We planned 2 relaxing days meandering along and enjoying the abundant sights of the Cabot Trail, but weather forecasts were rather unfavourable, with Saturday being the only nice day. Decision time – do we complete in 1 day or stick to the original plan of 2 days and get wet .
Friday morning we planned to tour the Cabot Trail, but awoke to dull, low overcast skies and a fine scotch mist, with very low visibility. On checking the forecast, it was meant to clear up, but not until early afternoon. Probably not a good day to drive the Cabot Trail, so plan B was a drive down to Louisbourg to check out the fortress and lighthouse. After a quiet and relaxing morning we loaded the dogs in the truck and headed off for the approximately 45 min drive, to Louisbourg, which is on the East coast of Cape Breton, about 20 miles from Sydney.
Where else would you go during your first day in Cape Breton – Cabot Trail, Maritime Museum, Forts – nope, we went for a spot of tea and lunch at Rita MacNeil’s Tea Room. Rita from Big Pond, Cape Breton in Nova Scotia was a Canadian Icon, as both a Country and a Folk singer. Many of her albums reached Gold and Platinum status, and in 1990 she was the highest selling country artist in Canada. Throughout her travels around the world, she always invited people back to Big Pond, Cape Breton for a cup of tea. Continue reading
After our scenic drive around the coast to Canso, on arriving at the campground, we stopped at the office and picked up a bucket of wood. Expecting a clear evening, it would be the perfect time to sit outside and have a campfire take away the first vestiges of the Fall chill. We got it fired up just before sunset, so we would have some nice coals generating heat once the sun went down.
Located in the NE corner of mainland Nova Scotia, Canso is of historic importance and is the location of a Parks Canada National Historic Site. We knew the National Park Site closed at the end of August, and our neighbours at the campground reported Canso to be little more than a run down fishing village, regardless, we decided to take the scenic drive. The drive was scenic, the roads were generally in fairly poor condition and our neighbour’s impression of Canso was accurate, but we had a great time, with the dogs enjoying their time at a beach.
Since the previous campground lost our reservation and we only paid for 3 nights rather than the 4 we had planned, we decided to head up to Cape Breton a day early. Judi phoned the campground and bonus, our spot is being vacated this morning, so we can get the extra day without moving.
Andy really wanted to check out the maritime heritage in Pictou and the lighthouses enroute, but still feeling the lingering effects of food poisoning, we decided to stay a tad closer to home and check out some of the sights between the campground and Antigonish. Today’s plan included – a scenic drive around a couple of headlands to check out the beaches, browsing through a quilt shop, checking out the “Made in Nova Scotia” souvenir shop and finally groceries and possibly Walmart.
OMG what a day, due to a calamity of navigation errors, which weren’t helped by the fact Andy wasn’t in the “pink of condition” or “fine fettle”, since he was suffering from a touch of food poisoning from the lousy lunch yesterday. In fairness to Judi, she did suggest holding off for a day, but Andy with typical stiff upper lip, damn the torpedoes, onward into battle, “I can make it, it’s only a short hop”. His one concession being nor completing his usual hoovering and dusting before bringing the slides in.