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Aug 9, 2013 - And Then Came the Rain!

After all the beautiful weather we've had lately, we can't complain because its raining today. We've taken advantage of it by spending most of the day reading; we haven't had TV since we've been in Canada and haven't missed it at all! We're leaving this area tomorrow and heading to Hubbards, near Halifax. We'll spend 5 nights there then we're starting home! We haven't decided on a route yet but I'm sure we'll avoid as many metropolitan areas as we can. Yesterday we went to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. He chose Baddeck for his summer...

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Aug 8, 2013 - Cabot Trail

The weather here has been wonderful this past week and we've really enjoyed it! Yesterday we drove the Cabot Trail which took us along both coasts of the Island. The most beautiful parts of the drive were in Cape Breton Highlands National Park with stunning views of the coast and mountains. Yes, Cape Breton is very mountainous! At times the road would take us out of the NP and into some scenic harbor towns. We took some gravel roads, of course; one took us six miles to gorgeous Mary Ann Falls. We went as far north as St. Margaret's Village...

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Aug 6, 2013 - Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Yesterday we took The Beast on its first ocean journey. We took the Northumberland Ferry from Wood Islands, PEI to Caribou, Nova Scotia. We left our campground planning to arrive an hour and a half before the 11:15 ferry but when we arrived at the terminal the 9:30 ferry, which was running late, was just docking so we were able to board that one with only about a 10 minute wait. The passage was 75 minutes, just enough time to eat breakfast and take a few turns around the deck. We haven’t seen a lot of Nova Scotia as yet but I get a...

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Jun 28, 2013 - Cape Breton Island, NS

On Thursday we went to Beddeck, NS and had breakfast at the The Telegraph House which was built in 1861,and is owned and operated by the fourth and fifth generations of the Dunlop Family. It once contained the office of the first Trans-Oceanic Cable Company, some of the first telegraph messages in North America were sent from the office in the "Telegraph House". Alexander Graham Bell's 'Bell room no.1' is preserved in much the same style and charm as it was when staying here in the late 1880's. I do not know if they served the same French...

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Jun 17, 2013 - Cape Breton Island, NS

Saturday night at the Arm of Gold Campground we had a pot luck dinner and entertainment provided by a talented local fiddler, Jennifer Roland. After dinner we tried to play a card game called 3-13. To our friends Jan and Dean may I say, "never try to play the game with 13 people"! On Sunday we toured the Fortress Louisbourg and went to the Louisbourg lighthouse. We took a long drive home attempting to locate the Marconi Museum. After many miles and much laughter with new friends Buz and Pam, we discovered that it was not open. Monday we...

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Sep 6, 2012 - Cape Breton / Ceilidh Trail

After waiting two months to visit Cape Breton, a relapse of vertigo prevented me from making the trip with my nephew last week. Now on the mend once again, I have been further delayed by several days of steady rain. With a forecast of only occasional showers today and the promise of abundant sunshine tomorrow, I decided to make a run for it. Cape Breton Island lies off the northeastern coast of Nova Scotia and is reached by crossing the Canso Causeway near the fishing village of Port Hastings. The causeway is a feat of engineering ~ a...

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Jun 13, 2011 - Cape Breton Island, NS, Canada

Our first night at the Arm of Gold Campground in Cape Breton NS we were treated to entertainment by local muscians including a singer, 2 fiddle players, and a step dancer. The next day we toured the Fortress Louisbourg where we stepped back in time to experience 1744 when the fort was used to protect the French living there. On Monday we boarded a bus and rode the 185 mile Cabot Trail. It is one of the premier scenic highways in North America. We also visited a museum with some of the most spectacular hooked rugs that I have ever seen. The...

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Jul 1, 2006 - Happy Canada Day!

After a day trip down to Peggy's Cove to see the famous light house on the rocks, a cup of tea in Mahone's Bay with all the beautiful churches reflecting in the water and a dander around Lunenburg (home of the bluenose sailing ship), we headed back to Halifax for the Canada Day Parade. We enjoyed a picnic in the Public Gardens and made tracks for Cabot Trail in the north of Nova Scotia that night. There, we enjoyed fireworks in the town of Baddeck where Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone! What a day! (Photos to come someday soon! :-)

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