Peggys Cove, located about 25 miles SW of Halifax is probably most famous for the lighthouse, but it is also a functioning fishing village and so much more. A collection of small brightly coloured homes built around the small harbour on the barren landscape, the village has a very small resident population of only 35 people.
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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 .
- Louisbourg lighthouse and harbour entrance
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.
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.
We have 3 days to explore Prince Edward Island (PEI) and while it is a small island, the roads aren’t the best, so short distances take some time to drive. Last night we reviewed the 3 circular drives on the island – East, Central and West. To complete the East drive is 245 miles or about 6 hours of driving, which doesn’t leave much time for stopping. Therefore our plan is 1 day in Charlottetown and 2 days on the central drive.
Back on schedule after our delay for repairs, however our time in New Brunswick is reduced to only 2 nights. After 3 days of driving 300+ miles we decided to have a quiet day and not head out for the planned 400 miles drive around the Gaspe Peninsula.
We are staying in the small town of Dalhousie, New Brunswick, in a campground that backs directly onto Chaleur Bay, which is salt water and tidal. Finally we have reached the ocean. The view out the bedroom window is a pleasant change from the miles of Prairie we have seen for the previous few weeks.
View out of bedroom window
After breakfast and when the Liverpool v’s Spurs game was finished we took the dogs for a walk on the beach. Duke was happy to get back in the water and we almost had to take his toy away, as he kept bringing it back to throw it back into the water. You guessed it, other than eating he has slept for the remainder of the day.
Duke getting out of the water
Duke bringing his toy back to Andy
Even Kona, once she had chased the ball across the beach many times decided that wading along the edge of the water wasn’t too bad. Swimming, not her, she just stands and watches Duke swimming.
Kona bringing her ball to throw
This is Inch Arran Lighthouse, which is a functional lighthouse on Chaleur Bay. This is part of the scenery seen from the bedroom window.
Inch Arran Lighthouse