The Cabot Trail

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The Cabot trail follows the coast on the left edge.

I rolled out of the campsite at Louisbourg as early as I could muster, and headed north to Sydney to try and obtain passage to Newfoundland. The girl at the kiosk siad they are booked up two ferry loads in advance, so It wouldn't be until the morning that I could sail.

I left the ferry terminal and went in search of a tourist info office. There a different girl provided more ferry related information and some cabot trail info too. The Cabot trail is a loop road that runs around Cape Bretton's north west peninsula. I had intended to do it after Newfoundland, but I was so close now it seamed silly not to.

The Englishtown ferry. Toy town ferry, more like.
A few minutes of delving in the back of the car resulted in the Nova Scotia guide which gave me some campsite ideas. I loaded up some fresh food and drove off in the direction of Indian Brook, heading for a campsite called Cabot Shores. My route took me to the most pointless, but exceedingly cool little ferry that connects one of Cape bretton's peninsulas to the one I wanted. The expanse of water separating the end of the road on one side to the beginning on the other can't have been more than 20 metres (or maybe it just seemed that short, judge yourself from the pictures). To make matters even more silly, the ferry only holds 12 cars. I waited just for the adventure of it, paid my $5 and embarked briefly before almost immeadiately arriving on the opposite side.

Next I came across a quite unbelievable sight as I drove to the campsite.

Andy discovers the crop of Giant Blackcurrants.
I can only describe them as giant Ribena berries. Anyone back in the UK is probably aware that 90% of britain's blackcurrants alegedly make it into the ribena bottle (for those of you listening internationally Ribena is a blackcurrant juice product that when combined with water makes a slightly more diluted blackcurrant juice product). I guess these gargantuan specimens managed to escape slaughter, and are now at large (quite literally) in Nova Scotia. Each berry I estimate to hold roughly 2.5 litres of juice, so after consuming four of them I would manage to hit my daily Ribena quotient of 10 litres.

It was only later when I discovered that they were fishing floats. My hopes of solving the world food crisis were dashed, and to top it off I had run out of Ribena. I drove solemly off, to discover after a short drive the most amazing campsite since the last most amazing campsite I had seen (which was in Brudnell River Park in PEI).

'HD-6' used hydrofoils to attempt to break the world water speed record.
Cabot shores Campground is great, there are chalets and a wigwam and even two Yurts (a Yurt as I found out is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia). Kind hosts P and his Wife B welcomed me in. I negotiated for a pitch down near the river and went off to get unpacked.

Later P invited out for an evening kayak, so I went along and we ferried two of his boats out to the river area while the tide was still high enough. P showed me a floating bridge that had broken its moorings, and I agreed to help move it back the following morning. We wandered back through the wilderness and I got to explore the Yurts. I might have to make one myself - they are quite cool.

The following morning I helped the lads move the bridge and secure it and then headed off to the Alexander Graham Bell historic site in Baddeck. The museum is not bad, although it is more focused for younger viewers. I hadn't realised that Dr Bell had so many other interests. He had talents in speech and language, aiding the deaf, Kites, Flying machines and pioneered the first use of hydrofoils to break the world water speed record of the time. He also had a passion for Tetrahedrons, using them mostly in his kites. The museum reflected this passion by having lots of tetrahedroid structures in its architecture, among the hundreds of Dr Bell's own structures on display. Oh and he also invented the telephone, and to top that he invented a working sound-to-light-to-sound telephone system as well, but it didn't catch on. This dude was ahead of his time.

So I'll probably drive the rest of the cabot trail now I'm here, more photos coming shortly.

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HD-6 used hydrofoils to attempt …
'HD-6' used hydrofoils to attempt…
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