Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada


August 2005


We chose Baddeck as a destination because the RV Park is part of our Coast to Coast network, but it was a great choice for a lot of other reasons.  Centrally located on Cape Breton Island on the shores of Bras d'Or Lakes, it boasts a diversity of restaurants, activities and places to stay.  Baddeck's most famous resident was Alexander Graham Bell who built a huge summer home nearby.  A Scotman by birth, the area reminded him of the highlands of his birth.  A visit to the Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site was very educational.  One evening we went to see Spirit of the Island at the Saltwater Theatre where six wonderful musicians and singers celebrated Cape Breton music with songs of the sea, wonderful humor and great fiddling.  One humorous presentation of a bagpiper in an ill fitting kilt had everyone rolling in the aisles.  

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Another day we drove the Cabot Trail, a 184-mile loop from Baddeck around the northernmost point of Nova Scotia.  The scenery was breathtaking with the Gulf of St. Lawrence along the northeastern coast and the Atlantic Ocean along the western side. 

At a coffee shop near Grand Etang, we visited with Acadian residents of a small village.  Their French accents reminded me so much of my mother, who never lost hers.  At Cheticamp we went through the Les Trois Pignons Museum where we learned more of the Acadian history and saw a special display of hooked rugs done by Elizabeth Lefort, Canada's Artist in Wool, and at Bay St. Lawrence we watched a fishing boat come in and unload its cargo.