The Mira River abounds with picturesque scenery and stories connected with the early days of the French regime at Louisbourg. These were the thoughts of C.W. Vernon who wrote about Cape Breton at the turn of the 20th century. For...
A couple of summers ago on a trip to Baddeck, I decided to re-visit the Uisge Ban waterfall. By following the road on the west side of the Baddeck River, it didn’t take long to get to the Department of...
The autumn colour season is just about over. We were all expecting that the colours might be not as good as other years because of the dry summer season, but in places, they are as brilliant as ever. Now it...
Located between Mabou and Inverness is a small range of hills known as the Mabou Highlands. They make up an oval-shaped pattern about 10 miles long and six miles wide. The tops of the hills range up to 1,000 feet...
The directions weren’t very clear; across the field, pick your best walking through the woods, down a steep embankment, find the brook, listen for very rushing water, and hope for the best. This has been our way of finding many...
The little outboard motorboat sped across the waters of Lennox Passage toward a small treeless island about three kilometres from where we launched. In case you are not sure, Lennox Passage is the long, narrow body of water that separates...
I’m sitting on my veranda having a cool drink and watching the round bales of hay pop out of the baler in the field across the way near St. Margaret’s Church in West Bay Road. Am I wishing to...
Pans of ice shunted back and forth through the Strait of Canso. It was the middle of March 1946. We were on our way to the Canadian-American border. We spent that winter living at my grandparents’ place in South West...
Six o’clock in the morning on the streets of Venice, Italy, a strange sound coming behind me caught my attention. A man marching, carrying and playing some sort of bagpipe came into view. Under his arm, a large inflated...
The sun was shining bright, the temperature wasn’t too cold, and it was a great day for a late winter drive.   The topic at Tim Horton’s was often about the amount of snow on the Cape Breton Highlands and how...
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