Canoe-camping on a remote lake island in northern Nova Scotia.
May 25th, 2019
Took a last minute solo canoe-camping trip yesterday down Masons River into Belfry Lake in eastern Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.
After concocting a system involving several fleece blankets, I managed to unload my new 80lb beast of a canoe off the top of my car on my own. Pushing off at about 1pm, I paddled down Masons River from Gabarus Lake South. Battled a 40km/hr head wind coming off the nearby ocean once hitting the open lake. After a 2km paddle down Masons River into Belfry Lake, I paddled two more kms, making my way to the northern edge of the lake and on to the last of three large islands in the lake named Rams Head Island.
While I was launching my canoe, a man told me one of the three islands has a Scottish pioneers cemetery located on it.
abandoned home along Masons River
paddling across Belfry Lake towards Rams Head
MacLeods Island, MacIsaacs Island and Rams Head Island in Belfry...
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Necessity and Planning
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