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Bring a Paddle to Travel the Latest Cape Breton Link in the Trans Canada Trail

"You won't need your hiking boots for Cape Breton's newest trail but you might want to bring a paddle.

The Bras d'Or Lakes water trail is now officially open.

"What we're hoping is that the water trail on the Bras d'Or Lakes will bring more awareness to a world-class destination," says Geoff Smith of the Nova Scotia Trails Association.

"It's a paddling destination, it's also a fabulous diving destination. [The trail] will just basically decrease the barriers and allow people to get in there and use it.”

The Bras d'Or Lakes Trail forms part of the Trans Canada Trail, or the Great Trail as it's now being promoted. The 21,500-kilometre cross-country trail includes 11 water routes.

In Cape Breton, staging areas have been set up to allow canoeists and kayakers easy access to the water routes. Sites at Iona, Grand Narrows and Johnstown celebrated their openings over the weekend.

"For centuries, First Nations people used the Bras d'Or Lakes as their historic water routes," says Blaise MacEachern, Nova Scotia chair of the Trans Canada Trail network."

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