Whale Watching

Looking for some of the best whale watching in Nova Scotia? It’s just a short drive away from some of the best golf in the world.

There are whale watching trips available out of Inverness Harbour and throughout northern Cape Breton. Have your cameras and smart phones at the ready for sightings of numerous species of whales, as well as dolphins, seals, and seabirds.

Bay St. Lawrence

Some tour operators in Bay St. Lawrence are so confident you’ll see a whale that “guaranteed whale sightings” are part of the package. Keep an eye out for pilot, humpback, fin, and minke whales which are the most common, although there’ve been some rare sightings of blue whales, beluga whales, and right whales. Travel time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Cheticamp

There are a number of whale watching companies that operate out of the quaint town of Cheticamp. Take a guided tour aboard a zodiac or fishing vessel, and follow it up with a hot bowl of traditional seafood chowder or a slice of tourtière (meat pie) at one of the local Acadian restaurants. Travel time: 47 minutes

Pleasant Bay

Situated on one of the prettiest stretches along The Cabot Trail, Pleasant Bay is a popular spot for whale watching, be it by fishing boat or zodiac. In addition to spotting a variety of whales, it’s a common occurrence to see dolphins, seals, and yes, even bears. Other scenic highlights include unique cliff formations, sea caves, pioneer settlements, and waterfalls. Travel time: 1 hour 28 minutes

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