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A Wee Bit of Scotland

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Cape Breton Island is linked to mainland Nova Scotia by the Canso Causeway, a mile-long road and railway system that is part of the Trans Canada Highway.  You will be most welcome when visiting Cape Breton’s rolling heartland, where the highlands meet the lowlands along the shores of the island’s beautiful inland sea—the Bras d’Or Lakes. The Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive circles the lake along shoreline roads that offer an ever-changing panorama of woodlands, farms and villages, and are ideal for walking, biking and bird watching.

There’s something new around every corner along this route. Experience the daily life of the early Scottish settlers at the Nova Scotia Highland Village Museum. At Marble Mountain Museum you can learn about marble quarrying in the late 1800s, and the Orangedale Railway Station Museum offers a special look at late 19th-century trains and train travel.  There is truly something for everyone! Known for gentle, fog-free waters, beautiful anchorages, and hundreds of coves and islands, the lakes are an international cruising destination, attracting hundreds of boating enthusiasts every year. Visitors who want to get out on the water will find numerous boat tours available, from seabird tours and ecological sailing tours to elegant cruises. Our tour includes a whale watch. The Bras d’Or Lakes’ unique tidal waters create a rich ecosystem that supports a impressive array of wildlife. Hundreds of pairs of bald eagles nest along the lake shore and in the surrounding countryside. White-tailed deer, osprey, foxes, and racoons are also frequently seen.  Bring your cameras to capture the incredible beauty that abounds. You know I’m always all about the food. On this tour you’re in for a tasty journey. You’ll taste lobster, fresh from the boat, steamed to perfection, and served at a table near enough to hear and smell the ocean-waves it was recently pulled from. While you taste this succulent crustacean, you can sip a glass of fine-wine, ice-cold ale, or a dram of Canada’s only single malt whisky. Either way, it’s going to be some of the best you’ve ever had and a memory long savored. Like to shop? The Cabot Trail Artisans are unique and awarding winning. Leather Works, Glass Artisans and Piper Pewter are just a few located on the Cabot Trail – every stop is a unique experience. If you like outdoor adventures, there are many opportunities around the Cabot Trail. From hiking to kayaking to whale watching, there are lots of outdoor activities to enjoy.  If you’d rather sit back and enjoy the views,  a visit  to Cape Breton Highlands National Park offers some of the Island’s most spectacular scenery. Or if you prefer something a little more lively, tap your toes to our local Cape Breton music which can be enjoyed around the Cabot Trail. The Cabot Trail offers you a journey that you will want to savor and remember. Baddeck, situated along the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes, is a village in bloom from spring to fall with a myriad of colors in baskets, boxes and gardens along its downtown shopping core. Although Baddeck is a lively resort community, it retains the essence of a quaint village. Alexander Graham Bell, compelled by the beauty of Baddeck, chose this area as his summer residence. Today, visitors celebrate Bell’s life work through the exhibitions and interactive demonstrations at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.  You might be able to catch a glimpse of Bell’s summer estate, Beinn Bhreagh, where his descendants still vacation. As visitors to this bustling community you can enjoy many activities during your free time. Please review the complete itinerary and plan to join this interlude and experience a wee bit of Scotland.

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Eadie, Interlude Blog Team

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