Cape Breton Island - Whale Watching
Trip Start Jun 01, 2009
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First day we set off for Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the Cabot Trail which is one of the most scenic in North America. Coastline was lovely with complete wilderness in this part of the Island. The highlight of the trip was our 2 hour whale spotting boat trip. This time of the year we were only able to see pilot whales, although there were lots to see and we able to set up real close
Next morning we set out for a Parks Canada Museum of Alexander Graham Bell. The Canadians really do these things well and the museum was excellent. He emigrated with his parents from Scotland to America when he was young as both his brothers had died of TB and so his father took him to warmer climates. He then lived in Boston then Washington but also had a summer house in Baddick, Cape Breton. Although he invented the telephone, he was a fascinating person and actually was more interested in helping the deaf (his wife was deaf) than the telephone. Not only did he invent the telephone but also but the first aeroplane in the sky in Canada and invented the first hydrofoil that held the world water speed record for 10 years. The time we spent here was well worth it.
After visiting the museum we were off to Louisbourg on the Eastern side of the Island. Louisbourg was the stronghold for the French in the 1750's as it controlled ships through the St Lawrence route to Quebec. It was a busy seaport with much wealth made from the fishing industry which sent dried cod back to Europe
Next morning we were off again to Halifax, another long drive!