Posted by: Waheeda Harris | September 2, 2013

First glimpses of Cape Breton

I had been once before to this eastern island of Nova Scotia – but like many visitors, had stayed for a day and then moved on. I didn’t take the time to explore.

On this recent trip, I spent a week driving around the island, discovering its unique landscapes – as well as  people and cultures. But it was the landscape that captured me – starting with the connection to the sea.

Here’s the boardwalk along the harbour in downtown Sydney:

NS - Sydney boardwalk

And here’s Belle Cote, on the west coast of Cape Breton near Cheticamp:

NS - Belle Cote

But if you think this island is all about the coast – there’s also a lot going on in middle – like this farm, located steps from the Belle Cote coast on the rolling hills, focused on raising a wide range of organic vegetables and flowers:

NS - Belle Cote farm beets

NS - Belle Cote farm flowers

NS - Belle Cote farm onion

Visiting the farm was part of the Right Some Good Food Festival – dedicated to showcasing Cape Breton growers, chefs and producers. As we left the farm, we were surrounded by the potent scent of freshly picked basil, a good omen for the day and the next week of good eating on Cape Breton.

NS - Belle Cote farm basil



  1. Great photos! So glad you enjoyed your time on Cape Breton and with Right Some Good 🙂

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