August 5th – The Bras d’Or Lakes

05 Aug

Well! We have finally arrived at the Bras d’Or Lakes and it is very beautiful here even though it has just started to rain. We are anchored out kind of near St. Peter’s in a nice big bay and we’re the only boat around, so it is very peaceful.

We left Port Hawkesbury this morning at 9:00 – we were fogged in so we left a little later than usual but I used my time wisely and walked up and down the hills – I thought I needed my exercise and this was a good workout!

The day was uneventful. We had to radio a bridge in the Lennox Channel to let us go through. Somewhere along the way, we spotted a couple of “fixer uppers” and Dennis immediately thought of Glen! (Don’t worry, Jo – they’re impossible to bring back to Ontario!)

Photo 48

In St. Peter’s we had to go through the lock. It was the easiest lock ever – we didn’t even have to be on the boat! We just tied it up and wandered around while the lock master did all the work. Then, she hopped in her truck and raced over to the swing bridge to let us out. Her partner was out mowing the lawn somewhere so I wonder if the National Parks have had to cut back! 🙂 At any rate, it all worked out.

Photo 49


As soon as we got to the Bras d’Or Lakes, we spotted several beautiful boats which you can see in the pictures below.

The only excitement here is that there seems to be some sort of confrontation going on with the herons and the ducks. Every once in a while, the herons let out a prehistoric cry and a great flurry of activity arises. The ducks get chased off and then everyone settles down again.

The rain has stopped and it is really nice out – Dennis is going to go fishing. (I am glad I made a couple of trips to the grocery store on my bike yesterday as he doesn’t seem to have much luck!)

I think we are heading toward Baddeck tomorrow but I am not sure if we will get there. The lake reminds me of Georgian Bay – maybe not as many rocks and bent pines but very beautiful!


Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Bras d'Or Lakes


2 responses to “August 5th – The Bras d’Or Lakes

  1. Donna Cudmore McCarthy

    August 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Ahhhh! the beautiful lakes. Lots of eagles as you leave St. Peters, and most places!! I love the locks, it is a time to talk with other sailors and the lock keepers! It is a beautiful place. Have fun with it all — I will keep track of your travels–So many places to visit!!! Stay safe. We weathered out a would-be storm many years ago in “Down the bay” it is just to port side of Baddeck as you enter the bay. It was actually the mooring place of Alexander Graham Bell’s beautiful “Elsie” with the tanbark sails. We last saw her in the Baddeck Sailpast in 2003, all refurbished–so blessed to have such beautiful memories! Enjoy it all!!!

  2. glen & jo :)

    August 6, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Jane, You say the boats are “impossible to bring back?” When has that ever stopped Dennis and Glen??!! : )


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