Lennox Passage to the East

Lennox Passage to the East
Photo 2 of 30: Lennox Passage to the East
Taken 2008 June 9 from along Highway 320 at the lift bridge over Lennox Passage
GPS 46°35.13?'N 61°05.25?'W

In this view of Lennox Passage in the opposite direction, somewhat north of due east, the shore of Cape Breton Island is on the left and that of Isle Madame is on the right. The land on the far horizon is on Cape Breton Island, but east of St Peter’s in the area of Grande-Grève and L’Ardoise. The point at the right of the photo is Grandique Point (Grandique is an English alteration of the French Grande Digue, meaning Big Dyke or Big Embankment), near which is the Lennox Passage Provincial Park on Highway 320 in Martinique; a lighthouse is situated there, reduced to a speck of white superimposed upon the point. See this web page for a photo of the lighthouse. Across from the lighthouse on the Cape Breton shore is Grandique Ferry, now a part of Louisdale (see this Wikipedia article for more information on Grandique Ferry); I assume that there must have been, at one time, a ferry to Isle Madame from there, but have not been able to find any confirmation of that. Further east along the Lennox Passage lie River Bourgeois and St Peter’s, both hidden by Grandique Ferry. The nearest land at the left is one of the many islands in the archipelago.

The bridge over Lennox Passage is a manned lift bridge; boats the size of a lobster boat can easily pass beneath the bridge without interfering with traffic (one did while I was taking pictures there), but masted boats require the bridge to be raised to allow them to pass, blocking traffic while the bridge is open.

Just beyond the bridge on the west side of Highway 320 is a small welcome centre and park where, in the summer time, information is available to the Isle Madame visitor. There are also good views of Lennox Passage from this park. A short distance past the park, you have a choice of roads: Highway 320 turns left along the shore towards Martinique and D’Escousse (at the northeastern end of Isle Madame), from which it turns south to Arichat; Highway 206 begins its course across the western end of Isle Madame to West Arichat, Arichat, and Petit-de-Grat. Since the two roads form a loop, I recommend you go one way and come back the other, with side trips to Cap La Ronde, to Petit-de-Grat, and to Janvrin Island. There are also numerous lakes in the interior of Isle Madame; to date, I haven’t explored any of the several back roads that pass by them, but I’d expect the views to be worth taking the time to see.

[2012] On 2009 June 16, I returned to the Isle Madame area and hiked the Old Doyles Road Trail that connects D’Escousse to Rocky Bay. I then explored some of the inland areas of Isle Madame, taking in the views of Grand Lake, Pottie Lake, and Shaw Lake available from the back roads. After that, I returned to Janvrin Island; I did not explore all that there was to see there, but, before my time there ran out, I got a number of photos under much better conditions than on my previous trip to the island. I highly recommend Isle Madame and the islands accessible from it as a very interesting area to explore, offering terrain of several kinds, from inland lakes and forests to beautiful coast lines. I have since returned nearly every year to continue my explorations: many beautiful places beckon the curious visitor!