Peoples of the Bras d'Or
I am the heart of Cape Breton. Sheltered on all sides by rugged hills. Fed by the heights surrounding me. Streams and rivers flow to all my arms and inlets freshening my saltiness. I have deep gorges and sheltered bays ensuring a large variety of habitats for all who live within and around me. The sheltering hills ensure I am warm in the summer and stay fairly calm. No extremes. Water transpires from my surface to be returned to the hillsides and thus to me: cycles recycling. Shelter presents me with only one problem: anything that flows into me stays with me for a long time, thus changing me. As more people have been drawn to my shores more and more stays with me and I am changed. Change isn’t always for the better.
Come walk with me.
For as long as we have lived around the Lakes, the Bras d’Or watershed has sustained us by providing water, food, recreation, and economic opportunity. It was the first, and continues to be an important, transportation link for all residents and visitors. Over time harmful actions occurred, many unknowingly, and the ability of the Lakes to sustain us as a community has been diminished. The time has come for all of us dwelling around the Bras d’Or to take it upon ourselves to stop our short-sighted ways and learn and re-learn how to live with the Lakes in a sustainable manner.
Pump Out Stations
Do Your Part to Protect The Lakes!
"It is not too late: the Bras d’Or Lakes are still relatively pristine, and with your help we can ensure that our sons and daughters, and their sons and daughters, have the same kind of fond memories we have. Perhaps you may think that your contribution may not make a difference in your lifetime; however, it may make all the difference for generations to come."
Do You Know Someone Who Is Making A Difference?
If you or someone you know has made a positive difference in our watershed, we want to hear about them! The Golden Awards recognizes the achievements of individuals or groups who have had a positive impact by helping protect and/or restore the natural environment of the Bras d’Or Lakes and its watershed. We present awards in four categories; Youth; Individual Adult; Business or Industry; and Community Group, Municipality or First Nation.