This was a free day to explore Cape Breton on our own.
Specifically, we were going to explore the Cabot Trail, a highway and scenic roadway that forms a loop around the northern tip of the island, passing along and through the scenic Cape Breton Highlands. It is named after the explorer John Cabot who supposedly landed in Atlantic Canada in 1497, although most historians agree his landfall likely took place in Newfoundland. Construction of the initial route was completed in 1932.
The northern section of the Cabot Trail passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The western and eastern sections follow the rugged coastline, providing spectacular views of the ocean. The southwestern section passes through the Margaree River valley before passing along Bras d’Or Lake.
We headed north from the campground. We traveled through beautiful, seemingly empty countryside. After about 30 miles or so we came to the Larch Wood Enterprises, Inc. factory and showroom:
They produce beautiful cutting boards and other wood products. After hearing their story and seeing their work, we had to buy just one…
Moving on, we continued north, and traveled along the beautiful shoreline…
At another stop, we found a rocky bluff:
These folks were sitting on the furthest rock; now they are trying to figure out how to get back up:
After this much beauty we had to stop for lunch; we were in the town of Cheticamp; we stopped at the Happy Clam:
Driving back south we had more vistas of the rugged coast and grassy knolls:
We stopped to inspect the beach a little closer; the weather was warm and sunny, and Lynda declares that the water is relatively warm:
We stopped in the town of Inverness (to get some espresso to keep us awake after lunch…); we walked from the town down to the water; again, we are astounded at the open space surrounding such beautiful oceanfront property:
There was a nice boardwalk to protect the fragile dunes, grasses, and wildflowers:
There was even an oceanfront golf course:
Walking along the golf course we came to some houses that looked strikingly similar to Shobac and the “Sliding Down House” we saw south of Halifax:
It turned out that they were quite different; we also discovered that they part of a condominium development of vacation homes as part of the golf course and country club:
Of course, not all the houses in the neighborhood are this nice:
Our final destination of the day was a tour and tasting at the Glenora Distillery:
They produce a single malt whisky which would be called Scotch if it were produced in Scotland. They make their whisky using traditional methods and only three ingredients: barley, yeast, and water. They claim it is the quality of the water on the property that produces the fine quality whisky.
As we waited for the tour we wandered over to the on-site inn and pub, and enjoyed another ceilidg. These things are everywhere – they take their Gaelic music seriously here…
I was looking forward to finding a great whisky at a reasonable price. I was disappointed on both counts…
We returned to the Villa in time for happy hours:
That evening, all the caravanners gathered in the Rec Room for an ice cream social. An enjoyable time was had by all…