TRAVEL TO THE PEACEFUL CAPE BRETON COUNTRYSIDE AWAY FROM THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF CITY TRAFFIC.Along the way, we’ll cross the little Bras d’ Or where you will see many small pleasure boats on the glistening lake. The Bras d’ Or Lakes are Canada's inland sea which is used by thousands of boaters each year. The surrounding hills offer boaters protection from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. We’ll climb Kelly’s Mountain where we’ll stop at two stunning look-offs, the Bras d ‘Or and Saint Ann’s Bay. From the spectacular Saint Ann's look-off, we’ll enjoy scenic views of Saint Ann's Bay before we proceed to cross Saint Ann's Bay via the Englishtown Ferry and tour through the beautiful Cape Breton Highlands along the Cabot Trail.We’ll be passing through sparsely populated communities where the residents make a living from the sea as fishermen or in the forest as loggers and pulp-cutters. We’ll be touring through communities with such names as South Gut Saint Ann's, North Gut Saint Ann's, North River Bridge, Tarbotvale, Breton Cove, Skir Dhu, French River and Wreck Cove – so named because of the tremendous amount of ships which went aground in the area.
We’ll climb the magnificent Cape Smokey (it is very, very steep but the scenery is unsurpassed) before arriving in Ingonish, which is home to the upscale Keltic Lodge at Middlehead and the Highland Links Golf Course, which has been ranked many times over as the number one golf course in Canada. Keltic Lodge has colourful grounds and great views of Ingonish Harbour. Driving further north, we’ll arrive at the working fishing village of Neil's Harbour which was originally settled by Newfoundland fishermen. This pleasant little village illustrates what it’s really like to live in a typical Nova Scotia fishing village. The scenery is outstanding, so there will be plenty of time for photos as lobster and snow crab pots abound and make for great background for pictures.Your guide will have suggestions for a lunch stop as well as gift, craft and other shopping opportunities as you tour today.