Saturday, April 16, 2011

Day 3 – Whale Watching

Friday, June 24

A morning whale watching cruise (weather permitting) brings us up close to these magnificent sea creatures. Cape Breton Island’s waters are the seasonal home to many whales. We'll likely see fin, minke, and pilot whales, as well as dolphins and porpoises.

Our afternoon is at leisure in Chéticamp, where we'll spend a second night at Laurie’s Inn. Chéticamp is a small fishing village populated by Acadians, whose native tongue is a special French dialect. They are famous for their crafts, chiefly elaborate hooked rugs.

Saint Pierre Catholic church, built in 1893, dominates the harbor area in Chéticamp. The locals used horses to haul stones across the ice when the church was constructed. Parishioners donated one work day per month until the structure was completed. St Peter's contains one of the first Casavant pipe organs (1904), for which Canada is still famous. It is a modest one-manual instrument of 10 stops.

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