Loch Ban is the northwestern arm of Lake Ainslie, the main part of which lies beyond the two points at the left and right of the photo. The mountains on the other side of the lake are behind East Lake Ainslie, yet another beautiful area of Cape Breton. To the west of Loch Ban along the West Lake Ainslie Road at Kenloch, a land fill, now closed but still serving as a transfer station, attracts scavengers and it is therefore very common to see (and hear!) eagles in the skies above Loch Ban. There is a multitude of other water fowl in the area as well and they are commonly visible, even to a non-birder such as I. Unfortunately, the West Lake Ainslie Road runs close by and parallel to the Railway Trail at this point and there is often a fair amount of road noise, though the cars are usually shielded from view by the stand of trees between the trail and the road.
[2011 January 25] Thanks to Bob and Florence Cook of Trout River, East Lake Ainslie, for a correction incorporated in the text above and for pointing out an ambigüity in wording that I have now hopefully corrected.