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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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Jul 26, 2013 - Bus tour of the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

July 26, 2013 Bus tour of the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada The bus arrived at the campground at 7:45 am for a bus tour from the campground, around the Cabot Trail and back to the campground was about 150 mile loop. It didn’t include the spur road to Meat Cove where the road is too narrow for the buses. We returned to the campground at 6 pm; a very long day. It was raining when the bus picked us up but started to clear somewhat as we approached the coast of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. There are several small villages...

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Aug 26, 2012 - Lake Ainslie

Day Sixty Seven – Aug 26 Lake Ainslie 171k I had a good night’s sleep. Most of my sleeps are like a baby, I wake up every hour to fidget and then fall asleep for another hour. This morning I awoke to the alarm which was set for 5:55. As this was to be a long day of riding, I was on the road before 7:30. Our designated route was on side roads that paralleled the new highway 104. I took the designated route and found it to be a quiet, scenic ride. It even has good pavement. We pass through a community called Malignant Cove. I wonder what...

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Jun 13, 2012 - Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island reminded us of Minnesota - with the exception of the ocean, shipbuilding, lobster and crab fishing, many French speaking people and the music is more Celtic then Polka....OK, maybe the trees and and lakes and more trees reminded us of Minnesota. Highlights: * Reversing falls (rapids) at St. John, New Brunswick on the Bay of Fundy area boasts some of the hightest tide variations in the world. In St. John's the tide varies about 28' which causes reverse flows on some lakes which meet the...

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Aug 30, 2011 - Cape Breton-Cabot Trail

The attraction most visitors come to Cape Breton Island for is the Cape Breton Highlands National Park which is the entire northwest sector of the island - very scenic, very beautiful - as you will see in the photos. The roadway around the park is known as the Cabot Trail. We took a long day trip and toured the entire Trail (200 miles around) on a beautiful, sunny day. It's important to pay attention to the weather for this trip because a foggy day would be zero to very little visibility therefore hiding its precious views. A short distance...

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Aug 12, 2011 - Day 32: The Cabot Trail

This morning began with sun! Glory be! We got started about 10am which seems to be about par for us. Our plan today was the drive the Cabot Trail, a 185 mile loop around the upper end of Cape Breton. First stop, of course, was at a Visitor Information Center where we met Cynthia, who was full of information for us. Ralph walked next door to check on the salmon fishing; scratch that from our list. On Cynthia's recommendation we stopped at Larch Wood, a factory that makes beautiful wood cutting boards. The workmanship was unbelievable!!...

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Aug 1, 2011 - Cheticamp, Cabot Trail

The weather on the west side of Cape Breton and on the Cabot Trail could not have been any better, sun, some clouds and at times a little haze in the distance. The west side is by far the most scenic and when you see the pictures we believe you will agree. We went thought two very scenic villages - Cheticamp and Margaree. In Cheticamp we visited an Acadian restaurant, Floras a local establishment that sell locally created hooked rugs for over 50 years, and a local bakery Boulangerie which makes Acadian baked goods. We also stopped at...

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Aug 15, 2010 - Swimming with the Whales

No we didn't swim with the whales, but the title caught your attention. Today we went to Pleasant Bay to watch whales. It is a communty about 30km from Chetticamp. The drive to the village passed through Cape Breton National Park. WOW! that is quite the drive as you climb and descend mountains. All the time seeing the water in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It gave us a taste of what we will see tomorrow as we spend the majority of our time in the park. Once in Plesant Bay we visited the Whale Interpretive Centre to help prepare us for the...

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