News & Events

3rd Annual Oceans Day Festival

      Iona, June 8 - 11  2017


Join our family fun and ocean-themed festival and enjoy scientific and interactive displays, children’s games, and historical demonstrations.  Understanding the weather is an important topic of discussion for this year`s event.  There will also be guest speakers providing information on climate and weather as it relates to the Ocean and Lake. Festival goers can sample an abundance of locally crafted specialties while hearing some of Cape Breton’s finest talent – an event not to be missed.


June 8, Thursday: 
Frolic n’ Folk Pub – Bras d’Or Trivia – 8 pm

June 9, Friday:

Iona Legion – Supper and Entertainment – time tbd

June 10, Saturday

Iona Port –  Market at the wharf – time tbd

Highland Village – Biadh is Baile | Highland Fare – 10am – 4pm

Frolic n’Folk Pub – Céilidh from 5- 8 pm

Brach 124 Royal Canadian Legion  – Dance with music by band Full Circle – time 8-12

June 11, Sunday

12-4:30 – World Oceans Day, Iona Port and St. Columba Church Centre to include: food, children’s activities, guest speaker, and demonstrations.

Including: Cape Breton University displays and touch tank, Cape Breastoners Dragonboat Team, Cape Breton Antique and Custom Car Club, North River Kayak Tours, Tai Chi on the beach , Victoria County Bookmobile, Fly Fishing demonstration





     This survey consists of a series of videos made by the Canadian Geological Survey in June of 1996. A total of 57 minutes has been divided up into a number of segments that can be found on Youtube..

     Recorded on 24th June, 1996.

          West Bay: MacIntosh Point to MacRaes Island - Part 1




     The Bras'dOr Biosphere Reserve Association began this programme in 2015.  To be an annal event this is a monitoring activity carried out by volunteer members of the public at a number of sites around the Lakes. Initially, coordinated by Annamarie Hatcher from Cape Breton University

it is anticipated that after training, communities can take over this worthwhile exercise in future years. More on Bras d'Or watch can be found here and on their facebook page.





    The destruction of Nova Scotia's forests for the generation of  electical power at the Point Tupper NS Power facility is documented in these informative interviews with Bob Bancroft, retired biologist with the NS Department of Natural Resources and Danny George an outspoken member of the logging industry.





............ and a bargain at $35



      This book summarizes research results on the oceanography of Arctic and Eastern Canada. In a series of 48 papers by past and present research staff from all oceanographic disciplines at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO), the history of Canadian oceanography before BIO and a broad cross section of the Institute’s work spanning five decades are featured with particular emphasis on contributions to Canadian and global understanding/management of the marine environment.

     Divided into 12 sections with a Preface and Epilogue, Voyage of Discovery is the most extensive overview of the history and scientific accomplishments of the BIO under one cover: Historical Roots, Arctic Studies, Ocean Life, Ocean Circulation and Chemistry, Hydrography and Seabed Mapping, Geological Oceanography, Fisheries-Ecosystems-Aquaculture, Marine Contamination, Technology and Instrument Development, Energy Developments, BIO and the Law of the Sea, and The BIO Experience. This book’s well-written and illustrated accounts will appeal to a broad readership from professional oceanographers and environmental/resource managers and decision-makers to marine science students and lay persons interested in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, and their present status and future welfare.

Hardcover, text on premium 8.5 x 11 inch glossy 100 wt Sterling paper with sewn binding.
460 pages, 2.2 kg. ISBN 978-0-9936443-0-6


The book can be ordered from   Amazon , the BIO Oceans Association ( or for delivery in Cape Breton through us here at the Bras d'Or Stewardship Society.  It is also available at various book stores in the Halifax area and Wolfville.  Contact us for a list of these booksellers.




A new slideshow on Gallery Page

       Aerial photos from Benacadie Pond to Iona have been added.




Bras d'Or Lakes Biosphere Reserve


    What is a Biosphere Reserve?

       For the answer to this question check out the entertaining video on our "COMMENTARY"  page.


    Interactive Map of the  Reserve

       The folks at the Bras d'Or Lakes Bioshere Reserve Association have been busy and have produced an informative  Atlas for investigating everything the Lakes have to offer. We recommend checking it out.



Sea Level Rise

     This is a real and ever closer problem for the world coastal communities.  The Bras d'Or Lakes are particularly susceptible to higher sea levels.  A recent publication put out by the British Columbia government highlights the problem for all Canadian coasts.  Go to our "RESEARCH" page to check out this report.



Addition to the Gallery page

     We will be featuring aerial photographs of the Bras d'Or Lakes taken from an ultralight aircraft by Margaree Forks resident, Slawa Lamont.


     Areas covered will be

                     East Bay

                     Benacadie Pond to Iona

                     Iona to Whycocomagh

                     Baddeck to Point Aconi








































































































































































































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