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Aug 14, 2010 - A Day in the Car

We have just completed a long day. We drove and drove and drove. An early morning in Charlottetown and we headed for the ferry at Wood Islands to take us to Pictou NS. Once we arrived we sped down toward Halifax to take the east shore drive. The the guide book (verified by locals) indicated that is was a very nice drive and one that we should do. Even though it added 4 hours to our driving time we chose to do it. Well, that was a mistake. The drive was nice, but nothing that required us to take such a detour. The only bright spot were the...

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Aug 13, 2010 - Cape Breton Highlands National Park

It was right around 9:30 when we headed out on the highway to explore the southwestern section of the Cabot Trail. We stopped in Baddeck for gas, and conveniently right beside the gas station was a -------------, you got it!!! A Tim Horton's!! Back in the truck we carried right on through to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Because we had a few things planned for the day we didn't go right through the park but stopped at the Skyline Trail parking lot. We set out with great intentions to hike out to the lookout, but after discovering...

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Jun 30, 2010 - Judique and Cheticamp, Nova Scotia

FOGGY BUT LOVELY DRIVE: Wednesday dawns VERY FOGGY as we prepare to leave Louisbourg but we decide it’s nice enough to try the Fleur de Lis Trail to the Celidh Trail to enjoy the views along the Bras D’Or Lakes. Jim does the driving, thankfully—since some of the road is less desirable than we had expected, and we cross here VERY NARROW one-lane bridges. JUDIQUE CELTIC MUSIC INTERPRETATION CENTER: We make it to the Celtic Music Interpretation Center in time for the lunch music. Mike Hall is the fiddler and the Center Director accompanies on...

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Sep 7, 2009 - Cheticamp on Cabot Trail

We had a short, although not easy, drive today to Cheticamp on the west side of Cape Breton Island. It was roughly 60 miles but the roads were bumpy, narrow, and twisty. We took our time, pulled off once to let traffic pass and, by the time we got to Margaree Harbour, Foxy had had enough so we stopped to get her out for a few minutes. Then, it was a short hop to the campground, Plage St. Pierre, our home for the next two nights. The weather is gloriously autumn'ish and we are getting some refreshing winds off the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We...

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Jul 30, 2009 - Cabot Trail

What a beautiful coastline!! We spent the day travelling the Cabot Trail, and enjoying the National Park. The Trail has everything from rocky, rugged coastline to smooth sandy beaches. At one of the beaches, a few kids were playing in the water - cold, said one of them. The road is up hill and down, and at one point I get behind a motor home with a nervous driver. He was on his brakes all the time! I had to be, and for the first time, my brakes overheated and began to fade!! Not nice, so I pulled over to let them cool. After that, no...

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Maritimes

Jul 14, 2009 - Billy Connoly's head

We carry on driving around the coast down to Cheticamp. Here the scenery is different. We still have the mountains covered in trees but they no longer dominate the coastline and are set back with a grassy plateau between them and the sea. There are houses dotted along the fields set back from the roads. Everyone can see their neighbours but there are acres between them. As we continue to drive we come across Joes Scarecrow Field that we saw in Billy Conelly’s trip “To the edge of the world.” Here there are scarecrows made up into characters...

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Jun 28, 2009 - Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island, NS

Saturday, June 27th, we drove the Cabot Trail north, through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The stopped at Neil’s Harbour LH , before we found the cg where we had planned to stop, for the weekend, was full. So we continued until Cheticamp. All sites were full, but they allowed up to boondock, for the weekend, on the water, on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Sunday morning, we visited the Cheticamp lighthouse, driving through a community cow pasture, along the side of the ocean, to get there.

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Sep 8, 2008 - Day 149 Cheticamp Cape Breton Is NS

Day 149 Monday 8th September Cheticamp Cape Breton Is NS This morning we were all up bright and early and got away a little after 8am, we had a fair drive to get under our belts today if we want any chance of catching the Wednesday morning ferry to Newfoundland. It was a clear morning with a beautiful sunrise and barely a cloud in the sky. However, this proved to be short lives, as the big black clouds rolled in and of course the rain hit again. When the weather’s like that there is no point in driving the scenic route, we just stuck to...

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Aug 1, 2008 - Cape Breton Island

A Nova Scotia Jewel - Friday, August 1 We wanted to see a little of Canso, so before leaving this morning we took a long walk along the waterfront, looking at the boats and reading the interpretive signs along the way. Canso is the easternmost point on the Nova Scotia mainland, and it’s a very old town. It was one of the first European settlements on this part of the Atlantic. Looking at its quiet harbor today it’s hard to imagine there was a time when as many as 200 schooners and other vessels were moored here and the docks bustled with...

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2008 Keys 2 Canada

Sep 3, 2007 - Shocking!!!

The great mouse hunt. Score: Bob-2; Mice -1. Got up this morning all smug and feeling victorious over the furry nemesis only to find that we obviously had not rid the coach of rodents. Where are they coming from and how many are there? Have they had children and have their children had children etc.????? Oh well, setting up the traps again. Drove to Cape Breton National Park today and are staying in Site 136 at Cheticamp. The black flies are unbelievable. The campground is ok for tenters and there are certainly sufficient spaces here for us...

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Jul 21, 2007 - Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and the Cabot Trail

After a night of rain it was off to the Ceilidh Trail then the Cabot Trail. Spectacular and challenging drive. We had been warned that an rv will go through a set of brakes on the Cabot Trail. This isn't true if you heed the signs and use your gears for the windy steep down hills. Adding to the challenge is Manon's uneasiness with heights and Cannelle's nose under the gas pedal. My fault, I had been dropping handfuls of mixed nuts into my gullet a bit earlier and a few nuts missed the target landing at my feet. Try driving a 30 ft rig...

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Our Adventure

Oct 11, 2006 - Peggy's Cove, Halifax, & Cape Breton, N.S.

After a few hours touring Lunenburg and seeing the Bluenose II in its berth, we moved on to an RV site 8 km. outside of Peggy's Cove. The next day we drove into Halifax to get an oil change and tour Halifax harbour and the Citadel overlooking Halifax. We didn't have a lot of time there as we needed to get back to the trailer and pack up for the long drive the next morning to Cape Breton. On the way out of Halifax we came across a vendor selling scallops, cod cheeks, mussels, etc. and decided on the cod cheeks that taste much like scallops...

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