Pleasant Bay on the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Soctia

Your Halfway Destination on the Cabot Trail!

Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia is known as the whale watching capital of Cape Breton, offering visitors a unique up close incounter. A Nature lovers haven with some of Cape Breton's best hiking trails. A walk around the harbour will reveal why this village is named Pleasant Bay. Watch birds soar, fishermen work , smell clean salt air, unplug and enjoy nature at its unspoiled best.

The first, permitted settlers in Pleasant Bay on the Cabot Trail where in 1828, John MacLean,and Donald Mackintoch from the Isle of Skye, Scotland . They where soon joined by other Scottish and Irish immigrants who claimed most of the coastal lowlands, by 1850 settlements spread out and Red River became part of Pleasant Bay. The first land grants where given to Edward Timmons and John Hinkley in 1856.

In the past, years where remembered because of extraordinary events at sea. 
1874 was the "Year of the Flour", when barrels of flour washed ashore, presumably from a burning ship. 1875 was the "Year of the Butter", in which a thousand pounds of butter, in tins, floated in with the tide. 1931 perhaps the most talked of, was the "Year of the Rum", when dozens of barrels of contraband rum from a capsized ship made their way to the shore... unbroken. 

Today, about 150 people call Pleasant Bay home. Fishing is the main livelihood -- lobster in spring and snow crab and mackerel in summer. This life away from the pressures of the city is a gift that the residents do treasure .Autumn is a spectacular time of the year to enjoy the vibrant red, yellow and orange hues of the forests continuing on for miles, reminding you of a beautiful patchwork quilt.


Roberts Mountain provideds hikers with spectacular coastal scenery.