Amoeba Sailing Tours

Amoeba Sailing Tours


August 7, 2018.

Today's adventure included sailing on Bras d'Or Lake with Capt John and his crew on the Amoeba. So beautiful and so much fun!
#MondayStaycation #mondaystaycation #Baddeck #CapeBreton #NovaScotia #memorybanktravel

Good day everyone! Today's Mondaystaycation is at the gorgeous Beddeck, Cape Breton Island. Have you been? Well if you haven't, you should visit. Its stunning, charming and full of life.

Baddeck is situated in the heart of Cape Breton Island, considered to be the beginning and end of the world famous Cabot Trail. Stretching along the shores of the beautiful Bras d'Or Lake, Baddeck is a bustling village that maintains its essence as a quaint community.

6 hour drive from Yarmouth and approx 4 hours from Halifax.

Things to Do:

Alexander Graham Bell Musuem, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
May 15th - October 30th
Daily 9am - 5pm
Here you can explore the amazing worlds of a lifetime that has touched all of us. You’re in for a pleasant surprise because the telephone was only the beginning of Alexander Graham Bell’s life-long pursuit of knowledge and invention.
Discover how air and water captured Dr. Bell’s imagination and how ideas led him to transmit sound on light and create a treadle powered sound recording device, man-carrying kites, airplanes and a record setting-hydrofoil boat.

Baddeck Gathering Ceilidhs
The village of Baddeck springs to life each summer when visitors and summer residents come to experience the beauty and to enjoy the culture in an area that holds tight to its Scottish roots. At Baddeck Gathering Ceilidhs, you’ll find a relaxed setting where you’ll meet new friends, learn about our Cape Breton traditional music, and maybe even get up and learn a few new dance moves from some of our talented local artists. Every evening from July – September you’ll hear tunes in the air as Cape Breton fiddle music and dance are featured during live performances.
Baddeck Gathering Ceilidhs is a must-do when visiting our area!

Many Boat tours, but best to look into this to see which ones are open or temporarily closed due to Covid.

Amoeba Sailing Tours
Donelda's Puffin Tours
Bird Island Boat Tours

Cabot Discovery Tours
Discover the coastal drives, wildlife, heritage and culture of Cape Breton Island. More than 20 years combined experience leading small group tours around the Cabot Trail. Our safe, comfortable vans carry groups from Baddeck, Inverness, and provide shore excursions from the Port of Sydney.

Uisge Ban Falls Provincial Park
715 North Branch Rd Baddeck Forks
Gaelic for “white water”, Uisge Ban (ish-ka-ban) Falls has a four kilometre (2.4 mile) trail which passes through a hardwood forest comprised largely of maple, birch and beech woods; and leads to the 16 metre (50 foot) high waterfall. The Falls Trail is approximately three kilometres (1.8 miles) in length and requires about one hour to complete. The trail passes through a field then follows Falls Brook upstream through a mixed forest and then a hardwood forest. The deep stream valley narrows dramatically in the vicinity of Uisge Ban Falls. At the falls, the sheer walls of the gorge tower 150 metres (500 feet) on either side.
The Uisge Ban Falls Park features picnic facilities and a hiking trail to the impressive 16-m (52-ft.) high Uisge Ban Waterfall.

North River Kayak Tours Cape Breton
Located on the world famous Cabot Trail 35 minutes from Baddeck. North River Kayak Tours has been offering quality sea-kayak tours on Cape Breton Island since 1994. Experience Cape Breton Island by taking a guided 1/2, full or 3 day kayak tour.

Many, many hiking trails that take you hundreds of miles around beautiful Cape Breton Island.

Looking for a little shopping at unique stores and gift shops?

Antique Boutique
508 Chebucto Street

The Water's Edge Inn & Gallery
22 Water Street
Art Gallery exhibiting original creations of over 100 maritime fine artists and designer craftsmen.

Aphrodite Gift Shop
96 Twining St
Has lots of different things every room had a little bit of a theme in one part of it.

Baadeck Yarns
16 Old Margaree Rd
Brilliant little shop that somehow carries a vast array of stock. Natural fibres, local yarns and hand- and custom-dyed fibers abound!

Red Barn Gift Shop and Restaurant
2 Cabot Trail
Cute little restaurant and gift shop

Like Golf? Well, some of the best golf courses are on Cape Breton Island and close to Baddeck.

Baddeck Forks Golf Club

Bell Bay Golf Club

For my Brewery lovers, lets not forget that this NS famous brewery. First craft microbrewery in Cape Breton.
Big Spruce Brewing
64 Yankee Line Road Nyanza
Big Spruce Brewing is Atlantic Canada’s only organic, on-farm craft brewery and hop yard. We brew only unfiltered, unpasteurised, unbelievably good beer. Drop by our Sprucetique for growlers, cans, and speciality bottles of many year-round and seasonal beers. Located in Nyanza, just west of Baddeck, and it is available on tap at the Bras d’Or Yacht Club in Baddeck as well as many other Cape Breton and Nova Scotia locations.

Where are my foodie lovers?
OOHHHHH, there are some great options in this little town.

Baddeck Lobster Suppers
17 Ross Street
Specializing in hot Atlantic lobster, fresh from the pot. Watch salmon being “planked” to perfection outside over an open fire will add to your dining experience. Also serving local snow crab and AAA striploin steak served to order.
All entrees include UNLIMITED fresh seafood chowder, steamed Cape Breton mussels, salads, homemade rolls and biscuits, dessert and beverage. All breads and desserts are made daily on site. Children’s menu available and take reservations for 10 or more.

Yellow Cello Cafe
525 Chebucto Street
You can watch the sailboats race by as you enjoy your meal. They open serving a full breakfast, and pass their days preparing many homemade soups, breads and recipes, to go with their great menu of pizza, pastas, salads, sandwiches, subs, vegetarian dishes, plus more.

McCurdy's Dining Room
257 Shore Road
Their a-la-carte menu is always available, and our popular breakfast buffet is featured most mornings from mid July through September. They feature a wide selection of delicious breakfast items including eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, French toast, fresh fruit, and much more!

Bean There Cafe
503 Chebucto St.
Offering a variety of coffees, teas, gourmet hot chocolates, along with Fair Trade and Organic coffee beans. We specialize in espresso-based drinks and Chai Tea Lattes. Enjoy a fruit smoothie or an iced coffee on our patio in the summer. Scrumptious baked goods, and light lunches are served along with our “famous” breakfast bagel sandwich. Eat in or grab something for the road.

These are just to name a few!

Want to stay a day or two, maybe a week or so?
Here are some accommodations I suggest for you:

Inverary Resort on Baddeck Bay
368 Shore Road
The Inverary Resort is the only property in Baddeck situated right on the magnificent Bras d’Or Lake. The main lodge was originally built in 1850 with the historic charm still evident today.
This 11-acre resort property offers a vacation getaway that combines rugged charm and elegance with natural adventure. At the Inverary you can enjoy the morning playing a variety of lawn games, the afternoon on the water with paddle boats, canoes and kayaks, and when the sun begins to set enjoy a Cape Breton bonfire on the beach.

Silver Dart Lodge & MacNeil House Suites
257 Shore Road
With more than 90 acres of nature surrounding us, Silver Dart Lodge has accommodations to fit all tastes and budgets. Our property features suites, chalets, and lodge style rooms.

The Water's Edge Inn
22 Water Street
A truly unique combination of luxurious accommodation. All rooms have air-conditioning, full 3 or 4-piece bathrooms, cable TV, DVD, luxurious linens, a mixture of hand-made and antique furnishings, beautiful artwork from some of the artists featured in the Gallery, mini refrigerators and coffee makers, and in-room phones.
The property also has a sitting room with Internet access and reading materials available, and is entirely non-smoking. We have a 4-star rating from Canada Select.

Broadwater Inn & Cottages
975 Baddeck Bay
A charming historic coastal country Inn and cottage property overlooking Baddeck Bay, on the famous Bras d’Or Lakes and Beinn Bhreagh, and the estate of Alexander Graham Bell.
From anyone of our six suites in the near two-century old inn, or from one of our eight cottage units, the lake or nature is always in sight.

Looking to camp?

Bras D'or Lakes Campground
Cabot Trail begins and ends in Baddeck. We are on the Cabot Trail, the closest campground to Baddeck and the only lakefront campground in Baddeck. Join your fellow campers who explore the Cabot Trail and area attractions using us as their base camp.
• 93 RV and tent campsites, 6 cabins
• Clean, quiet and friendly
• 3-way hook-ups -15, 30, 50 amps
• Water, sewer hook-ups, free showers & washrooms
• Laundromat
• In-ground pool, sunbathing area and a private 500′ salt-water lakefront
• Upscale camper cabins with queen beds, bathrooms, screened porch, outdoor fire pit, gas barbeque and picnic table
• Basic cabins also available
• Recreation area, clubhouse, swap library, camp store and gift shop on site
• Campfires permitted
• Pets welcomed
• FREE high speed WiFi at every site, hot showers, morning coffee, concierge services

Here are some Itineraries to do while visiting Baddeck:

One Day Hiking Trip:
~ Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at one of our many restaurants in the Village of Baddeck.
~ Pick up a lunch from one of the cafés before leaving town.
~ Travel west onTrans Canada Highway 105 toward Cheticamp.
When you reach the Cape Breton Highlands National Park Pavilion, stop and purchase a Park Pass. Pavilion offers books and videos on the Park. Grab a Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada Park Guide and Map
~ Travel to the Skyline Trail. This Hike will be #7 on the Park Guide and Map.
~ Enjoy a lunch on a bench while over-looking the magnificent views of the Gulf Coast.
~ Once you return to your vehicle, continue to travel west until you reach Lone Shieling Trail (#12 on the Park Guide and Map). This is a short hike through 350-year-old sugar maple trees.
Travel west to Ingonish and stop in at the Keltic Lodge to hike Middle Head, located at the rear of the Lodge property.
~ Enjoy an early dinner at one of the many restaurants Ingonish has to offer.
~ Return to Baddeck to enjoy a nice stroll along the boardwalk with a cold ice cream

Spend a Day In Baddeck
Explore the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and be sure to check out the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Exhibit.

Hike to the beautiful Uisge Ban Falls
Golf Bell Bay or Baddeck Forks golf courses
Soak up some sun at Kidston Island Beach
Hop aboard a local boat tour to explore the Bras d’Or Lake

Shops & Boutiques
Explore the wonderful unique shopping at local artisan studios, gifts boutiques & retail shops

Experience the magic of true Nova Scotia culture with nightly ceilidhs, featuring fiddle, piano, and step-dancing or relax at one of the many restaurants or dining rooms which feature local musicians

Scenery Trip
These are just a few must see scenic views along the Cabot Trail.

Day One
Begin your adventure in the Village of Baddeck with a hike up Uisge Ban Falls. (Map for directions at Visitor Information Centre, Baddeck) Before you leave town to continue on the tour, take a stroll along the boardwalk that over looks the harbour and lighthouse. Take a picture sitting next to Alexander Graham Bell and his wife, Mabel, a statue erected on the boardwalk. Grab lunch at a local café in town before heading out. Head east on Highway 105 and take exit 12 to Englishtown. Drive along the picturesque route of St. Ann’s Harbour and St. Ann’s Bay. Continue on the Cabot Trail until you climb Cape Smokey Mountain. At the top, turn right into Cape Smokey Provincial Park. This area provides magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and its coastline. Turn into Ingonish Beach and enjoy snacks while taking a leisurely walk along the shoreline. Continue on the Cabot Trail and turn into Neil’s Harbour. Travel around the lighthouse. Keep around Neil’s Harbour, along the coast of Aspy Bay. Spend some time in Cape North at their “4 mile beach.” At Big Intervale, go and see the Beulach Ban Falls. Spend the night in Pleasant Bay.

Day Two
Before leaving Pleasant Bay, go and explore Gampo Abbey, a Buddhist Monastery at Red River, Pleasant Bay. On a nice day spend a few hours on Petit Étang beach. Continue to Baddeck and catch a boat cruise around Kidston Island to see eagles, Baddeck Harbour and Alexander Graham Bell’s estate.

Quick Trips
Only staying a short time with us, but would love to see the Cabot Trail?
Here are a couple of options for you to experience a quick trip of the beautiful Cabot Trail.

Baddeck to Neil’s Harbour
Leave the Village of Baddeck and head east on Highway 105. Take exit 11. Make sure to stop at some of the local artisan shops along the way. (Brochure of all artisan shops around the Trail, available at the Visitor Information Centre, Baddeck) Pull into the Provincial Park at the top of Cape Smokey, and look out over the Atlantic Ocean.
Travel to the Cape Breton National Park pavilion in Ingonish and obtain and park pass.
Enjoy a quick snack in Ingonish. Take the exit into Neil’s Harbour and venture out to the lighthouse to see the spectacular views. Continue around Neil’s Harbour loop until you connect back up with the Cabot Trail. Head west on the Cabot Trail back to Baddeck.

Baddeck to French Mountain
Leave the Village of Baddeck and head west on Highway 105. Take exit 7. Stop at some of the world-renowned craft and gift shops along the way or visit Nova Scotia’s oldest fish hatchery and the Margaree Salmon Museum. Stop in Chéticamp and visit Les Trois Pignons to explore Acadian culture and the history of Chéticamp, a magnificent collection of hooked rugs and antiquities, genealogy resource centre and library, as well as a visitor information centre. Experience the outstanding views that our mountains provide, stop at any of the look offs going up French Mountain. Head east on the Cabot Trail until you reach Baddeck.

Two Day Hiking Trip
Day One
Enjoy a full breakfast at one of our many restaurants in the Village of Baddeck. Pick up a Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada Park Guide and Map Brochure for the trip. (Visitor Information Centre) Head east on Highway 105 from Baddeck and take exit 11 to St. Ann’s. Ascend Cape Smokey Mountain until you reach Cape Smokey Provincial Park turn off (top of mountain). This trail is very rugged, but leads to spectacular views of the Highlands and the Atlantic Ocean. Keep heading east to Ingonish to obtain your park pass from the Parks pavilion. Just past Black Brook Beach there is a turn off to the Jack Pine hiking trial. Get out of the car and enjoy this 1-hour trail to explore the Jack Pine Forest and the spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean coastline. To wind down the evening hike MacIntosh Brook, a 30 minute hike that leads through an old growth hardwood forest ending in with an amazing waterfall. Finish off the day by staying the night in Pleasant Bay at one of the many beautiful accommodations. Enjoy a nice relaxing dinner at one of the restaurants found in Pleasant Bay. Finish off the evening with a nice glass of wine while enjoying a peaceful evening.

Day Two
Today you are going to experience the Skyline Trail, be sure to pack some snacks to eat while over looking the Gulf Coast. After breakfast, pack a lunch and head east until you reach the Skyline Trail, this hike is 2 – 3 hours in length, where you will see moose, eagles and bear that tend to roam these parts. Unfortunately there are no pets permitted on this hike. Travel down French Mountain to the first look off. Pull over to enjoy the scenery while you eat a late lunch. Finish your hiking adventure by traveling to Le Buttereau Trail.
This 30-minute hike over looks the Gulf of St. Lawrence where the sunsets are breath taking. Finish off your two-day hiking trip back in the Village of Baddeck and take a leisurely hike up to Uisge Ban Falls in North Branch Public Park. Experience Cape Breton Lobster at one of several restaurants in the town.

Would you like some history of Baddeck?
Check out this site:

Staycations keep the money in our beautiful Province, help keep everyone safe and healthy and you get time to see what Nova Scotia has to offer you.
Book with a Travel Agent. Memory Bank Travel is here to help in any way we can.

Lorie Nearing
Memory Bank Travel
[email protected]
902 843 3842 / 902 219 4132 (cell)

Join us aboard Amoeba for a sailing experience as unique and unforgettable as Cape Breton's Bras d'Or Lakes. We look forward to having you aboard, June 2022.

Operating as usual


To our loyal customers and upcoming visitors to Cape Breton,

We are unfortunately not yet operational for the 2021 season.
Please check back to this page and our new website for the next community update.

We will sail with you again!
Captain John, Laura and the Amoeba team

To our loyal customers and upcoming visitors to Cape Breton,

We are unfortunately not yet operational for the 2021 season.
Please check back to this page and our new website for the next community update.

We will sail with you again!
Captain John, Laura and the Amoeba team

[06/03/21]   Closed for June 2021
Sailing with you again July 2021
Exciting updates to come ☀️


leading the Bras d'or Yacht Club Sail Pass
thank you village for the love and support ❤️ proud to still be the Schooner of Baddeck!

leading the Bras d'or Yacht Club Sail Pass
thank you village for the love and support ❤️ proud to still be the Schooner of Baddeck!

[08/01/20]   Regretfully, we will not be operating this season. We look forward to sailing with you in 2021


Alexander Graham Bell GCH

Hey Guests! Get a look at this! One of the many great things we see on our Sail Tours!


Leading the charge into Baddeck to kick off Regatta Week. Enjoy the week everyone and welcome to Baddeck.

Leading the charge into Baddeck to kick off Regatta Week. Enjoy the week everyone and welcome to Baddeck.


Sail away your troubles

Timeline Photos 07/04/2017

Our friends the eagles are always a highlight of each sail. Come experience it for yourself this summer.

Our friends the eagles are always a highlight of each sail. Come experience it for yourself this summer.


Thanks for the shout out Inverary Resort - Cape Breton Resorts

Bookings available - Call 902-295-7780 for more info!!!

Photos from Amoeba Sailing Tours's post 05/26/2017

We are in! For those who missed it...#LaunchDay2017

Photos from Amoeba Sailing Tours's post 05/25/2017

#LaunchDay2017, for those who missed it!

Photos from Amoeba Sailing Tours's post 03/30/2017

Trying a lighter colour for the deck and Cabin top this year! First of many coats if the snow ever melts!

Cape Breton Island - Boating on the Bras d'Or Lake 03/12/2017

Cape Breton Island - Boating on the Bras d'Or Lake

Come sail with us this summer on Canada's 16th Biosphere Reserve and largest in-land sea, the Bras d'Or Lake is known for gentle, fog-free waters, beautiful anchorages, and hundreds of coves and islands.

Cape Breton Island - Boating on the Bras d'Or Lake Canada’s 16th Biosphere Reserve and largest in-land sea, the Bras d’Or Lake is known for gentle, fog-free waters, beautiful anchorages, and ...

Photos from Amoeba Sailing Tours's post 03/10/2017

Starting to put in the leg work to get the Amoeba in good trim for the upcoming tourist season!

Photos from Amoeba Sailing Tours's post 03/10/2017

The work has started to get the Amoeba sail ready!!!!

Timeline Photos 01/21/2017

Happy 60th to the Captain of the Bras D'or

Happy 60th to the Captain of the Bras D'or

Timeline Photos 06/08/2016

Here we are Under way!

An aerial view of an evening sail out of Baddeck on Bras d'Or Lake.

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Community Wharf
Baddeck, NS
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Bras d'Or Yacht Club Bras d'Or Yacht Club
1 Jones St
Baddeck, B0E 1B0

Bras d'Or Yacht Club

Highland View Snowmobile Rentals Highland View Snowmobile Rentals
1773 Big Baddeck Rd.
Baddeck, B0E 1B0

Pedallers by the Bay Pedallers by the Bay
Baddeck, B0E 1B0

We don't only rent bikes, we partner with you to provide you with a kaleidoscopic tour of Baddeck and surrounding area.

High Spec Fabrication High Spec Fabrication

High Spec Fabrication providing Welding and Fabrication services of the highest quality, making cool stuff out metal. also updates for Baddeck 1 Racing will be found here. B1Racing is a Road Racing team based out of Cape Breton NS.

Baddeck Forks Golf Course Baddeck Forks Golf Course
12 Baddeck Forks Extension 11 Km North Of Baddeck Village
Baddeck, B0E 1B0

9 Hole Public Golf Course

Cape Breton Open Cape Breton Open
761 Hwy 205
Baddeck, B0E 1B0

The 2017 Cape Breton Open will take place from August 28 to September 3 at the Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.

Baddeck Mini Rugby Baddeck Mini Rugby
39 Grant Street
Baddeck, B0E1B0

Baddeck Duathlon Baddeck Duathlon
Baddeck, B0E1B0

Sprint Duathlon in beautiful Baddeck located on the scenic Cabot Trail. A top tourist destination on Cape Breton Island!

Sailing CBI Inc. Sailing CBI Inc.
2 Jones St, Government Wharf
Baddeck, B0E 1B0

Charter a luxury catamaran, bareboat or crewed/skippered, along the iconic Bras d'Or Lake -Canada's largest inland saltwater sea!

Rocking Horse Ranch - Animal Rescue Rocking Horse Ranch - Animal Rescue
1544 Westside Baddeck
Baddeck, B0E1B0

Nestled in the foothills of the Cape Breton Highlands is a little horse ranch with a huge heart. We are a place where a horse can come to heal. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are closed this year.

Bras d'Or Archers Association Bras d'Or Archers Association
28 Campbell Street
Baddeck, B0E 1B0

Bras d'Or Archers Association; a non-profit society registered with Archery Nova Scotia and Archery Canada, is an Archery Club based in Baddeck, Cape Breton. Visitors are welcome.

North River Kayak Tours Cape Breton North River Kayak Tours Cape Breton
645 Murray Rd. North River Bridge
Baddeck, B0E 1B0

Guided 1/2, Full, 2,3 & 5 Day guided kayak tours on Cape Breton Island.