Cabot Trail Road Trip

Its been two weeks since we cleared Customs in Lunenburg. Time flies. We spent a few days reacquainting ourselves with this quaint seaside town before moving on to yet another quaint seaside town, Mahone Bay. We’d visited both last year but wanted to share with our guests Kristin and Wayne. We stopped in grocery stores, art galleries, museums, shops of all kinds, and a few restaurants; taking in the culture and enjoying the wonderful Nova Scotia hospitality. We intended to linger longer in the bay but a doctors appointment in Halifax prompted us to move on. We departed Mahone Bay in bright sunshine but by the time we left the bay and entered the colder waters of the North Atlantic a fog bank engulfed Tivoli and visibility went to a few hundred yards. By late afternoon, as we approached Northwest Arm in Halifax, the fog dissipated. We motored up the familiar Arm and dropped anchor off Armdale Yacht Club. We spent several lovely days exploring Halifax, watching the jazz festival, and tending to maintenance tasks before moving to a slip at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. This welcoming club, open since 1837, would be home to Tivoli for another week. Our guests departed and we joined our friends on Roam for a road trip. Six of us in a van headed north to the Cape Breton Highlands and the beautiful coastal road, the Cabot Trail. We spent three days enjoying the Trail with stops at Airbnb’s in Baddeck, Cheticamp and Big Bras D’Or. The scenery is spectacular with 2000-foot forested hills, craggy granite shorelines and countless inlets, coves, and islands. We hiked the Skyview Trail and sampled Acadian food in local bistros. We are looking forward to further exploring the Bras D’Or Lakes region with 6 or more Nordhavns gathering in Halifax for a loosely organized rendeveous. We also learned our friends Bill and Lisa on the Krogen 48 “Changing Course” are enroute and should join us this weekend. We haven’t seen most of these friends in a year or more; should be a great time. The highlight of our road trip had to be our ride on the boat Puffin Express out to Bird Islands (aka Hertford and Ciboux islands). These small outcrops of rock are located just off the northern coast of Nova Scotia in the Cabot Straight. Enroute we saw a minke whale and the islands were home to countless puffins, kittiwakes, various gulls, herons, razorbills, sea lions, and nearly 30 Bald Eagles. Pretty spectacular seeing these creatures up close. The usual zillion photos yielded a few worth sharing.


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