Following the coast line, we finally arrived in Antigonish, home of St. Francis Xavier University, where so many of my teaching colleagues graduated from. I can see why they were so charmed with their university years.
On our way into town, just in front of the hospital, I spotted a Peace by Chocolate sign. If you aren’t familiar with this Syrian family success story, do read about it. Leon parked and we went in to the tiny house that was the original factory and store for the family. The best surprise was actually meeting the sister and mother of Tareq, the family spokesperson. What a delight! And the chocolate is very good too! I got a dark chocolate, almond and sea salt bar for myself, while Leon enjoyed a hazelnut milk chocolate bar – not all in one sitting though!
We wanted to sleep further up the coast and found an available site at McLeod’s in Dunvegan. This part of Cape Breton is very musical, with stars like the Rankin family originating from Mabou, nearby. The point was that there were all kinds of music festivals going on and finding a camping spot was not that easy. Nevertheless, we got a spot, way up on the ridge, among the very large seasonal trailers. The views were wonderful (check out that spot with the 2 red chairs or that very large estate built adjacent to the campground). We took a short walk on the beach, but didn’t swim. On our way back from the showers, we met some of the residents who invited to stay for a drink. Friendly folks, these Cape Breton people. We had a wonderful chat and they even told us about a campground further on that was run by people who lived in Langley, BC. You can be sure we stopped there next!
The next day we drove back to see Glenora Distillery, the people who made our special commemorative whisky (UBIQUE 150). We had a cup of tea and drove back towards the Cape Breton National Park and ultimately to our campsite, Avoca Birches, owned by those nice people from Langley. We were amazed at how much they had developed this beautiful property with a large sandy beach into a first class, natural campground. Look them up if you are in the area.
By the way, the weather on our drive through the park was so foggy, we barely saw anything. Thanks goodness we had driven one of Canada’s most iconic roads before or I would have been terribly disappointed.