PLAN YOUR TRIP
The Bras d'Or Lake in the center of Cape Breton Island has attracted boaters from all over the world for generations. With 700 miles of shoreline, deep protected water, uncrowded anchorages and outstanding scenery the cruising is unmatched.
THE BRAS D'OR
Bras d'Or Lake is an inland sea, or large body of partially fresh/salt water in the center of Cape Breton Island in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. French, naming the lake Bras d'Or meaning "arm of gold"; this is likely referring to the sun's rays reflected upon its waters. Surrounded almost entirely by high hills and low mountains. The Bras d'Or Lake offers some of the world’s most incredible sailing and boating with calm seas and amazing views. We have been a destination for cruisers world-wide. Come visit. You won't be disappointed.
The village of Baddeck is a bustling summer community. You will find dining and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Often known as the beginning and the end of the Cabot Trail, there is much to take in on and off the water from hiking, golf, Celtic music and culture, gorgeous Cape Breton beaches and more. Baddeck Marine is in the heart of the village and within an easy walking distance for all your needs on and off shore.
TIDES & WEATHER
The climate of Cape Breton Island is cool and wet although it is warmer than most other places in Canada. The average annual temperature is close to 6 degrees Celsius (43°F). Average summer maximum temperature is 25 degrees Celsius (77°F). Temperatures are rarely above 30°C (86°F).
The weather can be unpredictable and as many locals will say, "if you don't like the weather, just wait 20 minutes." Cape Breton's location on both the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean means that the region experiences unique maritime weather patterns, characterized by heavy snowfalls, frequent fog patches and temperatures that can change drastically in a short period of time.