First settled in 1820 by Neil McQuilliken and later by MacPhersons and MacLeods from the Isle of Skye in Scotland, “Pleasant Bay”. Hemmed in by the surrounding mountains and with the sea at it’s door, this century old fishing village was virtually cut off from the rest of Cape Breton Island.
Until the opening of the Cabot Trail in 1932, boats in the summer and snowshoes in the winter brought supplies and the outside world in. To this day the community remains quit and tranquil, not very commercialized, it’s the perfect getaway.
Pleasant Bay is a small fishing community near the tip of Cape Breton. Known for whale watching, beautiful sunsets, beaches and hospitality. It is nestled between two beautiful mountains in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It is also a good halfway stopping point around the Cabot Trail to enjoy lunch or stay a night to explore the town.
There are hiking trails where you could possibly see a moose! Beaches where seagulls and eagles can be seen flying around, restaurant with home cooked meals, and Buddhist Monastery called the Gampo Abbey.
MacIntosh Brook Hiking Trail
Imagine a nice, easy, fairly level stroll along a babbling brook and through a mature hardwood forest with a scenic waterfall at the end. Add to that the songs of forest birds and you have this relaxing trail. Visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ns/cbreton/activ/randonnee-hiking/macintosh.aspx
A dramatic headland cliff overlooks the rugged coast from the end of this level trail. You can enjoy an eagle’s view of the Cabot Trail as it winds its way down the mountain – vehicles look like toys. Watch for whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from the viewing decks. Moose, bald eagles, bears and numerous boreal birds live in this habitat. Be cautious with children around the cliffs and give moose a wide berth. The headland plants are very fragile and easily damaged by trampling, so stay on the boardwalk. Dogs are not permitted here as they disturb wildlife, especially moose and bear. Visit http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ns/cbreton/activ/randonnee-hiking/skyline.aspx .
Take a boat tour around Pleasant Bay on a fishing boat or zodiac. Fun for the whole family!