Cape Breton Highlands
By the time we disembarked from the Newfoundland ferry, both my daughter and I were stiff and bleary. We raced toward to the Cape Breton Highlands. This was the only part of Nova Scotia I hadn’t been to before. Out west, the thrill of discovery fueled my painting; here, in a hurry to finish our trip, visiting an unknown place was a dumb choice.
I don’t know if it was because I was fussy from exhaustion, but I was unmoved. The Highlands were smaller, more ordinary, and less breathtaking than Gros Morne. Well, of course. They aren’t trying to be Newfoundland, and they weren’t put there merely for my amusement.
However, I did love the Scottish Gaelic signs throughout the island. Cape Breton is also the birthplace of Natalie MacMaster. Along with her husband Donnell Leahy, she is truly a Canadian national treasure.
In 2016, my daughter Mary and I set off across Alaska and Canada on a Great White North Adventure, which you can read about starting here. We arrived in Anchorage at the beginning of September and got home in mid-October. In between, we visited every province but PEI (been there, done that), and Yukon Territory. In retrospect, it might have made more sense to do this during the summer, since Alaska and Canada threw a mess of strange weather at us.
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Cape Breton Highlands is 8X10, oil on archival canvasboard.
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