A whale of a tale(tail) to tell

October 26, 2022

Visitors to the Whale Interpretive Centre in Pleasant Bay no longer have to wait to board a boat to catch a glimpse of a whale tail.

The Municipality of the County of Inverness recently commissioned the fabrication of a 10-foot whale tail and matching whale tail benches. The installation is the first major project of the county’s Brand and Signature Spaces program.

Maura Beaton, a special projects coordinator with the Municipality, tries out one of the whale tail benches (top photo), while Brian Adams, the former harbour master in Pleasant Bay (bottom photo), gives the project a big thumbs up.

Kathy Hannigan, special projects coordinator with the Municipality, says the Brand and Signature Spaces program was used as part of the Whycocomagh Façade Program, but she notes that the Pleasant Bay installation was the “first big one.”

“Working with Pleasant Bay as the signature space, we wanted to combine a site plan for the interpretive centre that also included the other big aspect (of the centre) and that’s the whale watching,” Hannigan explains. “So it was combining those two and getting that giant whale tail structure as a focal point down there. It’s pretty cool.”

The Whale Interpretive Centre was established more than 20 years ago and is operated by Friends of Whale Watch Cape Breton, a non-profit organization.

The museum features loads of information about whales, dolphins and porpoises located along the Cabot Trail, and staff take bookings for whale watch operators in the area. Along with viewing a life-size model of a pilot whale, visitors can learn about the size of these creatures, as well as their dietary habits and the classification of whales. There’s also a gift shop and bookstore on site, as well as an informative video detailing the transition from whale hunting to whale research.

Whale Interpretive Centre

104 Harbour Rd, Pleasant Bay
June 01, 2022 – October 15, 2022
902.224.1411 | whaleintcentre@gmail.com