Meat Cove, CBI – Scots on steep terrain

In the morning we meet Melvin and his buddies in his workshop when welding a boat’s exhaust. Some Canadians claim that Nova Scotia is compared to Europe ten, maybe 30 years back. That may be but even in the smallest village there are computers and internet connection and people know all about that. Melvin and his friends had already checked our website, our blog and our guest book last night. We may take a photo of them but “Don’t put it on Facebook!”. No worries.

After a short excursion to Meat Cove, the northern end of Cape Breton Island, with impressing cliffs and rough blue sea we head south crossing the softer east side of the national park. A few curves make short work of differences in altitude of 500 m and more down to sea level in just a couple of minutes. Longer gradients of 15% and more aren’t rare. Winter must be challenging for car drivers.

Besides English and Acadians the Scots are the coining folkloristic and cultural element on Cape Breton Island. Many placename signs and river names are in two languages. Sometimes English-French, but often English-Gaelic. We read funny signs like Abbain a Chubbair.

In the harbour of North Sidney we buy a ticket for the ferry to Newfoundland for the next morning. A few kilometres back there is a campground. It is still closed but since we don’t need anything we might stay overnight for ten bucks.

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