We continued our Canada Exploration with a visit to Cape Brenton. An Island attached to the rest of Nova Scotia by a suspension bridge – the island is lovely.
Our big goal was to explore The Cabot Trail & Cape Breton Highlands National Park. We hit the Trail and the park our first day in the area.
The drive around Cape Breton Highlands Park will take most of your day and give you a good glimpse of the rocky coast fringed with mountains. This is an unusual sight for someone from the East Coast of the US (that would be me…) where the beaches are met by more flatlands.
Here, the hills and mountains provide a great contrast to the ocean or bay below. The surrounding waters are the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean.
We snuck in a quick hike in the Park on an easy hike that led through old-growth maples. An interesting hike that provided a glimpse of many diverse types of trees and pretty waterfalls.
We took a wrong turn and wound up waiting for a ferry to cross Saint Ann’s Harbor – a short 10 minute drive to cross the waterway (along with $7.00 Canadian..). It was a very popular ferry and provided much shorter route to Englishtown and Sydney.
We also kayaked from our campground (Baddeck Cabot Trail Campground) and had nice quiet paddle with beautiful views. It was nice to launch from a close site – a two-minute drive from our campsite.
We spotted a few Eagles and Hawks from our boats….
The highlight of our Cape Breton Visit was our stop at the Bite House restaurant. A small establishment with 12 tables and one seating per night. Staged in a farmhouse outside of town – your drive on the local roads (and your early contact with the restaurant) is well worth the effort.
The restaurant offers a five-course set menu each evening. The food was amazingly fresh – with one of the highlights being the super-bright crab that was offered as a starter.
Our visit to Cape Breton was a delight. The Low & High Lights:
Eating at the Bell Buoy Restaurant. Bad Service followed by bad food.
Dinner at the Bite House – again & again!
Hiking anywhere in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park;
Exploring the Town of Baddeck.
and our stay at the Baddeck Cabot Trail Campground was fine and a good base for exploring the area