Cape Breton

Arrived in Cape Breton on the ferry about midnight and got a campsite that we had reserved.  Drove to Louisbourg and got a campsite on the water the next morning

Campsite

Campsite

- then visited the fort.    It is a total recreation of a French Fort on the same land.   It is a big place - like Williamsburg or Plimoth Plantation.

Buildings

Buildings

They have military demonstrations

Military

Military

 

Friday

Had a good time at the playhouse last nite. It was a stones throw from the campsite. They had a kitchen session last nite. Five people in the group – two guitars, a fiddler (who step danced), a electric piano player, and a girl that sang, played the guitar and did percussion on the box drum. It is a box you sit on – the front is thin wood and the back has a small hole, She was very good.

We drove around the south end of Cape Breton and ended up in Baddeck – it is on the Bra d’Or – we stopped at the on the south end and watched a few boats go thru a tidal lock. Bra d’Or is a salt arm that extends up thru Cape Breton, There is a lock because the tides are a little different on each end. Boats can go thru on their way north or south and it is big enough to cruise around for a while. It looks like a big lake with several arms. A schooner guy that does day sails with tourists said the shoreline of Bra d’Or has abou 1200 miles of shoreline. 

Harbor

Harbor

 There is fishing for cod, mackeral, sea run trout and the occassional salmon. 

Bra d'Or

Bra d

 

There is a distillery that makes single malt whisky – called Scotch in Scotland. Making malted whisky is interesting. Basically, you make a strong beer with malted and smoked barley, yeast and good water, but no hops. It is then distilled twice and aged in bourbon barrels for years. We took a tour and had a taste. Nice – but not smoky. Quite expensive. There is also a hotel and pub at the site.

Still

Still

The signs for each town are bilingual, English and Gaelic. It was settled by many from Scotland. There are at least 500 Gaelic speakers in Cape Breton.

English and Gaelic

English and Gaelic

We relaxed at the campsite – the Cabot Trail tomorrow.

Relaxed

Relaxed

 Sat.

Time to drive around the top of Cape Breton and thru the National Park.  We chose to go clockwise, Just befoire we entered the park we lucked on a great bakery and got some rolls and pastry.

Bakery

Bakery

The west side has quite a few Acadians - while the east side is more Scottish.
The views were spectacular.

Cape Breton

Cape Breton

 There are moose, bald eagles,  black bear, lynx and some bold coyotes. It is an all day drive with stops,

We stopped by Effies Brook.

Effie's Brook

Effie

 The Highlands

Highlands

Highlands

 There is a 14 mile long lake - Lake Ainslie - that seems to have mostly farmland around it. There seems little activity, even though is has decent fishing. There are trout, salmon and smallmouth bass.

Lake Ainslie

Lake Ainslie

 On our way south, we stopped at the Highland Village Museum.   It traces the Scots from the time they left Scotland and  when they arrived in Cape Breton.  You can hear someone speaking Gaelic  and vist a series of house they built thru the first ones and as they advanced.  

Highland Village

Highland Village

 They have some of the heritage breeds of sheep, chickens, and cattle. 

Highland sheep

Highland sheep

It is a nice spot overlooking the Bra d’Or.

Nice spot

Nice spot

 Time to head south to the rest of Nova Scotia - see that link - will continue to update Cape Breton as we have time.