After breakfast the next day, we boarded the sightseeing bus, only to find that our assigned seats had moved back three rows while the travellers on the other side of the bus had moved up three rows. This was done each day to encourage the group to introduce themselves, and new friends were made. We stopped at Jeddore Oyster Ponds and the Fisherman’s Life Museum, set in an early 1900s fisherman’s home, before landing at Sherbrooke Village, a re-created lumber town from the late 19th century with brightly painted houses. My daughter posed outside of the Temperance Hall, imagining herself to be a young Rachel Lynde from Anne of Green Gables.
On the road once again, we moved on to Cape Breton Island. A highlight of the day was the schooner tour of Bras d’Or Lake; we sailed near land once owned by Alexander Graham Bell. There are approximately 12 homes on this 800-acre estate; the only non-Bell family member living there is the caretaker. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Mr. Bell and a son-in-law created the National Geographic Society. After a lovely sail, we turned to our hotel, the Silver Dart Lodge in Baddeck. It was so beautiful here, it felt like we were living in a postcard. Our rooms had large Adirondack chairs overlooking the lake so we could relax and enjoy the scenery.