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North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck June 3rd 2016

Geo: 46.0999, -60.7526Mostly sunny but windy and cold!I started the day with work, but we were ready to go by 10am. We drove directly to Louisbourg to visit the Fortress. The Time Travel tour (where three guides in period costume talk about their "lives" – although they do time travel and discuss things from the modern day as well) was just departing, and I'm glad we took it. Three characters relate what their lives are like in 1744: a solider, a kitchen servant, and another household servant. (Note that the town and the fort were active 1713 to 1758 but reduced to almost nothing after the second siege by the British.)The tour starts with a soldier, a common soldier, who talks about the harsh realities of working at the Fortress, between the severe cold and corrupt ... read more

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck June 2nd 2016

Geo: 46.0999, -60.7526Sunny and coolAfter a quick brekkies and coffee, we headed towards Cape Breton National Park. It was a gorgeous day! The first part of the drive is through a few fishing villages, where many homes and waterfront lots are for sale. The signs are in English and Canadian Gaelic, which is close to Scots Gaelic. Then, we reached the entrance to the Park. We went to the info centre, where the host was very helpful showing us the map and recommending places to walk. Many of the places she recommended we had also decided upon, but it was great to get some additional advice.Our first stop was Middle Head. The website describes it, "The trail follows a long, narrow peninsula separating two ocean bays, ending on headland cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Smokey ... read more
Middle Head trail
Middle Head trail
Middle Head trail

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck June 1st 2016

Geo: 46.0999, -60.7526Sunny and cold most of the day; a brief bit of cloud and sprinkle on the driveWe had brekkies at 8:30am, then spent a couple of hours having a very nice conversation with the innkeepers, who are a very interesting and adventurous couple. By 11, we realized we needed to pack and leave soon, in order to make the ferry to Nova Scotia.It was sunny and beautiful (but cold!) on our drive to the ferry terminal. We arrived about 40 minutes before the departure; about 20 cars were ahead of us in line. Paul decided to walk over to the building, to use the loos and see if they sold food or coffee (in case we wanted to bring lunch with us to the boat). He wasn't gone long before the ferry arrived and ... read more
On the ferry to NS
On the ferry to NS
Ferry misses the channel

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck August 7th 2013

7 August, 2013 After breakfasting together this morning, the four of us loaded into our truck for more sightseeing on beautiful Cape Breton. First stop was in Baddeck’s visitor center for directions to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and museum. The museum sits across the road from Baddeck’s harbor (harbour in Canada,) which today happened to be having a regatta. So this corner of Bras d’Or Lake was full of sailboats with colorful sails going in all directions, or so it appeared. The gardens of the Bell museum were beautiful with lots of flowering plants. We were all surprised at the variety of inventions Bell created. His father was creator of visible speech, a way of teaching the deaf to speak. Bell worked with his father in this field, but was also encouraged in ... read more
Tetrahedral Kite
Silver Dart
HD-4

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck August 7th 2013

Day 13: Another day trip day. We started out at about 9:20 headed for Baddeck, NS. After a quick stop at the visitor information centre, we went to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. REALLY interesting. Never knew that he was into aviation (Silver Dart made first powered flight in Canada in 1903), Hydrofoil equipped boats (HD4 managed over 74 mph in 1919), and a bunch of other stuff. After the museum, we saw a pram regatta in full swing out near a light house at the entrance to the Baddeck harbor. Onto CA 105 headed to Glace Bay to see the miner's museum and the Marconi museum. I had no idea that Cape Breton Island was a center of coal mining for Canada and as a result also a steel manufacturing area. Both the coal and ... read more
Silver Dart
Pram Regatta
Gravel Spit

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck August 6th 2013

Day 12: Got off from Glooscap CG by about 8:30 headed to Cabot Trail CG on Cape Breton Island. Gena wanted pictures of more of the carved elm trees in Truro, so se made a short detour to do that. Our first stop in Truro was in a Sobey’s grocery store. They are a lot like a really spruced up Harris Teeter store. We managed photos of all but one of the 20 carvings. We drove by the location where the carving was supposed to be, but could not see it. Fortunately today is still part of the long holiday weekend, so the traffic was really light. After getting all the photos we wanted, we stopped at an Esso station for fuel - - cost $102 to fill the truck. Weather was really nice until we ... read more
Elm Carving
Elm Carving
Elm Carving

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck August 6th 2013

6 August, 2013 Yesterday we left camp only about half an hour behind Gena and Bob. They were going to stop at the Cheese Man, then grocery shop in Truro and look for the rest of the tree carvings there in Truro before driving to Baddeck on Cape Breton Island. We were planning to go to Truro just for groceries and then to Baddeck. We saw them leaving a grocery store parking lot as we drove through the town, but didn’t see them again until we saw them pass the information center just across the Canso Causeway onto Cape Breton Island. By the way, on our way out of Truro, we stopped at McDonalds, where Kerry surprised me with a McLobster sandwich. It’s true, I have pictures. Once at the campground, the afternoon was occupied with ... read more
Cabot Trail
Cabot Trail
Cape Breton Island

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck September 23rd 2012

After we left PEI we arrived in Nova Scotia via ferry across Northumberland Strait and on to Cape Breton. If you have a bucket list this should be on it. We were at a camp ground about 9 kilometers outside of the village of Beddeck. I fell in love with the place. It is colourful, quaint, sceinic and charming. We left the 5th wheel at the camp ground and drove the cabot trail, I can't say enough about the beauty of that trip, it was amazing. Gaelic heritage is everywhere in Cape Breton, we came across a little shop that had a sign that said "If it's nae Scottish it's crrap". Even the road signs are in english and gaelic. Beddeck is well known because it was the summer home for Alexander Graham Bell and his ... read more
Beddeck Building
Beddeck
Across the inlet

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck July 20th 2010

Badeck is located just off Highway 106 about halfway between Port Hastings and Sydney. The main reason for going to Badeck is to tour the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. This museum chronicles the life and times of this great man and there is a lot to see. Many remember him as the inventor of the telephone, however he should be remembered for much more than that. He was a teacher of the deaf and devised a type of code whereby he could communicate with his students. He fell in love with and married one of his students and this marriage lasted for many years until their deaths at advanced ages. Since he owned a home in Cape Breton, he experimented with hydrofoils in the area and even built one which successfully worked. He also experimented with ... read more
Fortress Louisbourg
Military demonstration inside fortress

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck September 14th 2008

Saturday, September 6 When we started out on Saturday morning, everything was wet from showers in the night - the first bands of rain going out ahead of tropical storm Hannah. We ate breakfast at a Perkins just across the line into New Jersey. In New York, we drove through the Bear Mountain State Park. The clouds were sitting on top of the mountain, so the road to the lookout was closed. We took the Bear Mountain bridge across the Hudson River. For a while we drove through the countryside - with forest and large lakes. In Carmel, NY, we stopped for lunch and ran our errands - an optician to put the lens back into Mother’s glasses, a Radio Shack for an electrical adapter, and an A&P for Mother’s grocery store fix. Most of the ... read more




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