Last week, my wife and I spent 5 days cycling the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. It is a 200 mile trip around the island of Cape Breton. We also tacked on a few days to travel around the province, and had the opportunity to visit Maitland, Annapolis Royal, Lunenburg, and Halifax. While in Halifax we were able to visit with UCT members Gorden and Judy Woodworth and get a great tour of the metro area. Unfortunately, we had a very full schedule on our trip, so we weren’t able to visit any of the local councils in the area.
It was a great trip filled with spectacular scenery. Riding the hills was a challenge (see below), but the views from the top of French Mountain and North Mountain were worth the climb.
We stayed in a number of very pretty locations like the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish below:
The scenery was spectacular, the seafood was great, and all in all we were very impressed with Nova Scotia and her people. It was, for us, a hidden gem. It was a great ride and a great trip that in many ways exceeded our expectations. Many of the people we met in the towns we stayed in were very matter-of-fact about living in such a picturesque and historic location. There wasn’t any bragging about the area, and we hadn’t seen a lot of publicity about Nova Scotia that would have prepared us for how amazing it was to visit.
UCT is a hidden gem in a way. Our members do community service work and volunteering throughout North America (including our Cape Breton council), but they often don’t brag about it or try to publicize their good work. As with Nova Scotia, I think some bragging might be in order. Nova Scotia is a place worth visiting, and UCT is an organization worth learning more about.
I plan to visit Nova Scotia again.
I hope you will consider visiting our website and learning more about UCT.