Nova Scotia: Your First Taste of Cape Breton Island

I am here on Cape Breton Island, with beautiful weather and stunning views. I took so many photos….it was hard not to stop every few metres!

Always take the side roads, the roads less travelled, the dirt roads…

I was driving part of the Ceilidh Trail in Cape Breton today and saw a dirt road, no signs prohibiting my entry, and off in the distance I knew there was the ocean. I turned and after a short drive was granted my first official view of the beauty of this coastline.

Ceilidh Trail, Cape Breton Island. Near Inverness

Ceilidh Trail, Cape Breton Island. Near Inverness

Near Inverness

Whale Cove Cemetery

Death holds a very special place for Islanders, and Nova Scotians in general. Prime real estate is given to many burial grounds, and there are numerous churches and graveyards that you see everywhere. This was one with a particularly wonderful view. For a list of those people lucky enough to secure this oceanfront property, see the Calvin United Church Cemetery listing.

Margaree Harbour

Margaree Harbour

I will also be dead by the time I can afford to buy an ocean view

I will also be dead by the time I can afford to buy an ocean view

 

St. Joseph Du Moine

Together with Chéticamp, its larger neighbour, Saint-Joseph-du-Moine makes up an Acadian enclave on Cape Breton Island that remains Francophone to this day; the inhabitants speak their own French dialect. (source: Wikipedia)

Cape Breton

It is all starting to look the same, eh?

It is all starting to look the same, eh?

St Joseph du Moine

Grand Étang

There are hidden cultural gems everywhere you travel. In the francophone region of Cape Breton, Le centre de la Mi-carême, is

 …an authentic fun-filled Acadian tradition that promises to entertain young and old.  The Center features stunning displays, mask-making workshops, kitchen parties, daily art camps for the kids, bonfires with traditional Acadian singers, musical cafés and lots more.

I did not go in because today’s weather required that I be outside as much as possible, taking pictures. But if I was travelling with a child? Absolutely I would go inside!

Grand Étang has windmill power

Grand Étang has windmill power

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2 responses to “Nova Scotia: Your First Taste of Cape Breton Island

  1. Ha, loved the comment a-boot the ocean view. Looks a lovely place, hope to visit one day.

  2. Nova Scotia Bureau of Travel and Tourism could use you Amanda (rather, they have you and don’t know it) :D
    Great shots… The road less traveled is the “only way to go!”

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