Posted by: TheAuthor | 10/10/2011

Day 25 – Cape Breton

The rain continued for the entire drive north, Falk had the idea of taping up the straps to help stop them becoming saturated and thus leaking into the car – it worked much to our delight. We hoped the rain would break so that we could camp in Cape Breton, a much more fun way of sleeping and not to mention cheaper for the five of us. Before we set off we checked out the weather forecast and noted a storm brewing that was heading up the coast, covering the entire maritime region – New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. We knew camping would be out of the question so we reserved beds at a hostel in Pleasant Bay within the Cape Breton Highlands, so much for saving money and camping.

To help break up the long drive Shell, Dan and myself all decided to watch X-Men: First Class whilst riding in the back of Kevin – Falk and Claire were in the front. All of us looking outside periodically hoping the dark clouds would break as we entered the Cabot trail, billed to be one of the most beautiful drives in Canada. Unfortunately it was not to be the case, but at least it had stopped raining for now. The drive, even though cloudy, was beautiful and it reminded me quite a bit about western Scotland. Stunning places to stop and admire the sea from almost every single tiny town on the way up.

Shell had heard about the ‘Skyline’ trail previously so we made a stop there. The skyline trail is just off the Cabot Trail, on the western side of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. The trail leads through marshland and trees towards an elevated position overlooking the coast and sea. The weather perked up remarkably to such an extent we mused about the idea of camping again. The walk was fun, especially as we were able to get out of the car for an extended period of time and stretch our legs. The view was spectacular, even though it was still partially cloudy, the sun was out and the sea sparkling. Well worth the 90 minute round trip. Being in Cape Breton, which is Moose territory, we were on the lookout for such a creature to present itself to us, however we were not so fortunate as to see one.

We continued to the HI Hostel In Pleasant Bay, a wonderful little location right on the coast. Shell and myself were looking into Whale watching, but due to high winds we were unable to go today. Fortunately there were a couple of businesses in the town that offered such an experience – including ‘Wesley’s Whale Watching’. We decided to call them in the morning to see whether the weather had ceased and we could venture out onto the sea.

If you visit Canada, ensure you are able to come to Nova Scotia. The province does have a very remote town lifestyle, but the backdrop to it all and the seaside feel is incredible. Even in the wet and windy, stunning.

Trip Statistics:

Tim Horton’s stops – 9

Kilometres driven – 464km

Total distance driven – 8203km

Car faults – Found out Speedometer is inaccurate by 10kph

– Speakers starting to refuse to operate

– Tail Light Casing Broken


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