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Visitor Information Centres

Port Hastings 96 Highway 4 Ph: (902) 625-4201 Email   St. Peters Highway # 4, Richmond County Ph:1-902-535-2185 Email    

Sydney 20 Keltic Dr., Sydney River Ph: 1-902-539-9876 Email     Margaree Margaree Forks, Cabot Trail Ph: 1-902-248-2803 Email

Inverness Route 19, Ceilidh Trail Ph: 1-902-258-2062 Email   Baddeck Central Baddeck Ph: 1-902-295-1911 Email     Cheticamp Les Trois Pignons, Cheticamp Ph: 1-902-224-2642 Email Louisbourg Main Street Ph: 1-902-733-4636 Email

Ciad Mille Failte! Pjila’si! Bienvenue! Welcome! No matter how you say it on Cape Breton Island, it is my pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to our visitors on behalf of Destination Cape Breton Association. You have arrived in a very special place where history and culture will weave a golden thread through your experience and outdoor adventure will take your breath away.    Nowhere else in North America will you find thriving Gaelic, Acadian and Mi’kmaq communities. As you make your way around any of our five scenic trails and traverse the hills and valleys of Cape Breton, you’ll understand why Travel + Leisure readers named us the #1 Island in North America, #3 in the World.  Today the legacy of those that came before us lives on and is celebrated in each community through our spirited and charming people. Experience tradition as you travel this beautiful Island, where our living culture - song, dance, music and storytelling are preserved and very much a part of our daily life.  Prepare yourself for the majesty of the Cabot Trail. Pack a picnic for the splendor of sunsets over the Bras d’Or Lakes or photograph your way through a hike along the rugged coastline of the historic east. Enjoy culinary delights created by world class chefs. Visit the Fortress of Louisbourg to take a stroll back in time or peruse the many museums that capture the storied history of our communities.  The waters on our western “Sunset Side of the Island” are your perfect host for whale watching, sailing, kayaking and scuba diving.  You will discover a special kindness and spirit of hospitality that will have you planning your next trip to Cape Breton Island long before this vacation ends.  May your experience be unforgettable and leave you with fond memories for years to come. Mary Tulle Destination Cape Breton Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia


Table of Contents Visitor Information Centres . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover Destination Cape Breton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Welcome to Cape Breton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 How to use this book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Cabot Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Fleur-de-Lis Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Ceilidh Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Marconi Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50


ACCOMMODATIONS Bear on the Lake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Cabot Trail Motel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Cambridge Suites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Cape Breton Resorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Chanterelle Country Inn and Cottage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Cheticamp Motel and Chalets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Clansman Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Days Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Glenora Inn & Distillery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Hampton Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Hearthstone Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Keltic Lodge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Lauries Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 MacPuffin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Maritime Inns Port Hawkesbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Mountain Vista Seaside Cottages and Campground. . 48 Quality Inn Sydney. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Quality Inn Dartmouth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Sea Parrot Oceanview Manor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Silver Dart Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Trailsman Motel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 The Markland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover CAMPGROUNDS Arm of Gold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 BAKERIES/GENERAL STORES La Boulangerie Aucoin’s Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Foodland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 MUSEUMS/PLACES OF INTEREST CB Centre for Craft & Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 CBU Art Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Comunn Féis an Eilein. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Glenora Inn & Distillery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Les Trois Pignons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Gaelic College and Gift Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Highland Village. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Membertou Heritage Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Miner’s Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Port Hastings Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33


RECREATION/LEISURE Bird Island Boat Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Casino Nova Scotia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 CBU Art Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Donelda’s Puffin Boat Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Eskasoni Cultural Journeys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Eskasoni Gaming Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Golf Cape Breton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..3 Highlands Links. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Membertou Entertainment Centre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Two Rivers Wildlife Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

RESTAURANTS/OTHER Bell Buoy Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Cabot Trail Motel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Casino NS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Chanterelle Country Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Clansman Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Days Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Glenora Inn & Distillery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Kiju’s Chicken and Deli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Lauries Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Maritime Inns Port Hawkesbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Miner’s Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Silver Dart Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Subway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 SHOPPING Den of Antiquity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Flora’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Glass Artisans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Moraff’s Yarns N’ Crafts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Petroglyphs Gift Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 OTHER CBRM Festival Fever. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover Centre 200. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 City Printers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Inverness County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. . . . . . . . . . . 59 Travel CB Contest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 & 39 Victoria County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Vince Ryan Memorial Hockey Tournament. . . . . . . . . . . 64 Visitor Information Centres . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

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Cape Breton Island

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Welcome Cape Breton Island lies off the northeastern coast of Nova Scotia - 6,500 square kilometers of unspoiled natural beauty and elegance. Coastal vistas, wilderness trails, glorious beaches, and pastoral vignettes make Cape Breton, one of the most intriguing vacation spots in North America. The Travel Cape Breton guide is divided into a number of sections that will guide you through our Trail system and provide you with detailed information and highlights as you explore the beauty and hospitality of our Island, enjoy your time. Blair Oake Publisher, Travel Cape Breton


How to use this book As you can see, Travel Cape Breton is divided into five segments, each one taking you through a different segment of the island by way of the “official” travel trails. These trails are: The Cabot Trail, The Fleurde-lis Trail, The Ceilidh Trail, The Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive, and the Metropolitan Cape Breton route which includes The Marconi Trail and the Colliery Route. There are , however, two other “routes” which we feel we should mention that will take the traveller from the Canso Causeway to the eastern end of the island, The Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 105) and Route 4. THE TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY (HWY 105) This highway begins at the Canso Causeway in Port Hastings and travels down through the centre of the island through communities such as Whycocomagh, Baddeck, and St. Ann’s, and comes to an end in the Town of North Sydney. The total driving distance between the Canso Causeway and North Sydney is 140 km (84 mi).

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ROUTE 4 This highway also begins at the Canso Causeway, but takes the traveller along the south side of the island through Port Hawkesbury, St. Peters, and Big Pond, to Sydney. It also provides a convenient exit to Louisbourg and the Newfoundland Ferry Terminal. Much of Route 4 is along the Bras d’Or Lakes, a total of 140 km (84 mi) in all from the Canso Causeway to Sydney. For details of the communities along these two highways, look for them in the five “official” trails described in this book.

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Cabot Trail Whales, white caps and windswept plateaus Imagine standing on a mountain 1500 feet above the sea. A summer shower has just passed and a fine mist lingers on your face. In the valley below, a rainbow rises toward you, arching so close you can almost reach out and touch it. Out at sea, beyond the mountains, the sun kisses the sky and whitecaps are coaxed to life by an offshore breeze that’s beginning to blow. This is the Cabot Trail.


Winding its way northward from Baddeck, into the Margarees and through the red, yellow and turquoise villages of St. Joseph du Moine and Cheticamp, the Cabot Trail starts its slow climb towards Cape Breton Highlands National Park, one in a family of National Parks across Canada. For the next 106 km you will go in and out of the National Park as you travel on the Trail. It follows the sea northward, up and over the awesome French and MacKenzie Mountains to Pleasant Bay, up again over North Mountain, turning inland through Cape North, then eventually meets up once again with the sea. From Neil’s Harbour you will follow the southbound coastline through the Ingonishes, over Smokey Mountain, and back down to the sea. Once you’ve walked for miles along the ivory sand of North Bay beach, hiked a

cliff-side trail on top of “old Smokey”, or watched from your campsite in Meat Cove as whales perform an impromptu water show, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to come. Almost everyone who has seen the Cabot Trail longs to come back. That’s a fact. Your trip around the Cabot Trail will be memorable. That’s a promise. The Cabot Trail is a loop which can be travelled in either direction. If you go clockwise you can stop at the Cheticamp Visitor Center and see the slide show. Many years ago, before the Trail was paved, there was an unwritten rule that you must always drive The Trail from Cheticamp to Ingonish. This would put your car on the inside of the road, away from the cliffs on the ocean side. Not so today. The choice is yours. But for the sake of tradition, we’ll take the old way.

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This Cabot Trail journey begins at Baddeck, a full-service community situated on the Bras d’Or Lakes and one of the country’s most popular resort communities. The most notable resident of Baddeck was inventor Alexander Graham Bell, whose splendid estate “Beinn Bhreagh” can be seen from the Village. At The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Bell’s life and his work come alive with exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Sailing regattas, a summer-long festival of the arts, superb shopping and dining opportunities all make Baddeck a great place to stop off for an extended visit. Beaches: - Kidston Island Beach, a short boat ride from the government wharf Picnic Sites: - Baddeck waterfront; picnic tables along waterfront - Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site; picnic sites, washrooms Attractions: - Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site: here you can explore the amazing world of inventor A. G. Bell; find out how he bridged the world between sound and silence; participate in experiments, kite-making and kiteflying programs and take in a presentation in the Mr. Bell Theatre; view films, artifacts and photographs to see how ideas led Bell to create man-carrying kites, airplanes, and a record-setting hydrofoil boat; and, of course, the telephone; enjoy the site’s picnic area and super view of the Bras d’Or Lakes From Baddeck, take the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 105) a few kilometres west to Nyanza, and Exit 7. This will take you over Hunter’s Mountain, through Middle River, Lake O’Law and into the Margarees.

These are three of the many Margarees which take their name from the renowned Margaree River, famous for its superb salmon fishing and popular among canoeists and lovers of nature. The Margaree, which has been designated a “Canadian Heritage River”, is one of Eastern Canada’s best-known rivers. A canoe trip down the River, from Lake Ainslie to Margaree Harbour, is an experience of a lifetime. (Inquire locally about water levels and gaspereaux nets in the spring.) Northeast Margaree is located right on The Cabot Trail. Take the Egypt Road to get to Margaree Valley and watch for the sign to turn off to Margaree Centre. Both communities are just short drives from The Trail.

Margaree Forks, East Margaree, Margaree Harbour Follow The Cabot Trail to Margaree Forks, where the Southwest and the Northeast Margaree Rivers meet. Here you will find a Visitor Information Centre, Coady- Tompkins Library, and convenience store. There’s a turnoff here onto the Ceilidh Trail (Route 19) which takes you west through Southwest Margaree and eventually to Inverness and beyond. The Cabot Trail, however, continues through Margaree Forks, all along the River to Margaree Harbour. The weight of the world will begin to lift off your shoulders as you drive along this utterly tranquil stretch of Cape Breton landscape. At this point, the river takes its last leisurely run to the sea, cows graze along its banks and the occasional canoe glides gently down stream. Across the River (watch for the bridge) is East Margaree, or as they call it locally, “The French Side”. Eventually you’ll come to the mouth of the River and Margaree Harbour. To get to the community of Margaree Harbour, where there is a general store and a

Top Things to Do Cape Breton Highlands National Park 902.285.2691 The CBHNP encompasses 950 sq km (366 sq mi), with a highland plateau, windswept barrens, deep walled canyons, picturesque waterfalls, sandy beaches, and spectacular seaside cliffs. Hiking for all levels, with 26 different trails, 6 campgrounds. For those that love nature by day but want a bit of class for your evening, check out the Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa, Ingonish Beach. www. Glass Blowing, Glass Artisans is offering one hour classes if you are interested and are 18 yrs and over and want to try your hand at glass blowing.  June – October for $100 you get the instruction with supplies included.  The next day you are able to take home your work of art.  It is best to book ahead and wear natural fiber clothing and shoes.  Signing a liability waiver is required.  Located south of Ingonish where over 13 artisans have studios.  888-262-6435 Whales Watching A visit to Cape Breton would not be complete without a trip to see whales and experience the coastline of Cape Breton by sea. There are as many as 15 species that feed off the water of Nova Scotia. Pods of Atlantic pilot whales feed off the shores of Cape Breton, fin and humpback, minkies and right whales travel the coast as well. The Pilot whales love to get up close. There are many tour operators around the Cabot Trail, in Cheticamp, Pleasant Bay, and the Ingonish Area. Cheticamp This beautiful little French Acadian Village on the Cabot Trail offers you a little bit of everything. Flora’s is a must stop for the famous hooked rugs and other fine gifts and souvenirs. Flora Boudreau opened it in the early 1950’s as a general store and she would sell her hooked rugs and those of her neighbours. Today her daughter Marie operates this amazing awardwinning shop, with rug hooking demonstrations daily, a visit to this shop is an experience in itself.


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beautiful beach, turn left just before the long new bridge that crosses the River. To continue your journey along the Cabot Trail, cross the bridge to Belle Côte. Beaches: - Margaree Harbour Beach, a short drive off the Cabot Trail, on Route 219 also Whale Cove Beach and Chimney Corner Beach - Belle Côte Beach, take the Belle Cote Beach Road - numerous fresh water beaches along river, check at VIC Picnic Sites: - Lake O’Law Provincial Park, picnic tables, swimming - Southwest Margaree Provincial Park, next to a small brook, 2 km. south of junction of Routes 19 and 395 Attractions: - Margaree Salmon Museum & Gift Shop, North East Margaree - Margaree Fish Hatchery and Interpretation Centre, Margaree Valley

- River Valley Equestrian Centre, Margaree Centre From Belle Côte, The Cabot Trail begins its climb towards Cheticamp and the National Park. This coastal drive along the Gulf of St. Lawrence is a worthy prerequisite for what is to come on the more dramatic segments of The Trail, further north. Through the villages of Cap le Moine, St. Joseph du Moine, and Grand Etang, the road twists its way to Cheticamp, the largest centre of Acadian life on the Island.

Cheticamp, Petit Etang You’ll notice the difference right away. The Acadian villages of this area have a personality all their own. It may be the architecture, it may be the way they are perched on the edge of the ocean. It may be the people, or the language, or the mountains. It may be because the people of this area are direct descendants of the original Acadians expelled by the British from Nova Scotia in the seventeen hundreds. Or it may be all of those things.

Whatever it is, you’ll wish you could stay forever. You’ll notice, too, the music of Cheticamp, in particular the fiddling. A unique blend of French and Scottish styles, the fiddle music of this area is like no other and has a long and fascinating tradition. To add to the charm, the food of this area is distinctly Acadian and you’ll have the opportunity to feast on dishes like fricot, meat pie and chiard. As you drive north through the village, you’ll see Les Trois Pignons (The Three Gables). This is the centre of activity for the community’s historical and genealogical pursuits, and a great source of information for the visitor. The Dr. Elizabeth LeFort Gallery displays a remarkable collection of the famous “Cheticamp hooking” in the form of rugs and tapestries. The rug hooking done in Cheticamp is as old as the community itself and is still produced totally by hand, including the dying of the wool; coasters, table and floor mats, and tapestries of all sizes can be found in just about every shop in Cheticamp. Just north of Cheticamp is Petit Etang where you’ll enter the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. An entrance fee is required for use of Park facilities including sightseeing. Beaches: - Cheticamp Island Beach, sandy, protected beach area; camping, canteen, washrooms Picnic Sites: - Grand Falaise Picnic Park (CBHNP), 3 km (1.8 mi) north of Park entrance - La Bloque Picnic Site (CBHNP), 9 km (5.5 mi) north of Park entrance Attractions: - Scarecrow Theatre, Cap le Moine - L’Église St. Pierre, beautiful historic church built in 1893 from stone taken from Cheticamp Island and hauled by horse and sleigh over the ice - Les Trois Pignons: Acadian cultural and

genealogical centre; museum - Dr. Elizabeth LeFort Gallery: world-famous hand hooked tapestries and rugs - famous “Cheticamp hooking”, available in many craft shops - Mi-Careme Centre, Grand Etang

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Pleasant Bay, Cape North, Bay St. Lawrence, Meat Cove, Dingwall The Cape Breton Highlands National Park is 950 sq km (366 sq mi) of sheer wilderness beauty. Once you enter the Park at Petit Etang, stop at the Visitor Centre where you can watch a 10 minute slide show, browse through exhibits or one of Atlantic Canada’s Largest Nature Bookstores. An entrance fee is required for use of all facilities, including Cabot Trail sightseeing within the Park. Discounts for seniors, students and groups. Begin your climb toward the sky, following the contours of the ocean up and over French Mountain, 1,500 feet to the top. Don’t be in a hurry. Stop off at some of the lookoffs, stand for a while on top of the mountain and let the cliffs, the sea air and the wilderness welcome you. This is what you came for. Why not park the car, grab your binoculars, and take one of the many hikes the Park has to offer. As you enjoy the trails in the Park (or use any facility) keep in mind that it is a “protected area” where special rules apply. Please don’t feed the animals, collect rocks, driftwood, fossils or plants. Leave the Park unimpaired for future generations! MacKenzie Mountain is next, a truly unique experience that takes you inland over a wilderness plateau, through awesome canyons, and eventually back out to the sea and the community of Pleasant Bay. Here you can stop off for lunch or overnight. Spend time at the Whale Interpretive Centre and learn about the whales that inhabit the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Top off your whale experience with a whale-watching cruise, where visitors are guaranteed whale sightings. Walking



the beach, hiking, meeting the local fishermen at the dock or watching a sunset are just some of the treasures you’ll find in Pleasant Bay. Deep gorges, wilderness river valleys, and another mountain await you as you cross the northern perimeter of the Trail on your way to the Top of The Island and nestled between the National Park boundaries you will find Cape Breton’s most northern communities. At Cape North you can take a scenic tour to Bay St. Lawrence, just 16 km (10 mi) from Cape North. This drive along Aspy Bay is well worth the effort. Have you ever stood on a cliff and watched whales just offshore putting on a show just for you? At Meat Cove, if you take the time, you will. From Cape North you can also take a short detour to the community of Dingwall, where you can spend a glorious day on the beach, watch the fishing boats coming and going, feast on lobster, or spend a night or two camping, at a cozy bed and breakfast or an oceanside resort. Beaches: - Pleasant Bay either at the Harbour or on the Red River Road just at the end of the pavement. - Cabot Landing Provincial Park, on the road to Bay St. Lawrence - Dingwall Beach, take the Mountain View Rd. Picnic Sites: - Pleasant Bay Harbour; tables and toilet facilities; playground - MacIntosh Brook Park (CBHNP), 2 km east of Pleasant Bay, on Trail; large shelter with wood stove; washrooms; camping - good for large groups - Big Intervale Campground (CBHNP), on Cabot Trail as you come down off North Mountain - Cabot’s Landing Provincial Park, on road to Bay St. Lawrence; this is where John Cabot is believed to have landed in 1497 and claimed the land for the King of England; beach, toilet facilities. - Lone Shieling (CBHNP), just south

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South Harbour, Smelt Brook, White Point, Neil’s Harbour, the Ingonishes Just south of Cape North, past the Dingwall turnoff, the Cabot Trail leads you to South Harbour. You can keep on The Trail or venture off the beaten path a bit and take the Alternate Scenic Route through Smelt Brook, White Point and Neil’s Harbour, where you’ll no doubt get the urge to park the car and walk along a beach, or just sit by the ocean and allow yourself a few minutes to indulge in the sensations that surround you. Eventually you will come to The Ingonishes, one of the Island’s busiest and most “accommodating” areas. You’ll find everything here from superb accommodations and restaurants, to art galleries and crafts shops, to gas stations and grocery stores. And, of course, the Highland Links Golf Course. Hike up a mountain. Watch for whales. Camp in the woods. Golf by the sea. And if you’re a beach lover, plan to stay forever. At Ingonish Beach you will leave behind the National Park, but in name only. The experience continues on. And the memories will last a lifetime. One more mountain to climb before your Cabot Trail journey is through—not the highest, but the steepest. The top of “old” Smokey was given the name Cap Fumée by French explorer Jacques Cartier in the 1500’s because it is often capped in white mist. Try a hike along the 1,200 foot cliffs. It’s okay, it’s a groomed trail and very safe. Beaches: - Black Brook Beach (CBHNP), 8 km (4.8 mi) south of Neil’s Harbour

- Black Brook Picnic Site (CBHNP), about a kilometre south of Black Brook Beach - Warren Lake picnic area (CBHNP), North Ingonish - North Bay Beach (CBHNP), Ingonish, day use area, long ocean beach - Ingonish Beach (CBHNP); Ingonish, day use area, salt and fresh water swimming, tennis courts, washrooms Picnic Sites: - Neil Brook Picnic Site (CBHNP), just south of Neil’s Harbour, on The Trail - Black Brook Beach Park (CBHNP), about 8 km 94.8 mi) south of Neil’s Harbour; washrooms, swimming. - Clyburn Brook Picnic Park (CBHNP), Ingonish Beach; tables, shelters, toilets, wood stoves - Cape Smokey Picnic Park, on Smokey Mountain, south of Ingonish Attractions: - Mary Ann Falls (CBHNP), North Ingonish; beautiful waterfall, picnic area; walk along falls - Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Information Centre: this is the exit (or entrance if you’re coming the other way) to the Park - Cabot Archives, Cabot High School, Neil’s Harbour

Wreck Cove, North Shore, Indian Brook, St. Ann’s Bay, Englishtown, South Haven Back at sea level, the communities along the “North Shore” offer a fitting end to your Cabot Trail adventure. The St. Ann’s Bay area is home to direct descendents of the Gaelic pioneers with some residents still speaking the Gaelic language. In the hall at Breton Cove you will find the Gaelic Singers Association, a new organization carrying on an old tradition. Also along the North Shore and St. Ann’s Bay you will find the finest collection of 14 -top quality artisans studios/shops. Pottery, glass, leather, carving, clothing, baskets and ironwork. The aritsans are often in their studios and willing to share their enthusiasm. At Indian Brook, just after you cross the

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Barachois Bridge you will come to a junction. A right turn will keep you on the Cabot Trail through Tarbot, North River and Goose Cove. Several more artisans have studios/shops in this area as well. As you near the end of this portion of St. Ann’s, don’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Gaelic College of Arts and Crafts, the only institution of its kind in North America. The Hall of the Clans gives you a look at the history and the gift shop, the chance to purchase all things Gaelic. Back at Indian Brook, you may choose to continue straight ahead along route 312. This will take you to the Englishtown Ferry (no reservations required) and a short trip on this quaint transportation device will take you over to Englishtown, one of the oldest settlements in North America, having been established as a French fishing port back in 1597. Later, in 1629, the first French fortification in the New World was built here, visited and provisioned by Champlain himself. Fort St. Ann was the site of the first Jesuit

mission in North America and the first posting of St. Anthony Daniel, a Canadian Martyr. Don’t miss the Giant MacAskill Museum, where you will find out all about Angus MacAskill, Englishtown’s renowned resident who stood 7’9” tall. Whichever route you choose, you will eventually find yourself back on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 105) at the end, alas, of the Cabot Trail. Beaches: - roadside beaches along the causeway to Englishtown ferry - river swimming on North River Picnic Sites: - Plaster Provincial Picnic Park, North Shore - North River Picnic Park; take the Oregon Road at North River Bridge; tables, toilet facilities; salmon and trout pools; hiking trail with waterfall - St. Ann’s Provincial Picnic Park, about a kilometre north of the Gaelic College

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Paddlefest, St. Peter’s Canal

Fleur-de-Lis Trail Surf, seabirds and soldiers It begins at the Canso Causeway. From Port Hastings you will keep to your right onto Route 104. This takes you to Port Hawkesbury, one of the Island’s biggest and busiest centres, where, among other things, a new waterfront development will keep you entertained with shops, ceilidhs and lots of other activities. From Port Hawkesbury the Fleur-de-lis takes you around the beautiful and historic Isle Madame, through River Bourgeois and St. Peter’s, home of St. Peter’s Canal, Nova Scotia’s only functioning tidal lock system, then along the south coast through L’Ardoise, Grand River, Fourchu and Gabarus, then inland to Marion Bridge and back out to the coast to Lousibourg. The Fleur de lis Trail is an experience waiting to happen.


The beaches of The Fleur de lis Trail are a hard act to follow. But then again, so are the hiking trails, the canoeing and fishing spots, the villages and towns. And then, just when you think it’s over, you come to Louisbourg and the great Fortress. Another world. Another century. A guard in a strange uniform stops you at the gate. “State your name and the reason for your visit,” he orders. Then he lets you step through the gate, and back in time to 1745. Soldiers are strolling back and forth on the ramparts, their faces searching the sea. Women in bonnets and voluminous dresses glide along the cobblestone streets. Tradespeople, servants and officials go about their business—baking bread, tending the garden, running the affairs of the town. And you, like a ghost from another time, watch and listen. In a doorway, a young soldier sits in the sunshine and plays the flute. The smell of freshly baked bread drifts out into the street.

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Point Michaud Beach. You park your car and look around, astonished. You see the endless ivory sand, the long rolling surf, seabirds, shorebirds, sunshine and blue sky. Except for a walker, far out on the point, and a family having the time of their life in the water, you’re the only one there. The day belongs to you. Belfry Beach. The tide is high and the channel that runs from Belfry Lake to the ocean is perfect for the children to enjoy. The sea glistens in the afternoon sun. Sandwiches and tea never tasted so good. The gulls, noisy and curious, eventually go about their business. After lunch you set out on a walk along the grassy slope that follows the ocean. Someone said you can walk all the way to Gabarus. It’s true. But you don’t. You walk for a while then go back to the beach, stretch out and soak up the sea air and the afternoon sun.


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The Strait of Canso, Port Hastings, Port Hawkesbury The island of Cape Breton is separated from mainland Nova Scotia by the Strait of Canso. On August 13, 1955, the Canso Causeway was officially opened, that mile of asphalt and rock that connects us to the rest of Canada. It is, and probably always will be, the one and only “road to the Isle”. The Strait area has lots to offer the traveller by way of services, accommodations, entertainment and shops, much of which you will find in Port Hastings itself, along Route 104 to Port Hawkesbury, and the Town of Port Hawkesbury. Picnic tables and benches in the villages of Port Hastings and Port Hawkesbury invite you to sit, relax and watch the ships passing through the Strait. Plan to stay around for a while so you won’t miss anything. Stop off at the Port Hastings Museum, visit the Creamery or take in an outdoor ceilidh. Picnic Sites: - Picnic tables in Port Hawkesbury and Port Hastings overlooking Strait. Attractions: - Port Hastings Museum and Archives, 367 Church St; genealogy records, artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia relating to the industries and lifestyle of the Strait area - Granville Green, on the waterfront, Port Hawkesbury; lighted boardwalk with benches and interpretive plaques; marina with berthing and mooring space; internet access; Artscape, pirate ship playground, - tennis courts, recreation area

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Back in the days when Cape Breton was still called Isle Royale, Isle Madame was given its name in honour of Madame de Maintenon, the second wife of Louis XIV

of France. Isle Madame’s roots go back to the 1500’s when Basque and French fishermen used its protected harbours as temporary fishing ports. Today Isle Madame still maintains that distinct European atmosphere, reminiscent of its colourful past. The Acadians are still there, more determined than ever to hold onto their culture, their history, and their way of life. Up to the 1800’s the village of Arichat was once a busy shipping and shipbuilding port, as well as an educational and religious centre. Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral, is a Provincial Heritage Property. The two other centres on Isle Madame, Petit-de-Grat and D’Escousse, as well as the many other small communities on the island, will intrigue you with tales of early settlers like Gabriel Samson who, in 1715 journeyed from Louisbourg to become Petit-de-Grat’s first inhabitant. You’ll hear, too, of shipbuilders and sea captains who sailed the world over. As for scenery, make sure you have a good supply of film, because around every turn, along every cove, and in every small fishing village you’ll discover a hundred great photographs waiting to be taken. To get to Isle Madame from Hwy 104, take Exit 46 to Louisdale then cross the Lennox Passage Bridge onto the island. Beaches: - Pondville Beach; located on Rte 320 just north of Arichat; picnic tables, toilet facilities, hiking trail - Martinique beach at Lennox Passage Provincial Park, on Rte 320 Picnic Sites: - Pondville Beach Provincial Park; a one kilometre walk along the sand dunes and along a large lagoon and salt marsh; lots of shore and marsh birds and plants - Lennox Passage Provincial Park, Martinique on Rte 320; saltwater beach, picnic park, boat launch and trails; also an operating lighthouse

Top Things to Do St. Peter’s Canal A National Historic site which joins the Atlantic Ocean to the sparkling Bras d’Or Lake, winds its way through Battery Provincial Park, creating a popular spot for fishing, picnicking, swimming and site seeing. The Nicolas Denys Museum, adjacent to the canal, tells the story of this famous explorer and fur trader. St. Peter’s, the birth place of world famous marine photographer, Wallace R. MacAskill is a must see. MacAskill’s 115 year old home displays over 100 hand tinted photographs and artifacts dating back to the early days of photography.  MacAskill’s famous Bluenose photo is still reproduced on the Canadian dime. The Beggar’s Banquet Dine 18th century style in Louisbourg on a feast of lobster, snow crab, halibut or roasted half- chicken while being entertained with storytelling, dance and traditional French and English Ballads. Reproduction period costumes are available so that you can immerse yourself in the French colonial settlement’s society and culture. Point Michaud Surf Classic & Surf Expo Point Michaud Beach August 25-26, 2012 Celebrate surfing and Cape Breton surf culture at the 8th Annual Point Michaud Surf Classic! Events this year include a pre-registration party. Take part in the Surf Competition or just come to enjoy the beach, surfing scene, and great music. A place worth visiting anytime. Daysailing Adventure - Cape Breton Sailing Charters Join the captain and a group of up to 6 guests for a day-long sailing experience on the world famous Bras d’Or Lakes. Seek out a quiet cove to anchor for a swim and lunch. You can be as involved as you want in operating the boat, or just sit back and enjoy the scenery. Captain Greg is always happy to show novices the ropes, and experienced sailors will enjoy handling her ‘wishbone catboat’ rig and easy helm.


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- Boat Launches: Grandique Ferry Road, Louisdale; Lennox Passage, Martinique; Dundee Attractions: - Le Noir Forge, Lower Road, Arichat; 18th century blacksmith’s shop; historical records and displays about history of the area - Centre LaPicasse, Petit-de-Grat; Acadian cultural and community centre; historical and genealogy records; visitor information - Our Lady of the Rosary Park, a park to facilitate the recitation of the rosary

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Travel back to Hwy 104 and Exit 47 to beautiful picturesque River Bourgeois. There always seems to be an air of excitement about the village of St. Peter’s, especially in the summer. The shops on

the main street, the marina, the Canal all do their part to keep this small village bustling. There are restaurants, shops and other services. If it’s history you want, St. Peter’s can keep you intrigued for days with stories of Nicolas Denys, Cape Breton’s first entrepreneur and one of the island’s first permanent settlers. In 1650 he established a trading post overlooking what is now St. Peter’s Canal from which he traded fish, furs, timber and whatever else he could find in abundance in the area. You can visit a replica of his trading post and get to know this very ambitious, adventurous and colourful pioneer. At St. Peter’s Canal, which is the only functioning tidal lock system in Nova Scotia, you can watch water craft coming and going through the locks or do some recreational fishing from the Canal wall. Just east of St. Peter’s you will turn onto Rte 247 which will take you along yet another coastline through the Acadian village of L’Ardoise then on to Grand River,

and the south coast communities of Framboise, Fourchu and Gabarus. Most of this road is lightly travelled and sparsely populated. If you have a penchant for salmon or trout fishing, canoeing or kayaking, hiking or exploring, you’d better make plans to stay around this area for a while. Beaches: - Grand Greve Beach, about 2 km from the turnoff to 247; a glorious sandy beach with many small inlets and a salt marsh; wildlife and plants galore - beaches along River Tillard Trail - small beach at Battery Provincial Park - Point Michaud Beach, about 8 km (4.8 mi) south of L’Ardoise on Rte 247; glorious sand dunes, picnic tables, toilets, changing rooms - Belfry Beach, about 7 km (4 mi) northeast of Fourchu; watch for sign; beautiful beach, walking path along coast, channel that’s good for children during high tide Picnic Sites: - Battery Provincial Park, on east side of Canal, St. Peter’s; picnic area, toilet facilities; camping, beach, trail and historical interpretive displays - Point Michaud Provincial Picnic Park about 8 km (4.8 mi) south of L’Ardoise on Rte 247; picnic tables, toilets, swimming, beachcombing, beautiful beach hike Attractions: - Wallace MacAskill Museum and Gift Shop, St. Peter’s; restored residence of photographer Wallace MacAskill; large display of his world famous hand-tinted photographs; his famous “Bluenose” photo is still being reproduced on the Canadian dime - St. Peter’s Canal, tidal lock system; interpretive exhibit; picnic facilities; mooring for boats; washrooms; before the canal was dug, this was a narrow isthmus that separated the Bras d’Or Lakes from the Atlantic Ocean neces-


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sitating the “hauling” of ships across Nicolas Denys Museum, St. Peter’s above the Canal; “trading post” with artifacts from the early Mi’kmaw inhabitants; records, artifacts relating to St. Peter’s first citizen Nicolas Denys Grand River Falls fish ladder working weaving studio pioneer cemetery, Framboise

Mira, Louisbourg From Fourchu, follow Route 327 for about 20 km (12 mi) north until you come to Marion Bridge, and your first encounter with the Mira. To get to Louisbourg from here, you first must travel along the River (on either side) to Albert Bridge. Either Trout Brook Road or Hillside Road will get you to Route 22 (The Lousibourg Highway, as we call it locally) and Albert Bridge. Before you leave Marion Bridge, though, you should consider a little visit with Kayla, Gunther, Francine, Gertie and baby Lloydie and all their friends and family at the Two Rivers Wildlife Park on the Sandfield Road. They love company. There is much to be said about Louisbourg and the great Fortress. The history is far too intriguing to reduce to a few sentences and nothing can come close to recreating those turbulent early days like the real thing....well, it feels like the real thing. A day at Fortress Louisbourg is truly a journey in time. The sights, sounds and smells of 18th century Louisbourg will take you back. Beaches: - Mira River Provincial Picnic Park; river swimming on Mira - Mira Gut Beach, where the Mira River empties into the ocean; take Brickyard Road at Albert Bridge and drive to the end; sandy beach, boardwalk, change houses - Kennington Cove Beach, about 20 km (12 mi) from Louisbourg; gorgeous sandy beach, long rolling surf, lots of history linked to the Fortress of Louisbourg; picnic tables


Picnic Sites: guided tours; working bakery; picnic facilities; gift shop; children’s interpre- Mira River Provincial Picnic Park, tive centre; hiking trails, and much Brickyard Road off Hwy 22 (Louisbourg more; reconstruction is modeled after Hwy); picnic facilities, washrooms, river the Louisbourg of the year 1744, set swimming, fire grills, camping, boat against a backdrop of Cape Breton’s launch rugged and beautiful south coast - Two Rivers Wildlife Park, Sandfield Sydney and Louisbourg (S & L) Railway - Road, Marion Bridge; picnic sites; swimMuseum, Louisbourg; brings you back ming & other activities to the time when trains from Sydney to - Marconi Picnic area, Kennelly’s Picnic Louisbourg were as common as gulls area, Louisbourg on the wharf; original building dating Attractions: back to 1895, rolling stock, freight shed; artifacts and information - Two Rivers Wild life Park, Sandfield Road, Marion Bridge; 500 acres of - Louisbourg Playhouse, located in the woodland habitat; home of 30 species centre of the town, this unique facility of animals and birds; hiking trails; was built a few years ago as a 17th picnic site; swimming; hay rides century “bear pit” for the filming of the Walt Disney movie “Squanto: A War- Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic rior’s Tale”; modern conveniences have Site; largest historical reconstruction in been added, but it still maintains the North America; Fortress with Govrustic, hand-hewn look; the Playhouse ernor’s quarters and chapel, homes, features a variety of entertainment shops, restaurants, tavern, gardens; costumed animators and soldiers,

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Ceilidh Trail Fiddles, festivals and fabulous beaches The Ceilidh Trail stretches from the Canso Causeway around the western shore of the Island through Creignish, Judique, Port Hood, Mabou and Inverness to the Margarees. Along that particular stretch of splendid Cape Breton coastline, you will find more fiddlers, dancers, piano players and other musicians per square mile than any other part of the Island (quite possibly the world). With all those musicians, there is usually not a day that goes by during the summer that a ceilidh or concert or dance isn’t happening. Is it any wonder they call it the Ceilidh Trail?


It’s a warm summer evening. You and your family have spent a relaxing day enjoying the scenery, swimming at the beach, or walking on a woods trail. Or perhaps you’ve been busy and have taken in a little shopping, some harness racing, or the local museums and galleries. A gentle breeze is blowing inshore off the Gulf of St. Lawrence. You and your family are seated on a grassy slope overlooking a wooden platform that’s being used as a stage. This is the land of community festivals where there is always a sharing and celebration of community life. The tunes you hear so rich and clear you’re sure the whales out in the Gulf can hear. And the local square dance still awaits you this evening. These are the reasons you will enjoy the Ceilidh Trail. The music. The history. The shops. And above all the hospitality. Enjoy the visit!

Port Hastings, Creignish, the Judiques and Port Hood Your trip on the Ceilidh Trail will begin at the Canso Causeway—“the road to the isle”. This stretch of road between the Canso Causeway and Mabou is often referred to as the ‘Mini Cabot Trail” and when you drive it you’ll see why. Take some time to stop off and enjoy. The Gulf water is warm, the beaches are sandy, the air is fresh, and the welcome is pure Cape Breton. Have you ever stood on a wharf at sundown and witnessed a 900-pound tuna being taken ashore? If your timing is good and you’re in luck, you can watch just that at Murphy’s Pond in Port Hood. Beaches: - Harbourview Public Beach, just south of Port Hood: sandy beach, warm water

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- Port Hood beach, turn left off the Ceilidh Trail into Port Hood village and turn left at the County Court House. - Port Hood Island beaches; take a boat tour to the island, superb sandy beaches on east and west side of island; warm water; no facilities except a small canteen Sites: - Long Point Provincial Park, about 20 km (12 mi) north of Canso Causeway, a quiet inland picnic site - Judique Community Centre – 2 covered picnic tables next to an offshoot trail leading to a coastal walk along the Trans Canada Trail - Judique, Senior’s Gazebo overlooking the Tartan Gardens - Michael’s Landing, Hwy 19, Judique North - Port Hood Station Provincial Park-the Boardwalk, just south of the village of Port Hood; picnic facilities, adjacent to Harbourview Beach Attractions: - Visit the Port Hastings Museum and Archives in it’s new location at the entrance to Cape Breton Island overlooking the panoramic view of the Strait of Canso. The deep waters of the Strait have played a defining role in the lives of the residents of this part of Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia since the beginning. Hundreds of photographs, archival and genealogical records and other artifacts relating to the construction and impact of the Canso Causeway, the industries and lifestyle of the area which was settled in 1788 tell our story. The Quilt and Craft Shop, located in the same building, provides an opportunity to enjoy handmade items by Cape Breton artisans: weaving, knitting, jewelry, quilted items and demos. Bus tours welcome. Visit the Ice Cream Parlour and enjoy the picnic area. “Make us your first and last stop on Cape Breton Island”. 36

- Chestico Museum and Gift Shop, at Harbourview, just south of Port Hood: old schoolhouse with artifacts and genealogical records; public washrooms - working jewelry studio, Port Hood - Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Judique - Judique Tartan Gardens, across from Judique Com. Ctr. - Trans-Canada Trail, runs from Port Hastings to Inverness on old rail line

Mabou, Inverness, Lake Ainslie, Dunvegan, the Margarees Mabou, Inverness, Margaree Harbour— three communities along the Ceilidh Trail where you will no doubt want to linger, for many reasons. If you’re a beach-goer, though, you’ll need no other reason. In each of these three locales you will encounter a glorious beach on the Gulf of St. Lawrence that will lure you in for a swim, or entice you to take a stroll along its shores. Get carried away. Spend the afternoon. Everything else will wait. Once you get back on the road again, you may want to take a little detour to Lake Ainslie from The Ceilidh Trail. At Strathlorne, between Mabou and Inverness, take the turnoff to Kenloch and make your way down and around the Lake. You will notice the change of terrain here from the coastal areas as Lake Ainslie, the headwaters for the Margaree River, is surrounded by fertile farmland and pastoral lakeside homesteads. Freshwater swimming, trout fishing and boating are all Lake Ainslie offerings to the traveller. Back on The Ceilidh Trail you will visit Inverness, which offers a great variety of attractions. Then on to Dunvegan via the beautiful coastal Broad Cove Chapel Road. Here you have another choice to make. You can either keep driving along the shore (Route 219) to Margaree Harbour, or veer inland a bit (keeping on Route 19) to Margaree Forks. Both options will take you to the end of the Ceilidh Trail and onto the Cabot Trail.

Top Things to Do Cabot Links 902.258.4653 Set in the picturesque town of Inverness, Cabot Links is proud to call the West Coast of Cape Breton Island home. With sprawling hills surrounded by a magnificent valley, leading out to the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, visitors will truly enjoy the region’s splendor. A community rich in history and culture, Inverness is a one-of-a-kind place full of hometown pride. Cape Breton Celtic Music Interpretive Centre 5471 Highway 19, Judique 902.787.2708 Dedicated to the Cape Breton Style, a distinct class of fiddle and piano music influenced by bagpipes and the Gaelic language. Archives of vintage recordings, interviews and stories, Sunday Ceilidhs (a musical gathering) live music demos with explanations of the history. If you love the music of Cape Breton and want to experience it’s true essence this is the stop you don’t want to miss. Glenora Inn & Distillery 13727 Highway 19, Glenville 800.839.0491 Settled in the peaceful hills of Inverness, Glenora Distillery is North America’s only distiller of single malt whiskey. Tour the distillery, enjoy the vistas, sample the hospitality with traditional music and food. Accommodations are available. Celtic Colours International Festival October 5 - 13, 2012 Toll free: 1 877 285-2321 On an island known for its traditional music and culture, Celtic Colours has grown to become one of Canada’s premiere events, collecting regional music awards and national and international tourism awards. For nine days in October, at the height of the island’s spectacular fall colours, dozens of concerts all over the island, an extensive line-up of community events, and a nightly Festival Club make Cape Breton sing.  In 2011 Celtic Colours won the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s Cultural Tourism Award and joined the Canadian Tourism Commission’s Signature Experiences Collection™.


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Beaches: - West Mabou Beach - Inverness Beach, in the village of Inverness; beautiful sprawling sandy beach; boardwalk along beach; watch for sign in village - Chimney Corner Beach, - Whale Cove Beach - Margaree Harbour Beach, Route 219; another great sandy beach with picnic tables Picnic Sites: - Mabou Provincial Park, 1.5 km (.9 mi) north of Mabou; hillside park with great view of Mabou Valley - Trout Brook Provincial Park, east side of Lake Ainslie; boat launch, sandy freshwater beach Attractions: - Inverness County Centre for the Arts, exhibitons of world class work, gallery gift shop, cultural workshops, concerts - Glenora Distillery, Glenville, between Mabou and Inverness; North America’s only producer of single malt whisky - pioneer cemetery, West Mabou/




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Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive Sailboats, soaring eagles and Scottish Pioneers On a hill in Iona, overlooking the Barra Strait, there’s a 43-acre “housing development” that is like no other housing development you’ve ever seen. In fact, it has North America’s only Hebridean Black House, Alex Matheson’s Blacksmith’s Shop and its own Carding Mill. It is the Highland Village, an outdoor museum of authentic pioneer homes and places of work, that chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the Scottish Gaelic settlers from their first days in Cape Breton almost 200 years ago. Looking out over the Bras d’Or Lakes from that vantage point is for visitors, as it must have been for those courageous pioneers, an awesome experience. The Barra Strait, so called in honour of some of those pioneers who settled in the Iona area from the Scottish Isle of Barra, separates the upper and lower portions of Cape Breton’s “inland sea”, the Bras d’Or Lakes.


If you were to take a boat ride from Iona, south to St. Peter’s, you would pass by the Mi’kmaw communities of Eskasoni and Chapel Island on the shores of the Lakes. From that angle you might be able to understand how the Mi’kmaw people felt about The Bras d’Or thousands of years ago when they first began to camp on its shores. The Bras d’Or Lakes, a salt-water lake system that covers over 1,165 square kilometres (450 square miles) of territory right in the middle of Cape Breton, is, by its very nature, like having a giant nature reserve outside your door. The Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive, as the name implies, takes the traveller around much of its shoreline, by way of many of the island’s lesser-travelled scenic roads. A drive around the Bras d’Or Lakes will take you through Whycocomagh, on the Northern Loop, where both a Scottish

and a Mi’kmaw settlement exist side by side. On the south side of the Lakes, it will take you to the village of St. Peter’s where the historic St. Peter’s Canal connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Bras d’Or Lakes; and you’ll pass through the community of Big Pond where singer Rita MacNeil grew up. You will undoubtedly spot a bald eagle or two watching from the top of a spruce tree as you pass. And don’t resist the temptation to stop off along the road for a dip in the Lakes, a walk along the beach, or a game of golf at one of this area’s superb lakeside courses. The Northern Loop and The Southern Loop of the lake are both worthy of a leisurely drive around its shores.

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Waycobah, Whycocomagh and Picnic Sites: - Little Narrows, on Rte 223, a short drive Aberdeen The Bras d’Or is in full view as you approach the village of Waycobah, a Mi’kmaw First Nation Reserve at the very head of one of the Lakes’ largest inlets. Waycobah officially came into being in 1833 and shares this stretch of the Bras d’Or Lakes with its sister village Whycocomagh, settled in 1821 by Highland Scots. Stop off here for a while and take in all the sights and sounds, then take Exit 6 at Aberdeen toward Grand Narrows and Iona. Beaches: - beach at Whycocomagh Provincial Park, Trans Canada Highway, just east of village Picnic Sites: - Whycocomagh Provincial Park, Trans Canada Highway, Whycocomagh; picnic, swim and camp on shore of Bras d’Or; trail, picnic shelters; pit toilets


from ferry - MacCormack Provincial Park, Iona; located just off Rte 223, very short drive north of Iona; beach access; picnic tables; walk along beach to Iona wharf; view of gypsum cliffs - picnic site at Highland Village - picnic tables at Grand Narrows Marina Attractions: - Highland Village Museum

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If you look at the map of Cape Breton Island, you’ll see that this drive follows the shore of the Bras d’Or like a shadow, and takes you almost all of the way along St. Andrew’s Channel to George’s River and eventually to the community of Bras d’Or, and the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 105). You will enjoy the leisurely drive as the road is lightly-travelled, and more Little Narrows, Iona, Grand than once you will find yourself wanting Narrows to stop the car for a closer look at the “Fàilte gu cridhe gàidhealach Albainn ùir”, surroundings. a Gaelic welcome to the centre of the IsBeaches: land. Exit 6 off the Trans Canada Highway - roadside beach in Shunacadie, Rte 223 at Aberdeen is your gateway to this area. east of Iona A short ferry ride, a drive along the Lakes, a trip back in time to the days of the Scot- - roadside beach in Boisdale, Rte 223 east of Iona tish pioneers. Have a swim, enjoy a picnic Picnic Sites: on the beach, charter a boat, check out your “roots” at the Highland Village. Allow - Barrachois Provincial Park, Rte 223; situyourself to be captivated by the sights, ated on a knoll with a lovely view of the intrigued by the history, and charmed by Bras d’Or Lakes; short trail to a marshy the people of this special place. lagoon; picnic tables; toilet facilities Beaches: Bras d’Or, Boularderie Island, - Little Narrows Beach, just on the Iona Big Bras d’Or, Seal Island side of the ferry, along Rte 223; watch The Northern Loop of the Bras d’Or Lakes for sign; change rooms, picnic tables Scenic Drive is beginning to close, now - beach at MacCormack Provincial Park, that you’ve passed through George’s short drive off Rte 223 River and find yourself once again on the - Grand Narrows Beach, located at the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 105). This old ferry dock, on the east side of the time you’ve arrived at Bras d’Or—the Barra Strait Bridge community, that is—and to complete the loop you will head west on the Trans

Top Things to Do Highland Village 4119 Route 223 Iona, here you feel like you stepped into a 200 year old settlement. This is a 43 acre living history museum that celebrates the Scottish Roots of our settlers. They have an incredible gift shop with all things Scottish. There is a lot of see, and some uneven ground so wear a good walking shoe. Costumed interpreters add to the history and the charm. Baddeck The village of Baddeck is a boater paradise, you can explore this village by water with the Amoeba a sailing tour that leaves the government wharf on Water Street several times a day, or hook up with the Paddle Dog a fun few hours of Kayaking around Kidston Island. If you want to sit outside people watch and enjoy the best pasta and amazing pizza, check out the Yellow Cello, my favourite for breakfast. Golfing by the Lakes Constructed on three plateaus and overlooking the rolling hills and waters of the Bras d’Or Lakes, the Graham Cooke-designed course The Lakes, in Ben Eoin, this course opened in 2010. The relaxed atmosphere and challenging layout of Dundee Golf Club makes it the perfect place to find that downhome atmosphere that Cape Breton is famous for. When you’re finished on the course, you can enjoy a couple of pints with friends old and new at the on-site pub. In the vibrant community of Baddeck, known as the beginning and end of The Cabot Trail, you’ll find the award-winning, Audubon-certified Bell Bay Golf Club. Eskasoni Cultural Journeys Eskasoni First Nation invites you to experience authentic Mi’kmaq culture. Listen to stories and music, share a traditional feast, or join us for a tour of the Bras d’Or Lakes and learn by participating in traditional fishing practices of the Mi’kmaq. Join us today for an unforgettable cultural experience. for more information or to book a tour, visit


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Canada toward Baddeck and eventually back to Whycocomagh. Boularderie Island, a great idea for an afternoon side-trip. Turn down the Grove’s Point Road at Bras d’Or (watch for the ice cream caboose) and drive along the shore of Boularderie Island until you reach the Grove’s Point Picnic Park. Have a swim, maybe a picnic lunch if you brought one, relax for a while on the beach in the sun, or under a shady spruce. Then, relaxed and happy, you can continue your drive around Boularderie Island up along its northern shore until you come back to the Trans Canada Highway, this time at Seal Island. Another side-trip to consider. From Bras d’Or, stay on the Trans Canada Highway until you come to Exit 16 to Millville and Big Bras d’Or. It’s farming country along here, as the awesome fields and greenhouses will tell you. To get back onto the Trans Canada Highway, continue driving on the Big Bras d’Or road and you will come to Exit 14 which will take you back onto the Trans Canada at Seal Island. 44

Beaches: - sandy, Bras d’Or Lakes beach at Groves Point Provincial Park (below) - sandy, fresh-water beach at Dalem Lake Park (below) Picnic Sites: - Groves Point Provincial Park, turn off at Bras d’Or, drive 5 km; picnic tables in shade; sandy beach; warm water; pit toilets, change rooms - Dalem Lake Provincial Park, Boularderie East, 4 km (2.4 mi) off Trans Canada Highway at Exit 16; watch for sign; sandy beach; fresh-water swimming; 1.5 km (1 mi) hiking trail - Bras d’Or Provincial Park, off Trans Canada Highway at Big Bras d’Or; boat launch - Ross Ferry Provincial Park, turn off Trans Canada Highway at Seal Island; boat launch Attractions: - Point Aconi Coal-fired Generating Station, Point Aconi

South Haven, Big Harbour, Baddeck, Baddeck Forks, Nyanza, Wagmatcook First Nation, Bucklaw (back to Whycocomagh)


This description of the Southern Loop around the Bras d’Or Lakes begins at the Canso Causeway and travels down the Trans Canada Highway. Exit 4 at Iron Mines will take you to Orangedale, a It’s a warm sunny day. You’re driving small community on River Denys Basin. It leisurely along, over the Great Bras d’Or will take you around this lightly-travelled, Channel by way of the Seal Island Bridge, unspoiled shore of the Bras d’Or Lakes then up and over Kelly’s Mountain. to St. Peters. The Southern Loop continues from St. Peter’s along the southern At the St. Ann’s Lookoff, you decide to pull in for a closer look (actually an eagle’s shore of the Lakes through the Mi’kmaw community of Chapel Island, Soldiers eye view) of St. Ann’s Bay. You’re just in Cove, Hay Cove, then on to East Bay, to time to catch sight of a bright red and Eskasoni, another Mi’kmaw community yellow Cape Islander as it heads toward the Englishtown wharf with a day’s catch. and eventually to Grand Narrows, where You take a photograph, but you know it’s it connects with the Northern Loop. not just what you see, but what you hear Port Hastings, Orangedale, and feel, hear and smell, that will keep Marble Mountain, West Bay, this image in your memory for a long Dundee, St. Peter’s time to come. Before you get back into your car, you take one more deep breath Port Hastings is the first village you will of salt sea air. see once you cross the Canso Causeway This last stretch of Trans Canada Highway onto Cape Breton Island. Take the #4 completes the Northern Loop. You’ll have highway to Port Hawkesbury, one of the another opportunity to visit the Village of largest towns on Cape Breton Island. As Baddeck, where you’ll find lots to do and you leave the town, turn left at the lights and follow Route #4, until you come to see (more about Baddeck in the Cabot the Village of Cleveland ( Aprox 13 km); Trail section). Eventually you will find turn left and keep right, past the post yourself back in Whycocomagh where office for approx 13 km turn right onto you began your loop. Dundee Road keeping the Bras d”or Lake Beaches: on your left as you go through the com- Kidston Island Beach, Baddeck, a short munities of Dundee, St George’s Channel, boat ride from the government wharf The Points Roberta, Cape George, French Cove and Samsonville to St Peter’s. Picnic Sites: On this route you will find in Dundee - Baddeck waterfront; picnic tables a Driving Range, Beach, Marina, Resort along waterfront and Golf Course, St Georges Beach and - Alexander Graham Bell National Lighthouse, and the Samsonville CentenHistoric Site; Baddeck; picnic sites, nial park and Monument which affords washrooms a magnificent view of the entrance to Attractions: the Bras d’Or Lakes. In St Peter’s you will - Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts, continue back onto Route 4. The distance South Haven (St. Ann’s); for details see for the junction at Cleveland to St Peter’s Cabot Trail section is approximately 50 kms. - Alexander Graham Bell National If you are traveling from the eastern part Historic Site, Baddeck: here you can of Cape Breton, turn right on Pepperell explore the amazing world of inventor St. to the West Bay Highway by the Irving A. G. Bell Station in St. Peter’s. If you follow this


highway, keeping the Bras d’Or Lake always to your right, your will travel through the village of West Bay, on to Marble Mountain, with the beautiful views of the Bras d’Or Lake and its white sandy beaches, and to Orangedale, where you turn left and arrive at Iron Mines, the start of the Northern Loop. At Orangedale you will find the Orangedale Station Museum. Beaches: - Marble Mountain beach, with white marble “sand”; picnic tables - beach at Dundee - beaches along River Tillard Trail, St. Peter’s - small beach at Battery Provincial Park Picnic Sites: - Marble Mountain beach, picnic tables on shore of Lakes- Dundee Provincial Park; sandy beach and boat launch - Battery Provincial Park, on east side of Canal, St. Peter’s; picnic area, toilet facilities; camping, beach, trail and historical interpretive displays Attractions: - Visit the Port Hastings Museum and Archives in it’s new location at the entrance to Cape Breton Island overlooking the panoramic view of the Strait of Canso. The deep waters of the Strait have played a defining role in the lives of the residents of this part of Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia since the beginning. Hundreds of photographs, archival and genealogical records and other artifacts relating to the construction and impact of the Canso Causeway, the industries and lifestyle of the area which was settled in 1788 tell our story. The Quilt and Craft Shop, located in the same building, provides an opportunity to enjoy handmade items by Cape Breton artisans: weaving, knitting, jewelry, quilted items and demos. Bus tours welcome. Visit the Ice Cream Parlour and enjoy the picnic area. 46

- Orangedale Station Museum and Tearoom, about 7 km (4 mi) from Trans Canada Highway, Exit 4; 100-year-old railway station, built in 1886 and is the only remaining station of the Intercolonial Railway; artificts, memorabelia and model train display - Marble Mountain Community Museum - an old schoolhouse, offers an historical glimpse of the community when it was bustling with the activity of a thriving marble industry; artifacts, photographs and records - Cape George Light, between Dundee and St. Peter’s - Jerome Point Lighthouse - Wallace MacAskill Museum and Gift Shop, St. Peter’s; restored residence of photographer Wallace MacAskill; large display of his world famous hand-tinted photographs; his famous “Bluenose” photo is still being reproduced on the Canadian dime - St. Peter’s Canal, the only functioning tidal lock system in Nova Scotia; interpretive exhibit; picnic facilities; mooring for boats; washrooms; before the canal was dug, this was a narrow isthmus that separated the Bras d’Or Lakes from the Atlantic Ocean necessitating the “hauling” of ships across - Nicolas Denys Museum, St. Peter’s above the Canal; “trading post” with artifacts from the early Mi’kmaw inhabitants; records, artifacts relating to St. Peter’s first citizen Nicolas Denys

Chapel Island, Soldiers Cove, Hay Cove, Johnstown, Big Pond, Ben Eoin, East Bay, Eskasoni, Grand Narrows When the Europeans first came to our shores and encountered the Mi’kmaq, they assumed that the native people had no religious beliefs, so they set about converting them to Christianity. In 1610, Grand Chief Membertou and twenty-one members of his family were baptized. In 1628 the Mi’kmaq adopted St. Anne as

their patron saint. Each July at Chapel Island First Nation a “Mawio’mi” is held to honour St. Anne, the so-called “grandmother” of the Mi’kmaq. This traditional gathering is a celebration of joy, remembrance, goodwill and sharing. It pays tribute to the old and the new, the living and the deceased, and it reaffirms the strengths and abilities of all who participate. The St. Anne’s Mission is held on the last weekend in July every summer and all are welcome. This segment of the Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive takes you along Rte 4, the southern shore of the Bras d’Or Lakes, through Johnstown, Big Pond (where singer Rita MacNeil grew up and now has Rita’s Tea Room (a tearoom and gift shop), Ben Eoin and East Bay. This is cottage country, as you will see, and it’s also summer festival country. Two of our major outdoor festivals are held here—one in Big Pond and in Ben Eoin. This area, too, is bald eagle territory and sightings are common. At East Bay you will turn off toward Eskasoni, Nova Scotia’s largest First Nation. Traditional Pow Wows are held here during the summer to celebrate the Mi’kmaw traditions with drumming, dancing, feasts and craft displays. From Eskasoni, follow the Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive to Grand Narrows where you will make a connection with Rte 223, the Northern Loop. Beaches: - Johnstown, near old Johnstown School - Big Pond Beach, Rte 4, across from church, public washrooms, parking - Ben Eoin Beach, Rte 4; popular public beach, small fee; activities - East Bay beach, turn off by church; roadside Bras d’Or Lakes beach - beach at Grand Narrows, next to old ferry dock Picnic Sites: - Irish Cove Provincial Park, on Rte 4; small roadside picnic park with toilets; beautiful view of the Lakes

- Ben Eoin Provincial Park, Rte 4; small secluded picnic park situated in hardwood hills; short walk to a lookoff with a view of East Bay Attractions: - Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Johnstown, a shrine commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary in Mexico back in the 1500’s - in Johnstown church there is a painting that dates back to the 1700’s which was carried through the woods from Louisbourg during one of the seiges at the fortress - Rita’s Tea Room, originally a one-room schoolhouse, it was purchased by singer/songwriter Rita MacNeil in the early 80’s. Come and enjoy: baked goods, sandwiches, and Rita’s Tea Room Blend Tea. See a display room of Rita’s awards and photographs and the Gift Shop

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Marconi Trail Coastal towns, coal mines and cultural diversity One of the most remarkable things about this area is that all of the communities, large or small, are situated on the ocean. Beginning at Sydney Mines and North Sydney, you will travel along the eastern seacoast to Sydney, Cape Breton’s only city. From there you will have another chance to visit the town of Louisbourg and the great Fortress, then travel along The Marconi Trail through the fishing villages of Main-à-Dieu, Port Morien and Donkin, to the Island’s largest town, Glace Bay. The final segment of the route takes you along The Colliery Route from Glace Bay to New Waterford and New Victoria, back to Sydney. It is the home of one of Canada’s most unique learning institutions, Cape Breton University, and it has one of Eastern Canada’s best seaports.


On the other hand, it is a walk along a headland and a swim in the ocean. It is a journey into the past at some of the many museums that guard our heritage, and an evening at the elegant Savoy Theatre. It is a visit to the site of North America’s first coal mine, and an encounter with the “Wizard of the Wireless”, Guglielmo Marconi. It is an elegant dinner, 18th century-style; a sail on the Harbour; a round of golf; a boat tour on “The Mira”; a trip into an underground coal mine; a feed of lobsters on the beach. But take your time. We want to make sure you enjoy yourself, stay as long as you can, and come back again soon. Bras d’Or, Florence, Sydney Mines, North Sydney This route begins on “the Northside”, so called because of its location on the north shore of Sydney Harbour. The com-

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munities of Bras d’Or and Florence are situated on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 105) just west of North Sydney. Here you’ll find accommodations, restaurants, campgrounds and more. Sydney Mines and North Sydney are located at the end of the Trans Canada Highway. If your plans include a trip to Newfoundland, this is the place to be. The Marine Atlantic Ferry Terminal will put you aboard one of the two largest car/passenger ferries in North America, and send you out across the Cabot Strait to Port aux Basques or Argentia. Beaches: - Indian Beach Park, .5 km (.3 mi) north of ferry terminal, Shore Road, between North Sydney and Sydney Mines Picnic Sites: - picnic area, Indian Beach Park and Munroe Park (above) - Ballast Grounds, North Sydney: picnic area



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Attractions: - restored historic buildings, Sydney Mines: post office and CN railway station - Waterfront Park, downtown North Sydney; boardwalk along Harbour, Archibald’s Wharf - North Sydney Museum: history of the town and its heritage homes


The Sydney of the new millenniium is a thriving city, a tribute to the tenacity and resourcefulness of its pioneers. With the seacoast as a backdrop, Sydney offers first class shops and services, Cape Breton culture at its best, and an open invitation to make yourself at home. Picnic Sites: - Petersfield Provincial Park, Rte 239, Westmount (Sydney); ruins of an old Sydney, Whitney Pier estate with a network of trails about Sydney, is Nova Scotia’s third largest city. 5 km (3 mi) in all, overlooking Sydney Its beginnings go back to the mid-1700’s Harbour; remains of Victorian gardens and Cape Breton’s first Anglican Minisand orchards still exist there and plans ter, Reverend Ranna Cossit. Take a few are under way to restore them. moments to step back to the days of Rev. - Wentworth Park, downtown Sydney; Cossit— days when a military installation picnic tables, pond, bandshell of Loyalist troops occupied Battery Park Attractions: at the northernmost end of Charlotte - Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Street. Mingle among the ghosts of Rev. Science, Sydney: located in the Lyceum, Cossit and his family at their original a heritage building originally built as home on Charlotte Street, Sydney’s oldest an opera house in 1900; centre has house, now the Cossit House Museum. travelling exhibits and permanent disTrace his steps as he would have made plays focusing on the social and natural his way up Charlotte Street to St. George’s history of the area Anglican Church to deliver a fire-andbrimstone sermon to his parishioners, - Cape Breton Centre for Craft and mostly military men and their families. Design, Sydney, 322 Charlotte Street: A little further north on Charlotte Street summer exhibits, craft classes and (number 25), stands a house that was, workshops, professional development in the early 1800’s Sydney’s first courtprograms, library and resource centre house and jail. It was there, in a dark, - Cossit House, Sydney: built in 1787, stone-walled cell that Charlotte Flahaven thought to be the oldest house in spent her last days before she was led to Sydney, once home to Rev. Ranna CosBattery Park and hanged for the murder sit, first Anglican Minister and rector of her husband. Followed by curious of St. George’s Church; museum has townsfolk anxious to see the spectacle, costumed guides, period furniture, and Charlotte proclaimed her innocence to gardens the end. - Jost House, Sydney: a 200-year-old A trip back into Sydney’s past will take house that depicts two distinct you to the early 1900’s when coal mining architectural styles; authentic cooking and steel making were in their heyfireplace and bake oven; marine display day—when immigrants flocked here and apothecary shop from Lebanon, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, the - St. George’s Church and pioneer West Indies, and many other countries, cemetery, Sydney: constructed in late to watch over the blast furnaces, man 1700’s with stones from the ruins of the the coke ovens, and dig the “black gold” Fortress of Louisbourg; used as a garfrom the earth. Today, this multicultural rison chapel; heritage is treasured, celebrated and will- St. Patrick’s Church Museum and pioingly shared.

Top Things to Do Cape Breton Miner’s Museum 17 Museum Street, Glace Bay Travel deep underground on a guided tour of the Ocean Deeps Colliery, and learn how Cape Breton’s rich coal seams impacted the development of Cape Breton Island. The underground garden is a wonder to see, the tours are lead by a retired miner. Check their website to see times when the famous singing miners the “Men of the Deep” perform a concert held weekly each summer. Two Rivers Wildlife Park 4581 Grand Mira Road, Marion Bridge Though this park is about a twenty minute drive from Sydney you will have no problem finding it, just follow the signs. A wonderful day trip with over 50 species of animals. The trails are an easy walk and well maintained. Enjoy a picnic or sample the offering at their canteen, the fresh cut homemade French Fries are an amazing treat. Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Fossil Centre Housed in the former train station on 159 Legatto Street, this quaint museum focuses on the heritage and history of Sydney Mines, and the coal and steel industry’s that were the backbone of the area. The fossil museum features 300 million year old plant fossils’ from the local coal fields. Fossil hikes are available and well worth the adventure. Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design exists to promote excellence in the field of craft and design through education, training, and exhibitions. Located in the Centre of the downtown Sydney shopping district this gallery represents works of many of the talented artisans of Cape Breton. A must visit when strolling Charlotte Street in downtown Sydney.


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neer cemetery, Sydney: oldest Roman Catholic Church in Sydney built from local stones and hand-hewn wood; artifacts, exhibits and records - Beaton Institute of Cape Breton Studies; University College of Cape Breton, Glace Bay Highway; a repository of written and oral history from the island’s earliest days; early colonial records, diaries, maps, photos, manuscripts; collection of Gaelic manuscripts, tapes and books; collection of music and poetry on tape - Centre 200, entertainment complex - Northside Downs - Whitney Pier Historical Society; artifacts, records and exhibits relating to this area’s very colourful multi-cultural population; art exhibits - several interesting ethnic churches in Whitney Pier, for instance the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church, St. Mary’s Polish Church and St. Phillip’s African Orthodox Church - Whitney Pier Historical Museum, 88 Mt. Pleasant St., Sydney 54

MARCONI TRAIL Louisbourg, Main-a-Dieu, Port Morien, Donkin, Glace Bay, Dominion Cape Breton may seem like an unlikely place to find a trail named after a Nobel Prize winning Italian inventor of a century ago, but it will all make sense once you hear the whole story. In 1902 Marconi came to Cape Breton to build a station for transatlantic wireless communications with Great Britian. The first message was transmitted from his station at Table Head in Glace Bay to Cornwall, England on December 15, 1902. A few years later, larger stations were built at Marconi Towers, just south of Glace Bay, and at Clifden, Ireland, and a regular commercial service began between these stations on October 17, 1907. This service was later expanded to include dedicated receiving stations at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, and Letterfrack, Ireland. No doubt “the Wizard of the Wireless” had little idea back then what his work would amount to by the twenty-first century! The Marconi Trail follows the rugged coastline of Cape Breton’s eastern shore

from Louisbourg to Glace Bay, via the coastal villages of Main-à-Dieu, Port Morien and Donkin. It is a truly delightful drive with so many opportunities for outdoor adventure you’ll have to stay for a while to take them all in. Beaches: - Kennington Cove Beach, about 20 km (12 mi) from Louisbourg; gorgeous sandy beach, long rolling surf, lots of history linked to the Fortress of Louisbourg; picnic tables - Mira Gut Beach, Marconi Trail: popular sandy beach with boardwalk and change houses; great for children and families - fresh water beach on Mira River at Mira River Provincial Park, Brickyard Road, just off the Marconi Trail - Big Glace Bay Beach, between Donkin and Glace Bay; large sandy beach Picnic Sites: - Marconi Picnic area, Kennelly’s Picnic area, Louisbourg - Louisbourg Boardwalk picnic tables - Boardwalk, Main-à-Dieu; picnic tables - Mira River Provincial Park, Brickyard Road, off Marconi Trail: picnic tables, washrooms, boat launch; swimming - Renwick Brook Park, Glace Bay - picnic area at Marconi National Historic Site, Table Head, Glace Bay Attractions: - Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site; largest historical reconstruction in North America; Fortress with Governor’s quarters and chapel, homes, shops, restaurants, tavern, gardens; costumed animators and soldiers, guided tours; working bakery; picnic facilities; gift shop; children’s interpretive centre; hiking trails, and much more; reconstruction is modeled after the Louisbourg of the year 1744, set against a backdrop of Cape Breton’s rugged and beautiful south coast - Sydney and Louisbourg (S & L) Railway


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Museum, Louisbourg: brings you back to the time when trains from Sydney to Louisbourg were as common as gulls on the wharf; original building dating back to 1895, rolling stock, freight shed; artifacts and information Louisbourg Playhouse - located in the centre of the town, this unique facility was built a few years ago as a 17th century “bear pit” for the filming of the Walt Disney movie “Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale”; modern conveniences have been added, but it still maintains the rustic, hand-hewn look; the Playhouse features a variety of entertainment Tourist Information Centre, located in the S & L Railway Museum Fishermen’s Museum, Main-à-Dieu: collection of memorabilia from fishing industry; historical records; photos; picnic area; replica of a boat’s wheelhouse outside overlooking Main-à-Dieu Passage Old French Mine Site, Port Morien: site of the very first coal mine in North America Dominion Heritage Building, replica of a late 1800’s schoolhouse; memorabilia and artifacts of area’s history Glace Bay Miners’ Museum & Ocean Deeps Colliery, Quarry Point: exhibits focusing on lives of coal miners; take a trip underground into a real coal mine; see the operation of a coal shearer and follow the coal back up the slope to the surface Miners’ Village, Glace Bay: features a miner’s home circa 1850-1900 and a “company store” Glace Bay Heritage Museum: located in the former Town Hall; artifacts, exhibits depicting history and culture of Glace Bay and area Marconi National Historic Site, Table Head, Glace Bay: exhibits and artifacts relating to Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi’s experiments and his sending of the first transatlantic message by electromagnetic waves; picnic area


- Renwick Brook Park, Glace Bay: shady park along a brook - Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay: beautifully restored Victorian theatre where concerts and other events are held all year round - Tompkins Historical Museum, Reserve Mines: dedicated to one of the pioneers of the Credit Union Movement, Father Jimmy Tompkins

THE COLLIERY ROUTE New Waterford, New Victoria, Whitney Pier, River Ryan In the early years of the 1900’s, The British Empire Steel Corporation, which controlled the coal industry in Nova Scotia, pushed coal miners and their families to the brink of starvation. In 1925, the miners, having had enough, fought back by calling a strike. An official of the company made a public statement in which he arrogantly stated that the company would win the battle because the miners could never “stand the gaff”. What he meant by that historic statement was that the miners didn’t have the fortitude to withstand the hunger and deprivation that was being forced upon them by the

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Company. He was wrong. The miners did “stand the gaff”— for five months— and set a precedent for future labour relations in the industry and laid the groundwork for the eventual attainment of decent working conditions and fair wages. The Colliery Route, which links the coal mining towns of eastern Cape Breton, is a tribute to these early miners and a reminder of the leading role coal mining played in Cape Breton’s history. The Colliery Route begins in Glace Bay and follows the coastline through Dominion, Gardiner Mines, Lingan, New Waterford and New Victoria to Whitney Pier. These are communities that grew up around the coal mines. Beaches: - public beach at River Ryan, between Dominion and New Waterford Picnic Sites: - New Waterford Fish and Game picnic area, River Ryan, between Dominion and New Waterford; picnic area along Lingan Bay - Colliery Lands Park, New Waterford; picnic area; trails; playground

Attractions: - Davis Square, New Waterford: small park dedicated to the memory of Bill Davis, a coal miner who was killed during a strike in 1925; also war memorial - Colliery Lands Park, New Waterford: located on the site of former Number 12 and Number 16 collieries; coal mining memorial and historical records and artifacts; picnic area; trails; playground - Fort Petrie, New Victoria: the ruins of coastal fortifications built during World War II to protect ships from enemy submarines in Sydney Harbour - Whitney Pier Historical Society; artifacts, records and exhibits relating to this area’s very colourful multi-cultural population; art exhibits - several interesting ethnic churches in Whitney Pier, for instance the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church, St. Mary’s Polish Church and St. Phillip’s African Orthodox Church

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Eskasoni Powwow June 29, 30; July 1 Canada Day Celebrations July 1st Various locations – Sydney, Westmount, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, New Waterford, Louisbourg, Marion Bridge, Glace Bay, Dominion, etc. Lambert Todd Days, Reserve Mines July 5 – 8 Bay Days, Glace Bay July 13-15 Rural Summer Festival July 14-22 (Louisbourg & District 1 area)

North Sydney Bartown Festival July 23 - 29 Johnny Miles Festival, Sydney Mines July 30 – August 5 Louisbourg Crab Festival August 3,4 Cape Breton BikeFest August 3-6 Boardwalk Busker Festival, Sydney August 4-6 The Sydney Action Week Festival August 4 – 12 Cape Breton Pride Festival, Sydney August 10 - 19

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