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Codfish Supper

Christmas Island Fire Hall
Friday, July 28th, 4-6 pm
Cost - $15
First come, first served

Harbour Greenhouse will be closing Sunday, July 23

Harbour Greenhouse will be closing Sunday, July 23 at 6pm. All vegetables and annuals 2 for the price of 1

Washabuck's Red Cross Swim Program

Washabuck Swim Program will run from Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28.

To register, please contact Chrissy by email chrissy.macneil@gmail.com

$25 for one child and $40 for a family

Iona Red Cross Swim Program

Iona Red Cross Swim Program – will be held at the Iona Beach, starting Saturday, July 29-31st then Aug. 5-7th. Cost $40 per child or $75 per family. Please bring your progress card to the first lesson. To register contact: Ann Marie ann.macneil@ns.sympatico.ca phone: 725-2253 or Murdell landmmacneil@ns.sympatico.ca phone: 725-2348.

Iona Soccer Club - Summer Soccer Program

Summer Soccer The Iona Soccer Club will be holding their summer recreational league soccer program at Rankin School of the Narrows soccer field on Wednesday evenings beginning June 21st. Times scheduled are as follows: 6 – 7 p.m. – for ages 4 to 8 7 – 8 p.m. – for ages 9 and up

Food Bank Hours

New hours for Barra Food Bank: Every second Thursday from 12-3pm effective June 8, 2017.
If you need to access our services at another time please contact one of the following:
Michael 902-725-2867, Dolores 902-725-2208, John N 902-622-1296 or Gail 902-577-3394.
Thank you for your continued support.

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  Iona CAP Site (Website)  
CAP Site Open

Iona CAP Site is open Monday - Friday 9am - 2pm. Cyber camps are Tuesday and Thursday 10am - 2pm. 725-2785

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  Frolic & Folk Pub - Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
Summer Songwriter Series at the Frolic

Wednesday evening concerts starting at 8pm.

Ticket prices vary. Book your tickets online at www.ionaheightsinn.com/events

July 19th - David Francey (sold out)

July 26th - Mo Kenny

Aug 2nd - Villages (sold out)

Aug 9th - Old Man Luedecke

Aug 16th - Steve Poltz

Aug 23rd - JP Cormier

Aug 30th - Pretty Archie

Ceilidh Schedule Spring/Summer 2017

Saturdays 5-8 Admission $5

July 22nd - Kenneth & Marion MacLeod

July 29th - Kinnon & Betty Lou

Aug 5th - Howie MacDonald - Admission $10 *6pm-9pm

Aug 12th - Darrell Keigan

Aug 19th - Ian MacDougall

Trivia - Thursdays

Test your intelligence at the Frolic & Folk - Thursday nights starting at 8pm. No admission required

Little Dipper Boutique @ Iona Heights Inn

Sunday-Thursday 10am-6pm. Friday & Saturday 10am-8pm.
NSLC Agency Store - Beer, wine, spirits and coolers.
Everyday convenience items, confections, tobacco and lottery are also be available.
Phone number is (902)725-2000

Jills Chocolates Cafe @ Iona Heights Inn

Open daily 8 am to 6 pm. Bagels, breakfast sandwiches, baked goods, oatmeal, espresso based coffees, tea and of course chocolates. Chocolates are also available at the Little Dipper.

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  Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society (Website)  
Barra Strait Waterfront Market - Saturday July 22

A great family day.... The market will run from 11am- 1pm and will coincide with Bras d'Or Watch Field Day.
The market will feature local crafts, beach art, photography, pottery and more, along with a bbq and cafe specials.
There are still spaces available for vendors ($10). Contact Juanita at the cafe: GNWDS@hotmail.com or phone 902-622-1313.
Rain Date: July 23.

Bras d'Or Watch Field Day - Saturday July 22

Bras d'Or Watch Field Day is back! Join us in Grand Narrows for a day of fun and learning.
This celebration of biodiversity will last from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, July 22nd (rain date July 23).
The event will include games and activities that the whole family can enjoy, along with guided plant walks, bird-watching, and more.
Science advisors will be there to introduce you to the plants and animals of the Bras d'Or Lakes Biosphere Reserve.

For added enjoyment the Barra Strait Waterfront Market will be set up from 11am-1pm with lots of local goods for sale.
So... Lots of enjoyment for the whole family!

Wheelhouse Cafe - Now Open Daily from 11am-8pm

The Wheelhouse Cafe is now open for the summer season, bringing you their delicious stone baked pizza, freshly made chowder and soups, sandwiches and salads. And new this year... FISH AND CHIPS!
Drop by for a cold local craft beer and relax on the deck or enjoy an ice cream and a walk on the beach.

Public Services - Open for the Season

Public Washrooms, showers and laundry services are now open for the season.

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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Highland Village Day Dance - Saturday, August 5

Finish up Highland Village Day with a night of dancing at the Legion.
Music provided by Mike Barron and Darrell Keigan.
9pm-midnight (19+)
Admission: $10

Family Dance at the Legion - Tuesday, July 25

A fun evening out for the whole family... 6pm-8:30pm.
$5 per family. Music by: DJ
Proceeds to go toward playground equipment for the school
A small canteen will be available.

A Celebration of the Life of Daniel Playford - Sat. July 22

The family of Daniel Playford invite you to an evening at the Legion to celebrate the Life of Daniel Playford.
9pm-1am, Music by Merle and the Boys (note music change).
A light lunch will be served (donations of lunch items welcome). 19yr and over.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion

Join us every Monday evening for a fun evening of Bingo. Eyes down at 7:45
Prizes for July 24:
Building Jackpot: $1800
Rising Jackpot: $2757.75
Toonie Jackpot: $41 Plus 1/2 sales
If you would like to volunteer at BINGO once a month, please let John know. Volunteers are always needed.

Family Square Dance Ceilidh

The Iona Legion has teamed up with the County of Victoria and CB District Health Authority in an effort to promote healthy living and exercise by hosting monthly Family Square Dancing Ceilidhs. We encourage people of all ages to take part in this great opportunity to teach our youth traditional Scottish dancing, excellent form of exercise, and all while having fun for all ages. We are also looking for leaders to help organize and assist with this venture, please let us know that you are willing to help us out.

The next Family Square Dance Ceilidh: TBA

Saturday is Dart Night at the Iona Legion

Start time: 7:30pm (sharp)
Cost: $5 per person
Teams are picked from a hat each night... All skill levels welcome (19+)

The Bookmobile Visits the Legion Parking Lot Once a Month

The Victoria Co. bookmobile visits the Legion parking lot once a month from 5:30 - 7pm.
Next visit date: Aug. 4
Don't have a library card? No problem, request one from Larry on the bookmobile.

Chase the Ace - Every Friday Evening

Chase the Ace tickets will be on sale from 7-8:30pm every Friday with draw shortly afterwards.
Purchase a strip of 3 tickets for $5 for a chance to win 20% of daily sales plus a chance to draw the Ace of Spades to win the growing jackpot. Participants must be 19yrs or older (bar will be open).
Complete details including "House Rules" can be found on the Legion Website (link above).
This fundraising initiative is in support of three local non-profit organizations:
Grandona Legion Br. 124; Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society; Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc.

Chase the Ace Ticket Winner for July 22: Margie MacKinnon (Benacadie)
Margie picked the ten of diamonds and won $163... congrats Margie!
The Chase the Ace jackpot for July 28 will be $2769.50 with 42 cards in the deck
Tickets will be on sale from 7-8:30pm. Music by: Richard Schaller.

Group Guitar Playing Sessions

Group guitar/mandolin playing sessions (twice a month).
These drop-in sessions are a fun way to strum and sing along with a group at no cost and with no pressure. Players should already have basic guitar skills.
Check this site for dates of upcoming sessions. New players are always welcome.
Next practice/jam session: Sat. July 22 at the The Grand Narrows Waterfront 7pm.

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs

Supper from 6 to 7 pm
July 21: Grilled Haddock
July 28: Corned Beef & Cabbage

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
July 21: Darren Stevens
July 28: Richard Schaller

You can book your Friday supper by email or phone during the week. Deadline for receiving email supper requests is 4pm on THURSDAY... After that, you will need to phone.
Send your request to: fridaysupper@rcl124grandona.ca
Note: If you do not receive an auto reply, please phone the Legion to confirm we received your request.
You can also phone the Legion anytime during regular bar hours to book your supper. 902-725-2178


Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - bar closed

Thursday - 4:00 to 11:00pm

Friday - 4:00 to Midnight

Saturday - 7:00 to Midnight

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Baile nan Gàidheal /Highland Village Museum (Website)
Job Opportunity - Animator

Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village is Nova Scotia’s Provincial museum and folk life centre for Gaelic language and culture. Each year, Nova Scotians, and visitors to Nova Scotia, engage with the Highland Village to experience Nova Scotia Gaelic culture and identity, by way of first person (role playing) animation, special programs, workshops, hands-on activities, and outreach. The Highland Village is seeking individuals to join its animation team:


The Animator, in costume, provides informative, effective and entertaining interpretation of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic heritage and culture through first person (role playing) interpretation; demonstrations of language, culture, crafts, and folklife; and participation in “living history” and cultural and interpretive programming. The Animator also cares for the objects and buildings assigned to them. The Animator may also be trained to work at the front desk for visitor reception, orientation and gift shop sales. Applicants must have the ability to explain relevant content in a clear and entertaining way; comfortable speaking in front of groups and interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds; general knowledge of the Gaelic Nova Scotia story and identity; ability to handle money; demonstrated skill in the area of interpersonal skills and teamwork; gives and takes constructive feedback; strong communication skills (both oral and written); and friendly, courteous and outgoing personality. Cultural and heritage skills are assets. The work term is full-time seasonal (35-40 hours/week, early-August to mid-October), starting wage $14/hr.

Application Procedure

Applications must be received by the Highland Village no later than 4 pm on Monday, July 24, 2017.

Send a resume and cover letter to Director, Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village, 4119 Highway 223, Iona, NS, B2C 1A3; fax (902) 725-2227; or e-mail rodney.chaisson@novascotia.ca. No phone calls please. Please ensure you demonstrate in your application how you meet the above qualifications. In accordance with the Highland Village’s Gaelic Policy, preference will be given to those applicants with a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of Gaelic language and/or a demonstrated interested in learning. Offers of employment contingent upon successful applicant providing a satisfactory Criminal Records check. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum and is operated in partnership with the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society. The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society is an equal opportunity employer.

Ceilidhs & Millings

Céilidh - Tuesday’s & Thursday

June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29 | July 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27 | August 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 & 31 | September 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28 | October 3, 5, 11, & 13

Join us for songs, stories and music, or just a chance to chat about the traditions and history of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic-speaking people at our traditional céilidh. Regular admission applies. 2:00 -3:00pm

Milling Frolic - Wednesday’s & Friday’s

June 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 & 30 | July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28 | August 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30 | September 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, & 29| October 4, 6, 11 & 13

Come and join us at the table for songs and friendly conversation at the Highland Village milling frolic. The Gaels way to make the cloth ready for home use was to wet it, beat it and make a time of it, while communally singing choral songs in rhythm during the milling frolic. Regular admission applies. 2:00 -3:00pm

Guided Storytelling Tour & Milling Frolic - Mondays & Fridays in July & August

July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 & 31 | August 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 & 28

Come join us for a guided storytelling tour of the Highland Village. This special folklife experience will give you insight into the lives and stories of Nova Scotia Gaels. The group will have an opportunity to enjoy some tea and traditional Cape Breton oatcakes. Reservations preferred. $25.00 per person. (11:00am- 1:00pm)

Highland Village 2017 Children & Youth Programming

Eilean na h-Òige | Island of Youth History Program - Wednesdays

July 5, 12, 19 & 26 | August 2, 8, 16 & 23

Take part in this special living history program for children and get a sense of what life was like for Gaels in those days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, games, language, and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 8-12 only. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required. New this year - pay for three weeks and get the 4th free.

Na Deugairean | The Teenagers Living History Program for Youth - Thursdays

July 6, 13, 20 & 27 | August 3, 10, 17 & 24

Partake in this special living history program for teens and get a sense of the responsibilities and the lifestyles of young Gaels in days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, language and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 13-17. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required.New this year - pay for three weeks and get the 4th free.

Spòrs Beag - Fridays

July 7, 14, 21 & 28 | August 4, 11, 18 & 25

Join us for a fun morning of Gaelic songs, stories, and traditional games as your children learn what life was like for the Gaelic settlers. Spòrs Beag is for children aged 5-10 and is free. 10-12.

Là Mór a’ Bhaile|Highland Village Day Concert - Saturday, August 5

An afternoon of fun and Gaelic arts. Fiddlers, step-dancers, pipers, and more, come together to treat visitors to traditional Nova Scotia Gaelic culture in this outdoor concert overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. This year marks the 56th Annual Highland Village Day Concert.

Headlining this year is Dave Gunning and Allie Bennett. There will be a tribute to John " Jimmy Malcolm" Gillis.

Other performers include: Iona Gaelic Singers, Joanne MacIntyre, Campbell Sisters from Mabou, Shelly Campbell & Allan Dewar, Joe MacMaster, Donna Marie DeWolf, Buddy MacDonald, Donnie Campbell & Jinx O'Neil, from Antigonish, The TownHouse Players (featuring John Hanlon, Junior Fraser & Stan Chapman), Shannon MacKay, Melanie Craig MacDonald, Claire Sampson-MacDonald, Regyn MacDonald, Catherine MacDonald, Andy MacMullin, Malcolm & Maryanna MacNeil, Brent Aucoin, CBU Pipe Band, and The Iona Legion Legends! MC is Roger Stone. Join us for one of Cape Breton Island’s original Outdoor Scotch Concerts. 2-6 pm. $15 per person, children 12 and under free.

Donald “Og” Day - Thursday, August 3

On board a British man of war patrolling the Bras d’Or Lake following the 1758 Seige of Louisbourg, Domhnall Og MacNeil brought news of the lake’s natural wonders home to his native Isle of Barra. Join us as we commemorate the Donald Og legend and the early days of Cape Breton’s European history. Traditional food, natural dye, barvas ware and other demonstrations will take place throughout the day, along with a special running of Cash’s Carding Mill. We will also be joined by our friends from Fortress of Louisbourg and Eskasoni Cultural Journeys, who will animate throughout the day. The afternoon will feature a céilidh. Regular admission applies. 10:00am – 3:00pm.

Chris Norman & Best of Boxwood (Musique Royale) - Tuesday, August 1

The ‘Best of Boxwood’ Musique Royale tour is a traditional Maritime ensemble. Programs combine originality, intelligence, fun, and sheer mastery that have garnered respect from audiences, presenters, and colleagues alike in North America, Europe and Asia. The music brings to life the energetic traditional dance music of Maritime Canada, Scotland, & Ireland. This year’s performers include, Chris Norman (flutes, pipes, voice), Lisa Ornstein (Quebecois and Old-Time fiddle), Magnus Holmström (nyckelharpa), Tomas Limpan Lindberg (guitar, bozouki, mandolin), Rachel Johnston (cello). Tickets are $20 for general and $10 for students (at the door).

Feasgar air Chéilidh - Evening Céilidh Tours - July 20 & August 24

Walk with us as we céilidh from house to house for a guided storytelling tour of the Highland Village. This special folklife experience will give you insight into the lives and stories of Nova Scotia Gaels. The group will have an opportunity to enjoy some tea and traditional Cape Breton oatcakes. Reservations preferred. $25.00 per person . (7pm-9:00pm)

Traditional Codfish Supper - Sunday, August 13

Sunday, August 13 - Feasgar an Truisg | Codfish Supper - It's back! Satisfy your taste buds with a feed of salt cod, potatoes and all the trimmings of a traditional Cape Breton salt codfish supper. Dinner admission includes entry to the Highland Village - $15 per person. Please note this is not a buffet. Seating is limited. Call to pre-book your tickets - 902-725-2272. 1-4pm

Danns a’ Bhaile – Village Dance (Family Square Dance) - Thursday, August 3

Thursday, August 3 - Often the only gathering space in the community would be the school house. In the evening the desk would be pushed aside and the music would flow through the opened windows for the dancers inside and outside. Join us for an old school dance with Kyle and Dawn Gillis. 7:00-9:00 pm $8.00

Highland Village Open for the 2017 Season

Baile nan Gaidheal | Highland Village is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, through until October 15, 2017.

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Central Cape Breton - Community Venture Àros na Mara | World Oceans Day (Website)
World Oceans Day Thank You!!!

We would like to express our thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, presenters, musicians and guest speakers for your generosity in making our 3rd World Oceans Day and the opening of the Bras d'Or Lake Water Route, a part of the Great Trail and the Access Point at Iona Port a success. Without your help this would not have been possible. Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc. - Àros na Mara

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
Concert: Oichche Nam Ban-Uasal "Ladies of Music"

This concert features an all- female line-up of performers. Bean an Taighe Beth MacNeil will be joined by her daughter Jenna Morton and granddaughter Clara for some Gaelic songs. Sisters Helen MacDonald (fiddle) and Dawn MacDonald-Gillis (piano) will be getting our toes tapping in preparation for Dawn’s daughter Brenley to join them on the dance stage. The strathspey’s and reels for the synchronized step dancing of this talented trio will be provided by Shelly Campbell (fiddle) and Loretta MacDougall (piano). Home from British Columbia, Ryan MacDonald (pipes) will round out the cast for this evening. A show not to be missed!

July 25 | 8pm
Admission: $15 Children 14 & Under $5
Tickets must be purchased at the door on a first come first served basis.
Doors open 7pm

Summer Gaelic Events Program

Féis an Eilein Summer Events 2017

19th Annual Gaelic Concert Series “Bu Deònach Leam Tilleadh” Tuesdays 8pm July 18, 25, Aug 1, 8

27th Annual Féis an Eilein August 15 – 19

Visit www.feisaneilein.ca for full concert details!

Events take place at the Christmas Island Fire Hall 8539 Grand Narrows Hwy (Route 223)
feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca feisaneilein.ca 902-622-2627


Music Lessons
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays
July & Aug | $6/half hour or $10/hour We offer private youth and adult lessons in beginner, intermediate, and advanced fiddle, and beginner and intermediate piano, guitar and step-dancing. We are pleased to welcome instructors Maggie MacNeil, Shawnee Paul, and Andy MacMullin back to the Féis this year. Lessons fill up quickly and pre-registration is required. Please E-mail maggie.macneil@gmail.com or call 902-622-2627 to book your lessons.

Beginner Gaelic Language Classes
Wednesdays July 5 – Aug 2 | 7 – 8:30pm
$25 for all 5 weeks Instructor Beth MacNeil will teach Gaelic through the TIP/Gàidhlig Aig Baile methodology which focusses on oral repetition and the use of body language. Students will learn conversational Gaelic in a fun and stress-free environment without the need to learn to read or write the language.

Tì is Seanachas – Tea & Conversation
Fridays July 7 – 28 | 10am – 12pm | Adm. Free
Native Gaelic speakers and learners alike are invited to join Fear an Taighe Mickey MacNeil to enjoy a cup of tea and a snack as they visit, converse, and share songs and stories in Gaelic!

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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
Music, songs and dance

Boisdale Concert Cape Breton Fiddlers Association Includes "Special thank you to Janet and Father Francis Cameron" with surprise announcements. Sunday July 23rd, 2.00pm Admission $10.00 at door

Crib Game will return Sept 21 2017

CRIBBAGE GAME: Boisdale Volunteer Fire Hall Reserve the “3rd Thursday of Every Month” for the Crib Game at the Fire Hall! Starts at 7:00 pm. All welcome! Come and meet New Friends!! Admission $5, and the bar will be operating

Wednesday 45 Card Game

Wednesdays 45 Card game At 8.

Friday Night Darts

Darts Every Friday at 8 Teams picked by draw of cards. Admission $5.00 19 and over Bar open.

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St. Barra Parish Bulletin Website

The mass times and Bulletin can be found at the following website: http://heartofcapebretonparishes.com

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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
Codfish Supper

Christmas Island Fire Hall
Friday, July 28th, 4-6 pm
Cost - $15
First come, first served

Christmas Island Fire Hall

WIN! WIN! WIN! $1000.00 June 30, Tickets are $10.00 each Members of the Christmas Island Fire Hall have tickets! Drawing will be done live on Facebook at 7pm, on June 30. We will be doing this each month for the rest of the year!! Tickets available from: Terri, Mildred, Michael Angus, Anna, Brandy, Jim, Hughena, Theresa, Marie and Roy. Also at Bingo on Sunday nights.

Events at Christmas Island

Bingo, every Sunday at 7 pm, Christmas Island Fire Hall

The Ways and Means Committee of the Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Dept meets on the second WEDNESDAY of the month at the fire hall. Also, The regular general membership meeting of the Christmas Island Fire Dept takes place on the third WEDNESDAY of the month at 7:30 pm at the fire hall. General Membership Meeting of The Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department Third Tuesday of each month. New members welcome, Christmas Island Fire Hall

Iona Volunteer Fire Department Monthly Meeting

The Iona Fire Dept. regular meeting is usually held on the second Sunday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Fire Hall.

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  Little Narrows Community Centre  
"Little Narrows Summer Concert" (Annual Fundraiser Concert)

The Little Narrows Community Development Association is having their Annual Fundraiser Concert on Thursday, July 27th at 7pm at the Little Narrows Community Centre. The event will feature local entertainment and a light lunch will be served. Admission: $10; $8 Students and Children under 12.

Canada 150 Celebration

Come and enjoy an evening of local entertainment in celebration of Canada 150. July 30 at 7pm at the Little Narrows church. Light refreshments. A good will offering will be donated to the Kids Help Line.

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Cape Breton EagleCentralCapeBreton.com Your On-Line Guide to the Highland Heart of Cape Breton.
Located in the center of Cape Breton Island, almost completely surrounded by the magnificent Bras d'Or Lakes - Canada's Only Inland Sea. The Bras d'Or  is one of the finest sailing and boating venues in the world.
The Bras d'Or Coastline abounds with wildlife and is particularly noted as a breeding area of the magnificent bald eagle.