Bras d’Or Lake Boating Itineraries

North America’s “inland sea”, the 450-square-mile Bras d'Or Lake is the destination for cruising yachts in eastern Canada with amazing golf destinations. With little tide, no fog, dozens of secluded anchorages, friendly people and deep, well-marked water, the Bras d'Or Lake is not to be missed.

Within an hour's drive of Baddeck you can golf at world class golf destinations, Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links, Canada's only true links golf course. Guests can fly in to Port Hawkesbury or Sydney airports.

3 - 5 Day Bras d'Or Lake Itineraries

Discover popular destinations within the Bras d'Or Lake from the destination descriptions below to assist in building your itinerary.

  • Enter the Bras d'Or Lake from the north, beginning in Louisbourg.
  • Enter the Bras d'Or Lake from the south, beginning in D'Escousse.

Destination Descriptions

Baddeck, Cape Breton Island

Go alongside in this quaint yet bustling community that was Alexander Graham Bell’s summer home. There are several nearby golf options, good restaurants and the fascinating Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, which commemorates the genius and compassion of the renowned inventor. Exhibits show how he and his associates achieved Canada’s first powered flight, produced the world’s fastest boat, advanced recording technology, designed giant kites and, of course, invented the telephone.

East face of a 450’ wharf with 110/220v power and water. Nearest aiport Sydney (78 km).

D'Escousse, Cape Breton Island

Entering the Bras d'Or Lake from the south, anchor at D’Escousse and transit beautiful Lennox Passage (buoyed from east to west). Continue on to St Peter’s and through the historic St. Peter's Canal National Historic Site (and eventually the Grand Narrows drawbridge). The nearby St. Peter's Marina can take vessels alongside up to 150’.

Little Harbour, Cape Breton Island

The very narrow entrance has plenty of water and opens into a large protected bay. As with many anchorages in the area, fresh oysters are plentiful on the rocky beaches. Head ashore for a great meal at the Cape Breton Smokehouse Restaurant, a German restaurant situated in large log cabin-style lodge with a dock.

Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island

A logical first stop if entering the Bras d'Or Lake from the north. Overnight at the public wharf in Louisbourg. Visit Nova Scotia’s premier historic site at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and then catch a show at the Louisbourg Playhouse, a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Be sure to stock up on the fresh frozen snow crab at the fish plant. Nearby airport at Sydney.

Marble Mountain, Cape Breton Island

If there’s only time for one place other than Baddeck, this is it. With pretty beaches, a mountainside winery, and beautiful vistas, this historic ghost town makes for an interesting anchorage.

Maskells Harbour, Cape Breton Island

For a taste of real Nova Scotia “gunkholing” this is the spot! Anchor overnight in this very pretty and protected bay about 8 nautical miles from Baddeck.

If time permits, other recommended Bras d'Or Lake cruising options include:

  • Ben Eoin in East Bay for golf
  • St. Andrews Channel for the scenery
  • Big Harbour has a good anchorage
  • Head of Baddeck Bay is protected and secluded