Sunset over the Mabou River from Southwest Ridge

Sunset over the Mabou River from Southwest Ridge
Photo 25 of 25: Sunset over the Mabou River from Southwest Ridge
Taken 2005 June 30 from the Southwest Ridge (Mabou Ridge) Road near its junction with MacLeod Road
GPS 46°02.14?'N 61°23.41?'W

I’ve chosen another sunset picture to close this whirlwind photographic tour of the Mabou River; taken on Southwest Ridge in the hills behind Mabou Village that figure in many views of the river, it shows Green Point and Mabou Harbour Mountain as the Mabou River flows past them to enter the Gulf of St Lawrence at evenfall.

The Southwest Ridge Road is found on the Cèilidh Trail (Highway 19) on the south bank of the Mabou River just beyond where the Railway Trail crosses it; a sign for the Mabou River Inn and the Pioneer Shrine marks the turn. Proceed past the Rankinville Road junction and up the hill; when you get to the top, you will see the junction with MacLeod Road. It is from this spot this photo was taken. (Continuing across the summit and down the other side leads on to Glencoe Mills, a popular route to the square dances there.)

What a gorgeous river the Mabou is! It is certainly not the only element that contributes to the beauty of this marvellous area, but it is impossible to imagine it without the Mabou River front and centre. I have come to think of this region in some sense as the centre of my universe: its nonpareil beauty, its irresistible music, and most of all, its friendly and welcoming people put it constantly in my thoughts and draw me back time and again like a moth to light. If you do not yet know it, I hope you will pay it a visit and come to be as enchanted by it as I am.