Great Bras d’Or Channel
from the Ross Ferry Marine Park

Great Bras d’Or Channel from the Ross Ferry Marine Park
Photo 49 of 77: Great Bras d’Or Channel from the Ross Ferry Marine Park
Taken 2010 June 25 in Ross Ferry from the marine park
GPS 46°08.655'N 60°35.146'W

When I left Groves Point, I headed south along the eastern shore. I had more than once circled Boularderie Island, but had not explored the interior. Accordingly, I turned up Calabash Road for the first time and headed across. At the point where Calabash Road turns to gravel (46°13.142'N 60°26.667'W), I stopped for some photos of the mixed field and forest landscape, dominated by Kellys Mountain and its massif on the western side of the Great Bras d’Or Channel that forms the western shore of Boularderie Island. I then continued on to the northern end of Calabash Road, which, it turns out, comes out near the school.

I have so far not found many good vantage points for photography along the northwestern shore of Boularderie Island. It is an area that is heavily forested and the road, unlike on the eastern and southwestern sides of the island, is often well inland of the shore. So I turned to the south and continued on to Ross Ferry Marine Park, located where, before the Seal Island Bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 105) existed, a ferry ran across the Great Bras d’Or Channel to Big Harbour.

I have been to Ross Ferry Marine Park several times in the past but never on so fine a day as this one had become; this is the best and clearest photo I have ever taken from there, looking northward up the Great Bras d’Or Channel with the great hulking massif that borders its western side curving around what the topographical map labels as Munro Point to the north of the locality named Boularderie.

That massif runs from Cape Dauphin at the north end to Beinn Bhreagh east of Baddeck at the south end. Just south of Cape Dauphin, the segment over which the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 105) runs is known as Kellys Mountain (memorialized in well-known Cape Breton songs). Most of the rest of the massif is unnamed, though The Nova Scotia Atlas does show a community named Beinn Scalpie between New Harris and Big Harbour that is presumably named for its local segment of the massif.