and eventually to Inverness. The Cabot Trail, however, continues through Margaree Forks, all along the River to Margaree Harbour. For the culinary enthusiast, be sure to stop into the Larch

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Wood Enterprises factory and peruse the collection of handmade cutting boards, referred to by many chefs as functional works of art. Across the River (watch for the bridge) is East Margaree, or as they call it locally, “The French Side”. Eventually you’ll come to the mouth of the River and Margaree Harbour. To get to the community of Margaree Harbour, where there is a general store and the beautiful Chimney Corner beach, turn left just before the long new bridge that crosses the River. To continue your journey along the Cabot Trail, cross the bridge to Belle Côte. Belle Côte marks the beginning of your Acadian adventure. You’ll notice French names like Cap le Moine, St. Joseph du Moine, and Grand Etang as you make this coastal drive along the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This road twists its way to Chéticamp, the largest community of Acadian life on the Island. Architecture, history and diligently preserved culture combine to give the Acadian villages of this area a personality all their own. Direct descendants of the original Acadians expelled by the British from Nova Scotia in the seventeen hundreds, residents of this community carry on traditions passed down through the generations. It just so happens that sharing their culture with visitors is an Acadian specialty. First stop? Le Centre de la Mi-carême. This age old festival is held annually during the Catholic season of Lent and involves

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Locally caught, fresh Atlantic seafood many people, called les mi-carêmes, who disguise themselves from head to toe and visit their neighbours. Once their identity is revealed, all enjoy a treat before heading to the next destination where the game begins again. At Le Centre, you’ll learn how to make a Mi-carême mask and about the fun of this Acadian tradition. As you continue on, be sure to take in the music of Chéticamp, in particular the fiddling. It’s a unique blend of French and Scottish styles with a long and fascinating tradition. To add to the charm, the food of this area is distinctly Acadian and you’ll have the opportunity to feast on dishes like fricot, meat pie and chiard. There are a number of restaurants and establishments to sample it all. As you drive north through the village, you’ll see Les Trois Pignons (The Three Gables). This is the centre of activity for the community’s historical and genealogical pursuits, and a great source of information for the visitor. The Dr. Elizabeth LeFort Gallery displays a remarkable collection of the famous “Chéticamp hooking” in the form of rugs and tapestries. The rug hooking done in Chéticamp is as old as the community itself and is still produced totally by hand, including the dying of the wool; coasters, table and floor mats, and tapestries of all sizes can be found in just about every shop in Chéticamp. Just north of Chéticamp is Petit Etang where you’ll enter the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, but stop at the famous Aucoin’s Bakery for some delectable baked goods to serve as a special treat as you drive through the mountains. An entrance fee is required for use of Park facilities including sightseeing. The Cape Breton Highlands National Park is 950 sq km (366 sq mi) of raw, untouched beauty. Once you enter the Park at Petit Etang, stop at the Visitor Centre where you can watch a 10 minute slide show, browse through exhibits or one of Atlantic Canada’s Largest Nature Bookstores. Begin your climb toward the sky, following the

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contours of the ocean up and over French Mountain, 1,500 feet to the top. Don’t be in a hurry. Stop off at some of the viewpoints, stand for a while on top of the mountain and let the cliffs, the sea air and the wilderness welcome you. Park the car, grab your binoculars, and take one of the many hikes the Park has to offer – there are 26 in total! Keep in mind that it is a “protected area” where special rules apply. Please don’t feed the animals, collect rocks, driftwood, fossils or plants. French Mountain is the first mountain you’ll climb, a truly unique experiencethat takes you inland, through awesome canyons, and eventually back out to the sea, down MacKenzie Mountain into the community of Pleasant Bay. Here you can stop off for lunch or overnight. Spend time at the Whale Interpretive Centre and learn about the whales that inhabit the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Bring your experience to life with a whale-watching cruise, where visitors are guaranteed whale sightings. As you cross the northern perimeter of the Trail on your way to the Top of The Island, the region north of the National Park boundaries, you will find Cape Breton’s most northern communities. Attractions such as the North Highlands Community Museum and St. Paul’s Island Museum & Lighthouse are great attractions for the historic-minded tourist. The top of the island also boasts more history with the John Cabot Landing Provincial Park (where John Cabot landed) and more entertainment with the Bay St. Lawrence Fishing Derby and Crabfest. Just southwest of Cape North village, visit Arts North, a craft gallery retailing the work of twenty four

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juried Cape Breton artisans. Then, at Cape North, you can take a scenic tour to Bay St. Lawrence, just 16 km (10 mi) from Cape North. This drive along Aspy Bay is well worth the effort. Have you ever stood on a cliff and watched whales just offshore putting on a show just for you? If you go to Meat Cove, the most northerly point on the Island, you will. From Cape North you can also take a short detour to the community of Dingwall, where you can spend a glorious day on the beach. Just south of Cape North, past the Dingwall turnoff, the Cabot Trail leads you to South Harbour. You can keep on the Trail or venture off the beaten path a bit and take the Alternate Scenic Route through Smelt Brook, White Point and Neil’s Harbour, where you’ll no doubt get the urge to park the car and walk along a beach, or just sit by the ocean and allow yourself to indulge in the sensations that surround you. After 6 hours, perhaps several days, depending on how much stopping and experiencing you’ve been doing, you will come to the Ingonishes. This community is one of the Island’s busiest and most “accommodating” areas. You’ll find everything here from superb accommodations and restaurants, to art galleries, craft shops, and the grocery store; which is also a service centre. And, of course, the Highland Cabot Trail

Links Golf Course.Hike up a mountain and even partake in the 10th annual Hike the Highlands Festival in September. Watch for whales. Camp in the various campgrounds. Golf by the sea. And if you’re a beach lover, plan to stay forever. Back at sea level, the communities along the “North Shore” offer a fitting end to your Cabot Trail adventure. The St. Ann’s Bay area is home to direct descendants of the Gaelic pioneers with some residents still speaking the Gaelic language. In the hall at Breton Cove you will find the Gaelic Singers Association, a new organization carrying on an old tradition. Along the North Shore and St. Ann’s Bay you can find the finest collection of 11 top quality artisans’ studios/shops, everything from pottery making, glass blowing, leather, carving, unique clothing, baskets and ironwork. Demonstrations of work are frequent. For more info on the Artisan Trail visit www.capebretoncraft.com, a complete listing of artisans around the Island. At Indian Brook, just after you cross the Barachois Bridge you will come to a junction. A right turn keeps you on the Cabot Trail through Tarbot, North River and Goose Cove. You can also stop and enjoy salmon fishing or hike North River Falls; a trail which leads to one of the highest waterfalls in Nova Scotia . As you near the end of this portion of St. Anns, don’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Gaelic College of Arts and Crafts,

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which is celebrating its 75h anniversary in 2013. The Hall of the Clans gives you a look at the history, while the gift shop contains all things Gaelic – from tartan to books to jewelry. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling. Back at Indian Brook, if you continue straight ahead along route 312, you’ll arrive at the the Englishtown Ferry (no reservations required, small fee). A short trip on this quaint transportation device will take you over to Englishtown, one of the oldest settlements in North America, having been established as a French fishing port back in 1597. Later, in 1629, the first French fortification in the New World was built here, visited and provisioned by Champlain himself. Whichever route you choose, you will eventually find yourself back on the TransCanada Highway (Hwy 105) at the end, alas, of the Cabot Trail. Unless of course, you’re longing for more. In which case you can retrace your steps back around and see it from a totally different perspective.

Arts North Works from 24 Juried Cape Breton Artists Cabot Trail, Cape North 902-383-2911 www.arts-north.com www.northerncapebreton.com Latitude: 46.868246,

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Cabot Trail’s only Bird Island boat tour going to the nesting grounds of the Atlantic Puffin A full 2.5 hour bird watching experience looking for species that nest on the mainland and then seeing lots of seabirds at the Islands! • Cape Breton’s most recommended Bird & Nature Boat Tour with Local naturalist onboard • Largest boat going to the Bird Islands with the most experienced Captain and Crew with no safety violations • Seals, bald eagles, puffins and other seabirds • Puffins guaranteed (during their season) or money refunded • All side windows open for viewing and picture taking from the comfort of your seats Bring this ad in and receive $2.00 off the Adult Fare.

(902) 929-2563 or 1-877-2PUFFIN toll free

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Email: puffin@ns.sympatico.ca www.puffinboattours.ca 1099 Hwy 312 Englishtown GPS: N46 15.57 W 60 32.387

Directions: On THC 105, take Exit 12 onto Route 312, Englishtown, Ingonish. We’re 6 km off THC at Englishtown Wharf. On Cabot Trail coming from Ingonish continue straight at Barrachois intersection on Route 312 for Englishtown Ferry. We’re 500 feet from the ferry.

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Baddeck’s Best Panoramic View

~ Cabot Trail Touring Packages starting from $169 ~

Relax in natural surroundings with beach access, walking trails, fitness centre, pool and lakeside gazebo. Savour the view from McCurdy’s Dining Room & Observation Deck Lounge and enjoy Taste of Nova Scotia approved dining.

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• Award-winning Inn • Licensed Dining Room Visit our website for unique packages: Cape Breton ‘Sampler’, 100Kms Culinary Events, Fungi Forays and others

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Centrally located, we are a perfect stop for those wanting to explore the Cabot Trail. Relax by the pool before dining in our restaurant or walk down to our private beach to enjoy an unforgettable sunset. Rooms starting at $79 - subject to availability See Special Packages Page 36 and 37

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Tel: 902-929-2263 Fax: 902-929-2039 Toll-free: 866-277-0577

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15775 CABOT TRAIL CHÉTICAMP 902-224-1040 www.pilotwhalechalets.com

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2013 Festivals & Events Schedule May 25-26 Cabot Trail Relay Run June 23 Ingonish Triathlon June 29 – 9th Annual Englishtown Mussel Festival Englishtown June 30-July 6 75th Anniversary Gaelic College St. Ann’s July 1 Canada Day Celebrations thoughout Victoria County July 14-20 Big Wave Summer Festival Big Bras d’Or July 20th 4th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge, Ingonish July 21 Bay St. Lawrence Fishing Derby & Crabfest (tentative) July 26-28 Cabot Trail Acoustic Festival Indian Brook August 3 Highland Village Day Concert, Iona August 3 -11 Along the Shores of Washabuck August 4- 10 100th Anniversary of Bras d’Or Yacht Club Regatta Week, Baddeck August 10 Ross Ferry Pork Chop Barbecue August 16 -18 40th Anniversary of Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling, St. Ann’s September 13-22 10th Anniversary Hike the Highlands Festival, Ingonish Scan with your mobile device to get to website

October 11-19 Celtic Colours International Festival throughout Victoria County

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Glass Artisans

Studio & Gallery Now offering glass blowing lessons if booked in advance.

“Where the mountains touch the sea”

LUXURY OCEANFRONT SUITES AND SEA-SIDE COTTAGES 45227 Cabot Trail, North Shore, NS B0C 1H0

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Glass blowing demonstrations daily June - Oct..

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45054 Cabot Trail, North Shore (902) 929-2585 or 1-888-262-6435 www.glassartisans.ca

Surround Yourself with Good Times... “A quiet setting, at the very beginning of the Cabot Trail”

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• 1 & 2 Bedroom Housekeeping Log Cottages • Satellite TV • Large, Level RV & Tent • 2 & 3-way Hookups • 30 & 50 A • Playground • Pool & Sundeck • Heated Washrooms • Laundry • 40 Mins. to Nfld. Ferry • Free WiFi See our package on Page 37

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Lynwood Inn & Restaurant Victorian Inn, Hotel & Restaurant in the Heart of the Village of Baddeck Year-round 4-Star accommodation, including our Charming Victorian Inn Suites, Comfortable Contemporary Suites & Quaint two-bedroom Cottages Queen Beds • 4-piece en suites with Whirlpool Tubs • A/C • Cable TV • High-speed Internet • WiFi • Laundry Facility Rates starting at $100 Licensed Family Restaurant (Seasonal) with Indoor & Outdoor Seating 441 Shore Road, Baddeck, Nova Scotia 902-295-1995 • Reservations: 1-877-666-1995 lynwood@baddeck.com www.lynwoodinn.com We Hope You’ll Come & Enjoy Lynwood Inn’s Accommodations & Restaurant Soon!

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1 Mile South of Cheticamp

Since 1975

Largest Selection of CAPE BRETON Fiddle - Gaelic - Celtic - Maritime Music in Eastern Canada

ONE STOP Convenience (General) Store Open Year Round 8 am - 10 pm

Fresh Bread Daily • Propane • Ice Camping Accessories • 649 Lotto Centre Movie Rentals • Books • DVDs

14614 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp, NS 224-3782 • Toll Free 1-888-762-7772 www.charliesdownhomemusic.com/store marcelcor@hotmail.com Visa • Mastercard • Interac • Debit

• Rug hooking demonstrations • Hooked rugs (all sizes) • Quality souvenirs • Pottery • Pewter • Jewelry • Clothing/T-shirts • Ice cream parlour

Flora’s keeps the Chéticamp hooked rug tradition alive, and local artists in wool have distinguished themselves through the perfection of their craftsmanship. We have a vast variety of specialty crafts and gifts.

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P.O. Box 430, Cheticamp Nova Scotia B0E 1H0

Visitor Information Centre Museum of the Hooked Rug and Home Life Genealogy Ctr. • Internet Access - Bus Tours Welcome www.lestroispignons.com E-mail: lestroispignons@ns.sympatico.ca Tel (902) 224-2642 • Fax 224-1579 B

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Tel (902) 224-3220 • Fax: (902) 224-3220 • Email: aucoinbakery@ns.sympatico.ca

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Surf Classic, Point Michaud

Fleur-de-Lis Trail Surf, seabirds and soldiers It begins at the Canso Causeway. From Port Hastings you will keep to your right onto Route 104. This takes you to Port Hawkesbury, one of the Island’s biggest and busiest centres, where, among other things, a new waterfront development will keep you entertained with shops, ceilidhs and lots of other activities. From Port Hawkesbury the Fleur-de-lis takes you around the beautiful and historic Isle Madame, through River Bourgeois and St. Peter’s, home of St. Peter’s Canal, Nova Scotia’s only functioning tidal lock system, then along the south coast through L’Ardoise, Grand River, Fourchu and Gabarus, then inland to Marion Bridge and back out to the coast to Lousibourg. The Fleur de lis Trail is an experience waiting to happen.

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A beach day is always in order on the Fleur de lis Trail. Point Michaud Beach comes alive with surfers during the summer months. Lessons are available on the beach and if you happen to be in town, don’t miss the annual Point Michaud Surf Classic! Next item on your to-do list? Time travel. The Fleur-de-Lis Trail will eventually bring you to the largest historical reconstruction in North America -The Fortress of Louisbourg, a Parks Canada Historic Site. Once you get past the guards and through the gate, you travel back hundreds of years -300 to be exact. In 2013, Louisbourg is celebrating this significant anniversary

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with plenty of events. For a full schedule visit www.louisbourg300.ca. Once inside the Fortress, you’ll notice soldiers strolling back and forth on the ramparts, their faces searching the sea. Women in bonnets and voluminous dresses glide along the cobblestone streets. Tradespeople, servants and officials go about their business—baking bread, tending the garden, running the affairs of the town. And you, like a ghost from another time, watch and listen. Unless of course, you’d prefer a more hands on experience. You could be tossed behind bars as a prisoner in 18th century Louisbourg. Get out your

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Celtic Colours International Festival

benches in the villages of Port Hastings and Port Hawkesbury invite you to sit, relax and watch the ships passing through the Strait. Take Exit 46 from Hwy 104 and cross the Lennox Passage Bridge if you are looking for a day filled with beaches, hiking trails, parks, sailing, canoeing and kayaking - some of Isle Madame’s most popular activities. Located on the southern-most tip of Cape Breton, Isle Madame is a cluster of islands, given its name in honour of Madame de Maintenon, the second wife of Louis XIV of France. It offers some of the most captivating scenery along the Fleur-de-Lis trail which loops around the main island and encompasses many small communities. Up to the 1800’s the village of Arichat was once a busy shipping and shipbuilding e ydn To S

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smart phone and follow a path of texts, videos and photos that will tell you the story of the disappearing remains. Perhaps you can discover the Fortress after hours, where laughter still echoes through the streets. For a unique Fortress experience where you may just have to help solve an ancient “murder”. On August 13, 1955, the Canso Causeway was officially opened, that mile of asphalt and rock that connects us to the rest of Canada. It is, and probably always will be, the one and only “road to the Isle”. The Fleur de Lis Trail can be found once across the causeway by keeping right. The Strait area has lots to offer the traveller by way of services, accommodations, entertainment and shops, much of which you will find in Port Hastings itself, along Route 104 to Port Hawkesbury, and the Town of Port Hawkesbury. Picnic tables and

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port, as well as an educational and religious centre. The two other centres on Isle Madame, Petit-de-Grat and D’Escousse, will intrigue you with tales of early settlers like Gabriel Samson who, in 1715 journeyed from Louisbourg to become Petit-deGrat’s first inhabitant. You’ll hear, too, of shipbuilders and sea captains who sailed the world over. As for scenery, have your camera ready. Around every turn, along every cove, and in every small fishing village you’ll discover a hundred memorable photographs waiting to be taken. Travel back to Hwy 104 and Exit 47 to beautiful picturesque River Bourgeois and the bustling village of St. Peter’s. There are restaurants, shops and a visitor information centre. If it’s history you want, St. Peter’s will keep you intrigued with stories of Nicolas Denys, Cape Breton’s first entrepreneur who established a trading post in 1650 from which he traded fish, furs, timber and whatever else he could find in abundance in the area. You can visit a replica of his trading post and get to know this very ambitious, adventurous and colourful pioneer. At St. Peter’s Canal, which is the

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only functioning tidal lock system in Nova Scotia, you can watch water craft coming and going through the locks or do some recreational fishing from the Canal wall. Just east of St. Peter’s you will turn onto Rte 247 which will take you along yet another coastline through the Acadian village of L’Ardoise then on to Grand River, and the south coast communities of Framboise, Fourchu and Gabarus. Most of this road is lightly travelled and sparsely populated. From Fourchu, follow Route 327 for about 20 km (12 mi) north until you come to Marion Bridge, and your first encounter with the Mira. To get to Louisbourg from here, you first must travel along the River (on either side) to Albert Bridge. Either Trout Brook Road or Hillside Road will get you to Route 22 (The Louisbourg Highway, as we call it locally) and Albert Bridge. In Marion Bridge, you’ll find the Two Rivers Wildlife Park on the Sandfield Road. Within its five hundred plus acre grounds live over 50 species of native and non-native animals and birds, a petting zoo, hiking and crosscountry ski trails, wagon and sleigh rides, a “U-fish” pond, children’s playground and camping facilities.

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Featuring 50 species of animals including cougar, moose, bears, eagles, wolves, otters, bobcats, lynx and more

The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is a highlight of the Fleur de Lis Trail, delivering countless stories of 18th century military life. To experience the largest reconstructed 18th century French fortified town in North America, we recommend you devote at least one full day. The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site features over 50 buildings that will take you back to fortress’ glory days when it was a thriving seaport. Stroll the streets and relive life during the 18th century with costumed washerwomen, bread sellers, soldiers, noblemen and musicians. - Two Rivers Wild life Park, Sandfield Road, Marion Bridge; 500 acres of woodland habitat; home of 50 species of animals and birds; hiking trails; picnic site; swimming; hay rides - Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site; largest historical reconstruction in North America; Fortress with Governor’s quarters and chapel, homes, shops, restaurants, tavern, gardens; costumed animators and soldiers, guided tours; working bakery; picnic facilities; gift shop; children’s interpretive centre; hiking trails, and much more; reconstruction is modeled after the Louisbourg of the year 1744, set against a backdrop of Cape Breton’s rugged and beautiful south coast

Plus: • Playground • Picnic areas • Petting zoo • Hiking • Swimming • Wagon rides • Canteen • Camping • Includes all Park Amenities

Marion Bridge Exit 7 off Hwy 125

902-727-2483

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Convenience, Comfort & Great Food

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“Cape Breton Island is situated on Canada’s beautiful Atlantic Coast and was voted the number one Island Destination by Travel and Leisure Magazine’s readers. You’ll experience the breathtaking natural beauty of the worldfamous Cabot Trail, and travel back in time to explore North America’s largest historical reconstruction – The Fortress of Louisbourg. Let the adventure begin.”

Experiences Engage your senses with hands-on, authentic Cape Breton experiences! Don’t be a bystander, play the lead role in what will quickly become your most memorable moments on the Island. Share the traditions, culture, crafts, and mere essence of the locals; these experiences are sure to blow your expectations away!

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FireHouse Ironworks

Blacksmith for a Day: Blacksmiths were once as important to a community as the doctor. They provided everything from the nails needed to build a house to the forks used to eat. You can apprentice with local blacksmith Grant Haverstock and experience what it was like to work in a traditional blacksmith shop. After a safety demonstration and basic forge safety instruction, try your hand at the heritage craft of blacksmithing. You will leave with a small item that you have made. $100 for 2 hour session and $160 for a 3-4 hour session. Available July 4, 2013–November 29, 2013 109 Main St., Whycocomagh, Cape Breton, 902-756-4766 www.firehouseironworks.com

Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design

Made for Each Other- Wedding Band Workshop: You’re made for each other! Create a special memory & experience the thrill of making your own wedding rings in our state-of-the-art studio. You and your love will solder your rings and hammer a design/texture on the surface of your bands, putting your mark on each other’s rings. $300 + HST per couple (plus additional costs for materials - silver starts at $40 for two bands) Available on request with a min. 2-4 weeks notice. 322 Charlotte St Sydney, NS B1P 1C8, 902-539-7491 ext. 111

Larch Wood

Cutting Boards as “ functional art”: At Larch Wood we handcraft unique end grain cutting boards from the native Larch [tamarack] tree. Come and visit our shop and show room in East Margaree and see the process first hand from log to finish product. Monday Thru Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm year round. Free admission! 117 Bridge Rd., East Margaree, NS B0E 1Y0 Ph: 902-235-2949 Fx: 902-235-2077 Toll Free: 866-735-2949 www.larchwoodcanada.com

Rita’s Tea Room

Rita MacNeil: Home I’ll Be Concert and Dinner Series: An up-close and personal performance with Rita MacNeil plus a home-cooked meal with all the trimmings including tea or coffee and dessert; all at the Tea Room. Seating is banquet style. Meal is at 12:30 pm, with performance at 1:30 pm. July 11, 12, 13, August 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, All sales final, no refunds. $43.48 (taxes and grats not included) Rita’s Tea Room, 8077 East Bay Highway, Big Pond, NS T: (902) 828-2667, E: ritastearoom@lupins.com

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Comunn Féis an Eilein

Thigibh dhan chéilidh Come to the céilidh: Experience our island’s unique Gaelic culture and language. Bi-lingual Gaelic/English concerts featuring some of Cape Breton’s finest traditional entertainers. Sing along with a Gaelic song, and enjoy a complimentary traditional tea and lunch. Tuesdays at 8:00 pm July 16th, 23rd, 30th, and August 6th, and 13th. Adm.$12.00. Annual Féis an Eilein August 20th-24th 5-Day Gaelic festival offering hands on exposure to Gaelic language and culture through workshops, lessons, and social events. feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca www.feisaneilen.ca

Sydney Action Week Festival

“Meet old friends, make new friends” Sydney Action Week Festival: Immerse yourself in the total festival fun experience this summer as The Sydney Action Week Festival turns 40! Over 9 days, participate in hundreds of activities that will have you laughing, eating, running, reminiscing, oohing and aahing. Enjoy week-long concerts culminating with the not-to-be-missed Gala Closing Concert featuring some of Cape Breton’s greatest talent. August 3rd – August 11th, 2013. Sydney, NS www.actionweek.com 902-563-5510

Gampo Abbey

Visit a Buddhist Monastery! Come and visit Gampo Abbey, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Cape Breton! See our shrine room and learn about life in a Buddhist monastic community. Tours at 1:30 and 2:30 weekdays, July 4 to August 30. We’d love to see you! Free of Charge. Just off the Cabot Trail, near Pleasant Bay www.gampoabbey.org office@gampoabbey.org 902-224-2752

Conseil des arts de Chéticamp

Faite l’expérience de toute une brochette de spectacles cet été au Conseil des arts de Chéticamp! D’une soirée musicale traditionnelle endiablée, à la nostalgie d’une comédie musicale des années soixante, au spectacle fabuleux de marionnettes d’eau et plus encore. Juin à Sept. Live the Acadian cultural experience this summer and take in a show at Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp. Ranging from toe-tapping traditional musical comedies, to a sixties musical, to the wonder of water puppetry and so much more. June to Sept. $7-15. administration@artscheticamp.org (902)224-1876 La Place des arts Père Anselme-Chiasson, Chéticamp NS/NÉ 32

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Le Centre de la Mi-carême

Le Centre de la Mi-carême, votre centre expérientiel de première classe en Acadie! Des « partys » d’cuisine, des ateliers portant sur la fabrication de masques, des camps d’arts pour les enfants, des cafés musicaux et bien d’autres vous attendent. Juin à Oct. Le centre de la Mi-carême, your experiential center of excellence in l’Acadie. Stunning displays, mask-making workshops, kitchen parties, art camps for kids, musical cafés and lots more. June to Oct. $0-15. micareme@aclnet.ca (902)224-1016 Le Centre de la Mi-carême, Grand Étang, NS/NÉ

Point of View Suites

The Beggar’s Banquet: Dine 18th century style in Louisbourg on a feast of lobster, snow crab, halibut or roasted half-chicken while being entertained with storytelling, dance and traditional French and English Ballads.  Reproduction period costumes are available so you can immerse yourself in the French colonial settlement’s society and Culture. $39.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. 902-733- 2080 or www.louisbourgpointofview.com 

Eskasoni Cultural Journeys

Experience authentic Mi’kmaq culture: Eskasoni First Nation invites you to listen to stories and music, share a traditional feast, or join us for a tour of the Bras d’Or Lakes and learn by participating in traditional fishing practices of the Mi’kmaq. Join us for an unforgettable cultural experience. For more information or to book a tour, call Toll Free: 1-855-376-2422 www.eskasoniculturaljourneys.ca

Gaelic College

Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College Great Hall of the Clans Experience: Experience the art of kilt making, try your hand at weaving, learn a Gaelic song at the milling table, get your feet tapping to the lively tunes of Cape Breton music, all during daily demonstrations. Enjoy our “Blas Math” lunchtime ceilidh, as musicians, dancers, and singers provide lively entertainment in true Cape Breton fashion. Adults: $8, Children under 12: $6, Family: $20, Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidh: $15 51779 Cabot Trail, St. Ann’s, NS 902.295.3411 www.gaeliccollege.edu

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Two Rivers Wildlife Park

Camping in the Wild: Located along the Mira River, our park offers a unique Cape Breton camping experience like no other. Sixty sites, hiking, swimming, wildlife trail, petting zoo & canteen. Enjoy all park facilities, everything in one place for the perfect family vacation. $30/night. From May 15 - October 31 4581 Grand Mira North Rd, Huntington, NS, 902-727-2483 www.tworiverspark.ca tworivers@seasidehighspeed.com

Eagle North Kayaking

Sea Kayaking in the Cape Breton Highlands: Paddle alongside the stunning highlands, explore estuaries, beaches and oyster beds. Watch for seals, seabirds, jellyfish and even moose! No experience necessary, we start with easy instruction. Experience Cape Breton’s unique culture, history and nature. Join us on an adventure! Tours leave once daily May-Oct., and twice daily in July and Aug. (10am and 2pm most days). 1/2 day sea kayaking tour for $55 per person 299 Shore Rd, South Harbour, NS 1-888-616-1689, 902-383-2552 eaglenorth@gmail.com www.kayakingcapebreton.ca

North River Kayak

Kayaking With a Twist: Imagine a guided full day paddle on the majestic St. Ann’s Bay. Eagles abound you with a cave, a lighthouse, a “lemon-twist” lobster lunch on the beach, dipping under the waterfall and to top it all off a live performance by East Coast Award winning musician Angelo Spinazzola. Beginners welcome. $139 per person. From May 15 to August 15. Located on the Cabot Trail, RR4 Baddeck, NS, B0E1B0 info@northriverkayak.com www.northriverkayak.com Phone or Fax (902) 929-2628, Toll-Free 1-888-865-2925

Cabot Links

Stay and Play at Cabot Links: features one night’s luxury accommodation at the Cabot Lodge and two rounds of golf on Canada’s first and only true links course. While on property, enjoy some of our other great amenities including three fabulous dining options; Panorama, our signature offering provides an upscale dining experience with extraordinary ocean views; Cabot Bar is a great place for a post-round meal or a pre-dinner cocktail while The Cabot Public House offers maritime-inspired dishes, local charm and live music. From $245 per person (based on double occupancy). For reservations call 1-855-652-2268 or reservations@cabotlinks.com cabotlinks.com 34

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Packages Cape Breton travel packages are developed especially for you! Explore the broad variety of packages that are sure to suit all of your vacation needs. From outdoor adventure and culinary to coastal activities and arts and culture, we have it all! Sit back, relax, and let us do the planning for you!

Dundee Resort

Dundee Family Adventure! Park & play at Dundee! The kids will have a blast at the pool, playing games and hanging out at Dundee!  Package includes: 2 nights, Breakfasts for 2 adults & 2 children, Recreation Bracelet which includes: access to water trampoline, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, games, toys and more – plus 1 Twilight Golf for the family - 9 holes with cart. From $349 per family, plus taxes, double occupancy, children are 12 years and under. June 28 to Sept 3, 2013. 1-800-565-5660, Dundeeresort.com

Bell Bay Golf Club

Bell Bay Double Play: This package includes 1 round of golf at beautiful Bell Bay, 1 night accommodations at Inverary Resort in Baddeck and 1 round of golf the next day! Price is based on double occupancy plus applicable taxes. May 12-30 & Sept 29-Oct 24 weekday from $99-$119 per person June 2-27 & Sept 15-26 weekday from $129-$139 per person July & August from $189 per person 1-800-565-5660, capebretonresorts.com/golf

Sea Breeze Cottage and Motel

Stay & Play Golf Package: Stay and Play with Sea Breeze and Highland Links. Package includes one night accommodation for 4 adults in one of our two bedroom chalets. Enjoy four rounds of golf (1 per person) at beautiful Highland Links Golf Course. Power carts are not included. May 17th until course closure. $540 ($135 per person) – July and August. 36104 Cabot Trail, Ingonish, Cape Breton, NS, B0C 1K0 Tel. 1-888-743-4443 or 902-285-2879

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The Birches Country Inn

Stay at The Birches Play at The Lakes: Package includes an overnight accommodation with delicious continental breakfast in the morning. While you stay, your package also includes green fees and a shared electric cart (valet service to the Inn) at The Lakes Golf Course. Taxes, levy and gratuity not included. 48 hour cancellation policy. May 3-May 31, 2013, $99 per person, double occupancy June 1-Sept 30, 2013, Starting at $140 per person, double occupancy October 1 to closing, $99 per person, double occupancy. 5153 East Bay Highway, Ben Eoin, NS B1J 1P1 info@thebirchescountryinn.ca 902-828-2277

Cabot Trail Motel

Blast to the Past: Travel some of the most treasured vista’s along the Bras d’Or Lake, to the quaint village of Iona, home of the Nova Scotia Highland Village Museum. This is a living history museum dedicated to Gaelic Culture with 11 historic buildings staffed by costumed animators who are passionate about sharing the culture of their ancestors. Includes, admission to the village, two nights’ accommodation at the Cabot Trail Motel with breakfast ; 2 eggs (any style), toast, home fries, and your choice of bacon, ham or sausage, choice of coffee or tea or juice. $222 plus tax. Based on two persons per room. Subject to availability, some restrictions may apply. 902-295-2580, www.cabottrailmotel.com

Hampton Inn

Celebrating Heritage & Culture: Includes one-night accommodation in the newly built Hampton Inn by Hilton, in a spacious non-smoking room featuring two queen-sized beds. After Hampton’s hot breakfast buffet in the morning, enjoy a family pass to Membertou Heritage Park and learn about the culture of Mi’kmaq and their ancestors. June through October. Starting at $159 plus applicable taxes. 60 Maillard St., Membertou, NS B1S 3W3 902-564-6555 www.hamptoninn.hilton.com

Castle Moffett

One-Night Romantic Castle Getaway: Luxuriate in an Enchanting Castle overlooking the Bras d’ Or Lakes and centrally located for all your adventures and minutes to the Cabot Trail. Sip Champagne in your Deluxe Room with Canopied Bed, Whirlpool & Fireplace with Lake views; Enjoy a delicious full Breakfast the next morning; Sail on a 67’ Schooner or enjoy a relaxing Massage. From $200 per person, double occupancy, plus taxes. Valid May to Late October. Please visit our website for additional packages. Toll-free: 888 756 9070 11980 Hwy 105, Bucklaw, Baddeck & Area, Cape Breton info@castlemoffett.com www.castlemoffett.com 36

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Adventures East/Red Barn

Food & Fun on the Cabot Trail: A quiet setting at the very beginning of the Cabot Trail. While surrounding yourself with the good times at Adventures East Cottages, visit the historic and award-winning Red Barn Gift Shop & Restaurant at 2 Cabot Trail. Package includes: 2 guests in a log housekeeping cottage and $40 dinner voucher at the Red Barn plus a 10% discount off gift-shop merchandise. MayOctober, from $139 depending on season. 1km east of exit 7, 9585 Highway 105, Cape Breton 902-295-2417 toll free 1-800-507-2228 www.adventureseast.ca

Hampton Inn

Explore Cape Breton Gas & Go Package: Includes one night accommodation in the newly built Hampton Inn by Hilton, in a spacious non-smoking room featuring two queen-sized beds or one king sized. Enjoy Hampton’s hot breakfast buffet in the morning and fill up on us with a Gas Card valued at $50! Use the Hampton Inn as a base to explore what our beautiful island has to offer. June through October. Starting at $179 plus applicable taxes. 60 Maillard St., Membertou, NS B1S 3W3 902-564-6555 www.hamptoninn.hilton.com

On the Mira Bed & Breakfast

Tranquility awaits you on the shores of the beautiful Mira River. Design your own experience which will include one night’s accommodation and one of your choosing: Dinner overlooking the river ($175), admission to Fortress of Louisbourg ($165), Louisbourg Playhouse ($165) or Glace Bay Miner’s Museum ($155) OR day passes for the Highlands National Park and a hiking map ($150) 902-562-5231 www.onthemira.com

Cabot Trail Motel

Where the Sea Meets the Sky: Check in early and spend the afternoon exploring the quaint village of Baddeck, watch the sunset on the Bras d’Or Lake and after a hearty breakfast set out on a day trip around the magnificent Cabot Trail. This two night package includes admission to Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and two nights’ accommodation at the Cabot Trail Motel with breakfast each morning: 2 eggs (any style), toast, home fries, and your choice of bacon, ham or sausage, choice of coffee or tea or juice. $218 plus tax. Based on two persons per room. Subject to availability, some restrictions may apply. 902-295-2580, www.cabottrailmotel.com

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Bird Island Boat Tours

How do you say Puffin in Gaelic ?” Nature and culture package! A 3-hour tour of the Bird Islands by boat (2 tickets) - see puffins, seabirds, and seals. Visit the nearby Scottish museum with 2 tickets for their history, music, battles, tartans and more. A 2-night accommodation in either a 1-bedroom cottage, a motel room, or a campsite. May 10-Aug 21. Cottage $269, Motel $210, Campsite $139. $75 deposit taken on reservation. Taxes and grats not included. 48 hour cancellation. Big Bras d’Or, NS 1-800-661-6680 www.birdisland.net puffin@birdisland.net

Maison Fiset House

Want to score big both on and off the golf course? Come stay with us in one of our suites, rediscover each other and enjoy a good game of golf at Le Portage. Package includes: golf package for two; green fees, golf cart, room with a king-sized bed, corner Jacuzzi and a view of the harbour, plus a full hot breakfast in the morning. $309 + tax, available June 16 - to September 30. 15050 Cabot Trail Hwy, Chéticamp, Nova Scotia 1-855-292-1794 www.maisonfisethouse.com

Donelda’s Puffin Tours/Sea Parrot Oceanview Manor

Peace, Tranquility & Puffins: Enjoy 2 nights in a luxury Ocean Front Bed & Breakfast with breath-taking scenery and delicious breakfasts. Hop aboard Donelda’s Boat Tours to see Puffins, other seabirds, Bald Eagles and Grey Seals. This package includes 2 nights’ accommodations with deluxe breakfast and boat tour tickets. $375.00 + taxes or gratuities, based on double occupancy. Cancellation policy is 1-week. www.seaparrotoceanviewmanor.com (902) 929-2530 45227 Cabot Trail, Northshore, Nova Scotia

The Barn at the Normaway Inn

3-Fiddler Concert-Ceilidhs: Listen to Cape Breton’s finest fiddlers or even learn to square dance in a welcoming venue with superb acoustics. Wed (July, Aug), Fri (June, Sept, Oct). Concert at 8pm., Dance at 10pm. Adults $10-15-20 and Under 18, $5. Tickets at the door or 1-800-565-9463 for reservations. Music 7 nights a week. www.normaway.com

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Normaway Inn

Food and Music Highland Getaway: Package includes room or cabin, three course country gourmet dinner, our famous breakfast, traditional music , hiking and biking on our 500 acre property, and choice of whale watch, sailing tour, horseback riding, one round of golf, or unguided fishing on the Margaree. $149 per person based on double occupancy. 1-800-565-9463 www.normaway.com

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Boardwalk at Inverness Beach

Ceilidh Trail Fiddles, festivals and fabulous beaches The Ceilidh Trail stretches from the Canso Causeway around the western shore of the Island through Creignish, Judique, Port Hood, Mabou and Inverness to the Margarees. Along that particular stretch of splendid Cape Breton coastline, you will find more fiddlers, dancers, piano players and other musicians per square mile than any other part of the Island (quite possibly the world). With all those musicians, there is usually not a day that goes by during the summer that a ceilidh or concert or dance isn’t happening. A Trip around the Cabot Trail isn’t complete without a trip around the Ceilidh Trail’ -Roger Brooks

Your first stop (after traveling through Creignish, home of Natalie MacMaster) is the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre where the traditional Celtic music of Cape Breton Island is collected, preserved and promoted through education, research and performance. There’s a fiddle school, daily ceilidhs, workshops and the Tom Rankin Exhibit Room where you can try your hand at a tune and even learn to step dance! Back on the road, you’ll travel through beautiful Judique before happening upon

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Port Hood and the community’s spectacular beach. Throw together a picnic lunch and find yourself a spot among the dunes. Further along on the Ceilidh Trail, you’ll arrive in Mabou where the world famous ‘Rankin Family’ siblings were born and raised. In this place you’ll find Strathspey Place, the local theatre that stages and hosts local musicians and productions. Grab a bite and catch some live tunes (nightly during peak season) at The Red Shoe Pub, owned by Cookie and Heather

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Rankin. Looking to explore your inner artisian? Ann Schroeder offers ‘Fabric Dyeing by the Sea’ in Mabou Harbour. Select your fabric and Ann will provide you with the dye and teach you the necessary techniques to create a unique memento. Back on the Ceilidh Trail, you’ll head for Inverness, but not without a stop in Glenville at the Glenora Inn & Distillery. It is here that North America’s first Single Malt Whisky is created. Visitors are welcomed to take a tour of the operations and sample the product, Glen Breton Rare. The pub and dining room offer a full menu, with some whisky infused items, and there is live music nightly during the summer season. Back on The Ceilidh Trail you’ll make your way into Inverness. If you’re a golfer, you’ll be happy to know you’ve reached the home of Cabot Links, Canada’s First True Links course. This track has been the recipient of unprecedented media attention and was rated by SCOREGolf as Canada’s

Best New Course in 2012. In keeping with the authentic links experience, it’s walking only (medical carts are available), but there are local caddies who are guaranteed to enhance your time on the course. There is also a bar and dining room onsite. Cabot Links runs alongside Inverness Beach, which attracts folks from all over the Island. Spend the day, swimming and enjoying the sun. Perhaps you’ve spent some time collecting beach glass and found a really special piece. Consider a visit to the Tears of Glass studio on Beach Rd. and commission a piece of jewelry, or browse artist Brenda Reichel’s existing collection. As evening approaches– as the sun drops into the horizon, you’ll understand why it’s called the ‘Sunset Side of the Island’. Another unique experience in the village of Inverness is harness racing at Inverness Raceway, which happens during the summer months.

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Highland Village, Iona

Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive Sailboats, soaring eagles and Scottish Pioneers The Bras d’Or Lake, UNESCO designated biosphere, is a salt-water lake system that covers over 1,165 square kilometres (450 square miles) of territory right in the middle of Cape Breton. The Bras d’Or Lake Scenic Drive, as the name implies, takes the traveller around much of its shoreline, by way of many of the island’s lesser-travelled scenic roads.

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On a hill in Iona, overlooking the Barra Strait, there’s a 43-acre “housing development” that offers yet another opportunity for time travel. It is the Highland Village, an outdoor living history museum of authentic pioneer homes and places of work, that chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the Scottish Gaelic settlers from their first days in Cape Breton almost 200 years ago. You can experience the Hebridean Black

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House, Alex Matheson’s Blacksmith’s Shop and the Carding Mill. The Barra Strait, so called in honour of some of those pioneers who settled in the Iona area from the Scottish Isle of Barra, separates the upper and lower portions of Cape Breton’s “inland sea”, the Bras d’Or Lake. If you were to take a boat ride from Iona, south to St. Peter’s, you would pass by the Mi’kmaw communities of Eskasoni and

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Chapel Island on the shores of the Lake. For a unique cultural experience, consider partaking in Eskasoni Cultural Journeys. Eskasoni First Nation and the Highland Village Museum have collaborated to develop a unique multi-cultural tour (Mi’kmaq and Gaelic Culture). The tour includes two different and distinct cultures reflecting the parallels and common threads linking the cultures in history and present day. You will be hosted by members of the Eskasoni First Nation with stories and song, share in a traditional feast and learn by participating in traditional fishing practices. Visit eskasoniculturaljourneys.ca for more information. A drive around the Bras d’Or Lake will take you through Whycocomagh, on the Northern Loop, where both a Scottish and a Mi’kmaw settlement exist side by side. Here you can discover what it’s like to be a ‘Blacksmith for a Day’ with local blacksmith Grant Haverstock and try your hand at his craft. On the south side of the Lake, it will take

you to the village of St. Peter’s where the historic St. Peter’s Canal connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Bras d’Or Lake; and you’ll pass through the community of Big Pond where singer Rita MacNeil grew up. In fact, you can stop by Rita’s Tea Room (June 29th to October 14th, 10am to 5pm 7 days a week) for an oatcake and a spot of tea! There are two ways to experience the Bras d’Or Lake Scenic Drive - The Northern Loop and The Southern Loop of the lake are both worthy of your time. NORTHERN LOOP The Northern Loop begins at Iron Mines, about 35 km (21 mi) east of the Canso Causeway, and follows the Trans-Canada Highway east through Waycobah and Whycocomagh. At Aberdeen it ventures off the main highway at Exit 6 and follows the Lake to Iona then eventually completes the loop back onto the Trans-Canada Highway. The Bras d’Or is in full view as you approach the village of Waycobah, a Mi’kmaw First Nation Reserve at the very head of one of the Lake largest inlets. Waycobah officially came into being in 1833 and shares this stretch of the Bras d’Or Lake with its sister village Whycocomagh, settled in 1821 by

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Highland Scots. Stop off here for a while and peruse the work of the Mik’maq artisans, before taking Exit 6 at Aberdeen toward Grand Narrows and Iona. “Fàilte gu cridhe gàidhealach Albainn ùir”, a Gaelic welcome to the centre of the Island. Exit 6 off the Trans Canada Highway at Aberdeen is your gateway to this area. A short ferry ride, a drive along the Lake, a trip back in time to the days of the Scottish pioneers. Discover what life was like for the Gaels many years ago and enjoy an intimate evening at the Highland Village, complete with stories of the historical site, laughter and fun. Allow yourself to be captivated by the sights, intrigued by the history, and charmed by the people of this special place. If you look at the map of Cape Breton Island, you’ll see that this drive follows the shore of the Bras d’Or like a shadow, and takes you almost all of the way along St. Andrew’s Channel to George’s River and eventually to the community of Bras d’Or, and the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 105). You will enjoy the leisurely drive as the road is lightly-travelled, and more than once you will find yourself wanting to stop the car for a closer look at the surroundings. Once you’ve passed through George’s River, you’ll find yourself once again on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 105). This time you’ve arrived in the community of Bras d’Or and to complete the loop you head west on the Trans Canada toward Baddeck and eventually back to Whycocomagh.

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Up for a side trip? Head to Boularderie Island. Turn down the Grove’s Point Road at Bras d’Or (watch for the ice cream caboose) and drive along the shore of Boularderie Island until you reach the Grove’s Point Picnic Park. Have a swim, maybe a picnic lunch if you brought one, relax for a while on the beach in the sun, or under a shady spruce. Then, relaxed and happy, you can continue your drive around Boularderie Island up along its northern shore until you come back to the Trans Canada Highway, this time at Seal Island. Another side-trip to consider. From Bras d’Or, stay on the Trans Canada Highway until you come to Exit 16 to Millville and Big Bras d’Or. It’s farming country along here, as the awesome fields and greenhouses will tell you. Consider a stop at Hank’s Family Farm, where you can get fresh produce and if there are youngsters traveling with you, visiting with the animals is a must. To get back onto the Trans Canada Highway, continue driving on the Big Bras d’Or road and you will come to Exit 14 which will take you back onto the Trans Canada at Seal Island. Cross the Seal Island Bridge, then up and over Kelly’s Mountain. At the St. Ann’s Lookoff, pull in for an eagle’s eye view of St. Ann’s Bay. You just might get sight of a bright red and yellow Cape Islander as it heads toward the Englishtown wharf with a day’s catch. This last stretch of Trans Canada Highway completes the Northern Loop. You’ll have another opportunity to visit the Village of Baddeck, where you’ll find

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Sunset cruise on the Bras d’Or Lake lots to do and see (more about Baddeck in the Cabot Trail section). Eventually you will find yourself back in Whycocomagh where you began your loop. SOUTHERN LOOP This description of the Southern Loop around the Bras d’Or Lake begins at the Canso Causeway and travels down the Trans Canada Highway. Exit 4 at Iron Mines will take you to Orangedale, a small community on River Denys Basin. It will take you around this lightly-travelled, unspoiled shore of the Bras d’Or Lake to St. Peters. The Southern Loop continues from St. Peter’s along the southern shore of the Lake through the Mi’kmaw community of Chapel Island, Soldiers Cove, Hay Cove, then on to East Bay, to Eskasoni, another Mi’kmaw community and eventually to Grand Narrows, where it connects with the Northern Loop. Port Hastings is the first village you will see once you cross the Canso Causeway onto Cape Breton Island. Take the #4 highway to Port Hawkesbury, one of the largest towns on Cape Breton Island. As you leave the town, turn left at the lights and follow Route #4, until you come to the Village of Cleveland (approx 13 km); turn left and keep right, past the post office (approx 13 km), then turn right onto Dundee Road keeping the Bras d”or Lake on your left as you go through the communities of Dundee, St George’s Channel, The Points

Roberta, Cape George, French Cove and Samsonville to St Peter’s. On this route you will find in Dundee a Driving Range, Beach, Marina, Resort and Golf Course, St Georges Beach and Lighthouse, and the Samsonville Centennial Park and Monument which affords a magnificent view of the entrance to the Bras d’Or Lake. In St Peter’s you will continue back onto Route 4. The distance for the junction at Cleveland to St Peter’s is approximately 50 kms. If you are traveling from the eastern part of Cape Breton, turn right on Pepperell St. to the West Bay Highway by the Irving Station in St. Peter’s. If you follow this highway, keeping the Bras d’Or Lake always to your right, your will travel through the village of West Bay, on to Marble Mountain, with the beautiful views of the Bras d’Or Lake and its white sandy beaches, and to Orangedale, where you turn left and arrive at Iron Mines, the start of the Northern Loop. At Orangedale you will find the Orangedale Station Museum. When the Europeans first came to our shores and encountered the Mi’kmaq,

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they assumed that the native people had no religious beliefs, so they set about converting them to Christianity. In 1610, Grand Chief Membertou and twenty-one members of his family were baptized. In 1628 the Mi’kmaq adopted St. Anne as their patron saint. Each July at Chapel Island First Nation a “Mawio’mi” is held to honour St. Anne, the so-called “grandmother” of the Mi’kmaq. This traditional gathering is a celebration of joy, remembrance, goodwill and sharing. It pays tribute to the old and the new, the living and the deceased, and it reaffirms the strengths and abilities of all who participate. This segment of the Bras d’Or Lake Scenic Drive takes you along Rte 4, the southern shore of the Bras d’Or Lake, through Johnstown, Big Pond (don’t forget to stop at Rita McNeil’s Tea Room), Ben Eoin and East Bay. This area is bald eagle territory and sightings are common. At East Bay you will turn off toward Eskasoni, Nova Scotia’s largest First Nation. Traditional Pow Wows are held here during the summer to celebrate the Mi’kmaw traditions with drumming, dancing, feasts and craft displays. From Eskasoni, follow the Bras d’Or Lake Scenic Drive to Grand Narrows where you will make a connection with Rte 223, the Northern Loop.

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You’ll experience culture born out of our industrial legacy of coal and steel; industries that shaped traditions and instilled deep pride in the community. Whether it’s an evening at an historic theatre, a day out on the Mira or a trip to an underground coal mine – there is certainly a lot to experience on the Marconi Trail. Bras d’Or, Florence, Sydney Mines, North Sydney This route begins on “the Northside”, so

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called because of its location on the north shore of Sydney Harbour. The communities of Bras d’Or and Florence are situated on the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 105) just west of North Sydney. Here you’ll find accommodations, restaurants, campgrounds and more. Sydney Mines and North Sydney are located at the end of the Trans-Canada Highway. Make a visit to the Fossil Interpretive Centre in North Sydney and see 300-million-year-old plant fossils from the

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One of the most remarkable things about this area is that all of the communities, large or small, are situated on the ocean. Beginning at Sydney Mines and North Sydney, you will travel along the eastern seacoast to Sydney, Cape Breton’s only city. From there you will have another chance to visit the town of Louisbourg and the great Fortress, then travel along the Marconi Trail through the fishing villages of Main-à-Dieu, Port Morien and Donkin, to the Island’s largest town, Glace Bay. The final segment of the route takes you along The Colliery Route from Glace Bay to New Waterford and New Victoria, back to Sydney.

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rich deposits of the Sydney coal field, enjoy stories from our guides and explore the coastline to find your own hidden treasure. Sydney is Nova Scotia’s third largest city. Its beginnings go back to the mid-1700’s and Cape Breton’s first Anglican Minister, Reverend Ranna Cossit. Take a few moments to step back to the days of Rev. Cossit— days when a military installation of Loyalist troops occupied Battery Park at the northernmost end of Charlotte Street. Mingle among the ghosts of Rev. Cossit and his family at their original home on Charlotte Street, Sydney’s oldest house, now the Cossit House Museum. A little further north on Charlotte Street (number 25), stands a house that was, in the early 1800’s Sydney’s first courthouse and jail. It was there, in a dark, stone-walled cell that Charlotte Flahaven spent her last days before she was led to Battery Park and hanged for the murder of her husband. Peak your interest? The Old Sydney Society hosts oni t Ac Poin

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spine chilling ghost tours, twice weekly in July and August. Costumed guides will enthrall you with legendary stories of the ghostly residents of Sydney and area, take you through haunted heritage homes and graveyards that are sure to have you looking over your shoulder. A trip back into Sydney’s past will take you to the early 1900’s when coal mining and steel making were in their heyday—when immigrants flocked here from Lebanon, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, the West Indies, and many other countries, to watch over the blast furnaces, man the coke ovens, and dig the “black gold” from the earth. Today, this multicultural heritage is treasured, celebrated and willingly shared. However, the legacy of this industry has resulted in the Sydney Tar Ponds. Take a tour of what was once the worst toxic waste site in North America and see why it is now a leading example, worldwide, because of the clean up’s success and reinvestment into the community.

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The Sydney of the new millenniium is a thriving city, a tribute to the tenacity and resourcefulness of its pioneers. With the seacoast as a backdrop, Sydney offers first class shops and services. The Centre for Craft and Design is not only a retail outlet for some of the finest artisans on the Island, it also offers courses and workshops throughout the year. The Joan Harris Cruise Pavillion on the waterfront is home to the ‘giant fiddle’ – a great place for photo ops! MARCONI TRAIL Cape Breton may seem like an unlikely place to find a trail named after a Nobel Prize winning Italian inventor of a century ago, but it will all make sense once you hear the whole story. In 1902 Marconi came to Cape Breton to build a station for transatlantic wireless communications with Great Britian. The first message was transmitted from his station at Table Head in Glace Bay to Cornwall, England on December 15, 1902. The Marconi Trail follows the rugged coastline of Cape Breton’s eastern shore from Louisbourg to Glace Bay, via the coastal villages of Main-à-Dieu, Port Morien (home of the first coal mine and first Boy Scout in North America) and Donkin. THE COLLIERY ROUTE In the early years of the 1900’s, The British Empire Steel Corporation, which controlled the coal industry in

Nova Scotia, pushed coal miners and their families to the brink of starvation. In 1925, the miners had enough and fought back by calling a strike. An official of the company made a public statement in which he arrogantly stated that the company would win the battle because the miners could never “stand the gaff” – meaning they didn’t have the fortitude to withstand the hunger and deprivation that was being forced upon them by the Company. He was wrong. The miners did “stand the gaff”— for five months— and set a precedent for future labour relations in the industry and laid the groundwork for the eventual attainment of decent working conditions and fair wages. The Colliery Route, which links the coal mining towns of eastern Cape Breton, is a tribute to these early miners and a reminder of the leading role coal mining played in Cape Breton’s history. The Colliery Route begins in Glace Bay and follows the coastline through Dominion, Gardiner Mines, Lingan, New Waterford and New Victoria to Whitney Pier. These are communities that grew up around the coal mines. On the Colliery Route you’ll find the Savoy Theatre - a hub of entertainment for over 80 years. An evening in the original theatre (perhaps for one of the community based productions) will leave you impressed

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For FUN, EXCITEMENT, and GREAT FOOD visit Casino Nova Scotia Sydney 525 George Street, Sydney 563-7777 www.sydney.casinonovascotia.com www.facebook.com/casinonovascotiasydney

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and most likely, still laughing days later! The Glace Bay Heritage Museum provides a glimpse into the industrial and sport history that has shaped the personality of the community. The Marconi National Historic Site honours Marconi’s role in the development of today’s network of global communications. In 1902, the first official wireless message was sent from this site across the Atlantic Ocean to England. Visitors can see the Wireless Hall of Fame and walk the interpretive trail to the original transmission station. The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum is an experience that will stay with you for a long time. This is due in large part to the retired miners who serve as guides and have become wonderful story tellers. They weave the stories passed down through generations through the time they spend with you in an actual underground mine. The stories of humor, hardship and camaraderie will leave a lasting impression.

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Featuring: • All-You-Can-Eat Salad Bar • Fresh Atlantic Lobster & Snow Crab • Seafood Chowder • Fresh Mussels • Fish Cakes & Beans • Catch of the Day • Fully Licensed • Land Lover Alternatives • Children’s Menu Enjoy an unparalleled panoramic view of Louisbourg Harbour and the Fortress of Louisbourg from our Dining Room or Outside Deck

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Festival Fever abounds throughout the municipality ... every week ... every weekend ... festivals and events are taking place, from world famous Celtic Colours to strawberry teas, blues to country, folk to jazz, plus lots of handclapping, dancing and singing!

Louisbourg 300 Events May – October Canada Day Celebrations July 1st - Various locations – Sydney, Westmount, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, New Waterford, Louisbourg, Marion Bridge, Glace Bay, Dominion, etc. Lambert Todd Days, Reserve Mines July 4-7 New Waterford Centennial Events July 8-13 Bay Days, Glace Bay July 11-14 Rural Summer Festival July 13-21 (Louisbourg & Area) New Waterford & Area Coal Dust Days July 13-21 Big Pond Summer Festival July 14-21 Dominion Seaside Daze July 19-28

Cape Breton Dragon Boat Festival - Sydney July 26, 27 North Sydney Bartown Festival July 22 - 28 Johnny Miles Festival, Sydney Mines July 29 – August 4 Louisbourg Crab Festival August 2, 3 Cape Breton BikeFest August 2-5 Boardwalk Busker Festival, Sydney August 3-5 The Sydney Action Week Festival August 3-11 Cape Breton Pride Festival, Sydney August 9-18 Feis An Eilean, Christmas Island August 20-24 Celtic Colours (various locations) October 11-19

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17 Museum Street, Glace Bay, N.S., B1A 5T8 Follow the Blue Key Signs to find us or download the locator map from our website

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WELCOME TO A WORLD OF GREAT FOOD!

Great Steaks, Pastas, Sunday Brunch, Kid’s Menu, Atlantic Seafood and Desserts!

So come visit us at Kiju’s where you can TASTE THE WORLD! Second floor of the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre 50 Maillard Street, Membertou | 902-562-6220 | www.kijus.com

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Come try our delicious crispy chicken or one of our deli sandwiches made with slow roasted meats, fresh breads and produce.

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Guided interpretive tours Mi’kmaw Exhibits Petroglyphs Gift Shop Cultural Workshops Private Event Bookings 30 Su'n Awti Membertou, Nova Scotia CALL 567-5333 | membertouheritagepark.com

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A Destination In Itself Sydney

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Located on Downtown Sydney’s waterfront, the JOAN HARRISS CRUISE PAVILION is home to THE WORLD’S LARGEST FIDDLE. The pavilion is opened daily during July & August so visitors can watch the making of the fiddle in our Lighthouse Theatre. Upstairs in the pavilion, visit the Tourism Exhibition Center to learn of Cape Breton’s culture, tourism attractions, history & heritage. LITTLE FIDDLE CAFE – enjoy fresh from the ocean seafood. No admission to enjoy all the pavilion has to offer.

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1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, N.S cbu.ca/art-gallery 902-563-1342

Gallery Shop • Exhibitions Tailored Workshops

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Start your Cabot Trail adventure at Margaree’s Normaway Inn, Cabins, & Suites The First Stop for Fine Food & Lodging since 1928 Hike, Bike, Fish, Golf, Whalewatch nearby. Cape Breton Fiddle or Folk Music Nightly June to October at 8pm

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