On a quintessential warm sunny afternoon, we arrived at the picturesque and quaint village of Baddeck (pronounced /bəˈdɛk/), situated on the shores of the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes in the heart of Cape Breton lsland. As is common, a light summer breeze blew in off the water giving us a breath of fresh air.
Baddeck is known for its inviting gentle atmosphere, local shops, friendly people, golf, sailing, and stunning scenery. It is considered to be the beginning and end of the world famous “CABOT TRAIL” and is situated in the heart of Cape Breton Island.
It has been estimated that the village experiences almost as many tourists as the provincial capital, Halifax. On the water’s edge, we listened to a couple of typical tourists convey their enjoyment of Baddeck.
While strolling along the boardwalk we stopped to admire the statue of Alexander Graham Bell and his wife Mabel. The famous couple spent their summers in Baddeck and professed their love for the Island.
“I have travelled the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes and the Alps and the highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.“ Alexander Graham Bell.