We woke up to another overcast morning today. I hadn't gone for a jog in a few days (trying to balance out the amount of ice cream and bakery stops we make with doing a bit of jogging!), and so I went for one first thing this morning. The area we are in is a little bit hilly, and man, jogging in Winnipeg does not prepare you for jogging in areas with hills. It wasn't even a crazy hill, and I was still winded way too early in the run. It does make for good exercise, though!
Looking at the tourist attractions and places to visit, we weren't really sure what else we wanted to see in Cape Breton, and so it was decided that we would head back up into the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and do some hiking.
We picked a trail that sounded interesting and a reasonable length (some are fairly long trails there), which was called the 'Corney Brook' Trail. The trail itself was supposed to take 2 - 3 hours and was about 2 miles in length each way. It took you along a stream, up a bit of an incline, and to a waterfall. The waterfall itself was nothing amazing, but the hike was enjoyable! The sky had cleared up and it turned out to be a beautiful day, and the scenery was pretty. We didn't see too much wildlife on the trail, with the exception of two small snakes.
The point where you start/end the trail is very close to a really scenic part of the Cabot Trail drive (near the Skyline trail that we hiked the other day); once we finished the hike, we decided to do the drive through this little stretch one more time to see what it was like going the opposite direction. (The other day when we drove this stretch, we went from north to south; today, we would be going south to north.) Although it is still a pretty drive, the view going from north to south was much better!
So, recommendation: if you're driving the Cabot Trail, and you want the postcard/brochure views you see of the drive, drive it north to south around the Skyline trail area (or do the loop in a counter-clockwise direction.)
After we finished the hike and our repeat of the particularly scenic area of the Cabot Trail, we went back to the campground. Dad and I rented a canoe from the campground and did a little bit of canoeing in the river that the campground is situated along. It was beautiful scenery and so peaceful out there on the water. I loved it! The river got really shallow in places, and wound around in others. We were hoping that we would maybe see a moose or some other interesting wildlife along the river, but we weren't quite that lucky. We did see a couple cormorant birds and something like that looked kind of like a beaver (but there weren't any beaver huts in the area, nor signs that beavers were there), so we weren't exactly sure what it was (maybe it was something like a muskrat?).
We finished up the day with doing some laundry, had a small bonfire to make some smokies for supper over, and relaxed a little. A perfect day to a great time in Cape Breton!