This morning Nigel and I woke up to overcast skies again but this time it looked like things would clear up a little. After breakfast we packed up and checked out of the hotel – it was time to take our scenic tour from Swift Current to Regina. Our first stop was a lovely red grain mill in Ponteix.
Red Grain Elevator
Just after this the skies started clearing and we were introduced to amazing blue skies. In Patterson we stopped at a white grain mill to photograph it against the clear blue sky. You may have noticed that the grain mills all have train tracks that allow trains to pull up to the mill for easier distribution.
Patterson Grain Elevator
As we drove the backroads Saskatchewan’s famous sky was presented to us in all its glory.
I do look forward to getting back here one day soon but I think this time it may have to be in slightly warmer temps, say, 20ºC or more?
Leaving the comfort of our hotel after breakfast we followed the coast going clockwise around the island from Auld’s Cove before ending in Ingonish. A full day on the island of exploring and photographing – what more could you ask for?
After making a quick pitstop to visit a friend of Nigel’s we drove to Cheticamp, a small island on the north-west side of Cape Breton. Cheitcamp is small enough to drive from end to end in about 20 minutes at very slow speeds. The gravel roads and the road blocks – aka a herd of cows, were the reason for the slow speed. We stumbled across a fishing area with sheds, boats, lobster traps,etc.
Leaving Cheticamp we discovered a small parking area along the rocky shoreline. Everywhere you looked along this strip of beach were piles of rocks deliberately built into small cairns and even a few inukshuks.
The best part of the drive were the windy roads.
I’m in love with Cape Breton and will be back again to explore her for longer. Tomorrow however, its time to leave on the ferry for Newfoundland. My other favourite province here on the eastern shores.