New Releases: Aqua – Waterways of Cape Breton

Proof 3 Cover AQUAAQUA: Waterways of Cape Breton

by Pat O’Neil

Photography: Barry Morrison

Boularderie Island Press

ISBN: 978-1-926448-10-7



Cape Breton is one of the most admired and celebrated islands in the world. There are many reasons why this is so, not the least of which is its wealth of remarkable waterways. Most notable is the Bras d’Or Lake, a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve, one of only sixteen in Canada. The Margaree-Lake Ainslie River System, another of Cape Breton’s treasures, was designated in 1998 as Nova Scotia’s first Canadian Heritage River.

AQUA: The Waterways of Cape Breton celebrates these and many other of the island’s rivers, lakes and harbours. In this book you will discover much about Cape Breton’s waterways, including their physical features and how each of these waterways contributed to our natural and human history. You’ll learn practical facts, such as species of fish in each waterway and where marinas and beaches are located, and for the believers, some folklore and ‘fish stories’. AQUA is not a guide book. It is a ‘casual reference’, as useful and informative for outdoor enthusiasts as it is entertaining for armchair adventurers.

Pat O’Neil has worked for thirty years in the writing/publishing industry as a writer, editor and publisher. She was Managing Editor and principal writer for The Cape Bretoner Magazine for six years. She has been published in several Canadian magazines and newspapers and has worked as a copywriter and producer for both radio and TV. As owner and operator of Solus Publishing she published books by several local authors. She has written two travel guides and two hiking books and has co-written eight full-length screenplays.