Family Retreat – Action and Peace & Quiet!

Mums and Dads and kids spent the weekend exploring the many delights that Cabot Shores has to offer with an action… and stillness… packed schedule. After yummy self serve breakfasts, which catered admirably for everyone’s different preferences for getting up – early or a bit later, the morning offered the grown-ups the peaceful opportunity for […]

Cabot Trail Named One of “World’s 10 Most Beautiful Highways” by FoxNews.com

Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail has a history of high ratings from magazines and other media.
National Geographic, Conde Nast, Travel and Leisure, and the Readers’ Digest all have
written about the beauty of Cape Breton Island, especially the Cabot Trail.
Now Foxnews.com has named the Cabot Trail one of the “world’s top 10 highways”.
The article in foxnews.com goes on to say:  “the Cabot Trail brings travellers through lush
green forests that in the fall transform into a breathtaking sea of reds, oranges and yellows
as the leaves change colors.  Along the route, drivers will come across an abundance of restaurants,
museums, galeries as well as hiking [...]

Studying at Gampo Abbey

 
In March, Paul and Barbara were fortunate to be invited to take part in Shedra, or monastic college, at Gampo Abbey. For two weeks we traveled to Gampo Abbey several times a week. The journey itself, a drive on the Cabot Trail through the Cape Breton Highland National Park in winter is spectacular.

More than once, we observed a moose (the same one, we believe) in almost the same location, calmly chewing and regarding us with interest.
Gampo Abbey, North America’s only Tibetan monastery for Western students, is located off the Cabot Trail, high above the Gulf of St.Lawrence.

Under the [...]

Still swimmng on Cape Breton–especially the Moose

Many of our guests want nothing more than to see a Cape Breton moose.
 
Last week during a Road Scholar Retreat, a group saw all kinds of moose skat on the path to Indian Brook–but no moose.  Then, the next day, Catherine, a guest from San Francisco, came upon one.
Her husband, Nicholas, was skeptical.  “Where’s the picture?”  he said, only half jokingly?
Well, today, another couple, Robert and Christine (of Sydney Australia) were driving the Cabot Trail and visiting Mary Ann Falls.  Just after returning to the Cabot Trail, they stopped at a pond and there it was–a moose, a big bull [...]

Moose Viewing All Seasons at Cabot Shores along the Cabot Trail

Many guests to Cape Breton say they’d really like to see a moose.
In the same sentence, they ask: is it safe?  And except for rutting season and running into one along the road while you’re driving, the moose are quite safe and tend to disappear or blend into the bush.
Seeing A Moose On The  Shores of Church Pond
 
A few days ago, I was paddling a kayak in Church Pond with my dog Cosmo, going into an inlet and kind of daydreaming. Suddenly Cosmo started barking,  and jumped into the water, swimming toward shore.  I looked up and saw a big [...]

The Story of the Breton Cove Farmhouse

The Story is about
 
the land of 180 acres deeded by the king of England along the Atlantic, and the place was once
 
 

A self-sustaining farm with pastures, a  barn, chicken coop, hog house,  orchards, garden…
A sawmill
The border to lobster fishing territory where boats landed at Skir Dhu (Black Rock)

The Urquehardt   family over time

Had midwives using the main house for “birthing”
Adopted 5 kids
Was a neighborhood center across from the Gaelic Singers’ Hall and ball field

The place fell into disrepair over 20 years vacancy, its roof caved in and hunters sat upstairs poaching moose and and drinking beer.
The bedroom walls were caved [...]