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Page 25 - Searching for the Highlands National Park, 1934

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1986/8/1 (286 reads)

It is recommended to adopt a point 100 feet south of the bridge across Cheticamp River as the south-westerly comer of the Parks boundary, and the natural scenic features of the surroundings make this en? trance of the Park almost ideal. On the north side of the river, there is a fine bench which will make a first-class site for a Parks Buagalow camp. At the present time, there are about eight famil? ies along this bench who would have to be removed and their lands redeemed outright and turned over to the Dominion. For the five miles northerly from Cheti? camp bridge to where the Cabot Trail turns "Sandy, what's wrong? Are you hurt?" "No, Dad, I'm fine." "Where are you?" "At Pat's. We all came over here to celebrate after the game." "It's almost 12:30. Isn't it time you called it a night?" "That's just it. Remember you always told me if I was out never to drive with anyone who's had too much to drink? And not to be afraid to call you if I had no other way of getting home? Well, tonight I'm taking you at your word." "Stay right there. I'm coming to pick you up." "Thanks, Dad. Oh, and something else." "Shoot." "Are you angry with me?" "Angry? No, Sandy. Not on your life." inland, there are a number of shore fisher? men located, approximately as follows: At Mile 1.75 there is a Post Office. At Mile 2.40 is the Cape Rouge School-house, about 16 X 30. At Mile 3.55 the Trail crosses a small creek with about 30 acres of grass land along the, cliffs, and there are five houses. At Mile 4.05 there is one cottage • about 300 feet above the sea. At Mile 4.60 the Trail crosses a fair-sized creek with one cottage beside it. At Mile 5.00 the Trail leaves the sea-coast and there are not inhabitants along it until it reaches Pleasant Bay. In the first mile along the coast beyond Mile 5.00, there are two cottages. Eleven sheep were grazing 1,000 feet up the mountain and I saw a- bout a dozen cattle scattered through the bush. I was unable to get along the coast north from the above point, namely six miles north of Cheti? camp bridge, but it is unlikely that there are any more settlers unless near the mouth of Fishing Cove River.... Alto? gether, there may be a dozen dwellings, exclusive of those on the bench immedi? ately north of Cheti? camp River, and I think the Nova Sco? tia Government should be asked to buy them out. Apart from the gener? al objection of scat? tered residents with? in a Park, my recom-' mendation in regard to the Cape Breton site rests entirely on the reconstruc? tion of the Cabot Trail along this part of the coast, with all its atten? dant complications of right-of-way, dam? age from blasting. you Ve got to nelp me/' Seagram We believe in moderation and we've been saying so since 1934 How much alcohol cc ??ynn's Shop & ART GALLERY FINE HANDCRAFTS & PAINTINGS
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