Whale Watching
in the Shadows of the Highlands

Nova Scotia’s northernmost coastline is lined with scenic highland mountains that rise from the waves and tower over the sea: you are literally whale watching in the shadows of the highlands. This scenic highland coastline is home to many unique historical, cultural and geological features such as Cabot’s Landing, the famous John Cabot landing site of 1497; St. Paul Island, The Graveyard of the Gulf; unique geological formations consisting of granite, slate and quartz; and many other wondrous locations. Below, we have information on many experiences unique to Oshan Whale Watch.

North Cape Breton West

When we travel to the West of Bay St. Lawrence, we viewone of the unique geological formations native to Northern Cape Breton, a free-standing arch as old as the earth itself known as the Hammer. The Hammer, and the coastline off Bay St. Lawrence, has remained untouched for millions of years and is some of the oldest exposed rocks in the world.

The Hammer is also a great place to set lobster traps, and a string of the Oshan’s traps can be found here every spring. 

Fresh lobsters from The Hammer, are available at the local Victoria Co-op Fisheries in Bay St. Lawrence.

Continuing North West along the rural route to we discover the famous fishing village of Meat Cove: Nova Scotia’s most remote and Northern Community.

North Cape Breton East

Just outside Bay St. Lawrence harbour to the East is White Rock Gulch, a small hidden beach, sheltered on both sides by protruding rocks, and a huge wall of white quartz.


This beach, fed by a small waterfall, was a traditional lobster-boil beach for the early settlers of Bay St. Lawrence. Here the shelter and fresh water made the perfect place to enjoy pots of lobsters with the clan at seasons end. 

  Even Captain Fraser has fond memories of his childhood lobster boils, which were enjoyed by the entire village

Continuing North East along Cape Breton’s most isolated coastline, we come to Cape North, the most northern point of land in all of Nova Scotia. It is a favourite place for seals, local fishermen and anyone who wants to say they made it to the “end of the road.”

East or West ALL Tours leave from Bay St. Lawrence

Entrance to Bay St. Lawrence Cabot Trail North's Highland Harbour

Oshan Whale Watch
3347 Bay St. Lawrence Road, Bay St. Lawrence, Cabot Trail North, Victoria County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. B0C 1R0
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