Coast from Chapel Cove

Coast from Chapel Cove
Photo 13 of 30: Coast from Chapel Cove
Taken 2008 June 10 in L’Ardoise West from Chapel Cove Road near house number 187
GPS 45°36.49?'N 61°46.20?'W

As I was driving east on Highway 247 beyond Grande-Grève, I came upon a paved road leading towards the coast and decided to see where it led. Not far down the road, I came upon a church below which a picturesque fishing harbour nestles inside a breakwater and natural cove. A bit south of west lies St Peters Island and to the southwest lies the northeastern tip of Isle Madame. This is a fine spot with great views, well worth the brief detour from Highway 247.

This fine view to the southeast shows the L’Ardoise coast running out to its most southerly point, a peninsula of which the western edge at Red Point is visible here. This marks the easternmost limit of Lennox Passage; beyond, one enters the Atlantic Ocean. Point Michaud lies behind Red Point and is not visible in this photo. Point Michaud Provincial Park and its celebrated 3 km (1.9 mi) sandy beach, is found along Highway 247 on the eastern side of this peninsula. Exploring Nova Scotia, p. 292, describes the Point Michaud Provincial Park beach thusly:

This long broad crescent beach of hard-packed sand with offshore sandbars makes for great surf. Here, you can play in the waves, make sandcastles, or hike a few kilometres out to Point Michaud. This is a wonderful beach that is literally right beside the road. It has a few facilities and fewer people.

Since I had previously been to Point Michaud, I did not drive out that way, turning instead to follow the Fleur-de-Lis Trail to the northeast at Lower L’Ardoise, after having rejoined Highway 247 at the eastern end of Chapel Cove Road.