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.

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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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