Friday, October 9, 2009

The Capot Trail, Cape Breton

The Cabot Trail loops around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, for 185 miles . The Trail was named after the explorer John Cabot who reached the shores in 1497. Completed in 1932, it now joins communities that are full with the history of the Mi'kmaq Indians, Acadians, Irish and Scottish settlements. By the way, did you know that Cape Breton is an Island???
We were camped at the St. Ann's Bay area so that is where we started the trip around Cabot's Trail. The Ingonish area had breathtaking coastal and mountain scenery. Then off to Neil's Harbor for soups......the best clam chowder soups and the best seafood chowder soup...... that I have had so far. Yes, that is what I had ....... 2 soups. John had a lobster roll.

We had to see this 1900 Gaelic house. It was very small, very cold and totally earthy. Definitely it supplied the bare necessities of life.

The wind is steady, the weather is nippy and the houses are striking. This house is from the Cheticamp area. I found it very creative and different from the rest.

Here shows the rugged coastline with the spectacular ocean views that "The Cabot Trail" is most famous for showing.

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