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Jun 20, 2019 - Doyle's, NL to North Sydney, NS

Thursday, June 20 Doyles, NL to North Sydney, NS via ferry The wifi last night and even early this morning, was not very good despite being parked in a spot close to the wifi and having 4 wifi sites to use.  The good news is there was wifi at the port. We left for the ferry to Nova Scotia a little before 8 am as we were ready to go. This is a different boat, the Highlanders.  There were not nearly as many trucks, campers and cars as the other day. It was sunny when we left, and still partly sunny out to sea. The ride is much smoother and...

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Jun 15, 2019 - Cabot Trail to North Sydney KOA

Saturday, June 15. We left around 7:10 am heading to the Cabot Trail.  It was quite foggy when we left, but expected to clear. We probably missed some views of the ocean, but what we did see when it was clear enough was really nice.  The fog never lifted entirely until we were just about done. There were lots of old cemeteries along the way. The roads were winding a lot of the way and we went up and down hill often.  Some of it was bumpy and narrow, but for the most part the roads were good. At times we were actually out of the fog as we...

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Sep 15, 2018 - North Sydney and ferry terminal

It is very windy here on the north end of Cape Breton Island. We are going to stay here one more day as the wind might make that drive over the mountain to get out of here dicey. We stayed at the Eagle as it's cool here as well. For dinner we went out to eat - drove into North Sydney to find a place to eat and found just fast food. Tim Horton's is always busy but just has sandwiches and donuts so we decided to try out Lick a Chick as the parking lot is always full. Not much to write home about - lots of french fries and chicken just OK....

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Sep 14, 2018 - Baile nan Gaidheal Highland Village

Today we took what was supposed to be a scenic drive along the lake to Iona. We did see Bras d’Or very little - most of the drive was through the forest. The highland Village is top notch. It starts in the 1770’s in Scotland with a stone Black House that is what these settlers left behind. The interpreter was so informative. They are in Scotland and the landlord continues to raise the rent to a level they cannot afford as he wants the land so he can raise white sheep. Sheep are more valuable than people. The next stop was at the farm where...

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Sep 13, 2018 - Alexander Graham Bell

We drove to Baddeck to see the Alexander Graham Bell national historic site. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1847 and moved to Ontario in 1870, then to Boston to teach where he patented the telephone in Boston 3/27/1876. He first visited Baddeck in 1885 and built his home Beinn Bhreagh there. He was president of the National Geographic Society in 1897 but formed the Aerial Experiment Association in 1907 with Glenn Curtiss. He loved aviation and invented the Silver Dart that was flown off a frozen lake at Baddeck 2/23/1909 - the first...

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Sep 12, 2018 - Gaelic college

Ray slept in and I went to the Gaelic College in St. Ann's. A very scenic a drive to the college even though it was overcast and rainy. The college has a Great Hall of the Clans museum that I toured before the demonstation of how to make a kilt from a flat piece of fabric, followed by a milling frolic and short exposure to Gaelic, followed by a fiddle and dance demonstration. The dancer was the 2nd fiddle player we had seen at the Cultural center. Very talented. The fiddle player told about touring the world as Cape Breton music is becoming...

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Sep 11, 2018 - Sydney and Glace bay

We drove to Sydney to the harbor and there was a cruise ship in port, probably the same one that was in Charlottetown. We think this may be due to hurricane Florence that caused a cruise ship to go to Atlantic Canada rather than Bermuda. Because of this the harbor was busy, there were many shops set up to sell to those cruisers. The center had a video about the construction and concept of the big fiddle. It symbolizes the musical tradition of Cape Breton and is to accurate scale. It is illuminated and also plays music on the plaza, it...

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Sep 10, 2018 - Fortress Louisbourg

We visited Fortress Louisbourg that is a reconstruction of the French settlement established here in 1713. The buildings are to original specifications including historical building techniques and are on the actual foundations left by the British when the city was finally razed in 1760. This is a Williamsburg type of experience with interpreters in period dress at most sites demonstrating tasks such as cooking, blacksmiths, bobbin lace weaving, baking, etc. We spoke to the baker about the type of bread provided to the troops vs the higher...

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Sep 9, 2018 - Arm of gold

We are in a great campground. After two nights with no Dish and one very grainy Canadian station it was such a wonderful surprise to get 2 of the satellites to come in. This campground is close to the NewFoundland ferry terminal and many people come and go. There are several RV's parked in line with us, something we haven't seen in quite awhile. We are so happy to have satellite and the WIFI works fairly well too. The views of Big Bras D'or are beautiful. The drive included some tough grades and curves at one point near Englishtown but...

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Jul 20, 2018 - Leaving "The Rock"

We left Codroy around 8:30 to head to the ferry in Port aux Basques which was about 30 or so miles south. We stopped at the visitors' center to kill some time before entering the ferry terminal. We arrived there at 9:45. Our ferry departed at 11:45. The parking lot did not seem quite as full as our experience going to NL. We were parked behind a man from Florida who had been on the island since July 2nd and had done the entire island including Labrador. There was a lot of information and experiences exchanged. He told us that he considered...

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Jul 12, 2018 - Alexander Graham Bell Museum

He was MORE than the inventor of the telephone. "Get a rare glimpse into the extraordinary heart and mind of a world-famous inventor whose genius helped shape the modern world. Pull the curtain back on Alexander Graham Bell’s interests and inventions, spanning airplanes and kites, to deaf education and artificial respiration. Feel his legacy come to life as you explore remarkable artifacts, photos and full-scale replicas that mark his masterful career as an engineer, inventor, scientist and humanitarian." It was interesting and amazing to...

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Jul 11, 2018 - Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

A trip to Sam's Auto Glass was first on our list of things to do. We incurred a rock chip yesterday from an oncoming truck on a relatively good highway. Sam put us in a bay right away and had us out within 20 minutes. The charge? $20 Canadian -- $15 U.S. He was as friendly as could be offering tourist tips. We then went to a tire center to have our wheel torqued. They, too, came right out to do it. Charge? None. Finally, we were off for today's activity. We spent the entire day at the fortress. This is considered a "must do" item for the...

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