Bras d'Or Lake Travel Guide

  • An Abandoned Farm House near the Lake
    An Abandoned Farm House near the Lake
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  • Dundee Marina
    Dundee Marina
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  • A Partially Frozen Lakeside Inlet
    A Partially Frozen Lakeside Inlet
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Bras d'Or Lake Things to Do

  • This Silo's Roof Has Had It !

    Along the lakeshore at Dundee, just before I turned inland to begin the loop back to St. Peters, I came across another of the abandoned farms.This one had a fairly substantial barn with a solid old concrete silo for holding the cattle feed. Although the concrete was standing up quite well, it's rusted metal roof was showing it's age. Blue sky could...

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  • An Abandoned Homestead

    Cape Breton has always been a hard place to make a living. Now, with it's historical main industry of underground coal mining in the Sydney area shut down and the fisheries depleted, times are even tougher for many residents.Some of the older farms were marginal at best, like the one on my Intro page. This photo shows some of the small 'out...

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  • 'Slushy' Ice

    On the main body of Bras d'Or Lake itself, the winter ice-cover in some of the smaller coves and arms of the Lake is in the process of melting and breaking up with the onset of Spring weather.In some places, this results in a wide expanse of beat-up and broken ice chunks along the shore as the combination of sun and wind combine to pound the ice...

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  • Weather Beaten

    Stuck as it is between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the weather on Cape Breton Island is noted for it's high winds during winter storms.The weathered and beaten-down cedar shingles and boards on the old barn look like they have taken their fair share of pounding over the years! As I stopped at various places along the...

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  • A Barn With a View

    This part of Nova Scotia is off the beaten path and serves mainly as a summer tourist retreat area. The forested and thinly topsoiled hillsides have never been all that friendly to farmers. However, in the old days, before the tourist industry became one of the mainstays, people did eke out a living along the shores of the lake.I came across this...

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  • Snowy Woods Road

    Depending on how much snow has fallen over the winter, it can be tricky walking in the woods. It is tough going when you sink up to your knees in snow with each step, if you are not using skis or snow-shoes!Sometimes you may get lucky and have a hard frozen crust on the snow that is strong enough to support your weight. However, at this time of the...

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Bras d'Or Lake Local Customs

  • The Last Snowmen

    This house along the highway had lost almost all it's snow. However, the remnants of four snowmen were still visible on it's front lawn. It won't be long before the sun finishes them off, but the snow hidden in the shadows of the deep forest can last for another month or two yet before Winter finally succumbs to the changing of the seasons!

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  • Snow Fences

    On some of the more open expanses of land in Canada, it is common to see 'snow fences' erected to try to control the drifting of snow. These fences work best in areas where the wind direction is almost always from a particular direction. The idea behind the very 'open-construction' fence is that it merely creates a swirl in the wind flow that...

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  • Summer Cottage

    Bras d'Or Lake really comes alive in the Summer when both the locals and tourists arrive to enjoy this magnificent area. It is still relatively undeveloped and it is certainly a peaceful place to get away from it all when the sun is shining.Many people have small cottages that sit empty all Winter but then come alive during the 'heat' of Summer. My...

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Bras d'Or Lake Sports & Outdoors

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    Dundee Marina

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 30, 2005

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    Tourism has taken over as the main activity in Cape Breton these days. However, this is almost purely a Summer activity during the warm months of the year between May and October.

    Nova Scotians have always been a sea-faring people and it becomes easier for the 'weekend sailor' if you have a large sheltered body of water like Bras d'Or Lake to play on.

    The tiny community of Dundee now has a large and fancy resort with a first-class golf course. It also serves as the local hub for sailboats with it's marina and attached restaurant. However, at this time of the year, the big boats are still hauled up out of the water while they wait out the ice.

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    St. Peters - at the bottom end of Cape Breton I.

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This map shows Cape Breton Island, connected to the far eastern end of Nova Scotia by a causeway near Port Hawkesbury. St. Peters, marked by the arrow is only about 40-km (25-miles) along the Atlantic Coast side toward Sydney. The whole centre part of the island is taken up by the various 'arms' of Bras d'Or Lake.

    St. Peters actually is the site of a small canal that allows medium sized sailing and other vessels to leave the notorious North Atlantic waters for a cruise in the sheltered waters of the Lake.

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