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Aspy Bay and Cape North by George Cousins

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To reach Aspy Bay you have to drive through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, then turn off on the road to Cape North, which is the promontory in the far distance. Just a short way up that road is another road leading to Cabot Park, which fronts on part of the huge long beach at Aspy Bay. The park is considered the landing place of John Cabot, who sailed from Bristol and landed in the New World in 1497. The exact landing place is a matter for debate, with both Cape Bonavista, Newfoundland, and Cape Breton Island both having their advocates. The Cabot Trail in Cape Breton is named after him, but so is the Cabot Tower in Newfoundland. At least he did land on the North American mainland, the first European that we know of. (Except the Vikings, but that’s another story)
Taken in September 2006 with a Sony DSCF828 camera.


ocean, sea, hills, beach, rural, water, island, bay, cape, sand, countryside, north, highlands, atlantic, breton, cabot, aspy


  • ubumebme
    ubumebmeabout 5 years ago

    Great shot … the beach and the sky are so pristine and clear. Sometimes with the increasing smog etc here on the west coast it is hard to get these clear crisp shots…of course the smog does, saddly, add to some great sunset shot.

  • Thanks Della. Yes, smog is starting to be a problem around the lower mainland for sure. Not much here on the island, because not much industry except the few pulp mills that generate anything. In Cape Breton the steel plant used to so some but it’s long gone. Almost all the island is very clear, it makes for lovely crisp shots.

    – George Cousins

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful place and a great shot George x

  • Thanks Irene, glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekabout 5 years ago

    George, you have to quit posting these. Others will see them and, by the time I make it out there, these beaches will be full of people!!
    Another good one, my friend !

  • Thanks Stan! I’ll post one looking the other direction and you can see you don’t have to worry. You could put 1,000 people on that beach and still have lots of room left over.So many of the really big beaches are off the beaten path. That day, there was not a single person in sight.When you’re ready to go I’ll give you a map to them!

    – George Cousins

  • ShutterUp Photographics
    ShutterUp Phot...over 4 years ago

    Home sweet home….. love it!

  • Hi Riggzy, yep, right around the corner from your! Lovely place, I try to get there every year. Hope to start out next Thursday again! Glad you liked it :)

    – George Cousins

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