View from Foot Cape Road

View from Foot Cape Road
Photo 6 of 33: View from Foot Cape Road
Taken 2008 October 11 in Foot Cape from the Foot Cape Road
2.6 km (1.6 mi) north of its end on the Cèilidh Trail (Highway 19)
GPS 46°11.65?'N 61°18.77?'W

This was a nice sunny day, but, since I had an afternoon concert and then had to drive to Sydney immediately after it for an evening concert, I only got to take advantage of the morning sun for photography.

Two days away from (Canadian) Thanksgiving, the colours were definitely turning everywhere on Cape Breton Island, but they had not yet reached their peak. This beautiful view, as pretty in summer when all is green as it is in fall, was taken from the Foot Cape Road south of Inverness village. It looks across the Broad Cove River valley towards the mountains beyond Deepdale which separate Inverness village from Scotsville north of Lake Ainslie. Godfreys Mountain fills the right side of the photo; the mountain in the middle and the one at the left are, so far as I can determine, unnamed.

Foot Cape lies at the base of Cape Mabou, hence its name; Foot Cape Road connects the Cèilidh Trail (Highway 19) to the Sight Point Road (also called the Broad Cove Banks Road) at Broad Cove Banks west of Inverness village. It is a lovely road, with views such as this one to the northeast and others of the Cape Mabou highlands to the west making it always worth the drive. North Highlands Road forks off the Foot Cape Road 1.4 km (0.9 mi) from the Cèilidh Trail; it also leads to some very fine views of the Cape Mabou highlands—one of those I took this same morning was regretfully dropped as there was no room for it in this essay. You can drive only the first 1.4 km (0.9 mi) down North Highlands Road, but you can walk all the way to the top of Cape Mabou from there; see this description for further information and photos. If you are not familiar with this beautiful area, you owe it to yourself to explore it.