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Trip Report Thanks one and all: I loved Cape Breton Island

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I recently spent four days in Halifax (which was nice but nothing out of the ordinary) and four days in Cape Breton Island, which is very much out of the ordinary and worth writing home about--and telling friends and family to visit. I want to thank all of you who participate in this forum and specifically, again, those who took the time to offer suggestions and advice prior to my trip in late August. (I also was blown away, in the sense of enjoying the place, by the week I spent in Newfoundland.)

I enjoyed the drive from Halifax to Baddeck, especially from Port Hastings on--in fact, some of my favorite moments were spent on the road, just absorbing the vistas. Baddeck is charming and, for me, a great base from which to drive the western half of the Cabot Trail (I went as far as Pleasant Bay.) I enjoyed my visits to the Bell Museum and the Gaelic College. One of my favorite moments was by accident, when I stumbled, so to speak, upon the Lakes Resort on Lake O'Law. Waiting for dinner to be prepared in the nearby restaurant and with 20 minutes on my hands, I wandered down by the lake, there beholding paradise on earth. The tranquil beauty of the lake is a site I shall never forget and, God willing, will relive some day.

And by the way, before my trip someone posted the question on this site asking whether a trip to Louisbourg was worthwhile? You're darn tooting it's worthwhile, time permitting. I found the fortress fascinating, was enthralled to learn about the historical significance of the fortress during the French-English war, and would not hesitate to recommend a visit to the town. (The mighty fortress shames the Citadel at Halifax, for one thing--no disrespect meant to that city and its very nice inhabitants.)

I intend to return to Cape Breton Island, for the people and the scenery make it very special. And I intend to explore those parts of Canada (like Banff) I've never been to. Forget Europe or South America. I love you, Canada and Canadians, even if it and you are the most politically correct place and people on earth. God love and protect you. Best, Robert

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