Nova Scotia

Forage Ahead to a Nature Vacation on Cape Breton Island

Posted March 3, 2010 by Kate Hamman

Cape Breton Cape Breton boasts one of the most scenic drives in North America along its Cabot Trail, and the island strives to preserve its natural and unspoiled beauty. Come get acquainted with the animals that live here, eat organic at an inn, and stay in a resort where you can forage for your own dinner.

Whycocomagh Eco-Centre
: You can appreciate nature through hands-on activities at the Whycocomagh Eco-Centre year-round. By learning about the different species of animals and aquatic life that inhabit the area, as well as getting an up-close-and-personal view of starfish, crabs, and sea urchins in the touch tanks, you will become more aware of the need to preserve the surrounding land and waters. The center offers interactive nature hikes in the Whycocomagh Park and along the Bras d'Or Lakes shoreline.

Chanterelle Country Inn
: Located on the Artisan's Loop on the Cabot Trail, the Chanterelle Country Inn is the ideal spot to watch bald eagles soar or listen to the chickadees from the screened-in verandah while you dine. The restaurant serves fresh organic ingredients, including mushrooms collected on the property, and all dishes are prepared using Slow Food principles. The menu changes each night, and entrees cost $20 to $28 CAD. There is also a four-course prix fixe for $38 to $45 CAD.

Crown Jewel Resort Ranch
: Situated in the Baddeck River Valley, the Crown Jewel Resort grows all its own organic meats and produce, and takes great pride in conserving energy and reducing waste. Go on an eco-culinary foraging expedition, where you will pick your own edible wild plants and then create a four-course dinner from your discoveries. The eight suites are decorated with yellow birch furniture and sheepskin rugs that provide a comfortable place to unwind. Rates start at $345 CAD per couple, with three meals included.

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