Whale Watching and Boat Tours

Boat Tours & Whale Watching

Being out on the water is one of the best ways to explore the shimmering seas, beautiful coastline, and natural wonders of Cape Breton. Inverness and the surrounding region offer a variety of whale watching and boat tours—be it by sailboat, cruiser, or even aboard a working fishing vessel.

The Reservations Team at Cabot Links are happy to arrange private and group boat tours to and from many local destinations, as well as whale watching excursions. And if you want to add in a lobster boil to one of your maritime adventures, we can do that, too!

Margaree Island

The tour to Margaree Island is a two-hour journey, alighting from the main harbour in Inverness. After a short steam to the island in a local fishing boat, you can view the amazing creatures found here, including up close and personal whale sightings. Sea Wolf Island National Wildlife Area (NWA), locally referred to as Margaree Island, is located 4 km off the coast of Cape Breton. Prominently in view from both Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, Margaree Island and its surrounding waters support a wealth of wildlife and migratory birds. Over forty species of birds and seventy plant species have been recorded on the island.

In addition, you will see the largest colony of Grey seals found anywhere along the shores of Sea Wolf Island. Also learn about the history of Sea Wolf Island and hear the family stories of early lighthouse keepers. Other frequent sightings include Dolphin and Harbour Porpoises, Giant Bluefin Tuna, Leatherback Turtles, Ocean Sunfish, Black Back Gulls, Herring Gulls, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagles as well as an eagle’s nest on the rocky sandstone cliff.


Travel time: 5 minutes; duration: 3 hours

Whale Watching

The shores hugging Cape Breton Island are teeming with sea life and present one of the best locations in Nova Scotia to experience a close encounter and say hello to the Atlantic Ocean’s gentle giants: pods of friendly Pilot and Minke whales, great Humpbacks and Finbacks, as well as dolphins, porpoises, seals and many other marine wildlife call these waters home. Located a short drive away in the Acadian village of Cheticamp, hop aboard the 44 foot “Love Boat” where you will not only experience some of the best whale watching, but also the chance to view the magnificent coastline that makes the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the Cabot Trail one of the most scenic destinations in the world.


This trip is also available out of Inverness Harbour in August – September.


Season: May – October; travel time: 1 hour 30 minutes (please note this trip is also available out of Inverness Harbour)

Boat Tour with On-Board Lobster Supper

Enjoy a true taste of Atlantic Canada with a relaxing coastal boat tour in the Northumberland Strait. Enjoy incredible coastal views and stunning sunsets, as you observe seals, dolphins, eagles, and whales (peak times for whale watching is June through September). Cap off the journey with local music, cold refreshments, and a delicious lobster boil.


Travel time: 5 minutes; duration: 2 hours

“Once your booking is finalized, you will then have until 72 hours prior to the scheduled activity to cancel or modify without penalty. Any cancellations within 72 hours of the booking will have a fee charged to your guest account at 50% of the full rate. Any bookings canceled within the 24-hour period will be charged to your guest account at full rate.”

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