On Friday we woke to cooler temperatures and grey skies. Rose and I decided to visit the town of Baddeck for the day. Baddeck is a picturesque, vibrant little village right in the heart of Cape Breton Island set on the shores of the great inland sea known as the Bras d’Or Lakes. Baddeck is widely known as ‘the beginning and end’ of the famous Cabot Trail, a magnificent scenic drive along some of the most stunningly beautiful coastline in the world!
The town's most famous resident was the illustrious Alexander Graham Bell, who moved to the area in 1885, shortly after inventing the telephone. Bell's plane, the Silver Dart, flew over Baddeck Bay in 1909 to complete the first recorded flight in the British Empire. Nowadays Baddeck is a resort town, drawing tourists from all over the world who want to learn about Bell and his remarkable life at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.
We did some running around in Sydney before the drive to Baddeck. Because of the fog we didn't stop at any of the scenic look outs . . . we'd have had a lovely view of fog. LOL When we arrived in Baddeck it was clear that we were there in the off-season - not a bad thing since the small town can be thronging with visitors. What it meant though was that many of the spots we wanted to go for lunch were closed. We found an open cafe and grabbed some lunch.
After lunch we wandered around the town admiring the old buildings and the waterfront.
After our wandering we decided to visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Situated at the edge of the town from the site’s roof-top deck, you can see the headlands of Beinn Bhreagh, Bell’s beloved summer home where many scientific inventions and explorations took flight.
You feel instantly at home with the landscape, as Bell did when he arrived in 1885 and established his summer refuge. So compelled was Bell by Cape Breton’s beauty he believed the area outrivaled any other place in his global travels. It was here where he set down his roots and engaged in many experiments - far more than just the telephone. On the waters the fastest boat on the planet raced - the precursor to the hydrofoil, and in 1909 the first flight in the British Empire took place on the ice.