For the history buff

For the history buff in the family, the Ceilidh and Cabot Trail boast a profusion of local exhibit centers and historic monuments for you to view, visit and appreciate. As you travel the lane from Laurie's turn right on The Cabot Trail and meander towards Les Trois Pignons a veritable storehouse of information concerning the Acadians and the settlement of Cheticamp. Artifacts, well-informed guides and spectacular displays will enthrall the avid collector and interest the history minded individual. The Gallant Gallery in the complex lays testimony to our forefathers and their tenacity to prosper against insurmountable odds. The Dr. Elizabeth Lefort Gallery displays masterpieces in wool from an international acclaimed craft's lady who has hooked masterpieces of Presidents, Popes, Queen Elizabeth and Prime Ministers. This is necessary on your visit to Cheticamp and Laurie's. Another prime locality for the history and fishing sleuth is to be unveiled in North East Margaree and the Margaree Salmon Museum which houses exhibits related to salmon angling on the Margaree River, in a former schoolhouse. As you retrace your voyage to The Cabot Trail drive through the Margarees, Middle River and connect to the Trans Canada at the Red Barn to complete your daytrip in Baddeck at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum which is operated by Parks Canada. This daytrip brings you home to Laurie's exhausted and in time for a late supper in the well appointed dining room.

Your tour of the local Museums continues the next day as you turn left from Laurie's to enjoy the hospitality of the Margaree Bicentennial Museum which is a treat for the genealogist. At Margaree Harbor is the Marion Elizabeth Schooner Museum which tells an interesting story of the schooner which was launched in 1918. Another day or time you may travel to Inverness and the Inverness Miner's Museum on Lower Railway Street where the history of the area, both social and mining is related through exhibits, photography and video. This Museum is located in a railway station built in 1899 by the Inverness Railway and Coal Company. Traverse The Ceilidh Trail on to Mabou and the An Drochaid which is located on Main Street and is a veritable depository of information. In Port Hood is the Chestico Museum which relates the story of Port Hood from its founding to the present. At the end of the Ceilidh Trail in Port Hastings is The Port Hastings Museum which houses an archives and a vast photo collection. Mac Donald House Complex located at East Lake Ainslie on route 395 is a treat with animated school days, square sets and a restored 150 year old Gothic style farmhouse. From Laurie's you may partake of exciting whale and nature tours which leave the Harbor and Cheticamp wharf several times a day aboard The Love Boat or The Golden Hawk.



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