We really enjoyed our week on Prince Edward Island. Such a pretty island. All the same we were ready to move on so back across the Confederation Bridge we went. This time we had to pay. The total fee was $63. Not too bad for us tourists but the locals must cringe when they have to leave the Island regularly.
|Toll Booth for the Confederation Bridge|
|Up and over the navigation portion. Higher for passing ships.|
|Lots of boats around the bridge. Must be good fishing.|
|Off the bridge and into New Brunswick|
We headed down New Brunswick Hwy 16 until we came to the junction that took us into Nova Scotia on Hwy 104. We pulled in at the Tourism stop just inside Nova Scotia and got an armload of books, brochures and maps then headed out on a very good divided highway. We did have to pay a toll ($5.25) for a portion of it but we driven enough secondary highways lately and wanted to give the truck and trailer a break for the battering they've been taking.
|Several miles later we cross into Nova Scotia.|
|Beautiful wide and smooth highways for a change.|
|Across some lovely countryside|
|The bridge across the Canso Causeway that separates Cape Breton Island from the mainland of Nova Scotia.|
|Nice rolling hills on our way to the campground.|
|The lake view from our campground at Bras d'or Lake. This is a saltwater 'lake' that is attached to the ocean through a couple of narrow channels. It has a lot of fresh water coming into it so the salt content is much lower than the open ocean.|
|Sunset on our first night on Cape Breton. Thanks for the welcome!|
Thursday, September 6
This was a very windy and somewhat cooler day so we decided to look for activities out of the weather. We headed north and east toward Sydney Mines, Sydney and Glace Bay.....all were along the northeast shore of Cape Breton.
|Beautiful scenery along the way|
|The open ocean in the distance.|
|Very nice bridge over an inlet that we crossed|
|Town clock in Sydney Mines|
|This historic building has served many purposes including a Post Office. Today it is the Police Station.|
|Police Station in Sydney Mines|
|Miners Museum in Glace Bay|
|I took in the underground tour. Our guides name was Wish Donovan. What a guy. He had a million stories. He worked in the coal mines for 35 years, as did his father.|
|A coal seam.|
|Rats in a lunch pail. Rats played an important roll in the coal mines. The miners would sometimes feed them. If rats started out of the mine the miners soon followed as the rats could sense a problem long before the men.|
|Coal seam face. Of all the coal mines in the area (at one time there were over 50) only one remains in operation today.|
|A reminder of the dangerous work in a coal mine.|
|Tools of the trade. In the early days the miner had to buy his tools, clothes, and blasting powder. They only got paid by the ton of coal they actually got to the surface.|
|Assortment of mining lanterns through the years. Open flame lamps were used in the early days in spite of dangerous and explosive methane gas common in coal mines.|
|Glace Bay harbour|
|The old Town Hall in Glace Bay that is now a museum. Upstairs they have a great display of Marconi artifacts. Marconi transmitted the first trans-Atlantic radio message from Glace Bay on December 15, 1902.|
|Some of the huge vacuum tubes in his transmitter.|
|Old Marconi radios|
|Morse code transmitter at the Museum.|
|The original site of the Marconi radio towers at Table Head outside of Glace Bay. (See below)|
|The old Marconi radio transmission site. All that is left are old foundations of buildings and radio towers.|
|Cliffs near the Marconi radio site|
|A huge church near Sydney.|
|A rather shaky shot of the Sydney Harbour. Cruise ships and the Newfoundland Ferry dock on the far shore.|
Lots more to see on Cape Breton Island.
......and that was Our View From Here!