A few days ago we received an e-mail from cruising friends Milt and Judy Baker saying they were leading a group of trawlers into Nova Scotia’s Bras d’ Or Lake located within Cape Bretton Island. The group began with an overnight hop from Southwest Harbor, Maine to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia then on northeast to the Lake.
My wife Mary and I made the same trip in 2012 aboard our 46’ Nordhavn, Egret. We first joined a cruising club cruise around Bras d’ Or Lake and after left for the short hop north to Newfoundland to explore the Fjord Coast, a 25nm stretch W to E along the south coast. Egret began exploring the fjords with a stop in Grey River, an out-village* on the western most portion of the Fjord Coast. We ended the trip at the far eastern part** and stopped in the second out-village of Francois along the way. After enjoying the Fjord Coast we ran south to the French Island of St Pierre. St Pierre is not a Canadian French island; it is France complete with 50-cycle service, euros, and French mainland cars everywhere.
*Out-villages in Newfoundland and Labrador have no road access. The only access is by sea during the ice-free months and helicopter during the winter.
**Did you know that eastern Newfoundland is farther east than Bermuda?
We sent the photographs you see here to the group to encourage them to head north after cruising Bras d’ Or Lake and then on to St Pierre. Unbeknownst to us they had plans to visit Prince Edward Island, farther to the west of Cape Breton Island, so they must save the Fjord Coast and St Pierre for another time.
We though we would share the photographs with you here on Following Seas.
Scott and Mary Flanders
Author’s note. A few years back we wrote a magazine article titled: NOVA SCOTIA, SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR. In the end I’m not sure how the magazine titled the article, plus it was heavily edited. The beauty of the internet is there is no editing by ‘wordsmiths’ who have never been to sea as well as word count slashed and photos deleted to fit into magazine layout. (That’s today’s mini rant. I particularly enjoy rants so get used to it).
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