|Baddeck Regatta Days|
|St Peters Lock|
Cabot Trail, Cape Breton.
No wonder the Scots settled on Cape Breton Island which reminded them of the homeland with it's high peaks and luscious green fiords. We headed for terra firma, rented a car, and started up the valley into the Highlands. Along the rugged coastline we drove a sliver of highway through the emerald mountains, soaring capes and sheer cliff faces. We passed the petite French village of Cheticamp and then up into Highlands National Park and the Skyline Trail. Hiking several miles to the coast one emerges at a vast expanse of scenic cliffs dropping dramatically to the crashing waves below. The boardwalk steps afford a panoramic view of this breathtaking vista!
|Skyline trail on Cabot Trail|
Traveling across country we left the Cabot Trail and drove to Louisbourg on the North Coast. Louisbourg was the stronghold of the French navy who first established a post here in the 1600's. The English eventually took the fort, but the entire village and fort remains has been rebuilt as it existed in the day. The sturdy French stone houses, dairy, munitions, storerooms and fortress walls make an impressive sight against the skyline. After a pleasant evening at The Cranberry B and B we rose for the last leg of the journey home, through Glace Bay and Sydney, where we hopped a bus to Baddeck. Back on Chantey V we turned northward for Dingwall, the final stop before crossing over to Newfoundland.
|The crew of Cat's Paw 1V|
"Farewell to Nova Scotia the sea bound coast,
Let your mountains dark and drear-y be,
For when I am far away on the briney ocean tossed,
Will you ever hear a sigh or a wish for me?"