7-day adventure by seakayak, bicycle, and on foot through Cape Breton Island. Includes Acadian Isle Madame, Saint Peter’s Canal, the Bras d’Or and Ainslie Lakes, and the musical hotbed of Mabou.
If you have ever wanted to see why Cape Breton Island has inspired musicians, artists, and inventors, spreading their good will around the world, this is a perfect way to do so without tackling the challenging terrain of the Cabot Trail. Starting with the exciting reconstructed fortress and reenacted ambience of Louisbourg, and the Scatarie Wilderness on the east coast of Cape Breton, you will hike and seakayak the rugged coast and islands while learning about early North American struggles between French and English in such places as Main-a-Dieu (Hand of God), Scatarie, and Louisbourg itself. You will then ride your bicycle, following lake shores and valleys across Cape Breton Island to the west coast at Mabou, a quiet village that at first glance belies the abundance of musical talent enjoyed there.
An evening at The Red Shoe will give you some idea of the culture thriving in the surrounding hills. You can enjoy one of our favourite rides around Lake Ainslie, and visit the only single malt distillery outside Scotland, before a fantastic hike on your last day, along the path cut into the side of the coastal hills at Sight Point.
This is a full week of Cape Breton magic, but we guarantee you will leave wanting more!
To enjoy the autumn leaves at the height of their colour, choose the fall foliage trip, October 5-11, 2014.
Guided Cost: $2395 (per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners, Louisbourg admission fees, seakayak equipment, luggage handling, vehicle and guide support, maps and route notes, transfers from/to Halifax)
Self-Guided Cost: $2295 (per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, sea kayak equipment and guide, luggage transfers, essential vehicle transfers, maps and route notes, transfers from/to Halifax)
Coupon code: P7310
Valid: June 1, 2014–October 12, 2014
Guided dates: Jun 1-7; Jun 29-Jul 5, Jul 13-19; Aug 24-30; Oct 5-11 (fall foliage). Add your own dates.