With a fond farewell to Newfoundland we ferried back to Cape Breton in northern Nova Scotia. Cape Breton is also an island – connected by the Canso Causeway and surrounding huge Bras D’Or Lake so the driving is all waterviews.We are in a northern region but the Atlantic current which fosters the wonderful fishing on the Grand Banks also brings lovely weather for most of the year. A chilly night or two but I have only sometimes needed a light sweater.
The music tradition of the Scots, Acadians and Celtic is in most of the pubs tho we did find “Funk Night” at Whelan’s Gate in Corner Brook. I don’t know what Pat was thinking!
We stopped in Truro to see the famous Tidal Bore. uh, more like boring. Still – we might have missed Mastadon Ridge where they uncovered the beast in a gypsum quarry. Halifax is the capital. – a burly, bustling port town that really appealed to me. We had a few drinks with some Californians traveling in a small motor home and heard great music at “The Lower Deck” . On to Lunenburg, home of the Bluenose, and the Acadian coast – historic and beautiful!
We”ve been on “The Lighthouse Route Scenic Drive” from one exquisite cove, to another quaint village, to desolate rock beaches and, of course, lots of lighthouses. We stopped at a 300 year old site of an Acadian settlement where the people farmed the tidal shore then deserted it when Napoleon signed off most of Canada. As I write, it is Thursday morning. I’m sitting in the Admiral Digby Inn overlooking the Bay of Fundy. We will cross later today ( our last ferry ride) to St. John, New Brunswick and from there to Maine.
Happy Birthday to “Big Ray”. Hope you like your Maritime presents!