We took the ferry from PEI to Caribou, NS to begin the next leg of our trip and the one I was most excited about: Cape Breton! After the ferry ride we stopped for lunch in Antigonish then continued on to Baddeck. We stayed at the Silver Dart Lodge and it was amazing, from the view to the food at the restaurant on site (McCurdy’s) – great spot to kick off our Cabot Trail adventure. We took a stroll in the town and walked along the water near the lodge prior to dinner – it’s very scenic, peaceful and relaxing.
View from our room:
Trail near the lake:
Reading on our deck the following morning, after breakfast and before we headed out:
Food List Items: Seafood Fettucine (including Digby scallops, mussels, shrimp), Cape Breton desserts (apple crisp, bread pudding, oatcakes).
We headed onto the Cabot Trail and made several stops for photo ops at the lookouts along the way. We stopped for lunch (Main Street Restaurant & Bakery – You Gotta Eat Here), then at the visitor’s centre in Ingonish to pick up our park passes (Cape Breton Highlands National Park) and got ready for a day of hiking. The first trail was a very short (but steep!) one – the Freshwater Lake Lookout. steps almost all the way up but the view was so worth it.
Next, we stopped at Ingonish Beach where the trailhead of the next trail was and we took pics of the beach while we were there – very pretty!
The second trail was the Freshwater Lake trail and it was about 1.7km and flat.
We didn’t see much wildlife here and certainly no coyotes.
The next stop was the MIddle Head Trail. This was a trail aloong a peninsula and the views were amazing. It was about 4km all in all.
We came across this guy – not sure what it is but it was quite large:
Doesnt this look like a mermaid sitting down, hidden behind some leaves:
This little guy was munching away right by the boardwalked section of the trail and wasn’t scared of us at all. Cutie:
Another “don’t be an idiot” sign:
We stopped for dinner then drove up to Cape North where we stayed at a B&B for the night. It was so quiet in the night up in the middle of nowhere.🙂 It was great!
We had a great breakfast and met some fine folks at our B&B. We were off to an early start since our target today was the Skyline Trail, 9.2 km of trail and the chance of seeing a moose. (We didn’t see any but the trail had amazing views!). There are two options for the trail – you could take the “right” for a more rugged (and longer) trail experience, of the “left” for a gravel path (and shorter) experience to the boardwalk/steps at the end of the trail. We opted to start with the right and come back on the easy one.
It was windy up there!! We had to remove our hats or the wind would have done it for us.🙂 We grabbed a bench and stopped for a snack and water enjoying the view, then headed back.
That would have been us at the top of the ridge – this is the view from below:
Stops at Lookouts on our way to Cheticamp:
After lunch in Cheticamp, we headed down to Inverness to stop at the Beach boardwalk which was gorgeous – on one side there was the beach and on the other, a golf course. Wow!
Then off to Margaree Valley to the next stop at the Normaway Inn. The property is absolutely beautiful – it felt like we were at summer camp.🙂 We had dinner reservations on site and enjoyed that and relaxed for most of the evening.
I also loved the tech-free room – no TV, no phone, they had wi-fi and this radio (functional with a hidden cassette player in the lid).
There was a claw foot tub in the bathroom.🙂
I don’t know which was funnier – knowing that the lid opened up and most “kids” wouldn’t have known that, or that we knew how to work the cassette (which most “kids” definitely wouldn’t know how to do… Hahaha🙂
The next morning, we took a walk around the grounds and this cat escorted us all the way and back.🙂 Cue the animal whisperer (Chris).
Off to Sydney for our last leg of the trip!