Kayaking and Canoeing by the Cabot Trail


Cabot Shores is all about access to waterfalls along Indian Brook

leading to Church Pond with access to the Atlantic.

Layla Paddling into the Cabot Strait

Just in front of the chalets is a lagoon where you

can launch your canoe into Church Pond with friends…

Into the Lagoon with Your Canoes & Friends

All along these bodies of water our guests Kayak and Canoe and now Yolo Board.  All available at Cabot

Shores and some tours arranged through our adventure partners like Angelo Spinozzola (for sea kayaks)

and Mi’kmaq guide John Henry Lafford for expeditions all over and along Cape Breton Island.

Exploring with Cosmo on Church Pond

Canoeing Church Pond

4 thoughts on “Kayaking and Canoeing by the Cabot Trail”

  1. Hello folks! My wife Barb and I are planning a special trip to Newfoundland and/or Cape Breton Island in celebration of my 64th birthday (instead of going all the way to the Isle of Wight… remember the Beatles’ Song When I’m Sixty Four… “Every summer we can rent a cottage on the Isle of Wight, we shall scrimp and save”?. What advice would you give us regarding “MUSTS” on the “isle” that have cottages associated with them? For example, the Graham Bell Museum in Bedec, the Cabot Trail…
    Thanks for any suggestions you might send our way… we are thinking of September, 2011 for our big sojourn from Alberta.
    Pete & Barb Weddell
    Red Deer, Alberta

  2. Congratulations Pete on your approaching birthday, on remembering the Beatles Lyrics to “When I’m 64” & for considering Cape Breton Island for September 11.

    So here’s my quick top ten “musts” on Cape Breton, on & off the beaten track:

    1. The Cabot Trail
    2. Cultural icon spots: Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Fort Louisbourg, Miners’ Museum, Gaelic Singers’ Hall & Gaelic College at Breton Cove, a native Mi’kmaq ceremony at Glooscap Cave; Gampo Abby
    3. Hiking: the Skyline Trail, Indian Brook Waterfalls, the Red Island Trail (depending on difficulty you wish) + beach combing 3 special beaches
    4. A Ceilidh
    5. Great seafood dinners, local wine & beer…(eat, drink and be merry!; after all, it is (or will be) your 64th birthday
    6. Tours, including whale-watching, puffin tour, sea kayaking (see our adventure sections)
    7. Gate of life healing arts at Indian Brook–for acupuncture, massage, qi gong, yoga, healthy food (if so inclined)

  3. Paul,
    Having been a big fan of Cape Breton for about 15 years, your comments above provoked my curiosity. Background – I spend most of my summer holidays at Inverness Beach Village, because I like to swim with my grand children, and the Atlantic side is too cold. However, my daughter got married at Kalapa Valley in 1997 0r 98, so for a brief week in early September we were all over that coast with family, plus I spent a few summers investigating the CB social dance scene (the square sets, to the extent they still exists as a social form, not merely a tourist show). Here are my queries:
    Good food, local wine and Beer in Cape Breton? Other than your own establishment, where do they provide good food, local wine and beer? I don’t think Gampo Abbey has started the Franciscan tradition of home brew yet!
    Fresh Seafood = Lately, it all appears frozen, even bought at the wharf.
    Beach combing = I adore it. Curious – what three beaches do you recommend?
    Thanks for your fabulous web site and promotion of Cape Breton. One day I hope to have the opportunity to visit your place.

  4. Hi Margaret,

    Thanks for your incisive and welcome comments on the blog. We are both in love with Cape Breton and your comments certainly help to share the goodness here, based on experience.
    Here’s a response to some of your queries and observations…

    1. CB social dance and music scene–first year open we had fiddler Brenda Stubbert and local friends who know dancing teaching and calling dances for a fairly large group for the February/Valentine’s Day timeframe. You’re right, the non tourist dancing for dancing sake (and music sake) happens more in shoulder seasons….except there’s some good step dancing and other great local music happening all summer at St. Ann’s United Church about 3km from here on Cabot Trail twice weekly (tues. and fri. evenings) and there’s now fiddler Paul Cranford’s ceillidh at Ingonish on Saturday. Also kitchen parties all winter at Breton Cove; anyone can show up and sing or dance or just watch and snack or drink coffee (and some other adult beverages on occason)
    2. Gampo Abby and Kalapa Valley–Neat that you had wedding at Kalapa, one of our favorite places on earth. Can show you some great hikes nearby when you’re here again. And Gampo Abby is where my wife Barbara is acupuncturist and we go to primarily solstice events (and she does retreats ) there. Some monks and guests come here as well. No Franciscan wine or beer making there. Had a biermeister here recently who considered setting up a microbrewery here. I don’t drink alcohol (boring me) but watch closely what guests like. Jost and Gaspereau are popular locally (and I believe there’s grapes coming from CB Marble Mt–my assistant Laura is looking into that for you. Popular microbrew beers among guests are Garrison and Propeller, both from Halifax–you probably know them well.
    3. Eateries–When Barbara and I get rare days off, we have tried and like Trio in Sydney; Black Spoon in N. Sydney; and Main Street in Ingonish. We are now extending our food and drink beyond Cabot Shores guests and those doing weddings and fam. reunions and meetings. and retreats…Now opening the Cabot Trail Bistro.
    4. Beachcombing and beaches
    Favorites are Black Brook Beach just north of Ingonish (bc it has waterfall)

    Indian Brook Swimming Whole coming up from Indian Brook/Atlantic beach (ours) because it leads to 3 waterfalls
    and there’s great beachcombing from southern part of our beach to St. Ann’
    s Church about 3km away and the Red Island Trail (great rocks, driftwood and hidden lakes along the way: we do as guided adventure or can send you across Church Pond in kayak, canoe, or yolo board

    third is Little River, about 7km north…(you already know the fine beaches near Port Hood, Inverness, etc)? Nearby is also a beach down Effie’s lane which isn’t sandy or fancy but, like our place, has Atlantic on one side of beach and Breton Pond on the other; great for kayaking and the first place my kids’ caught trout early in season.

    4. Ingredients
    We take note of your frozen fish observation. Answer to that is to catch own; we like that as part of CB experience: mackerel are easy at Englishtown and Ingonish. Trout is in Church Pond, Indian Brook, Highlands and there’s excellent Trout Farm near Margaree where we’ll be getting more and more. We have friend who has fishing boat off Louisbourg who catches halibut, haddock; and we get our lobster off pier from Merrill Macinnis (see our lobster fishing video on You Tube or from our free e-letter. And other guests have gone with us to get fresh mussels; and we then prepare them. The best! Salmon are harder but can do with native guide in Margaree or North River. Served fresh salmon at a mi’kmaq wedding done here. And then there’s the garden: we have organic garden, 90 plus tomato plants and serve much from there, and apples and berries growing on property and nearby. Paradise for ingredients. Absolutely. That’s why we’re excited about the BISTRO.

    Sorry for the longish response but you asked for it! Come visit and we’ll eat and drink and beachcomb, hike and otherwise adventure together. Bring children and grandchildren.
    And Laura, in Hallifax, will look further into your questions on wine and what you do with Tango which I’ve always wanted to learn. Bring your Dancing to Cape Breton. And hopefully soon our paths will cross…

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