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Location Canada, Nova Scotia
Central coordinates 61o 2.56' West  46o 37.63' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 15 ha
Altitude 0 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description The coast of Cape Breton Island, off northeastern Nova Scotia, features many rocky capes, points, bays and small islands. Chéticamp Island on the western side of Cape Breton, is connected to the nearby mainland by a barrier beach. The southwestern side of Chéticamp Island is referred to as "The Capes". They are composed of crumbling sandstone and they represent the highest stretch of cliffs on the island (some sections approach heights of 150 m). At the top of the cliffs the vegetation community consists of scrubby spruce woods. The climate is cool, damp and there is much less snow in the winter than on the nearby highlands. The tidal range is 2 3 m.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1992  338 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate coniferous forest  10%
Sea Open sea  80%
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture major
tourism/recreation minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: The Capes. Downloaded from on 02/10/2014

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