Come enjoy Cape Breton!

Are you interested in exploring Cape Breton Island and learning about its natural history? If so, you have come to the right place. I’m Minga O’Brien, a biologist and forest technician, and I love sharing my passion for the natural world with others.

All my walking tours are individually designed to suit your interests and tours are generally limited to 8 curious minds.  Outings are a 1/2 or full day in length, and my goal is to provide you with a one-of-a-kind, natural history experience to make your holiday a memorable one.  I look forward to working with you to design a day to remember!

May to mid-July:  Spring and early summer wildflowers begin to dot the landscape often when snow is still on the ground – trailing arbutus, coltsfoot, nodding trillium…  swaths of bunchberry, starflower and bluebead lily…  blue flag iris and forget-me-not…  lupins and coastal roses…   The list is large and the visual delights are, well…  delightful!  Bring your camera and take home memories that will last a lifetime.

Blue Flag Iris.  Photo credit: Chris Somerville

July to September:  When the forest floor explodes into a palette of greens – ferns, mosses, club mosses, lichens and liverworts…  Bring along a camera to capture those late bloomers such as spotted jewel weed.

May through October:  It’s all about the birds…  Really!  Birding is offered all season long.  The residents – black-capped and boreal chickadee, grey and blue jay, just to name a few…  The inbound migrants in May and June – wood warblers, vireos, thrushes and so much more…  Autumn is the time to shine with migrating shorebirds and waders staging here in Cape Breton at several significant locations – willet, semi-palmated sandpiper, sanderling, black-bellied plover and so much more.

Greater Yellowlegs. Photo credit: Chris Somerville

And the bonus? The breathtaking views and magnificent vistas for which our Island is famous.

Bring along good walking shoes, appropriate layers, camera, binoculars and favourite field guides and you’re ready for an extraordinary Cape Breton adventure! Healthy snacks provided for all outings.  Picnic lunches (at an additional charge) by request.