Cabot Trail

All we can say is WOW!!!!  We had a fabulous day today.  Lots of sunshine and blue sky with temperatures around 16C.  The best weather day we have had since getting to Nova Scotia.  This was an all day drive with lots of stops for sightseeing, over three hundred kilometers  in all but not at all difficult.  We decided to drive the Cabot Trail in a clockwise direction starting from Baddeck.  I’m sure no one direction is any better than the other.  The vistas were breathtaking and photographic opportunities jumped at me everywhere.  We were on the road by 9 am and done by 5 pm.
Our first stop was at Tim Hortons in Cheticamp, a primarily french speaking area of Cape Breton overlooking the Gulf of St Lawrence.  We enjoyed a nice coffee and treat before exploring Saint Pierre Church. This Cape Islander fishing boat was tied to the pier in Cheticamp and just begging to be photographed.
Cape Islander at work
We continued on up the coast to Pleasant Bay where lunch consisted of a fresh lobster with coleslaw and potato salad at the Rusty Anchor restaurant.  Great food and great prices too.
Cabot Trail
Neil’s Harbour
Our mid afternoon stop was at the Seagull restaurant in Ingonish for coffee and pastry.  Chris and I shared a piece of apple pie while her mother enjoyed strawberry shortcake and her dad tackled coconut cream pie.  There are look offs (view points) all along the trail.  Most can handle a dozen or so cars but class A motorhomes towing would have a hard time finding a place to safely pull off the road.  We definitely made the right decision to take our Vue and leave phaeton place at the KOA.
Vista from one of many lookoffs
Our last adventure for the day was taking the Englishtown ferry.  This is a bit of short cut across the bay and brought us to the other side of Kelly’s mountain about 10 minutes from our campground.  The crossing fee is $5 per vehicle.  I’m not sure how much a motorhome would cost.  The ferry runs year round, although they did have several down days last winter because of pack ice.
I’ve got a ton of pictures to go through and will post them in my Nova Scotia gallery on my smugmug page as I get to them.  Clicking on any photo shown here will take you directly to that gallery where you should be able to see the photos in a larger format.