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THE CAPE BRETON GUIDE

THE CAPE BRETON GUIDE

 Looking in at Keltic Lodge.

Looking in at Keltic Lodge.

There are some moments so exquisite that no words seem adequate to describe the experience. This is how I recount our recent trip to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia but, as this is a blog post, I'll try a little harder. 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I was put to the challenge by Expedia.ca to discover a Canadian Hidden Gem ultimately deciding on a Cape Breton adventure. A great trip is only made better with proper planning and after scrolling through Expedia.ca we had flights booked, hotels confirmed and a car waiting at the airport upon arrival – a perfect platform for spontaneous fun. 

Landing in Sydney, the unofficial capital of Cape Breton, we drove to the Holiday Inn Waterfront hotel with a room overlooking the habour, unpacked and headed to the Governor's Pub a friendly restaurant whose Mira's Bay shrimp dish was so delicious that we visited a second time – in the same day – to order it again.  

 The view from our balcony at Cabot Links.

The view from our balcony at Cabot Links.

The next day we hit the Cabot Trail to make our way to the next stop – a drive no less glorious than the destination. Around each curve was another breathtaking photo opp: tree-lined mountains and vast ocean sightings. A tough act to follow, but when we pulled up to Cabot Links with its panoramic view of a perfectly manicured golf course, modern rooms and ocean backdrop, the resort could clearly hold its own. 

 En route to Meat Cove – a strangely named yet beautiful and tucked away spot.

En route to Meat Cove – a strangely named yet beautiful and tucked away spot.

The next day we were off again. Bouncing around can be hectic but when your commute is essentially a moving meditation it is all one blissful experience. This time we headed through the Highlands National Park, and here's where it's especially difficult to describe, but perhaps it's enough to say that the fresh air, picturesque homes off the beaten track, and natural landscape captivates to the point that you seriously consider packing up the go-go-go and living off the land. The finale was Keltic Lodge, an old quaint gem, that sits atop heaven. Nestled in the Highlands, it is without flash but that is part of the charm. There is an on-site spa but this is the only time that I didn't book a spa visit immediately upon arrival – the entire island was one big spa visit – I was already breathing more deeply, revitalized by the ocean air and soothed by the landscape, anything additional seemed slightly gluttonous. 

It was a short, yet long, four days. We were fortunate to have pre-booked so much, so easily with Expedia.ca so that we could just enjoy every stress free moment. Since returning to Toronto, we've ferried to the island, taken a kayak down to the beaches and canoed through the Hudson river – maybe it's coincidence but it seems that a little piece of Cape Breton has imprinted itself on our psyche. 

Thank you to Expedia.ca for the incredible experience. 

 Ingonish Beach.

Ingonish Beach.

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