Central Chéticamp

Central Chéticamp
Photo 17 of 25: Central Chéticamp
Taken 2006 August 6 from Lighthouse Road on Chéticamp Island
2.7 km (1.7 mi) from the gate at the lighthouse compound
GPS 46°36.97?'N 61°01.36?'W

This view from Chéticamp Island looks across the harbour to the central part of the village and, behind, to the coastal mountain range. The hill rising diagnonally from the middle to the right of the photo is the same one one sees in the previous photo at the left. This view is from a different vantage point than the previous one and further to the south.

The piers of the harbour are the central feature in this view. The lighthouse rising near the centre of the photo is no longer in use; it now marks the site of Le Gabriel, one of Chéticamp’s finest restaurants. Its chowder is stupendous, rich, thick, and creamy, and chock ablock with the freshest of seafood; tastes in chowder, of course, vary greatly and there are as many varieties in Cape Breton as there are restaurants, but of them all, this is the one I most prefer, and by a country mile! By all means, treat yourself! The many meals I’ve had there have all been very good, but it’s always the chowder that I remember long after—my mouth is already watering again!

The big blue building right of centre is a store belonging to the successors of the merchants from the Isle of Jersey; it no longer operates as that firm was forced to close its doors in 2006 after a run of well over 200 years.