On a sunny day the most obvious place to be with the family is the beach enjoying the fresh air, pounding surf and comraderie over a picnic lunch or beach cooked hot dogs. The simple fare tastes like a five star restaurant alongside the water. Beaches are located at The National Park, St.Pierre's Campground, and along the Cabot Trail. Chimney Corner along route 219, Dunvegan on route 19, and Inverness which boasts several fine beaches, one of which is supervised by the Nova Scotia Lifeguards. Beaches abound for you to relax on and enjoy. The salt water eases the tension and rewards the soul.
If you wish to go trout, salmon or fly fishing, the well marked pools on The Cheticamp River and Margarees are within a short distance. Several guides are available in order for you to realize the most pleasure during your stay and access the best pools and use of flies. Check at The Parkview for guide information. To guarantee that your fishing is pleasant and carefree bring a lunch because when you pick your spot, I assure you, you won't want to leave for anything. The river seems to lull and add peace to the fishermen. Flytying and tackle shops are located in the Margaree's as well as expert craftsmen in the art.
For the history buff in the family, the Ceilidh and Cabot Trail boast a myriad of local exhibit centers and historic monuments for you to view, visit and appreciate. Make a stop at Les Trois Pignons to see The Elizabeth LeFort Tapestry Gallery and information about the history and attractions of the area. The Acadian area of the County was settled in 1785 and have 300,000 visitors annually, and relate their story in Les Trois Pignons, The Acadian Museum and the impressive St. Pierre Church.
If you feel particularly adventuresome, tackle the Cabot Trail, a 181 miles trek of some of the most inspiring scenery in the world. From Cheticamp The Whale Cruisers offer a spectacular 3 hour trip among the baleen whale population, who feed off the Cape Breton shores during the summer and early fall. If you feel more adventuresome, you may partake of deep sea fishing with friendly people and well informed captains.
A community of hiking trails begin in Cheticamp and traverse the Canadian Trail system for an exceptional view of vistas and land formations. Check the Nova Scotia Hiking Guide for routes and pertinent information which would fit into your particular daytrip.
The festival summer season brings ex-patriots home as well as visitors seeking the home spun frollicking and toe tapping cadences of the Scottish, Irish and French reels, hornpipes, and jigs. Everywhere in the the County a dance, festival or celebration takes place and from July 27 to August 3 the Acadian community of Cheticamp host the Festival de l'Escaouette, and from June 29 to July 1 host the Annual Arts and Crafts Festival. There is always an activity to partake in while waiting for your adventure on The Whale Cruisers.
Cheticamp offers a profusion of shopping boutiques offering distinctive gifts such as the Cheticamp hooked rugs available at Flora's and Coperative Artisanale. Le Portage Golf Club offers a challenging nine hole course nestled between the picturesque Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. A profusion of chalets, motor inns, B & B, and campgrounds are located in Cheticamp in order to entice you to stay a while longer among us.
The Whale Cruisers of Cheticamp are proud to show you a little of the area and the attractions you may visit while in the village. Come down with your family and enjoy our lifestyle and culture while learning about the giants of the deep which navigate our shores from the most experienced of all whale cruisers, The Whale Cruisers of Cheticamp located at Government Wharf across from Eglise St. Pierre. Bonne Voyage!