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Aug 2, 2017 - Day 3

Today we were on the road before 8 o'clock headed north to do the western section of the Cabot Trail. We went through Mabou, Inverness, Margaree Harbour, Cheticamp, Petit Etang, La Rigoueche, Trout Brook, Cap Rouge, Wreck Cove Point, Pleasant Bay, and MacIntosh Brook. 163 kms one way taking about 2.5 hours. Went through a length construction zone about 11 kms north of Petit Etang. We did the short hike at MacIntosh Brook then headed back to Port Hood. There's a bakery La Boulangerie Aucoin's Bakery in Cheticamp we stopped at. Wow! Picked up...

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2017 Maritime Trip

Aug 1, 2016 - Golf near Ignonish Nova Scotia

The day brought some less than good news about the coach: A reoccuring problem with draining the batteries. This has been a real puzzle for us... So, I gave up and went golfing! Did schedule an appointment for the following day with a repair outfit in Sydney (60 km away). Had a poor performance on the course, but was struck with the setting; that sounds like as good an excuse as anything.

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Jul 26, 2015 - Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail is one of several scenic routes in Nova Scotia. It loops around the northwest corner of the province. Nearly the entire 186-mile route is a two-lane paved road. There are a few three-lane areas for passing on the hills. The Cabot Trail passes through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, giving spectacular views of the mountains and valleys. The rest of the trail weaves along the rocky coast. Although there were a few adventurous hikers, nearly all the visitors are what I call “windshield” tourists. That means that they...

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Jul 25, 2015 - Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cape Breton Highland National Park is a very scenic, isolated, unspoiled, and beautiful park. The whole area is probably the most similar place in the world to the Scottish Highlands for which it is named. There are a few towns dotting the park and some fishing villages along the coast, but otherwise it is a large expanse of preserved parkland. Since the fishing industry has hit upon hard times in the last few decades, several whole harbor villages have been turned over from private to park land. This is the only place in the east that I...

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Jun 27, 2015 - Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

One of the areas I was looking forward to visiting most was Cape Breton and particularly the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. I was looking forward to driving the fabled Cabot Trail, and exploring the vastness of the park. Cape Breton certainly didn't disappoint. We spent several days, driving, hiking, and camping throughout the park. On the 27th, while hiking the Glasgow Lakes through the barren landscape of Northern Cape Breton Highlands, the weather wasn't spectacular, however the views and landscape were second to none. At some...

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Travelling

Sep 22, 2014 - Leaving the Cabot Trail

After leaving our National Park campsite we traveled to the Keltic Lodge where we hiked the Middle head Trail. And yes Debi is trying to kill me by walking me to death. I told her that if I died on the trail she should just push me over the side. She said she may do that anyway. Continued travel to Louisbourg where we will stay a couple of nights.

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Sep 20, 2014 - Debi's birthday

We celebrated Debi's birthday on the 18th, which was actually her birthday. We went whale watching (and no that does not mean she just saw me naked) and to dinner at the Keltic Lodge. Reminded us of the Grand Hotel in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Had a pricey dinner that was only fair (no, we didn't gag) but had a great view from our table. Happy birthday Deb. She also gets a senior discount now. As I write this it is Saturday the 20th. We are having gale force winds of 40-50 knots that may last for a few days. We will do some exploring...

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Sep 20, 2014 - Cabot Trail 2

Have I said that the Cabot Drive is spectacular?? Lots of hills, lots of ocean, lots of smoking brakes and scary moments for Deb, but well worth the drive. If the RV can handle that ride we should be good anywhere. I'll probably have to put new breaks on when we get home, however. Also went whale watching on the Ochan out of Bay of St Lawrence at the northern tip of Cape Breton. Great Captain and we saw great sights, eagles, seals, and lots of pilot whales. Pilot whales will stick around until October or November when they leave for Florida...

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Sep 19, 2014 - The Cabbot Trail

Debi and I have been fortunate enough to be able to go on many scenic trails. The Acadia National Park, the highway coast in California, the scenic rides in RI, MA, and NH, and to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, but none are as majestic or awe inspired as the Cabot Trail. We were going to ride through and we spent 3 days and we could have stayed longer. Unfortunately, pictures do not do it justice. We walked trails, went whale watching, visited small fishing villages, and stayed in the National Park that was excellent, but had no Wi-Fi. More...

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Jun 17, 2013 - Cabot Trail

Cape Breton is rated the #1 island in North America. Cape Breton's Cabot Trail is one of the premier scenic highways in North America. Today a tour bus picked us up at the campground at 7:15 AM and took us on the 185 mile drive. It was named for the early explorer John Cabot. The Cabot trail goes from river valleys to mountain tops, to pounding surf, to mist-covered barrens. The trail snaked its way up the side of the mountain then plunged rapidly down again to meet the sea. Some of things we saw and did on the trail were: We saw many many...

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Aug 26, 2012 - From Port aux Basques to Cape Breton Highlands

NOSunday, August 26, 2012 – from Port aux Basques to North Sydney, Nova Scotia Before leaving Port aux Basques we ate at Alma’s restaurant in the Mall across from the Library. Excellent meals, good service, and good prices – actually probably one of the best restaurants we ate at in Newfoundland. If you go to Newfoundland or know someone who is going that it is worth a stop. We had reservations on the ferry for 5pm passage. After loading, we went to the quieter area that you pay extra for and settled in for the 6 hour trip – turned out to...

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2012 travel

Aug 2, 2010 - The Cabot Trail

We spent most of the day driving The Cabot Trail. The Cabot Trail is a highway and scenic roadway in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. We boarded the ferry to start the trail near Baddeck. The 185 mile loop takes you around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, passing along and through the scenic Cape Breton Highlands. It is named after the explorer John Cabot who landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497. The initial route was completed in 1932. The northern section of the Cabot Trail passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park,...

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