Westboro Beach, Ottawa, Canada.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Reuniting with Max in Germany on October 1st.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cheticamp, Cape Breton Island

We did go get some laundry done yesterday in Inverness, and then we sat and waited for the rain to stop. They had been saying 40% chance of rain, but of course they don't have a clue and it rained all morning, eventually stopping around 1:00pm. Maybe they meant it was going to rain for 40% of the day!

Then we carried on. We took the coast road up to the town of Cheticamp, only about 62 kms (37 miles) away. Opposite the town is Cheticamp Island. It's not really an island, since you can drive to it on a narrow bit of land. There is a lighthouse at the far end and from looking at Google Maps it might be a good overnight spot. So we get on to the "island", but half way there is a sign that says visitors are welcome during daylight hours only and that violators would be prosecuted...so we turned around.

We went through town and at the far end turned onto a road where there is a closed up fish processing plant. Opposite the plant is an empty parking area, so this is where we parked up for the night. Not the most scenic, but not bad either and pretty much no traffic as the plant is closed.

Not a bad overnight spot, and very quiet. However the closed up fish processing plant is on the opposite side of the road, so that does take away from the scenery which is otherwise very nice.
 (GPS 46.65277 -60.99161)

We are only a couple of miles from the entrance to Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Zoomed in, you can see the Cabot Trail in the distance. Sherman has been resting up so he will be ready to take on those hills!

Another view of the coastline

We slept fine last night, and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. Woke up to fog, but now it's breaking up and the sun is actually peaking through. It might actually be a nice day! We're going to go to the Visitor Centre at the entrance to the park, and buy our very expensive Canada Parks annual pass. I think it's around $136 for the family pass, and that allows up to seven people travelling in the same vehicle. That means that if Lindsey, Justin, and Cameron come with us at any time, or my sister and her son who are visiting next month they won't have to pay entrance fees either. We will probably only break even on it's usage over the next two months, but at least having one means we won't have to feel restrained. Without the pass, it is $7.80 for an adult to enter the park for one day. We would have to pay $15.60 for each day we are in the park for the next week or so. No, that doesn't include camping in the park which is quite a bit extra. Maybe we'll get into that with you another day!

Yesterday's drive 62 kms (37 miles)

Oh, by the way, I haven't forgotten about our poll up there on the right hand side. But there are still one or two new responses coming in each day. And some of them are very interesting! When we get a quiet day I'll go over the results with you.


  1. Loved the pictures, beautiful and peaceful looking! Enjoy your time in the park and make the most of your new pass.


  2. That park pass is expensive, I don't remember having to get one the last time we were there. Mind you that was 1995. Hope the weather stays nice for you so you can really enjoy the scenery.

  3. Your Canada Parks pass is good for other Canadian Parks??????

  4. I love that spot. A real shame about the plant being there, but if it is closed, that would make it ok by me.

  5. That looks like a great spot to camp overnight. I can always look out the other window away from the plant. If it's quiet and level, I'm a happy camper.

    Great pictures. It really looks beautiful up there.

  6. I remember those views. Thanks.
    I'm sure Sherman will have no problem, unlike the motorhome we rented in 1987 to do the trip. It had a chevy 350, which I always thought was a pretty good engine, but man was that thing underpowered! Pretty sure the V-10 will do just fine. I have to say, even though I've never been a big Ford fan, the F53 chassis seems to be a pretty good working combination. Who knew?

  7. Yes, the Canada parks pass is ridiculously expensive. Yes, the pass allows us into all National Parks in Canada for one year. The comparable pass in the U.S. is only $80.

    Bob, Sherman has the Chev 454 chassis.


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