I spent the day exploring the coastal back roads of south eastern Cape Breton yesterday with my friend Chrissy.  We were good friends when we lived in Sault Ste. Marie and now we’re both living in Nova Scotia.

She had a day to kill while her girlfriend was at a conference, so I drove up to meet her in Port Hawkesbury, and then we went off exploring with her 2 dogs, a beagle and a retriever, in her car.

Here is Arichat in the distance.

day on Cape Breton

We drove the car as far as possible on this beat up old road, then walked the rest of the way to the lighthouse.

day on Cape Breton

I love the colours of the vegetation here in Nova Scotia and in Newfoundland.  This photo looks like it was painted!day on Cape Breton

The bench in front of the lighthouse is dedicated to the last lighthouse keepers who manned this light.

day on Cape Breton

See the cross on the rock?  Is that the burial place for the last lighthouse keepers too?

day on Cape Breton

day on Cape Breton

day on Cape Breton

We went to Point Michaud beach. It is 3km long on the Atlantic Ocean and is all sand.  Really nice place.  The waves were rolling in and there were some people surfing. I think this waves were already being kicked up by the hurricanes.

day on Cape Breton

day on Cape Breton

day on Cape Breton

day on Cape Breton

day on Cape Breton

day on Cape Breton

This is Battery Provincial Park in St. Peter’s. The sign says “Danger. Actively Eroding Cliff”.day on Cape Breton

There was a lighthouse here too, beside the gate house of the campground.

day on Cape Breton

This is the canal and lock system in St. Peter’s that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Bras d’Or lakes.

day on Cape Breton

day on Cape Breton

Here are the tug boats in Port Hawkesbury.

day on Cape Breton

day on Cape Breton