The Island has a long and storied past, even before Europeans discovered it the native Mi'kmaq were its first residents. John Cabot, who likely was the first European to come ashore, claimed the Island for England in 1497. The French, Scottish and Irish peoples settled in different areas of the Island, while the 'ownership' changed hands frequently between the French and British. The French constructed a Fortress at Louisbourg to help protect their interests. Even though it was twice captured by the British it remained part of the French colonies until it was ceded to the British under the Treaty of Paris in 1763.
The 1800's saw an influx of Highland Scots as a result of the Highland Clearances in Scotland where landlords forced their tenants off the land. As the French and Irish were also settling the area, this led to a unique blend of culture which you feel today through its music and language such as Gaelic which a few older ones still speak.
In 1885 Alexander Graham Bell purchased land near Baddeck, at the time a small village. He started building an estate not only to live with his wife Mabel but for research and experimentation in laboratories he built. They called the land Beinn Bhreagh (Gaelic for 'beautiful mountain'), and from here he experimented with hydrofoil technology and also launched the AEA Sliver Dart from the iced-over Bras d'Or Lakes, which was the British Empire's first powered flight.
Cape Breton's climate is mild thanks to the moderating influence of the Atlantic Ocean. The weather you will experience depends on the time of day and if you are close to the lakes or the ocean. So while you might be warm driving through the valleys in Margaree at noon, when you reach Cheticamp on the coast in the evening you might need to throw on a sweater. For general reference:
- Spring from 1 °C (34 °F) to 17 °C (63 °F)
- Summer from 14 °C (57 °F) to 25 °C (77 °F)
- Fall about 5 °C (41 °F) to 20 °C (68 °F)
- Winter about −11 °C (12.2 °F) to 5 °C (41 °F)
It is useful to book ahead as aircraft are rented on a first come first serve basis.
Pleasure flights are conducted only in good weather and so if conditions are poor at the time of the scheduled flight we will do our best to reschedule.
Visitors are always very welcome and so feel free to come out and look around the club at any time and talk to our manager and pilots.
All tours provide great photo opportunities!
Call (902) 662-2228 for a booking or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press the "play" button in the above video to view some of the incredible scenery you will experience on this flight!