Begin with a brief introduction to Sydney. Hear about the city's founders and the industries that developed in this area, and relax on a panoramic drive through the historic North End. You’ll follow the Trans-Canada Highway to the picturesque resort village of Baddeck, situated on the shores of the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes in the heart of Cape Breton Island. Along the way, enjoy stunning panoramic views of Boulanderie Island, the Seal Island Bridge and the Great Bras d'Or Channel as well as Kelly's Mountain and St Ann's Bay. Join the captain and crew of the 67-foot staysail schooner Amoeba for a sailing experience as unique and unforgettable as the lakes themselves. These pristine waters boast the world's deepest channel (at more than 900 feet deep). View Cape Breton from the deck of the Amoeba and see Alexander Graham Bell's stately summer mansion. Watch bald eagles wheeling in the sky above you as you take in the beauty of your natural surroundings. After your sailing experience, enjoy some free time for exploring the village of Baddeck. Notes:Wear warm clothing; bring a jacket or windbreaker. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed. Please be advised that the traveling time from the port of Sydney to Baddeck is 1 hr and 15 minutes each way.
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Customer Reviews for Sailing on the Bras d'Or Lakes
My 80-year-old mom, my wife, & I really loved this excursion. Here's what we loved:
1. During the 1-hour drive to Baddeck & back, the fall colors were amazing...red, yellow, green, orange, pink, and even coral, all in the 2nd week of October. The tour guide found a great spot for us to pause for photos of ourselves with the whole range of colors in the valley behind us. Christmas card photos!! (On the whole cruise, these were probably the best colors we saw anywhere.#
2. The Amoeba's captain LOVES his vessel. Sit near him, since he shares about the boat's history and that his dad or grandpa built it himself. The captain lives on the boat, knows the waters of the area, and has a personal relationship with the bald eagles of the area. Three or four bald eagles swooped down to grab some meat he tossed into the water 10-20 feet off the side of the boat. Everyone wins, right?
3. We had plenty of time in Baddeck to grab a quick--albeit way overpriced--lunch and look for some souvenirs.
I can't think of any negatives about the excursion. Highly recommended.