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“Cape North of Cape Breton Island”
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minneapolis
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“Cape North of Cape Breton Island”
Reviewed August 6, 2003

We stayed at the Country Haven Bread and Breakfast. There are only about 4 places to stay in Cape North and the others were all fine as was this place. A private house/b&b, the owners were helpful and friendly.

It is a drive to get to Cape North but we thought a good base to explore the area. Our trip was in late August 2002 and the weather was warm during the day and cool at night.

Arriving in Cape North or Dingwall at about 6pm we headed for Meat Cove as it was where the road ended on the map. There is a large group of people camping here if you are looking for a place to pitch your tent, I guess this would be it. Parking our car on the side of the road, we followed a trail marked by a small piece of orange plastic tied on a tree and walked up to the top of a hill overlooking the most spectacular and unspoiled view I have ever seen. You will think you are on the edge of the earth. Desolate and beautiful. After sunset we drove back to Dingwall and our gas tank was EMPTY it was 8:15 and everything in that town was closed. As a testament to the warm hearted folks that live there, our friends were staying in McDonald's hotel down the road, the owners' brother drove us to a pizza joint.

Other things we did while there were kayaking where we pulled the kayak up on the river side and walked to the ocean side to a deserted and huge beach and proceeded to strip our clothes and hop in the cold ocean. We also went Whale watching where we got dressed up in great suits and bounced around on the water for an hour and had many whale sightings.

Two highlights, though, one was a musical concert on Friday night. It was local musicians at the Octagon next to the Markland Resort. Some people just traveling through got up on stage and played too and it was a treat. We also went to Pleasant Bay to see a Buddhist Temple there and visitors can join the group for dinner (we did not know that until after we were there) if you call in advance. 902-224-1358 Gampo Abbey to check when it is open and to see if they have room for dinner. This was a peaceful and spiritual place on a breathtaking and rough piece of land. The smell of the food was amazing - eat there and enjoy the peaceful people if you have time.

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