About Us & who we are.
Moosebait.com started over 12 years ago as a little hobby blog which had moved a few times and had only ever been known as CBadventure. Over the years it had became a popular site for people interested in hiking Cape Breton trails and taking in the island’s natural beauty. With over 12,000 visitors between 2009-2010, I felt it was time to give the site a permanent home.
In spring 2011 CBadventure found a new home and was re-born as Moosebait.com. The site still holds true to its original goal of offering people a place where they can find information about Cape Breton’s most wonderful locations.
When I decided to re-brand the hiking site I thought long and hard about what to name it. I wanted something which would be easy to remember, be unique, and mean something.
Anyone who has ever hiked Cape Breton knows that the moose rule the trails. In fact, one fall day while hiking Skyline trail, my friends and I came across eight moose in two hours of hiking. There came a point when we got a little twitchy and felt like they were watching from every bush.Other F.A.Q.›
Although Moosebait is the brainchild of one individual, it is far from a one person show. The knowledge shared, photos used, time exploring, and passion needed to promote and keep Moosebait alive all comes from a unique group of individuals I like to call Moose. These followers have signed up to not only follow what we do here but to also share their skills and knowledge as needed. From time to time, this may include a call out for photos, help with an event, or even a request for info on a specific trail.
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Cape Breton, part of Nova Scotia, sits on the East Coast of Canada. Surrounded by the waters of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Breton Island is connected to the mainland of Nova Scotia by the Canso Causeway and is home to an inland sea known as the Bras d’Or Lakes.
Cape Breton’s culture is a simple one, eager to please and open to visitors. It is nothing to be invited to bunk at a strangers house after realizing all the beds are taken at the local Bed & Breakfast.
The people come from all walks of life with heavy pockets of Acadian and Scotish. As you get closer to Sydney, the only city on Cape Breton Island, you will find communities of Ukrainian, African, and European families who came over with the founding of Sydney Steel. This rich mix of cultures and traditions makes for a wealth of artistic and musical talent along with endless tales and stories.
Depending on the time of year you visit, Cape Breton will greet you with a cool green canopy of lush forests or a firey cover of Autumn leaves.
There is a reason Cape Breton has been listed amongst the top 5 most beautiful islands. Its rolling hills, crashing Atlantic waves, and inland sea (known as the Bras d’Or Lakes) all seem to flow together into one rich landscape.
Within a few hours of driving you can go from coast to coast or ocean to peek. The coast is littered with beaches, rugged coastlines, and small fishing villages while the inner island regions are home to lakes, dense old growth forests, and some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Nova Scotia.