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Nearby Attractions

Whale Tours  |  Whale Interpretative Centre  |  The Cabot Trail  |  Cape Breton Highlands  |  Golf Courses |  
Gampo Abbey Buddhist Monastery  |  Cardinal Points Gift Shop  |  Timmons Folk Art  |  Hiking Trails

Enjoy boat tours, whale watching, incredible hiking, golf, wildlife and nature, sightseeing - all while you are here! You'll see why Pleasant Bay is recognized as the 'Jewel of the Island'. Pleasant Bay tips Cape Breton Highland's National Park and is half-way around the Cabot Trail. Our sea-side community remains a natural haven for exploring Cape Breton Island. During your stay, plan a peaceful walk on the Pleasant Bay Harbour Beach at sunset, pick blueberries in the early morning or enjoy a sunset tour on the Skyline.

For generations, along with tourism, the fishing industry has been a main employer in Pleasant Bay. Lobster fishing begins on the first of May and continues through the end of June. Snow crab fisheries start during first half of July (earlier for off-show crab fisherman) and continues until quotas are caught. In Pleasant Bay, go down to "the harbour" for a stroll after supper to catch the sunset or in the morning to watch the lobster boats out on the bay! When in Cheticamp, go for a walk on the Board or Sidewalk and don't forget to look for local music in the evening!


Whale Tours (Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia)

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    Local Tour Operators

Pleasant Bay is considered the whale capital of Cape Breton - it rivals many other destinations.

There are three whale tour operators within walking distance of Highland Breeze and a very short drive from Gulf Breeze.
Guaranteedwhales.com - Pleasant Bay is one of the most spectacular whale watching places in the world. Many different  species of whales, including the minke, sperm, blue, humpbacks,  and the world's largest population of Northern Long fin Pilot Whale, Feeding on capelin, krill and squid along the coast between May and September, these whales can be seen breaching the surface of the water and playing along our shores.  Catching a single glimpse of these huge and majestic mammals is an exciting and awesome experience from the rail of our 2 level Passenger Vessel.

Capt Mark's Whale & Seal Cruise - Come on a whale watching cruise aboard our 42-foot cabin-cruiser or on one of our 2 zodiac vessels. Whale sightings are guaranteed! Both options offer sightings of various marine wildlife and spectacular coastal views of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Pleasant Bay Zodiac Tours - Have some fun on the water and make your Cabot Trail vacation one to remember! A high success rate with whale sightings allows us to feel confident that you will not leave disappointed.






Whale Interpretive Centre (Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton, NS)

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    Whale Interpretive Centre

The Whale Interpretative Centre - is a unique and stimulating experience, opening a window on the world of the whale and its intricate web of life. You can view life-size models of whales, exhibits, interactive media, and a saltwater livestock tank.

The Whale Interpretive Centre was opened in 2000 - and is operated by the Friends Of Whale Watch Cape Breton with the goal of promoting and preserving marine life. The Whale Interpretive Centre has a wonderful bookstore and small giftshop that promotes marine and nature at it best!

Tourists often go to one of the outdoor picnic tables to enjoy their lunch. There are a couple of tables located at the lower level and a couple over looking the harbour.

Seasonal Dates: Open from June 1 to October 15. Call 902-224-1411 to be sure they are open during the low seasons.





The Cabot Trail

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    The Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail, named one of the best road trips in the world by Lonely Planet, is a trail that winds through stunning landscapes, along the Margaree River, a Canadian Heritage Salmon River, and through spectacular rugged highlands of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada.

The history of the Cabot Trail is a long and interesting one. The trail was named after Italian explorer John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) who reached our shores in 1497, sailing on a mission for King Henry VII of England. The name also celebrates the meeting of Cabot and the Mi'kmaq people, the original inhabitants of Cape Breton Island, at Aspy Bay over 500 years ago.

The Cabot Trail completed in 1932, joined previously isolated fishing villages along an approximate 300 km loop. Today the Cabot Trail connects eight major communities with intriguing histories, ranging from the Acadian Region, to Irish and Scottish settlements. These vibrant communities are gateways to outdoor adventures and cultural festivals. Allow 3-5 days to explore and experience this magnificant area.





Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

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    Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cape Breton Highlands National Park is known for its spectacular highlands and ocean scenery. Steep cliffs and deep river canyons carve into a forested plateau bordering the Atlantic Ocean. One third of the Cabot Trail, a world-famous scenic highway, runs through the national park along the coasts and over the highlands.

The cool, maritime climate and rugged landscape permit a unique blend of Acadian, Boreal and Taiga habitats, including old-growth forests of international importance.

Boasting 26 hiking trails, 6 magnificent beaches, 24 stunning viewpoints along the Cabot Trail, numerous waterfalls, 8 campgrounds, top-rated golf, special events and weekly activities during July and August, Cape Breton Highlands National Park is an ideal getaway for families, couples or solo adventurers.





Hiking Trails

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    Hiking Trails

Hiking is a very popular activity for many tourists. There are many trails in the surrounding area. Ask us our favorites - ask us for directions.

While visiting Pleasant Bay, most definitely plan a walk on the nearby Harbour Beach at sunset.
Robert's Mountain - Can be seen from Highland Breeze Chalet. This 2.5 hour treck is a pretty steep climb. Considered to be one of the most beautiful sights in the world.

Red River Beach - is a small natural canyon. A steep climb but well worth the effort. Plan a hike out to the Glen of the Red River Falls - not in anyone's tour book and definitely an adventure! You can make this adventure a lot more relaxing by going part of the way on a Horse & Buggy Ride.

Pollett's Cove - Said to be one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Pollett's Cove Trail is considered advanced since the elevation is 0 to 366 m (0 to 1200ft).

MacIntosh Brook - The trail is located at the MacIntosh Brook Campground. It follows the brook up one side to a beautiful water fall. Then returns on the other side of the brook with a few bridges to cross. Takes about one hour to complete.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park - offers 26 hiking trails. These hiking trails range from easy strolls to challenging climbs with panoramic views of canyons, highlands and seacoasts. The trails provide a chance to intimately explore the complex habitat of northern Cape Breton Island. Nature doesn't end at the park's boundaries. Many surrounding areas boast equally breathtaking trails.



Pleasant Bay Guests - ask us about preordering packed 'lunches on the go'.





Festival de l'Escaouette (Chéticamp)

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    Festival de l'Escaouette

Festival de l'Escaouette - During the summer, visitors can share with the local residents a festive atmosphere in traditions and old customs.

In 1976, festival organizers unanimously chose a name typical of our region 'The Festival de l'Escaouette', an Acadian cultural event in Chéticamp during the summer months.

The goal of this festival is to preserve and inform residents and visitors of Acadian heritage, and strengthen ties between the Acadian cultural organizations of Chéticamp.








Golf Courses

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    Golf Courses

Breeze Accommodations are conveniently located within a short driving distance to four stunning golf courses in the surrounding area - guaranteeing a unique and memorable golf experience. Take advantage of the breath-taking views of the Cabot Trail on the drive to the golf course of your choice.

• Baddeck Forks Golf Course, Baddeck

• Cabot Links Golf Course, Inverness

• Highlands Links Golf Course, Ingonish Beach

• LePortage Golf Club, Chéticamp
Baddeck Forks Golf Course - This 9-hole layout is located along the beautiful Baddeck River which empties into the Bras d'Or Lakes - an inland sea in the heart of Cape Breton Island. Our golf course overlooks the valley and is surrounded by Crowdis Mountain in the West. The Highlands are spectacular and the view breath-taking.

Cabot Links Golf Course - This 18-hole layout is set in the picturesque town of Inverness, Cabot Links is proud to call the West Coast of Cape Breton Island home. With sprawling hills surrounded by a magnificent valley, leading out to the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, visitors will truly enjoy the region's splendor. A community rich in history and culture, Inverness is a one-of-a-kind place full of hometown pride.

Highlands Links Golf Course - is one of Stanley Thompson's finest works. The 18-hole layout is a testament to the man's genius, capturing the wonderful land forms and increbile scenery of the Atlantic Ocean coastline and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Highlands Links is constantly ranked in the Top 10 Best Courses in Canada and in the Top 100 Best Courses in the World.

LePortage Golf Club - Welcome to LePortage Golf Club in the Acadian village of Chéticamp, located on the world famous Cabot Trail. Come and enjoy a round of golf on our wonderful course filled with breathtaking views of the Chéticamp Highlands. Our 18-hole layout is sure to challenge golfers of all abilities. You will be surrounded by the culture and traditions of the Acadian people.






Gampo Abbey Buddhist Monastery (Pleasant Bay)

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    Gampo Abbey Buddhist Monastery

Come take a guided tour of Gampo Abbey Buddhist Monastery! The Abbey offers guided tours from early July through end of August. Tours are offered Monday through Friday, at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

At other times, you are welcome to come walk the grounds, visit the Stupa, and see the outside of the Abbey - but with a guided tour, you get the inside track.

See the shrine room, visit the library with over 5,000 books on Buddhism and religion, learn about their lineage and activities, and get a glimpse into the life of the monastics and lay residents living at Gampo Abbey.

Pema Chondron, the famous Buddhist author is in residence here. Gampo Abbey brings many tourists to Pleasant Bay. The monastery is located in the lower end (at the tail end of Red River).





Cardinal Points Gift Shop (Pleasant Bay)

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    Cardinal Points Gift Shop

Cardinal Points Gift Shop - While visiting the Cape Breton Highlands National Park on the famous Cabot Trail - make Cardinal Points a designated stop. The Cardinal Points Gift Shop is conveniently located across the street from our Highland Breeze location.

They carry a wide variety of souvenirs, fine china, books, nautical items, boats & schooners, bird watching items, t-shirts, sweatshirts, best selection of film and digital memory cards. Local crafts, pottery, wood carvings, lamps, wood puzzles, jams & jelly & Nova Scotia Maple Syrup.

They also offer wool sweaters, local music & prints by Maritime artist Arlene Collins, and an exclusive line of Nova Scotia hand-decorated lighthouse pottery. The giftshop is also located directly across the street from Gulf Breeze. It is a great place to grab an ice cream on a hot day!

There is also an ice-cream shop with confectionery, cold drinks & coffee.





Timmons Folk Art (Pleasant Bay)

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    Timmons Folk Art

Timmons Folk Art - This quaint little studio (recognizable by the large carved fisherman in front of the studio) is located at the crossroads in Pleasant Bay and is owned and operated by local artists.

Specializing in hand carved whales, dolls, fisherman and animals, painted drift wood and rocks, and folk art painting, the art is fun, colourful, and whimsical.

Reed Timmons works in the lobster fishing industry and creates folk art from his home in Pleasant Bay on Cape Breton Island, where he has lived all his life. Sue, one of my best friends is an artist in her own right and the meet and greet lady! Stop by and check out their take-away gifts that can cost a little but mean a lot! Spending a lot of time on the water, many of Reed's creations are ocean inspired and his work incorporates a sense of fun and humor.

When not fishing or creating folk art alongside his wife, Sue, the couple spend their time enjoying the benefits of living in the highlands of Cape Breton.





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