Pet-friendly Adventures along the Cape Breton Highlands

Calvin and Elijah on a summit in the Cape Breton Highlands

by Paul on December 27, 2011

in Adventures, Pet Friendly Adventures


Ready, to Hike, Beach-comb, Kayak or Yolo Board with your Pet?

(Why Not?  There’s Even a Whale watching Captain who allows dogs on the Boat…)

Colleen from Burlington, Vermont loves to hike with her dog Elijah.  Elijah has been all through

New England, to Alaska and now to the Highlands of Cape Breton.

Here is Elijah and friend Calvin on the summit of the Spinnakin.

And here’s Cosmo with a young friend from Ontario, getting ready for a swim and walk along

the beach…




Pugs on the Go





What about a place to stay that’s pet-friendly?

Or a whale watching tour that welcomes your dog?  Call us for more information: 902 929 2584.


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie August 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

Hello. I am trying to decide on a vacation destination for next year and I am seriously considering a visit to your area. We are a party of two adults and we travel with our obedient show dog. I have been able to locate plenty of information on pet friendly accommodations and hiking. My husband is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain and we also like to spend time on the water whenever possible. I am have not been able to locate information on any boat rentals in your area or any pet friendly boat tours. Please let me know if you are able to provide any suggestions or point me to anyone in your area who may be able to assist. Thank you very much.

paul August 8, 2012 at 9:32 am


Thanks for posting on our website.

We don’t know of boat rentals, do know of both a whale watch that’s dog friendly and pet friendly hikes. We do know of boat captains and coast guard faculty/students who’ve stayed here (ie Canadian)

Recommend you sign up for our newsletter on any page of website

I will ask around about boats. Do have friends who sail and also have fishing boats. May be able to arrange something near here, so stay in touch.

Cape Breton is great place for boating and we will check through our network of friends at Baddeck, Sydney and other yacht clubs to see about
renting a boat or having you (and your husband) go out on one to explore the coast and the Bras DOr

Karen Monz June 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Hi! I’ll be in Cape Breton the wee of July 26 – August 2. I’m traveling with my mom and 2 dogs. I’d really love to take a whale watching trip and read that there is a tour that allows dogs. Was wondering if you could give me their info as I’d love to get in touch and possibly book in advance. Thank you for your help.

Paul June 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Somewhat weather dependent and dependent on other passengers. We usually call Oshan morning of. Will send you a more detailed email.

Elisabeth July 12, 2014 at 12:12 pm

We are planning to camp on CBI in August and would like to bring our dog, but now sure what we could do with him the 2 days we plan to visit Lousibourg. Other than that I think we could make the week work for him (and us). Ideas?

Erin July 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Hi there,

I am planning a trip to Cape Breton within the next week and would really love to bring my dog so I am wondering where I can whale watch and bring my dog?

Paul July 12, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Good time to visit Cape Breton–we are pet-friendly here and can sometimes arrange
a whale watch tour including your dog (also puffin tours)…will send more details in email.

Paul July 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Are many pet-friendly adventures here, including hikes, beach, canoes/kayaks, and occasionally whale and puffin tours…Call regarding some of your challenges around day trips…902 929 2584

Lorin July 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Hi folks just a quick fyi regarding dogs and boats. I just booked a whale watching tour out of Pleasant Bay, CB … they ALLOW THE DOG ON THE BOAT. The information and phone number can be found on their website: — hope this helps :)

Paul July 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Thanks for comment. And if our readers are interested in visiting Meat Cove offshore and seeing whales all the way to Cape North, we highly recommend Oshan Whales, with Captain Cyril Fraser. It is pet-friendly for friendly dogs!

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