Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, is truly one of the best places in Canada to embark on an adventure. From rugged cliffs to the rolling ocean gleaming under the summer sun, it’s an island of magic. Throw in the famous Cabot Trail, diverse terrain and top-notch seafood fare, and your adventure may be one that you can’t leave behind.
When Adventure is a Must
Sir Richard Branson said it best, “If happiness is the goal – and it should be – then adventures should be top priority.” For some that adventure is bungee jumping as your heart races while you plunge hundreds of feet below. For others it’s kayaking on the open waters, breathing in nature’s beauty, or hiking across rugged terrain towards unparalleled views. In Cape Breton, you might be able to up the adventure ante by spotting a few moose along the way.
Ever wondered what it was like to stand upright on a paddle board gliding along the calm waters? From lakes, to rivers, and even the open ocean, Paddle Boards get you out into the great outdoors. It’s a sport that all levels can enjoy, and truthfully once you’re up, even if you lose your balance falling into the water surrounded by awe inspiring scenery can be refreshing.
Owner Jeremy Smith over at CB West Paddle Boards on Cape Breton Island takes you out to some pretty stellar spots. From estuaries surrounded by flora and fauna, to paddling along the stunning Margaree River, you are bound to have a blast. So much so that you won’t want this amazing workout to be over!
Tucked away in the woods along the northern end of the Cabot Trail a brand new adventure spot awaits. Ziplining with Mountain Pine Adventures is a must do, and it’s actually not as daunting as it may appear. Get hooked-up along side the treetops and get ready to zip along over 500 feet of zipline suspended above a pine forest.
The first zipline is a great starting point for the next stop as you ascend higher with a clear view of the Island’s beauty before you. Owner Terrence Dixon is cultivating an amazing place and plans to expand offering more adventure.
Don’t forget to zip and sip when you’re done – how’s that for a reward? Mountain Pine is located right beside family owned Danena’s Bakery & Bistro, which serves up local brew and great homemade seafood chowder.
Find your inner Robin Hood at Highland Bow & Arrow, another new spot along the Cabot Trail. Archery as a sport dates back thousands of years, and was a favorite among British Royalty and the public at one time.
Mastering the art of archery certainly takes discipline and coordination, and owner Jay Rawding can help hone up on your skills, with plenty of fun thrown in. You never know, you may even hit a bull’s eye along the way!