From Pictou through the Canso Strait, NS to Port Hawkesbury – Day 51

Cari and I got up this morning and decided to take a walk around the town of Pictou, NS before we leave. This was a house on the outskirts of town with about 200 lobster pots stacked up along a shed. The season must have just ended for lobster here.

Lobster pots stacked

Lobster pots stacked

We next passed this lovely wheat field with freshly cut and baled hay.

We next passed this lovely wheat field with freshly cut and baled hay.

This farm had several horses.

This farm had several horses.

More beautiful horses near Pictou, NS.

More beautiful horses near Pictou, NS.

As we got back into town and headed for the boat we saw this great scene near Pictou Harbor.

As we got back into town and headed for the boat we saw this great scene near Pictou Harbor.

We Left Pictou and headed for Canso Strait in Nova Scotia where we would then go through a lock at Port Hastings. The point of land  in this picture is about half way between Pictou and the Canso Strait. This point is called Cape George Point.

We Left Pictou and headed for Canso Strait in Nova Scotia where we would then go through a lock at Port Hastings. The point of land in this picture is about half way between Pictou and the Canso Strait. This point is called Cape George Point.

A few homes along Cape George Point, NS.

A few homes along Cape George Point, NS.

As we approached the Canso Canal there now is a causeway for cars to cross over from the mainland onto Cape Breton Island, the huge 100 mile by 70 mile piece of eastern Nova Scotia that contains the gorgeous Bras d'Or Lake region. Because of the causeway, a lock and swinging bridge were constructed. We were now going through the lock.

As we approached the Canso Canal there now is a causeway for cars to cross over from the mainland onto Cape Breton Island, the huge 100 mile by 70 mile piece of eastern Nova Scotia that contains the gorgeous Bras d’Or Lake region. Because of the causeway, a lock and swinging bridge were constructed. We were now going through the lock.

Approaching the lock.

Approaching the lock.

We are heading into the open lock.

We are heading into the open lock.

The Canso Lock is almost closed with us in it, alone.

The Canso Lock is almost closed with us in it, alone.

Preparing to exit the lock.

Preparing to exit the lock.

The massive swinging car bridge swung open so we can exit the lock.

The massive swinging car bridge swung open so we can exit the lock.

Exiting the lock.

Exiting the lock.

We have just exited the lock and passed the swinging car bridge.

We have just exited the lock and passed the swinging car bridge.

About 3 miles SE of the lock on the Canso Strait is the small town of Port Hawkesbury with their very nice town marina. We docked for the night.

About 3 miles SE of the lock on the Canso Strait is the small town of Port Hawkesbury with their very nice town marina. We docked for the night.

Almost docked next to us is a 32 foot sailboat shown here with a   crew if 3 guys. They are about to head out and sail to the Azores Islands, 1750 miles from where we are now, across much of the Atlantic! They say that with very favorable winds they can do it in 15 days but it could take 30. I asked if they had fishing gear to catch fish for food if they need to. They said they had some but were not good fishermen. Cari said I could NOT go to help them!

Almost docked next to us is a 32 foot sailboat shown here with a crew if 3 guys. They are about to head out and sail to the Azores Islands, 1750 miles from where we are now, across much of the Atlantic! They say that with very favorable winds they can do it in 15 days but it could take 30. I asked if they had fishing gear to catch fish for food if they need to. They said they had some but were not good fishermen. Cari said I could NOT go to help them!

The Port Hawkesbury marina office with good facilities.

The Port Hawkesbury marina office with good facilities.

Right next to the marina is the town pier. There were 3 tug boats docked there.

Right next to the marina is the town pier. There were 3 tug boats docked there.

The marina again.

The marina again.

Watching the sun set from the boat. The sun is almost below the horizon.

Watching the sun set from the boat. The sun is almost below the horizon.

Within moments the sun dropped behind the horizon. Another great day of boating, meeting new people and exploring new places.

Within moments the sun dropped behind the horizon. Another great day of boating, meeting new people and exploring new places.


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