It’s true, we’ve now passed the one-year mark since we began our journey. It has been a rich and full experience and yet time has passed very quickly.
Before I forget, I’ll answer a question that was asked just before we left: What if we don’t like it? Well, we love it. Even though the first time I woke up in Island Girl knowing that I’d be living here for a while, my first thought was – What have I done? – I quickly came to love it and have never looked back.
I wasn’t sure that I was up for visiting yet another fortress, but the Fortress of Louisbourg is North America’s largest historical reconstruction, so we couldn’t pass it up. It’s a National Historic Site, so yet another opportunity to use our Parks Canada Discovery Passes, which have already paid for themselves.
Okay, we admit it, we’ve become addicted to sea glass hunting. As Hector says “the ocean coughs up jewels for you to pick up on the beach”. It’s kind of magical how the ocean takes garbage – broken glass – and carves it into beautiful “gems”.
The 186 mile Cabot Trail is truly one of the most scenic drives we’ve ever taken. The road twists and turns, and, as you round the corners, you encounter one stunning vista after another. This is especially true once you enter the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The Trail can be driven in six very exhausting hours, but, happily, we had the opportunity to drive on various sections of it and through the National Park several times.
We found a whale watching tour that allows dogs! Oshan Whale Watch did have a stipulation that if any of the passengers objected to having a dog on board, we would not be able to bring Angel. But we decided to take a chance.
“What I long for is the heather covered hills of Scotland and the salt air of Baddeck” – Alexander Graham Bell
Our drive from Halifax to our next destination, Cape Breton Island, was one of the prettiest drives we’ve experienced so far. The fact that it was a glorious day was a part of it, but the scenery was also gorgeous.
Another lovely town that we explored was Lunenberg. The town was established in 1753 as the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside of Halifax, with settlers from parts of Germany, Switzerland and France; “foreign protestants” were encouraged to settle by the British. This is yet another community with a strong history of fishing, ship-building and other marine related industries. Continue reading →
One of the great things about Halifax is that it’s surrounded by pretty little hamlets and lovely coves. It frankly makes the choices a bit tough as to which direction to drive to from there. We focused on the west side of Halifax and discovered some lesser known little coves as well as some better known scenic places.Continue reading →