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Travelling without a schedule is best because it allows for unexpected diversions. Although we had never heard of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, we stayed there two nights so that Alie could talk to her doctor on a Monday afternoon about a change in her prescriptions (all is well).
As a result, while waiting, we wandered into the village of Pictou. We first stopped at Grohmann’s Knives. Although the guide was not available for a factory tour, the displays were really interesting. One had many of the knives made by the founder including this incredible “Swiss army knife.” Alie was also able to find a very light weight kitchen knife.
Next we went to the Hector Heritage Quay where the people of the town have recreated the Dutch ship “Hector” which brought over 200 settlers from Scotland in 1773. Run by local volunteers, it was a great exhibit and museum. There is also Canada’s first lobster hatchery and a replica of a lighthouse. Inside the lighthouse is a large map of the maritime provinces made by students that has electric lights showing all the lighthouses.
The town has many Victorian buildings – we have seen them all over – and I took this picture just as a representative of a Victorian house. I am glad I didn’t have to paint that detailed trim.
It was overcast and raining as we crossed the Canso Causeway and drove up the rugged west coast of Cape Breton Island. The causeway between the island and mainland is 80 feet wide at the top, but because it is 217 feet deep and blocks ice in the winter, it is 860 feet wide at the bottom!
Even on a dreary day, Cape Breton Island is one of the most spectacular drives we have ever taken. Our pictures in the rain and fog don’t do it justice at all. We hope the sun is out when we come back.
Finally, we passed through the town of Ingonish, founded by the Portuguese in the 1520’s. Who knew? It was later taken over by the French and burned by the British in the 1700s; not much there but scenery now.