2004-2006 - The first three years afloat. travel blog

Haddock Cove

Sunset from salon

St. Peters

Biker girl

Our departure from Charlottetown occurred early on 4 August on an overcast morning. We headed across Northumberland Straits toward Nova Scotia. Our choice for anchorage was driven by the building afternoon winds and seas and we found a quiet cove behind Merigomish Island, just east of Picteau, to anchor for the night.

Up early on Friday we wanted to get around Cape George while the calm morning lasted. No problem this day as the sun shown, seas dropped and wind hushed for a delightful run thru the Canso Causeway...very similar to the Seaway Locks on the lower St Lawrence. This divide separates the Cape Breton part of Nova Scotia from the western parts.

Our stop that night was in Haddock Harbor, just off the Lennox Passage leading to St Peters locks and the Bras d'Or. lakes Our traveling friends pulled in a couple of hours after us. We met them in our dinghy and the five of them came over for dinner. They had made the trip direct from Charlottetown, starting at 0400 so, it was an early meal and back to their boat before sunset.

Underway at 0930 on Saturday, 6 August, we passed thru St Peters Lock and headed out into the beautiful lakes. A word about these lakes in central Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Pronounced BRA-dr...quickly, they are shaped like a flattened figure eight, with St Peters Canal entrance in the south. At the center is Barra Straits and Baddeck is located at the northern top. Water is brackish, not too salty and reasonably clear, but minimally tidal. It has miles of shoreline that have little evidence of human habitation. We would anchor out most of the time on the lakes, because of the numerous, protected coves and solitude.

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