This essay presents iconic views of Cape Breton: the landscapes shown are, so far as I am aware, unique in Cape Breton and instantly recognizable as such if you have ever been in or near that place. These landscapes are so typical of the beauty of Cape Breton Island that each in its very different ways has come to symbolize Cape Breton itself in my mind (and frequently in that of others, as these are scenes which are very likely to appear in tourist brochures, as post cards, and on Cape Breton web sites—you will certainly find nearly all of these views (but not the identical photos) elsewhere on my web site).
- Press this button to learn in which of Cape Breton’s four counties this photo was taken. Usually, this is also the county visible in the photo, but in some cases, more than one county may be visible or the main scene may be in a county different from the one from which it was captured.
- Hint 1
- Press this button to get a hint as to the location of this photo somewhat more helpful than just the county in which it was taken.
- Hint 2
- Press this button to get a second, somewhat broader, hint.
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- Press this button when you are ready to identify the scene shown in this photo.
As you press each of these buttons in turn, more and more information will be revealed, with the usual page shown when you press the “I know!” button.
Most, but not all of these iconic views, are readily available to the Cape Breton visitor or traveller, though many are off the beaten paths and a few require some hiking. I have classified each of these views as easy, moderate, or hard, depending on how difficult I judge it to be to identify that view. If you wish to make a game of this, score your correct answers as shown in the following table and score your incorrect answers as zero:
A perfect score is 390, but any score above 240 indicates that you know Cape Breton very well. The photos appear in groups according to difficulty (easy first, hard last), but within each group in no particular order—after selecting the photos, I randomized their order so that identifying one does not offer any information about the next one.
This essay shows thirty iconic views, but there are thousands all over the island; I therefore mean no disrespect to the many that I left out—and I had to leave out a lot of my favourite ones to fit within the limits of this essay. I hope you have enjoyed those scenes I have selected and that, if you haven’t seen one or more of those shown, that you will take your next opportunity to seek them out. As always, I would be delighted to have any feedback, which you can send to me at the contact address in the footer below (and on each page on this web site).
Victor Maurice Faubert
2009 June 7