Inverness

CapeBretonInverness

Another reference to Scotland, as we stopped in Inverness. It was brief, but the waves, the sky, the beach and its pretty stones were a photo moment 🙂

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Single Malt

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The last thing we expected to discover on our road trip was a distillery. The grounds and building seemed inviting, so we stopped in for a tour. Nova Scotia translates to “New Scotland” and many Scots settled in Cape Breton, along with their desire for good whisky. In 1990, the first single malt whisky in North America was bottled at the new Glenora distillery. A key ingredient is water, and some of the purest water is produced in the highlands of Cape Breton. The interesting twist to the story is the use of American oak barrels to mature the whisky. (Those would be used Jack Daniels barrels from Tennessee!)

Mabou Harbor

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Mabou Harbor is the only protected harbor on the west side of Cape Breton. Having a lighthouse at this location, helped promote the growth of local industries – fishing and mining. A relatively new “export” of Mabou is music…It is the home of the Rankin family, known for their Celtic sound and The Red Shoe Pub.

Port Hood

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We made it to what I consider the ultimate destination in Nova Scotia, Cape Breton. Our first stop on a whirlwind 275 mile day trip around Cape Breton found us in Port Hood. It sits on the Ceilidh (Kay-lee) Trail, and has lots of sandy beaches on St. George’s Bay – the warmest waters of Eastern Canada…I did not test it. Just off the coast is Port Hood Island, which has become a place for summer residents only.

Arisaig Replica

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We pulled into Arisaig Provincial Park hoping that was the location of Arisaig Lighthouse. While there was a lovely picnic area and overlook, no lighthouse in the park. But wait… from the overlook, we could see the lighthouse in the distance, just down the road a piece. Some of the lighthouses we found, like this one, were replicas of ones that were destroyed over the years. While its light is no longer, its weathervane is a reminder of the lobstering that takes place in this area, and there was ice cream for sale inside 🙂

Latitude: 45.874111, Longitude: -61.9005

CapeGeorgeLighthouse

Ah…my trusty GPS helped us find many lighthouses when all we had were the latitude and longitude degrees. Adding a label to the point, gave a friendly name to the place we were headed. Leaving Halifax we headed northeast toward Cape George…ahem..after a wrong turn back towards Port George where we had been a few days earlier! Oops…

The high vantage point of the Cape George Lighthouse and its lovely surroundings, provide a sweeping view of St. George’s Bay. And, if you are lucky, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island in the distance.

Halifax Citadel

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Fort George, aka the Citadel, sits upon a hill overlooking the harbor and downtown Halifax. Its vantage point has been so successful since the fort was first established by the British in 1749, it has never been under attack. That leaves time for pipers to entertain us with their look and their sound!