2014 Sep 12 – Day 85 – North Sydney, NS to Ingonish Beach, NS

Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Part 1

We had a very smooth ferry ride last night.  The ferry was so much like a cruise ship that John and I felt right at home.  We arrived in North Sydney at 8:30 am Atlantic time – now we are done with that silly extra 1/2 hour time difference in Newfoundland.  Our berth at the terminal was taken by the Port aux Basque ferry so we had to wait for it to move before we could dock at 9:30.  We drove off the boat at 10:18.

IMG_9630 IMG_9629The view from St. Ann’s Look Off at the summit of Kellys Mountain

We are spending the night at Ingonish Beach at the edge of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It is only  about 76 km from North Sydney harbour to Ingonish Beach so obviously it didn’t take us too long to get there – 11.55 to be precise.  However we did not stop.  We drove to the Park entrance, bought our pass and continued up the road.

The sun broke through the clouds and we had nice light for most of our drive today; which was really good as it was a scenery day all the way.  This side of the Cape Breton Peninsula is characterized by rocks, bluffs and beaches.  The other side is winding mountain roads with 300′ cliffs.  (That will be tomorrow’s fun)



Lovely reflections near North GutIMG_9637  Just past Wreck CoveIMG_9643 IMG_9646 IMG_9648 IMG_9649



Can you spot the two seals?




Climbing the Smokey to Ingonish FerryIMG_9659  Nice view at the topIMG_9660

IMG_9668  Ingonish BeachIMG_9670 IMG_9673 IMG_9674


The drive to Keltic LodgeIMG_9676




At Keltic Lodge




IMG_9690 IMG_9691 Lakies Head

IMG_9695  Green CoveIMG_9700 IMG_9701 IMG_9704 IMG_9706 IMG_9699 IMG_9708 IMG_9709  IMG_9717IMG_9712 IMG_9714 IMG_9710 IMG_9715

IMG_9721 IMG_9719McKinnons Cove

IMG_9722 Black Brook BeachIMG_9723 IMG_9724 IMG_9727 IMG_9726

There are 10 red chairs scattered in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. We found one at least.IMG_9733

IMG_9734 IMG_9737 IMG_9741 Near Effies Brook

We only made one ‘historical stop’ and that was the presumed landing site of John Cabot, his son Sebastion and the 18 crew on “The Matthew” in 1497 (after they left Newfoundland’s coast).  The landing site is located outside the National Park beyond North Cape down a narrow, but paved, road to Sugar Loaf.   There is a Provincial Park located there and you can hike up the Sugar Loaf if you have very strong legs and a few hours.  We drove back to Ingonish Beach and checked into our snug little cabin for the night.

IMG_9743 IMG_9746 IMG_9749 IMG_9752 IMG_9755 IMG_9759 IMG_9760 IMG_9751  The Sugar LoafIMG_9763  An old cannon in a yard

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