Monthly Archives: August 2014

One Day on the Cabot Trail

Day 2 – August 30, 2014
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Auld Farm Inn B&B

The Cabot Trail is known as known as one of the most beautiful drives in North America…and we wanted to do it in one day. Some people might call that crazy or say we were rushing it, but I knew that it was totally possible and ideal for the short amount of time we have in Nova Scotia. We were up bright and early and started our counter-clockwise trip around 8am, after a pitstop at Tim Horton’s, which should legally be the first step to any road trip. Immediately after taking this picture a crow and a bald eagle started fighting over a discarded piece of pizza. Majestic nature.

2014-08-30 07.27.32The Cabot Trail runs through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and we had bookmarked a hike to do at the beginning and end of our trip, figuring we would be grateful for the chance to get out and stretch our legs. Our first hike was the Middle Head, a 3.8km loop with some rocky sections but the promise of stunning ocean views and it didn’t disappoint.

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The hike took us a little less than two hours and when we reached the parking lot we realized it was time for lunch. We turned to google once again, this time looking for a lunch spot in Ingonish and ended up at the Seagull, a small unassuming diner at the side of the road with a killer lobster roll and kickass fish sandwich.

On the road the Cabot Trail was a lot of fun with twisty sections and an abundance of look out points.

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We even got the chance to pull off the side of the road and get up close and personal with a moose!

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By the time we reached the West coast of Cape Breton we were coming up to 3pm and it was time for hike #2, The Skyline Trail. The Skyline is a super popular trail, roughly 7.5km, but very easy to walk with a crushed gravel pathway. Near the end the path changes to wooden planks and the views are spectacular.

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2014-08-30 13.37.44-2It was a long day and we got back to the B&B around 630pm, but it was great and it’s totally possible to enjoy the Cabot Trail in one jam-packed day.


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Cape Breton and the Ceilidh

Day 1 – August 29, 2014
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Auld Farm Inn B&B

I’ve always wanted to see Eastern Canada, partly because my dad grew up near Halifax and partly because I think it’s important to see more of my own country. To start our Nova Scotia adventure we flew into the Greater Moncton International Airport (cheaper than Halifax airport) and grabbed a rental car. We were looking at a four and a half hour drive to Baddeck, our home base for exploring Cape Breton, but the beautiful scenery helped the time go by.

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After a couple hours of driving we were starting to get hungry and with a bit of googling we pulled into the Masstown Market and ordered up some fish and chips from Catch of the Bay, located behind the Fish Market. It totally hit the spot, the fish was so fresh and flaky and the fries were crispy.


It took us another few hours to reach Baddeck and our accommodations, The Auld Farm Inn B&B. I had found the B&B through TripAdvisor and all the reviews were totally accurate. The place was spotlessly clean and the hosts, Jan and Glen, could not have been nicer. We were in Room 3, a large room with a private bathroom just across the hall. The bed was comfortable and the breakfast the next 2 mornings was delicious.

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We weren’t planning on doing anything our first night in Nova Scotia but Jan mentioned there was going to be a Ceilidh (pronounced ‘kay-lee’) at the local parish hall. Ceilidhs are traditional social gatherings, usually involving music and it’s a very popular event with locals and tourists. Jan kindly called ahead for us and reserved our tickets while we got some dinner and made our way into town. The two performers were both young women, one who played the fiddle and the other who played guitar, piano and accordion. It was a couple hours long with a tea and oat cake break partway through. Overall, a really nice start to our trip.

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