Here we are August 17th and the weather is not looking too bad for the next few days, or at least it is looking better than it has over most of the summer. If you are planning to travel into Richmond you will find lots of activities to fill you time with us. If your interests involve outdoor activities then you are in luck as there are lots of outdoor possibilities for you to consider. Take a day cruise on the newest Biosphere in Canada the Bras d’Or Lake with Cape Breton Sailing Charters out of St. Peter’s. They offer sailing tours for groups or you can charter the ship for a private outing with up to six passengers. Richmond also has an excellent Kayak operator, Kayak Cape Breton out of Roberta, where you can take lessons or rent a single or double kayak for ½ or whole days and enjoy the salt air as you take to the waves. There are also two diving operators where you can arrange a dive and explore some of the sunken ships off our coast. They are Marlin Dive Center on Janvrin’s Island and PADI Easy Dive at PADI Dive Center in St. Georges Channel.
Another great adventure visitors can experience is at Point Michaud where you can surf the ocean waves at the beautiful Point Michaud Beach. Instructor Michelle Richards and her staff will be on hand to offer surf lessons if you require instructions and wet suits and surf boards are available for rent. Surfers are gearing up for the Surf Classic which will be held the weekend of August 29th offering lots of great activities for the surfers and their guests. The Surf Classic Weekend will include live entertainment and dance, fun contests, great food experiences a Surf Expo and Art Show and demos plus the competition at Point Michaud Beach and just an all around good time. Point Michaud Beach is also a perfect spot for swimming or beach combing, bird watching or just laying back in the sun and reading a good book.
Richmond also offers great hiking trails for those who enjoy getting back to nature. And for those who enjoy golfing, the Dundee Resort and Golf Club is the place to be this summer. This beautiful golf course which over-looks the spectacular Bras d’Or Lakes offers an exceptional golf experience. It also offers twilight golf twice during the week as a weekly special on Tuesdays and Thursdays where you can your round of golf plus power cart for $35.00 plus tax, you will not see these rates offered on a course of this caliber anywhere else on Cape Breton. Dundee also offers lots of water based activities for the family such as rentals of peddle boats, kayaks and canoes and a zodiac, it also has a water trampoline which offers hours of enjoyment for the kids. Richmond also has two adventure tours on at Rock Loaf Farm a tour of a working sheep Farm on Isle Madame and a Lighthouse tour also on Isle Madame.
For those who enjoy our traditional music, we invite you to come on down and stay a while. Every night of the week visitors have the opportunity to enjoy and evening of entertainment. The Bras d’Or Lakes Inn in St. Peter’s offers free of charge the super talent of Krysta MacKinnon, who plays the fiddle, guitar and has one of the best singing voices you will fine on Cape Breton Island. Krysta entertains every evening from Sunday thru Wednesday from 8-11pm. On Thursday’s the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn offers a traditional family style Ceilidh from 7-9pm Admission $8.00 and an Adult Kitchen Racket from 9-11pm, admission charged. The Dundee Resort & Golf Club in Dundee offers free entertainment Sunday thru Thursday from 6 to 9pm with Jason Williams and from 8 to 11 pm with a guest entertainer on Friday and Saturday evening. There will also be a free outdoor event held as part of the Campfire Series at the Battery Provincial Park in St. Peter’s on Thursdays at 7pm on August 25th and September 1st. Until next week have fun exploring Richmond.