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Tuesday 2 August 2011

Off the “Rock” and into the Highlands

We had a good trip down to Burgeo, NL. This is one of the most beautiful places we have visited on Newfoundland. We had a good visit with Lori’s nephew Ben. I had hoped to see lots of Moose and Caribou but I think we were too late in the year. They must head up into the highlands to avoid the bugs. Burgeo is a small somewhat isolated community on the south shore of Newfoundland.Sandbanks Provincial Park, NL
Sandbanks Provincial Park, NL - Click for larger

Cemetary, Sandbanks Provincial Park, NL
Cemetary, Sandbanks Provincial Park, NL - Click for larger

We did a few hikes and found orchids and some landscapes. Sandbanks Provincial Park is one of the highlights of this area.Small Purple Fringed Orchid
Small Purple Fringed Orchid

We caught the ferry to the mainland at 5 am and slept in the lineup till 3:30. On the ferry we had a berth. This allowed us to get a bit more sleep, do some backups and charge some batteries.

When we landed, it was pouring rain. We headed to Cape Breton Highlands National Park and met up with our friend Adrien Veczan. Adrien is working for a newspaper in Halifax and had a few days off. We camped at Cheticamp and hiked the Skyline Trail.Skyline Trail, Cape Breton
Skyline Trail, Cape Breton - Click for larger

We saw lots of moose. It really is a lovely trail. Bull Moose
Bull Moose - Click for larger

Bull Moose
Bull Moose - Click for larger

Adrien headed home the next day. Lori and I decided to stay a bit longer. We found lots of orchids and wildlife to photograph and the landscape is very dramatic.Cabot Trail
Cabot Trail - Click for larger

Black Bear Cub
Black Bear Cub - Click for larger

Coyote - Click for larger

Male Spruce Grouse
Male Spruce Grouse - Click for larger

White Fringed Orchis
White Fringed Orchis - Click for larger

We are heading off tomorrow to the Sackville area of New Brunswick to look for shorebirds and then on to PEI. I think it will be difficult to top this part of our trip.

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Anonymous Marta said...

Wow! The photos are great! The landscapes certainly are stunning! Hope you continue to enjoy!

2 August 2011 at 11:58  

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