Cabot trail

Trip Start May 01, 2009
Trip End Sep 27, 2009

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday June 15 2009

St. Ann's Bay Campground

Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia

We left PEI by Ferry rather than on the Confederation Bridge just because it would be less driving time and besides we had seen the Bridge.

The Ferry ride is 75 min and is run by the NFL (no not the National Football League) that stands for Northumberland Ferry Line. It cost CDN $ 86.00 plus or minus a few dollars for my memory. The ferry arrives in Pictou Harbour on the province of Nova Scotia and we headed North East to Cape Breton Island. I was in Nova Scotia as a teenager, which was just a few years ago now, but have never gone to Cape Breton. It has always been on my places to see list and now we were heading that way.

The Cabot Trail is world renown and in fact is considered by many to be the best drive in Canada and in the top few scenic drives in the world. Something to look forward to.

We had not made a final decision where to stop but wanted to use our campground as a base to explore the Cabot trail. After a few phone calls decided to stay near Englishtown, actually across the St Ann Harbour from Englishtown. The instructions said there was a five-minute ferry ride and this got our interest so rather than drive an extra 30 km we took the 5 min ferry for $5.00. We were surprised at the size of this ferry and it really was more like 3 minutes to get across. This thing is on a cable and is pulled back and forth through a pretty good current.

We were thrilled that we have a campsite right on the beach beside the ocean but it was foggy and pretty chilly and other than a quick stroll down a rocky beach we spent the late evening inside.

This morning we awoke to the sun trying to get through the fog, which was very pretty, and it is nice to be back on the sea again.

Before setting off to the Cabot Trail I insisted we visit the town of Beddeck, which is where Alexander Graham Bell lived and carried out many of his experiments. There is a large building that is dedicated to his life and the National Parks have done a great job presenting his genius.

The weather just continued to get better and better and we just knew this was going to make the drive even prettier. A few days ago some other folks we met had fog almost the whole day so they saw nothing.

All National Parks in Canada charge to enter the parks and Historical facilities but they are so well done you just can’t begrudge the fees. In fact we are happy to be yearly subscribers to the Park system both in Canada ( $165.00 ) and the USA (80.00).

As we left the campground this morning we heard about a CD that has been produced by locals describing what to see on the Cabot trail so we also decided to buy that and we were impressed and was very much like having a local in the truck with us. It is called Cabot Trail Companion and worth considering if you are in this neck of the woods.

Well the Cabot Trail is spectacular right up there with anything we have seen anywhere in the world. It lives up to what has been written about it and just look at a few of our pictures. There were very few people on the road, it was fairly exciting in some parts as in I wouldn’t want to fall off the road here. We saw Whales from high up on the road and even saw our first Moose up close and with her baby. She was in no hurry to get off the road but the baby wasn’t to sure about this funny feeling on its feet very funny as it lifted its hooves up high as it walked. Thousands upon thousands of Lobster and Crab pots dot the coast all the way around. Little man made habours to protect the fishing fleets at every turn in the road, it is a beautiful spot.
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Jon Stackpool on

Hi there!

I am the editor of the Cabot Trail Companion, and I am indebted to you for your comments about the guide. I am glad that you found it to be of use; I earnestly intended it to be an authentic slice of Cape Breton culture, and I'm glad that it contributed to your visit.

Thank you very much for your post. The feedback is very much appreciated! :-)

Best wishes,

Jon Stackpool

The Cabot Trail Companion

116 Clay Bank Drive
Albert Bridge
Nova Scotia B1K 2Z3
Tel: (902) 539-1662
Cell: (902) 574-4791

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