Cape Breton "Heart of the Highlands"

Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia

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“I have traveled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian Rockies, the American Rockies, the Andes and the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland; but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.” So said Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, who is buried near his retirement home in Baddeck, Cape Breton. Sea kayaking in Cape Breton combines Gaelic hospitality with nature’s less predictable welcome. Wind is always a factor along the exposed coast and the prevailing southwesterlies often blow in excess of 50 km/hr (31 mph) during the late summer and fall. Ancient volcanics form intriguing openings and sea stacks along the shore, while gigantic slabs of slanted rock show where the earth has heaved and shifted over the eons. Gams of up to twenty pilot whales frequent these northern waters and bald eagles fly overhead. On shore, trails lead up the cliffs to groves of wind-twisted hardwoods and stunted spruce trees, and offer stunning views down the coastline. Best of all, the Gulf of St. Lawrence water averages a relatively balmy 16° C (61° F) in summer.

Cape Breton: "Heart of the Highlands" Professional Review and Guide

"“I have traveled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian Rockies, the American Rockies, the Andes and the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland; but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.” So said Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, who is buried near his retirement home in Baddeck, Cape Breton. Sea kayaking in Cape Breton combines Gaelic hospitality with nature’s less predictable welcome. Wind is always a factor along the exposed coast and the prevailing southwesterlies often blow in excess of 50 km/hr (31 mph) during the late summer and fall.

Ancient volcanics form intriguing openings and sea stacks along the shore, while gigantic slabs of slanted rock show where the earth has heaved and shifted over the eons. Gams of up to twenty pilot whales frequent these northern waters and bald eagles fly overhead. On shore, trails lead up the cliffs to groves of wind-twisted hardwoods and stunted spruce trees, and offer stunning views down the coastline. Best of all, the Gulf of St. Lawrence water averages a relatively balmy 16° C (61° F) in summer."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Pleasant Bay
Duration: Overnight trip
Season: Best in summer
Local Contacts: Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Local Maps: 4464 - Cheticamp to Cape St. Lawrence 1:74,500; 4363 - Cape Smokey to St. Paul Island 1:74,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape Breton: "Heart of the Highlands"

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