Explore Cape Breton

Explore Cape Breton

Enjoy the scenery, culture, and people.

We would like to acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. We are in Unimaki. Our relationship is based on a series of “Peace and Friendship Treaties” between the unconquered Mi’kmaq nation and the Crown dating back to 1725. In Nova Scotia we recognize that we are all treaty people.

So Much To See & Do

Explore Cape Breton. Cape Breton is world-renowned as a beautiful destination island on the Atlantic coast of Canada. Perched at the northern tip of Nova Scotia and ringed with the famous Cabot Trail, we have everything from whale watching to coal mine tours; salmon fishing to world-class golf; not to mention museums, hiking, theatre, white sandy beaches, and more. Seaweed and Sod is located within easy access of it all.

Seaweed and Sod B&B is at the centre of it all.

The Neighbourhood

Kempt Head is located on the southern tip of Boularderie Island - that’s right, we’re on an island within an island! The picturesque drive from the Trans Canada Highway will take about 20 minutes, and you’ll be driving alongside one of three ocean entrances to the Bras d’Or Lake. Once you’ve arrived at the farm, you’ll be surrounded by rich farmland peppered with the occasional community breakfast, farmer’s market, local swimming spots, Ross Ferry Provincial Park, and a few home-style eateries including GRÁ, a local "Farm to Table" dining experience just 5 minutes down the road.

The Culture

Cape Breton has a rich and varied culture. We are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People for thousands of years. Between the 1500s and 1800s, the island saw settlement by France as part of the colony of Acadia, as well as a Scottish settlement. These cultures - along with Irish, English, and later, drawn by the steel mill, smaller groups from Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Croatia, and the Caribbean - shaped the island’s peoples throughout the centuries. Today, you can find these cultures in many communities or while visiting several living history museum and heritage sites where you can immerse yourself in the Mi’kmaq, French, or Gaelic cultures of the last few centuries.

The Cabot Trail

Sweeping around the island like a wave, the Cabot Trail is likely the first thing you heard about when you found Cape Breton. It’s a world-class drive stocked with majestic ocean views and ancient, rounded mountain vistas. The drive itself is about 5 hours loop encircling the North-West portion of Cape Breton, but that’s the boring way to do it! We recommend using our B&B as a base for two out-and-back drives over two days, exploring one half on one day and the other the next. This gives you plenty of time for stopping, gawking, and investigating, while also putting to rest the locals’ "clockwise/counter-clockwise" arguments over which direction you should drive to get the best views - because you’ll get both!

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Western Cape Breton

On the west side of the island, you’ll find much of the island’s Acadian and Celtic culture. Drop in for a ceilidh in Mabou, or grab the freshest seafood you’ve ever had in Cheticamp! The island’s world-class golf courses are on this side of the island, along with some of our best swimming spots, and jaw-dropping views of the land plunging into the sea. Keep an eye out for local distilleries and breweries, and bring your raincoat if you plan to go whale-watching!

Eastern Cape Breton

The eastern side of the island includes our urban center with foot-stomping beer gardens, live theatre, and ethnic eateries - all wrapped in its rich history of steel and coal. Many of Cape Breton's museums are to be found on the eastern side, including the Miner’s Museum in Glace Bay, Sydney's historic North-End, and of course the Fortress of Louisbourg - a must-see for any visitor.

Central Cape Breton

Cape Breton's central region skirts the Bras d'Or Lake and is home to communities and cultures gifted with ingenuity, creativity, and perseverance. While exploring, get introduced to the island’s First Nations communities through music, food, and crafts at either Cultural Journeys interpretive walk in Eskasoni or Skye River Trail in We’koqma’q, or pick up some traditional crafts from the Cultural & Heritage Centre gift shop in Wagmatcook. Experience the past through music, language, and a living farm at Iona's Highland Village Museum. Or, walk through the inspirational Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck.

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Very nice and comfortable room with a wonderful bed/linens etc. Very friendly and engaging hosts. Great breakfast and conversations. Would like to spend more time next visit.
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