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Bras d’Or Lake Cottage Rentals

The Untouched Beauty of Cape Breton’s Bras d’Or Lake

Rocky and rugged, musical and vibrant – a visit to Canada’s Cape Breton Island is a breathtaking step back in time. Bras d’Or Lake cottage rentals are the ideal home away from home for any vacationer wanting a true escape in one of the most untouched places left on earth. Named for the golden reflection of the sun’s rays on the water, Bras d’Or (or “arms of gold”) is the largest lake on Cape Breton, in northern Nova Scotia. Bras d’Or Lake vacation rentals offer a perfect sanctuary from fast-paced modern life, in one of the most magnificent landscapes in Canada.

Memories of Scotland and Ireland in Cape Breton

Bras d’Or Lake, Cape Breton, is a large salt-water lake in the centre of the island and was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2011. Surrounded by the hills and mountains of this corner of Nova Scotia, this rocky island offers a nearly endless number of ways to appreciate and experience its beauty.

Cape Breton is both the Celtic and Gaelic heart of North America. The region is home to the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts, and it hosts many delightful musical and cultural festivals commemorating the lively traditions of fiddle music and singing. Every October, the Celtic Colours International Festival celebrates Scottish and Irish culture with nine days of live concerts, some of the world’s best musicians and almost non-stop community dinners.

The Unique Nature of Bras d’Or Lake Fishing

At the many marinas and yacht clubs in Baddeck and Dundee, many excursions are offered to take visitors to experience Bras d’Or Lake fishing at its finest. The salt water in the lake creates the perfect conditions for thriving lobster and oyster fisheries. As well, the combination of the lake’s salt water and the fresh water run-off from the island’s many rivers creates a fisherman’s paradise on Cape Breton.

With bald eagles nesting along the untouched shoreline, Bras d’Or Lake fishing excursions give fishers the chance to spend the perfect day trolling for salmon, cod and rainbow trout, while observing wildlife in its natural environment.

Scenic Drives in Cape Breton

National Geographic’s Traveler magazine has named Cape Breton Island one of the best places in the world to visit, and booking Bras d’Or Lake cottage rentals gives you the chance to experience two of the most scenic drives in North America.

The Bras d’Or Lake Scenic Drive loops around the lake, taking you from picturesque farms to perfect bird-watching areas along the shores. Continue on to the Nova Scotia Highland Village Museum and the Orangedale Railway Station Museum, both of which explore the island’s captivating past.

The world-famous Cabot Trail has been named one of the best road trips in the world. Winding 300 kilometres through stunning highlands past tiny fishing villages and dramatic coastlines, the Cabot Trail opens the doors to some of the best places in Eastern Canada for kayaking, hiking, surfing or just driving.

Bras d’Or Lake vacation rentals are some of the most popular in Canada, with people coming from around the world to experience the unspoiled beauty of Cape Breton Island. Consider heading to Nova Scotia for your next vacation, so you can breathe the fresh air, feel the sea breeze and hike these craggy highlands.

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