"Almost Deserted" Bras d'Or Lake by Bwana_Brown

Bras d'Or Lake Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 14 photos

While spending the 4-day Easter weekend of late March at my daughter's home in the small village of St. Peters, Nova Scotia, I decided that it was time for a short drive to re-live some memories from previous trips to this remote part of Nova Scotia! Cape Breton Island is just about as far away as you can get in Nova Scotia - go any further and you will find yourself in Newfoundland! Dominating the middle of this large island is Bras d'Or Lake (Golden Arms), made famous over a century ago by the hydrofoil and airplane experiments of Sir Alexander Graham Bell, who eventually settled here in his mansion.

In my case, it was a typical early Spring day with a temperature of only a few degrees above zero C, but with enough strength returning to the daytime sun to allow it to melt the remnants of the winter's snow. From St. Peters, eastward along the coast from Port Hawkesbury, I headed inland for a 70-km (45-mile) looped drive toward Dundee, hugging the southwestern shore of the Lake (please see the map in my 'General' tip).

About half-way along, I came across this old abandoned farm house, typical of the many weather-beaten and derelict old buildings you will find along the little travelled back-roads of this part of Nova Scotia. The strong winds of the Island have cleared the snow away from the building as an old apple tree in the backyard awaits even warmer temperatures before it springs back to life once more.

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  • Pros:Peaceful with Beautiful Views of the Lake
  • Last visit to Bras d'Or Lake: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Mar 10, 2007
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  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2007 at 7:40 AM

    The snow-covered woods and fields bring back memories of northern Vermont, which suffers through similar long winters. Beautiful.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2007 at 6:19 AM

    I love the photos on this page - the beautiful white snow, weatherbeaten farm buildings and that wonderful blue sky!

  • Aug 15, 2007 at 7:37 PM

    it looks so beautiful here, especially with the sun shining! nice little page glenn!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2007 at 7:51 PM

    Beautiful page with very interesting info and great pictures. It's a pity that this picturesque barn has been burnt to the ground.

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2006 at 5:37 AM

    Really enjoyed your words and photos Glenn. Now moving on to another of your Nova Scotia pages.

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2005 at 6:50 AM

    Love the old farmhouse pic. Magical area at this time of year but also good to be cautious. What a shame about that barn. Fabulous are for your daughter to live in.

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2005 at 1:57 PM

    Wonderful landscape pictures and interesting writings. Thanks for showing this corner of the world, Glenn.

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2005 at 9:40 AM

    It's interesting how it's often these less economically viable places that make the nicest places to visit : ) Thanks for stopping by my little Ellensburg page - the chimps got me thinking so much, I just had to share that experience.

  • Redlats's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2005 at 2:02 AM

    Great photos. We have those same abandoned farms in the prairies. When we drove from Sydney to Pt Hawkesbury, we were rushed and it was raining, so we missed all the landscapes.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2005 at 9:14 PM

    Great landscapes but no wonder there are so many abandonned farms. It must have been really hard to make a living here !

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