A Journal, with Pictures

Sydney, Nova Scotia

by on Oct.06, 2011, under Flying, Happenings

On Sunday, September 25th. we wait for the weather to improve at Bangor, Maine and get into the air around 10:00 AM. The two hour flight is mostly in the clear and we make an instrument approach, refuel and are off to Sydney Nova Scotia, on Cape Breton Island. The weather finally is improving as we go north and we have a very pleasant two plus hour flight to Sydney, which is about as far as you can go to the north east. We deal with cross winds on landing and then face the most difficult part of the journey, finding a tie down. It is municipal airport, with no tower. We call Sydney radio and get Charlottetown, on Prince Edward Island, who talks to a airport official in a pick-up truck who we can see. He directs us to a parking spot that has no tie down. We then track him down and after much mis-communication he shows us a field with some time downs. We move our bags to the airport using a wheel barrel that we borrow from a construction sight and it’s welcome to Sydney. We get our rental car and are off to our hotel. Time for dinner and we go to the Governors Place, that turns out to be a very good restaurant and we finally get our Lobster dinner. Turns out that Lobsters are out of season here, but they have some and we do the Prince Edward Island Mussels (lots) and Lobster, we are happy musketeers. The next morning its off to the Cabot Trail.

Day two Cape Breton Island

We have decide to drive the Cabot Trail and leave after breakfast. This is pretty much an all day trip and we have not done our homework but off we go. It about an hour and a half drive to get to the start of the trail, if you don’t take the ferry. We decide not to take the ferry because we don’t want to wait for it and think it won’t save that much time. The scenery is great and the weather is perfect so we play tourist, taking in the rugged coast line, the vistas and small settlements along the coast.

We finally get to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and stop for lunch at a sea food restaurant. Chowder, clams, fish and chips overlooking the coast, not bad. We then do some more touring until its time to head back. On the way we stop at the Keltic Lodge, which is a premier resort on the coast, with one of the top golf courses in Canada. If we ever want to get away from it all and cool our jets, this would be the place.

From the Keltic Lodge we head back and decide to take the ferry with some concerns, about how long of a wait and ride. We get to the ferry and it turns out to be no wait and its about a 1/4 mile ride and takes about five minutes. Back to Sydney and another fine dinner at the Governors Place and then get ready for our flight in the morning to New Glassgow.


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