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Jul 26, 2016 - Cape Breton - Westside

Cheticamp - Cape Breton The next day we drove on the West side of Cape Breton. After short while into our trip, we stooped at a roadside Dancing Goat Cafe & Bakery and got coffee & scones. We had lunch at La Gabriel restaurant in Cheticamp and then up to Pleasant Bay where we turned around at Rusty Anchor Restaurant We had stopped at numerous viewpoints today, but it was windy and heavy rain at times. Sometimes you have to take what you get with the weather. The views were just amazing, sun or no sun. There have been various highway...

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Jun 2, 2016 - Cheticamp

We began the day with "Plan B" because we were suppose to go whale watching but it was too windy. So we visited a bog area along the Cabot Trail in the National Park. The entire Cape Breton area is beautiful, mountains, coastline views, green countryside, etc. and the Cabot Trail is supposedly the place which highlights all these vistas We then visited les Trois Pignons, the museum and gallery displaying the art and skill of rug hooking. Beautiful creations, some work by a hooker whose work is in the Vatican, in one of the British Palaces,...

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Jun 1, 2016 - Back to Nova Scotia

We begin this travel day with a ferry ride across the Strait of Canso to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Uneventful ride, but nice views. Truly a travel day to reach Cheticamp, an Acadian town of about 2500 people truly maintaining and celebrating their culture and heritage. Our only stop of significance was at La Mi Careme. In the Acadian culture the time of Lent was strictly adhered, great sacrifices were made including giving up all visiting and partying as well as the usual drinking and sweets, etc. The exact date is not known but the...

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Jun 22, 2015 - Cape Breton Island (West), Nova Scotia - June 2015

The next Nova Scotia visit is Cape Breton Island and it's Highlands National Park. The drive from the east end of the park just north of Cheticamp to Ingonish is about 72 miles. About one third of the famous Cabot Trail runs through Cape Breton National Park. To enjoy the true magnificence of the park, you need get out of your car at all the pull outs for the scenic views, and hike as many trails as you can. We like to explore all the small unpaved roads that take us to interesting fishing villages, beautiful coves and dramatic cliffs. The...

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Jun 18, 2015 - Le Vieux Chemin du Cap Rouge

Today we hiked the Le Vieux Chemin du Cap Rouge (The Old Cap Rouge Road). The road was part of the original Cabot Trail and passed through the community of Cap Rouge which had been established in 1821. When the government took the land for Cape Breton Highlands National Park in the 1930s, the people move to Cheticamp. The road was replaced by a less treacherous route through Presqu’ ile and the remains of the old road now serve hikers and bikers. It was a 5.6 mile out and back hike with some significant elevation changes. There weren’t many...

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Jun 17, 2015 - The Cabot Trail

The forecast was for rain all day today. But the front moved quickly overnight and by noon we began to see the sun. So we decided to drive the Cabot Trail in the afternoon. Following my own recommendation from two years ago, we decided to drive the 35 km section of the trail between Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay and back. The day wasn’t perfect with some haze at a distance, it was still a nice day for the drive. The drive is indeed a beautiful one. We made several stops along the way at indicated vista points to enjoy the view and take some...

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Jun 15, 2015 - The Acadian Trail

The weather looks iffy for the rest of the week but today was perfect. The skies were a beautiful clear blue and the temperature was in the high fifties. So we packed some lunches and headed out on the five and a half mile long Acadian Trail that attains an elevation just over 1200 feet. The trailhead is in our campground and has a sign warning of moose and bears, steep sections, and water crossings. Fortunately the trail did not meet those dire expectations. Annie led the way as we started up the trail through a stand of dead trees with a...

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Jun 13, 2015 - Cheticamp

Today’s drive was, for us, a long one. We headed south and then east on highway 104 through Nova Scotia. We have driven this highway a few times now but it remains scenic. Although today the weather was dreary, the combination of our memories and the view that we did have made for an enjoyable drive. We stopped for lunch at an Irving gas station (there are very few roadside rests in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia) and continued east to the Canso Causeway that connects Cape Breton Island to the rest of Nova Scotia. From there we continued east...

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Aug 24, 2013 - Linwood to Cheticamp

Day 12 A short 17 km to the Canso Causeway and we were on the Island. Our concerns were realized when we turned North into a 50km/hr head wind that would be our nemesis for the (longest distance of the trip) day. The scenery was fantastic along the way but there would be no stopping for pictures since there was 8 to 10 hours of riding ahead at the rate I was progressing. I rode with a couple of stronger riders for a while but couldn't hold the pace. At the 110 km mark I stopped for a short break. As I started up again a pace line of 5...

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Aug 15, 2013 - More of the Cabot Trail

August 15- We are driving the opposite way on the Cabot Trail today – counter-clockwise. We drove mostly through woods and along the Margaree River where a few people were fishing for salmon and trout. This area is inland so there are no coastline views until we got to Baddeck. We found a bench by the harbor and had out lunch looking out at the ocean – we have tried to have a water view every day of the trip for lunch and have been pretty successful. Today we had a little entertainment also. There was a small skiff (sailboat) anchored in...

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Aug 13, 2013 - Nova Scotia - Cheticamp

August 13-We had to get up early today because we are taking the ferry from PEI to Nova Scotia. We made a reservation for the ferry and need to be there by 9 and it is about 1-1/2 hour drive. We are leaving earlier to allow time – just in case. The drive turned out to be a piece of cake and we were at the ferry landing by 8:15. Hurry up and wait – the ferry arrived close to 9:30 and they loaded us all pretty quickly. It was a 75 minute trip and was pretty smooth. We still had a pretty long drive after the ferry – about 220 miles on a two...

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Aug 4, 2013 - Cheticamp

Today was a good day to get out of the campground so this afternoon we decided to visit Cheticamp where we had a good time the last time we stayed at MacLeod’s. Cheticamp is about 30 miles north of the campground and is on the Cabot Trail. We hit the Cabot Trail at Magaree Forks and drove into Cheticamp. Our first priority was to find some soft serve ice cream and we were successful. The last time we were here an Acadian Festival was underway. This time something was going on in the combination visitor center and museum, so we drove in to...

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