The Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island

The Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island

Date Visited:  July 29, 2019

We arrived from Newfoundland in the early evening.  Our next adventure is to drive the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, but first we must find a boondock spot to spend the night.  Our iOverlander app suggest a place called Indian Brook, not too far from where the ferry dropped us off in North Sydney.  It turned out to be a perfect spot!

We got an early start the next morning.  We began our drive going north, on the east side of Cape Breton Island.  The landscape was stunning.  It was a gorgeous day with the bluest skies and the most beautiful water.  We made many stops along the way to admire the scenery.  

We arrived in Meat Cove in the late afternoon, and found the most amazing spot.  We decided to stay.  It was a clearing on a cliff, and from what we read online, it is the foundation of where a lighthouse used to be.  We cooked our dinner, saw some eagles flying by, and watched one of the most incredible sunsets from the cozy comfort of our car camper.  This spot is one that we will always remember.

The next morning we woke up to grey skies and rain.  We took our time driving south on the west side of Cape Breton Island.  We stopped now and then when there was a break in the rain.  

A few video clips from our phones

The Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island

 

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Fortress of Louisbourg Historic Site

Fortress of Louisbourg Historic Site

Date Visited:  July 10-11, 2019

Days 9 & 10 of our Eastern Canada road trip

We are heading to Fortress of Louisbourg Historic Site.  Driving along the south Shore of Nova Scotia is absolutely beautiful.  It was much colder than we expected in the middle of July, but we didn’t mind.  Stopping now and then to enjoy the ocean views was very calming.

We came upon Lawrencetown Beach early in the day.  This is a popular spot for surfers. The water was COLD!  The local folks told us that if we wanted to swim, to come back in August & September.  We’d have a better chance of finding warm water.  We’ll definitely have to come back!

As we headed toward the Fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton Island, there were very many lovely stops along the way.  

As we crossed over to Cape Breton Island on the Canso Causeway (the road that connects Cape Breton Island to the main Nova Scotia peninsula), the sun was starting to set, so it was time to look for a boondock spot.  We’ve had some good luck with lighthouses, so we headed to Cap Auget Lighthouse.  It was yet another perfect spot for falling asleep to the sound of waves!

The next morning, we found this rest area, with a wonderful little surprise.  Up in the corner of the shelter I found this pretty painted rock, with a little instruction on the other side.  It made me smile.  I kept it in my pocket for a couple of days, but was feeling a little guilty for not rehiding it!  So I left it at another rest stop a couple of days later.  I love this idea – I may take up a new rock-painting hobby smile   #Asbachersteine

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

The Fortress of Louisbourg is one of the best National Historic Sites we have visited so far.  There are many buildings to explore, lots of people re-enacting their roles in the fortress, and much history to learn.  It was a beautiful day to explore.  (The first image is from the Fortress official website)

After another busy day, it was time to find somewhere to cook some dinner and turn in for the day.  We ended up in Donkin, NS.  We were right at the edge of a cliff – an absolutely beautiful and peaceful spot.

Heading to Cape Breton Island

A few video clips:

We travelled 582 km over the past 2 days!

 

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Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove

Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove

Date Visited:  July 9, 2019

I have been looking forward to this part of our trip since we left home over a week ago!  Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove are iconic landmarks of Nova Scotia, and among the most popular destinations for tourists.

Driving along the south shore of Nova Scotia is absolutely beautiful!  There are so many places like parks, rest areas, roadside pull-offs, where you can stop and take in the beauty of the sea.  We found a wonderful spot to stop and cook our breakfast.

 

Our first stop of the day is Lunenburg!  This quaint little town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because it is one of the most accurate surviving examples of a British Colonial era town.  The buildings are colourful and well maintined.  We loved walking on the waterfront and seeing all the fishing boats too.

Peggy’s Cove is about an hour east of Lunenburg.  It was everything we expected.  The tourists were everywhere!  The most photographed lighthouse in all of Canada was magnificent.  It was fun wandering around this touristy little town.

After driving further east another 45 minutes, we arrived at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.  It was very educational learning what it was like for soldiers and their families in the 1800’s.  

After a busy day, it was time to find somewhere to cook some dinner and turn in for the day.  We ended up in Cow Bay, NS.  Another perfect spot, and another perfect sunset.  Who could ask for anything more! 

Lunenburg and Peggy’s Cove

A few video clips:

We travelled 216 km today.

 

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South Shores of Nova Scotia

South Shores of Nova Scotia

Date Visited:  July 8, 2019

Over the next couple of days we travel the South Shores of Nova Scotia.  This is the southwest area of the province.  We take our time driving up and down each inlet, discovering pretty little bays, and my favourite – lighthouses!  One of the towns we visited was Shelburne.  We found a park by the water, cooked our lunch and explored the pretty seaside town.  After a little bit of a drive, we arrived at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside.  It was quite a hike to get to the water – about 45 minutes – but we were promised seals, so we made the hike.  We did see them far into the sea, but without a good camera, you’ll just have to take my word for it! 🙂

Night 6 (July 7, 2019) Whale Cove

We followed Whale Cove Road in Digby, NS to the very end, and found a very quiet and unused pier.  The road was pretty rocky near the end, and not the best for a big rig.  But for us, it was the perfect spot to enjoy a magnificent sunset and spend the night.  

Night 7 (July 8, 2019) Green Bay

We found another seaside boondock spot for the next night.  This one was on Green Bay on the southwest shore of Nova Scotia.  There weren’t any ‘no overnight parking’ signs, there was another camper parked there, so we felt safe enough to spend the night.  It was quiet all night long!

South Shores of Nova Scotia

In the past 2 days we travelled 540 km!

 

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Minas Basin in Nova Scotia

Minas Basin in Nova Scotia

Date Visited:  July 7, 2019

Minas Basin in Nova Sctia

The Minas Basin in Nova Scotia is an inlet of the Bay of Fundy  and it’s known for the extremely high tides.  We began driving along the coast line (see map below).  It’s absolutely beautiful!  We stop whenever we find a gorgeous view – and it turns out we stopped a LOT!  We stopped to stretch our legs in a little town called Parrsboro, and hung out in a little park with antique cars and trains.  It was quite cute.

Our next stop was going to be somewhere to cook our breakfast.  Just east of Parrsboro we came across Five Islands Provincial Park.  We found a spot where we could drive right onto the beach and view each of the File Islands.  Such beauty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

People are SO friendly in Nova Scotia. One retired school teacher that we met told us about tidal bores. What are tidal bores you ask? That’s what I asked too! It’s ONE wave, that runs UP a river or narrow estuary. It sounded pretty freaky, so we went searching. Lucky for us, the Fundy Discovery Site was next on our stop. We arrived around 2:30pm and we were told that the next tidal bore was expected at 3:50pm. We waited, and it arrived precisely at the time specified. It was a nice little wave haha! A little anti-climactic, but still fun to see.

The highest tides in the world – 50 feet – can be found at Burntcoat Head Park.  We arrived as the tide was moving out – the views were amazing.  We stayed to cook our dinner and after a couple of hours we went back for another look.  The tide was now low – what a difference!

Night 5 – July 6, 2019 – Houston’s Beach, Nova Scotia

We had some luck yesterday in finding a good boondock spot, so we followed another lead today from Google maps.  We ended up at Houston’s Beach – another lovely spot!

Minas Basin in Nova Scotia

We travelled 330 km today!

Watch a few video clips!

 

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