Boat Tours & Whale Watching

Being out on the water is one of the best ways to explore the shimmering seas, beautiful coastline, and natural wonders of Cape Breton. Inverness and the surrounding region offer a variety of whale watching and boat tours—be it by sailboat, cruiser, or even aboard a working fishing vessel.


The Reservations Team at Cabot Links are happy to arrange private and group boat tours to and from many local destinations, as well as whale watching excursions. And if you want to add in a lobster boil to one of your maritime adventures, we can do that, too!

Margaree Island

Just four kilometres (2.5 miles) off the coast of Inverness is Sea Wolf Island National Wildlife Area (NWA)—locally referred to as Margaree Island. Prominently in view from both Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, Margaree Island and its surrounding waters support a diverse ecosystem, including over 40 species of birds, 70 species of plants, and many sea mammals like grey seals, mink whales, and fin whales.

Take a boat trip to NWA, and then kayak around the island with a local guide. Boat trip, kayaks, and safety gear included. Travel time: 5 minutes; duration: 3 hours

Whale Watching

Situated on one of the prettiest stretches along The Cabot Trail, Pleasant Bay is a popular spot for whale watching—be it by 42-foot cabin cruiser or zodiac for the more adventurous. In addition to the variety of whales, it’s common to see dolphins, seals, and yes, even bears.

Other scenic highlights include unique cliff formations, sea caves, pioneer settlements, waterfalls, and spectacular coastal views of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. All equipment is provided, including rain suits and hydrophones to hear the whales. Season: May – October; travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes (please note this trip is also available out of Inverness Harbour)


Climb on board a 35-foot sailboat for a peaceful sail around the nearby Acadian village of Cheticamp. Go on a private sunset cruise while sipping wine, listening to the sounds of traditional fiddle tunes, and keeping an eye out for pilot whales common to the area. Afterwards, enjoy a hot bowl of traditional seafood chowder or a slice of tourtière (meat pie) at one of the local Acadian restaurants. Travel time: 35 minutes; duration 2 – 5 hours

Sunset Boat Tour with On-Board Lobster Boil

Enjoy a true taste of Atlantic Canada with a relaxing coastal boat tour in the Northumberland Strait. Enjoy incredible coastal views and stunning sunsets, as you observe seals, dolphins, eagles, and whales (peak times for whale watching is June through September). Cap off the journey with local music, cold refreshments, and a delicious lobster boil. Travel time: 5 minutes; duration: 2 hours

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