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Cape Breton: The Beauty of Nova Scotia

Cape Breton Island has amazing landscapes and its strong cultural roots combine to create a wonderful experience. Located off the eastern coast of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the Strait of Canso in one of the most rugged, remote areas of the province. It's a combination of beaches, cliffs, land and sea for a mindblowing range of wildlife. The first Europeans to settle in Cape Breton were the Scottish and French, whose cultural influences still dominate the local culture. The Ceilidh (kay-lee) Trail, Gaelic for party or gathering, greet people with stunning panoramas and the occasional sounds of Cape Breton-style fiddlers and bag pipes. The Cabot Trail runs through much of the region and its changing landscapes. Cape Breton is my home and I am proud to be a Caper. I have travelled to the Himalaya and Alps, Dolomites but Cape Breton remains close to me and is truely my favorite place in the world. I cant wait to go back home and see my family as well as the stunning views.

Cheticamp

Cheticamp is a community on the shores of the Gulf of St Lawrence and it lies on a scenic portion of the Cabot Trail. The western entrance to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park is 5 km (3 mi) northeast of town. The town is also a popular spot for whale watching cruises and a hovercraft trips to Magdalen Islands (Iles-de-la-Madeleine) in the middle of the Gulf of St Lawrence. The cruises are easy to find and you can catch the boats at Government Wharf. The area has such a great vibe and has excellent restaurants that offer some of the best sea food you will find on the East Coast. I usually spend a few days here every summer with my family. We usually do the Cabot Trail scenic drive followed by trekking on the Skyline Trail topped off by whale watching in Cheticamp. Whale watching is great fun and if you are lucky you will see Moose, Bears and Eagles near the shoreline. There is such a regional pride with the Acadians and their French heritage and they keep their traditional way of life going. It is most visible near the docks of the town where you can see local fishermen getting ready to go back out to sea. Cheticamp is one of the nicest and most beautiful towns on the east coast and I absolutely love going there every summer with my family. I have so many good memories and I strongly recommend this lovely town to travellers.

Fortress

The Fortress of Louisbourg is a re-creation of a French settlement that existed 250 years ago. Costumed animators and actors play the former residents to perfection. All of the actors are well trained and take their job seriously giving this place a unique atmosphere. Women (actors) walk around getting bread etc like they did 300 years ago. You can see homes and gardens, inns and taverns, and even eat 18th Century cuisine in 3 different restaurants. Louisbourg has been recently renovated by the provincial government and the site itself is impressive. Everyone is in costume and in character all hours of the day and it feels as though you have stepped back in time. Louisbourg is really really good fun!!

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  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2006 at 7:59 AM

    Read Alistair Mcleod's No Great Mischief ( fantastic book!) and loved it - now your photos have brought the landscape to life. Great. leyle

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