The Cabot Trail
Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
48Trip End Aug 2009
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Rajiv made a ¨pilgrimage¨ to the Glenora distillery on our way to the campsite. The distillery produces Canada´s only single malt whiskey. It is aged 10 years, and, for people who enjoy a good whiskey, has a very smooth and refined taste.
We had a quick tour of the distillery that included a sampling of the whiskey (can be skipped....despite the free whiskey). We had a good lunch in the pub while listening to live music.
It was a grey and deary afternoon when we finally made camp at Cheticamp in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cheticamp is a colourful village nestled in the hills and valleys of the Cape Breton Highlands. It even has a Tim Hortons! We stopped at Charlies Downhome Music - the largest Atlantic region Celtic, Gaelic and Fiddle Music Selection in Eastern Canada and bought a couple of tapes - yes tapes. The van has a tape deck only so we are somewhat limited in our music. For the most part, CBC is our radio companion on the road.
We hiked the skyline trail in the afternoon. It was a hike that promised wonderful views at the top of the mountain but the fog pretty much obstructed anything more than 200 metres away. But it was still a good hike - the fog created its own enchantment.
At one of the look-outs on the way back to camp, we saw moose munching away at grass. That evening we watched a very entertaining event at the camp theatre about wild cats in the park, put on by a park interpreter
On our way to Ingonish (the other side of the Cabot Trail), we stopped at Pleasant Bay to go on a whale watching tour. The company guaranteed sightings and we did see some pilot whales . They usually swim in a pod and for the most part we saw them in groups of 3 or4. Very graceful animals and the pod would come up in unison and then a split second later, they would be back in the water.
Rajiv did try to take some pictures, but it was very difficult - with the choppy water, trying to balance on the boat was a challenge, and given the quickness with which the whales moved, it was almost a futile effort to try and capture them on camera.
It was more of a whale-chasing tour than whale-watching, as the boat raced to spots where the whales were sighted. Hopefully the whales aren´t too disturbed by the presence of the boats but I guess its better than what they used to face, as about 50 000 whales used to be slaughtered annually in whale hunts as recently as the 1960s.
We are now on our way to catch the long ferry to Newfoundland.