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Jul 3, 2018 - Ingonish Cape Breton

July 2nd. As we moved out of Sydney and north along the Cabot Trail the roads got narrower and windier and place names got stranger. Signs started to appear with names such as South St. Anne’s Gut, North St. Anne’s Gut, Near South Gut and so on ending up with Rear North Gut…. only in Cape Breton! Our drive up the coast which started out so promising weather-wise deteriorated as the morning went on and the fog rolled in ruining the view. I made up for it by stopping at several galleries a leather maker and a glass maker. We were also...

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Jun 22, 2015 - Cape Breton Island (East), Nova Scotia - June 2015

Our last place to stay in Cape Breton Highlands National Park was boondocking at the Highlands Links Golf Course where we played a great round of golf. This golf course was tough. The fairways reminded me of the small mounds called moguls in the snow skiing world. Stay on the golf cart path if you want to keep your body parts from being jarred apart. Great game of golf on a very challenging, but beautiful course. Last, but not least, we just had to hike Middle Head. This is a 2 1/2 miles loop that starts near the golf course. It is a...

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Oct 4, 2013 - And the wind blew...

Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia When we were on Prince Edward Island, the locals remarked several times about the very unusual lack of wind, making it very comfortable. Today on Nova Scotia, we made up for the previous lack of wind with a hurricane-force gale as it seemed at times. We drove around Cape Breton Highlands National Park over the famous Cabot Trail that wound along the coast or went up over steep grades, necessitating coming down steep grades as well. We were hoping to see moose but had to settle for a couple of eagles instead. The...

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Oct 3, 2013 - A ferry tale

Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia The majority of the day was spent travelling. Part of that travel was accomplished via a ferry ride for over an hour. It is really windy today – the first time we have experienced much wind on this trip. There were whitecaps resulting in a less than smooth ride but we made it. When we reached the other shore, we drove into Pictou to see a replica of the ship Hector which brought about 200 Scottish settlers in 1773. Unfortunately it is being restored so the masts were missing. We drove along a lot of winding roads...

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Jul 7, 2012 - Cape Breton National Park, Nova Scotia

On the ferry ride over to Nova Scotia today, a passenger couple from Nova Scotia convinced us that since we are so close, we need to check out Cape Breton National Park. I will let the pictures speak for themselves. We thought we had seen about all the beauty in Newfoundland, but there were more things to see here. Imagine that!! LOL We came across some significant grades in the park, in the 12-13% range. There was one grade that seemed greater, but no indication as to what the percentage was. We took the motorhome up that one and decided...

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Jul 30, 2010 - Exploring the Island

We hiked the Middle Head Peninsula on Tuesday. It was a short trail (<1.5 km out to the end) not a lot of elevation (150 ft). The distance wasn’t bad, neither would have the elevation if we didn’t have to climb it about a half a dozen times. The old folks were tired when we finally got back to the car. It was worth it though as the views were great. We saw a couple of seals, but I couldn’t get any pictures because they dove under water too fast. The Keltic Inn is an old and fancy lodge on Middle Head. There is a picturesque golf course...

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Jul 26, 2010 - Cape Breton Island

I haven’t said much about Max this trip, but he seems to have settled in just fine. He’s found a couple of hiding places in Winnie when things don’t appear to his liking. He uses the space between the bed and the nightstand, his covered litter box, and in the wardrobe closet. The route to Cape Breton Highlands National Park took us onto the Cabot Trail that hugs the Atlantic coast. There are some spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. It reminded me of the Pacific Coast Highway. I said I would never drive Winnie along the PCH, but after...

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Aug 14, 2009 - The Cabot Trail - Cape Breton part two

Friday was an excellent riding day – the kind of weather motorcyclists love and the roads were equally as wonderful. We took the entire day to ride the famous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island. One third of the road goes through the edges of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, established in 1936, while the rest is on private property through a few little villages and lots of highlands, seacoast, and countryside. There was spectacular ocean scenery and highlands - steep cliffs, deep river canyons, rocky beaches, a few narrow sandy...

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Jul 14, 2009 - Cabot Trail 2

The man in trailer next to us informs me a nice beach just along the coast. We drive there and find that the sand is red! There is a (possibly fresh) water lake divided from the sea by a sand bar. As we sit digging in the sand we find baby shrimp. These dig back down to the wet sand or hop off in search of the sea. We then drive around more of the Cabot Trail.

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Jul 13, 2009 - Cabot Trail

After stopping at a local barn for some fresh veg we drive around the Cabot Trail. Steep roads surrounded by trees and cliffs to rolling seas below. Park for night in Red Head in a little camp site behind a petrol staion. It is shaped as a square with a centeral playing field and playground so Flynn can play wilst we cook around the camp fire.

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Sep 5, 2008 - Cape Breton Highlands National Park

We camped in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, on the Atlantic side of Cape Breton Island, right on the coast. The nat'l park has one main road that loops through it and we spent our three days there exploring all the wonderful sights. One spot we really liked was Neil's Harbour, a very authentic fishing village, described by Lonely Planet as "one of the nicest places you're likely to see in Nova Scotia." We agree! Out on the point is the Chowder House -- a small food shack where you can get great clam and seafood chowder, along with...

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Jun 15, 2008 - Ingonish, NS

Sunday June 15…10:30pm After a very peaceful nights sleep, we continued northeast towards the first large mountain of the Cabot Trail. When we arrived at the base of Smokey Mountain it was drizzling with rain, and very misty. There is a warning at the base that you will climb something like 370 metres over 1.3 miles. Yes, it was very steep but I’m glad we were climbing instead of descending. Sherman accomplished the climb without problem. There’s a Provincial day use park at the top, with what we can assume would be fantastic views….but the...

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