Sunday in Sydney, Cape Breton Island – Day 56

Today was a day to go to church in Sydney, Cape Breton Island in the morning and then explore several hundred kilometers of northwestern Cape Breton as we drove all the way around the Cabot Trail. It is a very scenic highway in northern Victoria County and Inverness County on Cape Breton Island.

Sunday in                                            Sydney, Cape Breton Island.

Sunday in Sydney, Cape Breton Island.

Paul Brown, Cari and I at the LDS Church in Sydney, Cape Breton Island. It's sure fun to put names and faces together.

Paul Brown, Cari and I at the LDS Church in Sydney, Cape Breton Island. It’s sure fun to put names and faces together.

After church we headed for the Cabot Trail. Here we are about to drive over the Seal Island Bridge...the same bridge we went under on our boat 2 days ago.

After church we headed for the Cabot Trail. Here we are about to drive over the Seal Island Bridge…the same bridge we went under on our boat 2 days ago.

Seal Island Bridge.

Seal Island Bridge.

Turning onto the Cabot Trail road.

Turning onto the Cabot Trail road.

As we drove along the Cabot Trail we noticed road signs in both English and Gaelic, an ancient Scottish language few people speak today.

As we drove along the Cabot Trail we noticed road signs in both English and Gaelic, an ancient Scottish language few people speak today.

The sign with Gaelic and English up close.

The sign with Gaelic and English up close.

The scenes along the coast were wonderful.

The scenes along the coast were wonderful.

You could describe the rocky terrain as being very steep up and down and up again, and almost completely covered in trees, with cliffs often plunging into the ocean along the rugged shoreline.

You could describe the rocky terrain as being very steep up and down and up again, and almost completely covered in trees, with cliffs often plunging into the ocean along the rugged shoreline.

A very small harbor with 3 commercial lobster boats docked.

A very small harbor with 3 commercial lobster boats docked.

The day was spectacular as far as the weather goes.

The day was spectacular as far as the weather goes.

At some points the road got very close to the water, permitting some up close pictures of the sea and coastline.

At some points the road got very close to the water, permitting some up close pictures of the sea and coastline.

Cari and I enjoying the Cape Breton Island coastline.

Cari and I enjoying the Cape Breton Island coastline.

That's the ocean so amazingly calm today and very clear, cold water.

That’s the ocean so amazingly calm today and very clear, cold water.

I'm holding up the guard railing.

I’m holding up the guard railing.

Approaching Neil's Harbour and a 3:30 pm lunch.

Approaching Neil’s Harbour and a 3:30 pm lunch.

Neil's Harbour.

Neil’s Harbour.

Neil's Harbour next to the quaint restaurant near the lighthouse.

Neil’s Harbour next to the quaint restaurant near the lighthouse.

Neil's Harbour up close, with several commercial fishing boats in port.

Neil’s Harbour up close, with several commercial fishing boats in port.

Lighthouse at Neil's Harbour being watched over by a large seagull.

Lighthouse at Neil’s Harbour being watched over by a large seagull.

The interior of Cape Breton Island.

The interior of Cape Breton Island.

The locals call this interior part of Cape Breton the Highlands.

The locals call this interior part of Cape Breton the Highlands.

More spectacular vistas around every corner in the highlands of Cape Breton Island.

More spectacular vistas around every corner in the highlands of Cape Breton Island.

The northwest coast of Cape Breton Island.

The northwest coast of Cape Breton Island.

More stunning views.

More stunning views.

NW Cape Breton.

NW Cape Breton.

A very scenic way to get across St Ann's Bay on Cape Breton Island is by this vehicle ferry.

A very scenic way to get across St Ann’s Bay on Cape Breton Island is by this vehicle ferry.


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