07/31/2016 Betsy

July 30th and it is sunny with a hint of haze.  Decided to take another ride up to the Highlands National Park to see what we missed.  It was beautiful. The road into Ingonish was windy and steep coming down the coast along the Ingonish Bay.  We stopped at our restaurant for lunch then proceeded to the National Park. Cliff views in view – not fog shrouded! Amazing what we missed on our first go around! Green Cove Rocky Shoreline Apparently from this vantage point, the water can…

07/31/2016 Betsy

A National Historic Site of Canada, Louisbourg Fortress is a living museum of 18th century French with a varied history that speaks to what Canada is today. The original settlement, with surrounding fortification, was a major commercial port and cod was the product.  It’s location was chosen for defense against the British ships blockading St Lawrence River which was only route for Quebec City and Montreal goods. It was also protecting one of the largest and richest fishing grounds in the world. Being the third busiest port after Boston and Philadelphia its main export being fish and products made from…

07/28/2016 Betsy

We started the Cabot Trail counterclockwise from Baddeck.  Although it started out clear, quickly fog developed and rolled in. Our first stop was Ingonish in Cape Anne’s Bay for lunch. OH CANADA! Then entered the Highlands National Park.  When the fog cleared it was absolutely breathtaking but much was fogged in so we had to use our imaginations! It would be beautiful if we could see it! At the Ranger’s suggestion, we drove up to the Kalik Resort sitting on the hills overlooking the water.   Fog was…

07/28/2016 Betsy

The “Royal” Cape Breton Gaelic College (Colaisde Rioghail na Gaidhlig) mission is….. “To promote, preserve and perpetuate through studies in all related areas: the culture, music, language, arts, crafts, customs and traditions of immigrants from the Highlands of Scotland.” Controversy surrounds the prefix “Royal”. Queen Elizabeth II granted permission to use the prefex however some Members of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Inverness objected as it being offensive to Nova Scotians descended from Highlanders who had to leave Scotland because of the English. The answer is:  It is characterized as a Canadian honor distinct from history’s disputes between…

07/27/2016 Betsy

In the early 1800’s, Scottish immigrants flocked to Cape Breton Island. It resembled the Highlands and Isles of Scotland so many settled here. Their traditions and secrets came with them, one was making spirited whiskey. There are only three ingredients in the Glen Breton Single Malt: barley, yeast and water. Water was extremely important; the purest and cleanest source is MacLellan’s Brook tumbling out of the highlands running through Glenora distillery grounds and in every whiskey produced.   The grounds to this distillery are beautiful.  It is an Inn, Restaurant and Distillery.  Would be a great place to stay.  We…

07/27/2016 Betsy

Since we had an afternoon left in our very long day, we set out to see the Cabot Trail.  Started counter-clockwise we passed some gorgeous scenery.  All of the signs are in English with Gaelic underneath.  It was difficult to pull over and take pictures as the pull-offs were usually not at the spot I wanted to photograph! We drove as far as St Anne’s Bay and then returned to Baddeck.  Great start to our first day here.

07/27/2016 Betsy

 Cape Breton Island is at the eastern extremity of the Gulf of St Lawrence. The land slopes up from south to north ending with large highlands at the northern cape having the highest elevation in the Atlantic region. A saltwater lake, Bras D’Oris the island’s core . There are four counties on the island, Cape Breton, Inverness, Richmond and Victoria and is accessed by crossing the Strait of Canso and is 110 km from Newfoundland an 8 hour ferry ride. The area went from French (Acadia) to British.  The Loyalists, who made Sydney the capital of their new colony, were…

07/27/2016 Betsy

Dave woke up at 3:30 and said, “Ready?”  I groaned and rolled back over.  Our collective plan was to catch the 9:30 ferry since we have our house with us, we didn’t mind hanging around until we could get on the ferry, but Dave decided, sometime in the night, he wanted to catch the 6:30 AM ferry. By 4AM I couldn’t get back to sleep so got up,closed up the MH and we were on the road by 5 AM.  It took every second of 1 hours and 23 minutes to get to the ferry and there wasn’t any traffic….

07/27/2016 Betsy

July 21st – our last day on the PEI was spent eating all our favorite things!  We started off at Avonlea for a grilled cheese sandwich and beer and then got our COW’s ice cream as we left.  From here we drove up to Carr’s Seafood to buy lobster tails to prepare for dinner and back to the potato farm for fresh new potatoes still dirty from the earth!   Our stay on the PEI was wonderful and too short.  We debated whether to stay another week in another region or head to Nova Scotia.  Decided to make an early…

07/27/2016 Betsy

CHARLOTTETOWN Charlottetown has two breweries, PEI Brewing and Upstreet Brewing.  Of course we stopped at both while we stayed here.  Most fantastic grilled cheese sandwiches! Dave and I took a drive around the “other” coast on the PEI.  Had a great lunch in Malpeque.  A little cafe across from the church; sat on the veranda in overstuffed porch chairs and ate lunch.  Dave had lobster quiche since they hadn’t made it to the docks yet to get lobster for lobster salad and I had … grilled cheese and salad! I couldn’t resist taking this picture. We drove…