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North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » North Sydney September 5th 2016

Geo: 46.2149, -60.2445Our hotel is about 45 minutes from the Fortress so we were there soon after opening. We had planned 2 activities for the day but soon discovered that a visit to this site was an all day activity. We took the optional walking tour and it was well worth it. The guide gave us a great amount of detail regarding the history.Founded by the French in 1713, it was one of North Americas busiest 18 century seaports. It was taken over twice by the British before being demolished in the 1760's. Reconstruction began in the 1960's and continues today. To date about 1/4 of the original French town and fortifications have been completed. It is the largest historical reconstruction in North America.The original lighthouse built in 1734 was the first in Canada. It is ... read more
Welcome to Louisbourg
Frédéric Gate

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » North Sydney September 4th 2016

Geo: 46.2148, -60.2445The Cabot Trail is basically a day trip unless you choose to do various hikes which can add a lot of time (days). The scenery is very impressive. Significant changes in elevation from ocean level to the plateau area (approx 350m).The lunch restaurant was recommended to us by a young couple last night and the food was excellent.We visited the beach which is said to be the place where Cabot landed. The beach was sandy and was a better landing site than many of the rocky beaches.The sign along the way said Meat Cove was the northern most point so we travelled several spine jolting roads to get there. Definitely remote and one wonders about the motivation to live there.Along the road we saw a sign for Dingwall Lighthouse so took a short diversion. ... read more
Cabot Trail
Cabot Trail
Cabot Trail Church

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » North Sydney August 9th 2015

Geo: 46.216, -60.258... read more

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » North Sydney August 9th 2010

Woke up and had the best "full" breakfast. The french waitress was very nice and set us up with bags of ice for our cooler. With this and some cold cuts from the "Co-op" we set off in search of moose in Cape Breton National Park. We stopped at numerous lookoffs and saw some amazing ocean views. We stopped and walked around a bog where we saw "pitcher plants" and orchids beside the bogs. We detoured two times down dirt roads to see waterfalls. At the second waterfall, we watched and waited for a local girl to take the steep jump high off the rocks into the water. She chickened out in the end but soon after town boys arrived and they had fun climbing and jumping into the pool of water at the base of ... read more
Pitcher Plant
Orchids (We think)
Bog Flower

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » North Sydney July 18th 2010

North Sydney, Nova Scotia, 18juillet Après quelques jours dans les Hautes Terres du Cap Breton, je suis à quelques minutes de l'embarquement vers 'The Rock'. Pas besoin de vous dire que je suis é-ner-vé et que j'ai très très hâte d'aborder l'île mystérieuse. Mais les derniers jours, sous un soleil radieux et des températures plutôt méditérranéennes, m'ont permis de redécouvrir ce bout du monde tout en falaises, en océan bleuté et en plages désertes. Revoir les fous de bassan plonger dans la grande bleue m'a encore une fois ravi et la mer est encore une fois irrésistible. Je n'ai d'ailleurs pu résister à quelques trempettes et, étonnamment, l'eau n'est pas si glaciale autour du Cap-Breton. Mais pour de l'eau chaude, l'immense lac Bras d'Or, une petite mer intérieure au coeur de l'île du Cap-Breton, offre eau ... read more
Aspy bay
White Point
Aspy bay, la plage

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » North Sydney November 17th 2009

Hi everyone! Clarenville celebration went pretty well for our first. We did get screeched in there. Lot's of laughs. Tried cod tongues. eeww! Went to Cornerbrook after that. Stayed in a beautiful old Tudor style inn. The people in Cornerbrook were unbelieveable. The whole town dressed in red and walked four abreast for about 2 miles to the celebration site. It gives you goosebumps. The show is amazing. Our set up still needs some fine tuning. Drove to the ferry in Port Aux Basque after the show. A very long hard drive. Gail like winds. Torrential rains and in the dark with lots of moose. Thank God we didn't see any. It was late by the time the ferry debarked. Around midnight. Got to meet up with friends that we hadn't seen since St. John's. The ... read more
coke truck
Cornerbrook NF
Cornerbrook Celebration

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » North Sydney August 5th 2009

After a long and arduous period of hiatus, We are REALLY glad to say…..We’re back!!!!! We apologize to everyone for remaining so quiet during the while, as many of you know, we spent all that time lining up our ducks to come back bigger and stronger than we’ve ever been before. Annie and I are doing really well, and we are so proud of what we have accomplished in our quest of setting sail once again .. After two long summers of completing s/v WeBeSailing’s refit and working the very cold winters in Edmonton & Fort McMurray Alberta… we are now ready to set sail on our voyage of a life time… right now the schedule is that we are to be launched in the water between August 6th and the 12th . First thing in ... read more

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » North Sydney June 11th 2009

Day 11. Thursday Another cool cloudy day in Cape Breton. No surprise right? I thought I'd take a drive to Sydney to have a look around. In seven kilometers you climb to around 750 feet and back to sea level. On the way down you spot a large green bridge that crosses at New Harris Settlement onto Boularderie Island. A little further along I spot the ferries that go to Newfoundland docked in North Sydney. Unfortunately I'm caught at a light when I notice one pulling away with the nose open. By the time I get somewhere I can take a picture from it's too late. A quick look around by the docks and I head off to Sydney. Other than a giant violin outside a music hall I don't see anything interesting. Glace Bay is ... read more
bridge to Boularderie Island
North Sydney docks
Newfoundland ferry

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » North Sydney November 25th 2007

Hello Everyone Just thought I would let you all know, that I am in fact still alive. I haven't succumbed to hypothermia just as yet - this might have something to do with the multiple layers I have on (right now I am wearing 2 poly pro tops, a t-shirt, my ice breaker, a down jacket, long johns, trousers, my red possum socks and hat, and gloves. And this is only November). It was beautiful and sunny outside though - it's just a pity about the -5 degree side of things. I've had to consult my diary to figure out what I've done since I last updated the blog. I think it was just before Halloween. Halloween is quite a big deal here, as it is in the States, so when in Rome.... The night started ... read more
North River walk
Elisa and I on the beach

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » North Sydney June 30th 2006

We have another ferry crossing today from North Sydney to Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. Our ferry was to leave at 12:30 PM and we need to be in line at least one hour ahead of time. Well we arrived early and waited, this is the first time the ferry has be late for us, but I am sure what with weather conditions it must happen from time to time. This will be a six hour trip and we lose ½ an hour when we get to Newfoundland. We are in the middle of the far north of the Atlantic Ocean and I am typing and receiving wireless internet connection. By the magic of technology we are able to send pictures and text. Is that amazing or what? ... read more
Waiting in line , the ferry is late!
Here we are getting on board
Our ferry coming into dock.

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