Vipilodge Activities


VIPI Lodge is located in one of the best (and unknown!) paddling areas in Cape Breton. The area extends around Janvrin’s Island and Isle Madame. Interesting wildlife, remote Islands, coves and beaches are waiting to be explored. Depending on the wind direction paddlers can go to the south or the north side of the island for their tour and will be in the slipstream and in protected waters. We have rental kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards and all the necessary accessories including safety equipment. If you want to paddle only one way, with the wind, we can pick you up with our truck on Isle Madame.


Isle Madame is a quiet Island with little traffic and good roads. So it is a perfect place for biking. The Celtic Coastal trail is just 30 minutes’ drive from us, one of the best biking trails in Nova Scotia! If you don’t have a bike or don’t want to bring yours, we have rental bikes for all ages. You want to bike only one way? No problem, we can pick you up with our truck on Isle Madame.


Our Dive Center offers snorkel tours around our Island. We will take you out with our Zodiac style boat and bring you to interesting places where you can explore the shallow emerald world in protected waters. A wonderful experience for (almost) everybody. Snorkel equipment can be borrowed from our Dive Center.

Scuba Diving

Since 1989 we have been operating a dive center in Cape Breton at VIPI Lodge. Our dive sites are basically all in Chedabucto Bay. The most famous dive is the Wreck of the “Arrow” which sank in 1970. It a short 12 minute boat ride from our wharf where divers find a wonderful artificial reef with lots of marine life - an exciting wreck adventure experience. The dive depths are between 10m – 35m. Divers must be certified and have cold water experience. Ingo, who is the boat captain and dive instructor, has been diving since 1972, instructor since 1979 and has done thousands of dives all over the world.


There are hiking trails on the island, shore hikes and even a small hiking trail directly on our property. There are so many places to explore! If you like to stay out for a night in a tent - no problem, we can provide all the necessary outdoor equipment.

Sundowner Tour

With our Coast Guard certified boat we will bring you around the Island to hidden coves, beautiful beaches and islands. You will see wildlife such as seals and eagles. And depending on the water temperature - go for a swim!

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