The Cape Breton Highlands are home to a very large Scottish Canadian population, so much so that most road signs have English and Gaelic on them. So naturally the first stop was at a Single Malt Whiskey Distillery.
Most of our stops are courtesy of Ann at the Canso Nova Scotia Tourism office. She was amazing! and we loved the Scottish accent. Ann also gave us a line on a few lobster joints on our travels.
The first was the Lobster Pound in Belle-Cote. We arrived and the store was closed, no operating hours were posted on the door or anything. But there was a beautiful beach across the road.
After a few hours lollygagging around the beach, and diverting some streams! ohh to be a child again, we meandered back up to the car. To our amazement the Lobster Pound was now open.
With our live Lobster on ice, we drove up to the Campground at Cape Breton Highlands National Park to cook dinner.
I think he enjoyed his final few minutes with us, and we promised we would enjoy him for dinner.
After we arose from our lobster induced Coma, we ventured into the Park.
Cape Breton Highlands has picture perfect views wherever you look. As the name suggests- Highlands- we are high up, and there is nothing beyond the beaches but ocean. The view stretches out forever, and you can easily lose an hour sitting and watching the ocean.
We checked out the Skyline Trail first as the views here are supposed to be some of the best in the Park.
The next day we awoke to torrential rains. We relocated camp up to South Harbour and headed for Meat Cove. Meat Cove is the most northern community of Nova Scotia. It is a tiny fishing village with maybe 50 residents, it is accessed by a 1.5 lane gravel road. There was not much to see, but that is the beauty here. After leaving Meat Cove, we went into the marginally bigger community of Bay Saint Lawrence.
The only restaurant in town that was open serves a mighty tasty Seafood Chowder, located at the Community Hall.
The next day the rains were easily forgotten by the topaz blue sky that met us.
We stopped to check out the St. Mary’s Waterfall
We finished off our time in the National Park by a visit to Ingonish Beach.