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  • [Music] hello and greetings from Cate Breton Nova Scotia we recently spent a week road

  • tripping the island and what an adventure that was this was our fourth summer exploring

  • Nova Scotia and this time around we focused on Southern Cape Breton specifically the area

  • between Saint Peters and Port Hastings I think this is a really interesting area to visit

  • because it is very accessible Port Hastings is the first town you hit if you're Crossing

  • via the kanso causeway the only land access point to the island so it's a logical starting

  • point and it makes a lot of sense for travelers who want to see a bit of Cape Breton Nova Scotia without

  • having to drive too far we spent our week in southern Cape Breton doing an iconic sale

  • from Lake to Sea feasting on seafood at every meal tackling different hiking trails and

  • enjoying the warm Hospitality the island is known for so hit that subscribe button and

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  • hello hello good morning guys so for our first activity of the day we are getting ready to

  • go on a boat tour of the Saint Peter's canal and we're gonna get to learn about their lock

  • system and how the bra door Lake flows into the ocean and you know they've got different

  • tides and things like that so there's a bit of a system to get the boats to go from Lake

  • to Sea yeah and I mean this is the part of Canada we're going on a boat is practically

  • your Birthright I mean Nova Scotia is surrounded by water is considered Canada's oceans playground

  • and I can't wait for us to go out sailing today foreign

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  • Canal National Historic Site is an 800 meter title lock Canal designed to compensate for

  • the tidal differences between the ocean and the lake the canal traces its history back

  • to a traditional mikma Portage route and later affordified 17th century French Trading Post

  • the lock has Double Gates that close in a diamond shape and this is because depending

  • on the tides it could be the Lakeside or the ocean side that has the higher water levels

  • we did our tour through Richmond Adventure planning sailboat tours aboard the kunamara

  • which is a Celtic word meaning Hound of the sea the tour was an hour and a half in length

  • and we got to learn about the history of the canal and also hear about some of the fun

  • events that take place during the year like swim the canal [Music] foreign [Music]

  • that was a lot of fun it was so much fun all right guys

  • we are back in the car because it's starting to rain we finished that tour just in time

  • and that was a lot of fun and we got to sail through the Saint Peter's Canal it was amazing

  • and uh Gordon was a fantastic guide yes very nice gentleman um couldn't have had a better

  • Captain very relaxed it's very friendly yeah the scenery was incredible and it was fascinating

  • to see the procedure of how they they opened the canal Yeah so basically we were entering

  • from the Lakeside towards the ocean so first they had to stop traffic and like this bridge

  • swings open the boat goes through and then you have these two sets of locks That Swing

  • open because obviously the water level between the lake and the ocean it's different and

  • at its highest it can be up to three feet so you kind of enter the lock mechanism then

  • the water level either drops or Rises is and then the next set of locks opens and off you

  • go and once they had that part ready we were out out sailing so it is quite the procedure

  • but very cool to see I think that was my first time going through a lock system yeah so yeah

  • it's the thing to do if you're in this part of Cape Breton kind of like the southeastern

  • shore yeah I would highly recommend it for sure it's just a I mean when you're in Nova

  • Scotia you got to get out on a boat and you got to explore the waters [Music] thank you

  • after the sailing tour we drove down to Iowa Dam where we stopped to have lunch at the

  • island nest in erisha we got their fisherman platter with haddocks scallops shrimp and

  • clam strips with a side of french fries and coleslaw the portions were pretty big so you

  • can probably share the platters their menu also featured fish and chips fish burgers

  • and breaded shrimp so you basically come here for the seafood so guys I am here with my

  • clam chowder it is so good like it's such a cold rainy day so this is exactly what I

  • wanted [Music] clams Lobster a little bit of everything and vegetables too oh there's

  • celery potato this is just perfect for the weather oh my gosh I have an amazing Seafood

  • fighter come check this out look at that shrimp clams haddock and last but not least scallops

  • and I've got three different sauces gravy homemade gravy for the fries seafood sauce

  • and then tartar sauce yeah fried scallops are my favorites they're the best guys look

  • at that a whole lot of tartar sauce [Music]

  • amazing back in the car yes how's that meal oh so satisfying it's really our first taste

  • of the seafood that we're gonna be having while we're yeah in Nova Scotia so what a

  • what a delightful treat it was you eat well on the island oh yeah full satisfied not not

  • gut busting but I was a nice big hearty meal and the perfect kind of food something to

  • warm us up as it's raining a little bit and we're gonna do price point as is always requested

  • that meal was 48 yeah so twenty four dollars per person and we got the Fisherman's Platter

  • the clam chowder the iced tea and ginger ale and the gravy the home and the greens and

  • the biscuits and the crackers yeah [Music]

  • okay so this next attraction we're bringing you to it's called the Lenoir Forge this is

  • the historical building right behind me and we've just learned that this place used to

  • be a ship's chandlery an ice house and a Tavern as well as a forge so it's had a lot of different

  • uses over the years so we're going to bring you in show you some historical artifacts

  • and try not to get blown away by this wind [Music]

  • twice a week during the summer months they have a blacksmithing demonstration the schedule

  • is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm during July and August But be sure to check for updated

  • information before you visit they also offer a 30-minute walk-in blacksmithing experience

  • where participants get to make a small souvenir under the guidance of the blacksmith so aside

  • from the forge here at the Lenoir Forge they also have these three buildings that they

  • call shanties and they're using each of these buildings to kind of showcase what life was

  • like in the area back in the day so the one we're in at the moment is the schoolhouse

  • hey Sam it's fascinating yeah it just has a very specific smell inside of here you walk

  • and you're like the wood the chalk it smells like being in a wood shed and it's amazing

  • to see the deaths that were used the classic chalkboard I'm old enough to have used one

  • of these I wonder if you guys have this is a like stepping back in time and you know

  • what I went to a rural School in Argentina so I actually used these desks that you can

  • see here and are you serious yes yes that was wonderful oh wow and believe it or not

  • we actually also had a stove like this that one of the students would have to eat in the

  • winter time no way I know I know it's hard to believe but this is I mean it feels like

  • Little House on the Prairie like that type of school yeah and yeah it's kind of nice

  • this isn't stepping back in time this is just reliving your childhood that's fascinating

  • we're in the next building uh-huh and as you can see it's in the dining area yes yes yeah

  • so it's meant to Showcase you know kind of utensils and just items they had in a kitchen

  • a dining area back in the day what's really capturing my attention is just the stove stove

  • and these things are built to last like this will Outlast any water and Appliance if it's

  • kept well I mean it's just so heavy duty made it's incredible you know what I'd like to

  • film a stove like that one day I would too I would actually I'd use it yeah for sure

  • it'd be cool to you know fire it up the old-fashioned way and uh and cook you know you want to get

  • me one for our Argentine home the South American one yeah we'll save up for it how's that [Music]

  • after visiting the Lenoir Forge we continued our loop around Iowa Dam and drove to Lennox

  • passage Provincial Park this park is located on the north side of Iowa Dam so it's one

  • of the first places you come across when you drive onto the island a bit of a rainy one

  • a bit of a wet today but we have driven over to Lennox passage Provincial Park where we

  • can visit the Grand Deke Point Lighthouse so that's where we're bringing you along to

  • check out this cute little Lighthouse they're they're very small in this area but very I

  • don't know there's something sweet like historic and rustic and they are sweet and their locations

  • tend to be fabulous so yeah yeah we're gonna enjoy this one right here aside from being

  • home to grandik Point Lighthouse Lennox passage Provincial Park also has two kilometers of

  • Shoreline as well as hiking trails through the forest [Music] laughs [Music]

  • we then made our way back to the Groundswell Pub and Inn which also happened to be where

  • we stayed on Isle Madame this place serves up some great food and it was recommended

  • To Us by locals over and over again so be sure to check it out if you're in the area

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  • bourbon maple syrup scallops like bacon every ingredient fell off and they're all combined

  • I haven't even taken a bite but I'm so excited for this I'm salivating behind the camera

  • [Music] that's way too good where do I begin crunchiness of the bacon juiciness of the

  • scallops it absorbs the maple syrup in the bourbon

  • and then for the mains Sam got the Cajun linguine with shrimp which was divine the sauce was

  • so rich and creamy that I kept stealing bites and meanwhile I ordered the Thai green curry

  • with haddock and rice I like this Twist on a Southeast Asian dish using local K Breton

  • seafood and now while we're talking about the Groundswell I want to mention that aside

  • from delicious food and great music they also offer a variety of accommodations you can

  • choose between staying at the Inn where each of the rooms are named after a different song

  • by The Beatles or their two-bedroom cottage which is where we stayed the cottage is Right

  • By the Sea and it felt rustic warm and cozy plus we also got to enjoy some spectacular

  • sunrises

  • another place not to be missed in St Peter's is battery Provincial Park which can be accessed

  • from the Saint Peter's Canal you just have to walk across the Lock Bridge to the east

  • side and you're there this Provincial Park sits on a hill overlooking Saint Peter's Bay

  • and it is home to Jerome Point Lighthouse you can enjoy some really nice panoramic views

  • of the town of Saint Peters from this point plus you can watch the sailboats and fishing

  • boats make their way through the canal and out to sea the park also offers plenty of

  • hiking trails to enjoy plus lots of campsites with epic sea views [Music]

  • another nice activity to enjoy in Saint Peters is a walk along the Saint Peter's Coastal

  • Trail this is a 3.5 kilometer Trail one way that stretches from Saint Peter's Canal to

  • River tillard along the Saint Peter's Bay the trail is on a converted Railway bed and

  • it's a grassy trail with several access points to the beach you also get some really nice

  • views of battery Provincial Park and the Jerome Point Lighthouse plus it's just so nice to

  • listen to those rolling waves and enjoy the Sea Breeze we lucked out meeting this German

  • Shepherd on the beach who wanted to play yeah yeah I'm getting him wow

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  • thank you foreign

  • [Music] we also ate at the Lock Masters Pub which is located at the Brad door Lakes Inn

  • Sam got the surf and turf which came with steak and a Lobster Claw in a side of mashed

  • potato swirls meanwhile I got their pan-seared scallops served with a pea and lobster risotto

  • their menu also featured all the pub food Classics plus lots of seafood pasta and the

  • best part was that they had live music in the evening foreign

  • [Music] ERS starting off with the clam chowder for appetizer looks so good we've been having

  • quite a bit of clam chowder on this trip and this one is the creamiest thickest one I have

  • seen so far it comes with clams Lobster shrimp and haddock look at that this is gonna be

  • good I can just tell [Music]

  • that is how it's done that's so good it also has potato and on the side a bit of garlic

  • bread my goodness I have an exciting lunch I love my Mac and Cheese you can get it with

  • lobster these are the chunks of lobster I'm getting look at that look how cheesy this

  • is that is gonna be the first bite

  • whole new level it's like the Mount Everest mac and cheese really wow for the mac and

  • cheese yeah I love stir and it comes with yeah it comes with sweet potato fries and

  • more garlic bread and a chipotle dip here and I opted for the seafood pasta I got the

  • fettuccine G which comes with muscles black tie your shrimp a white wine sauce vegan scallops

  • that combination of seafood and bacon would recommend seafood and bacon is amazing yes

  • the walk so we drove to the port bury community Trails well guys we have arrived at our next

  • destination we are now in Port Hawkesbury and we're checking out the