Puffins Brighten A Grey Day For Marathon Runners

Seeking respite after running the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax ten guests from Hamilton Ontario stayed the weekend in the chalets at Cabot Shores.

It was a time for relaxation and recuperation whilst enjoying the hospitality offered by Paul and Barbara.

The lounge & dining area in the great room in the Lodge gave everyone a well earned chance to put their feet up and unwind enjoying a drink and dinner with the first lobsters of the season – providing a new experience for some and a sumptuous feast for all.

The following day, and even though the fog rolled in from the ocean, the sun showed promise to shine through and everyone piled into their cars to head over the Englishtown Ferry to meet Donelda and her husband John to join their Puffin Boat Tour out to Bird Islands.


Not far out from port, we were soon delighted by our first sighting of a Bald Eagle flying over head knowing that the boat meant the promise of an early and easily caught lunch as Donelda threw a fish.


Despite trying valiantly, the sun was sadly not up to task of raising the fog completely, but that did not deter our intrepid voyagers as they peered through the swirling mists to see Guillemots, Razorbills, Cormorants, Gulls, Kittiwakes and eventually Puffins.


“The humming birds of the sea” Donelda called them as their little wings beat rapidly in flight (up to 400 times a minute) being designed for swimming, like a penguin, rather than for the air. Puffins are true water birds, spending all winter at sea and coming to land only for the breeding season. To find out more about these remarkable little birds, you’ll just have to join Donelda for one of her fantastic Puffin Boat Tours.


5 thoughts on “Puffins Brighten A Grey Day For Marathon Runners”

  1. We had a great time at Cabot Shores. Paul was very accommodating to keep us, as a group, all together so we could enjoy our time. I’ve only had lobster a few times in my life and decided to have it as one of my dinners here at the lodge. It was the best I ever had. They even cracked it to make it easier for us. It was a great time to unwind from our Bluenose Marathon run!
    Thank you very much!

  2. It was a pleasure having such a cohesive group. We were impressed that your group trained consistently through one of the most challenging winters imaginable for the Bluenose Marathon. Glad you enjoyed the lobster and the lodging, it was fun having you all here.

  3. Cabot Shores was the perfect spot to recoup from a grueling marathon race. We really appreciated that Paul was able to change our accommodations when we requested two chalets. And the best aspect was that we didn’t have TV or WiFi in the chalets. It was so nice to spend that uninterrupted time together. I was a little nervous about trying lobster, but it was delicious. And after heavy restaurant breakfasts the previous 4 days in Halifax the lighter, healthier fare was very welcome in the mornings. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate but we didn’t let it dampen our enthusiasm for exploring this beautiful area. I would highly recommend Cabot Shores to anyone I know traveling in the area.

  4. Thank you very much. You bravely negotiated eating the lobster and certainly were enthusiastic about Cape Breton, rain or shine.

  5. Paul and Barbara thank you the nice blog and picture.
    Staying at the Cabot shores was a great way to recupe from the marathon.
    The food was good and the local beer was excellent.
    Allowing us to have the chalet so we could all be near each other was very appreciated by all.
    Sorry we could help you with the roof of the yurt.
    Will recommend Cabot Shores to anyone heading to Cape Breton.

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