Cairn at Michaels Landing

Cairn at Michaels Landing
Photo 16 of 24: Cairn at Michaels Landing
Taken 2004 July 23 from the Railway Trail at Michaels Landing in Judique North
GPS 45°53.820'N 61°29.085'W

The Railway Trail passes behind this cairn in a small park beside Highway 19 in Judique North. The plaque identifies it as a Province of Nova Scotia Historic Site, commemorating the founding of Judique by Michael MacDonald and his compatriots in 1775 and the Gaelic culture and traditions still enduring in the community. Behind the cairn one can see at the right the shore below McKays Point and across the middle ground of the photo the outflow of the Judique Intervale Brook. The roadside park is a convenient place to leave one’s car for a hike in either direction.

[2012] There is now a Trans-Canada Trail kiosk at Michaels Landing, which was not there when this photo was taken. The park remains and it now has benches and a shaded picnic table; even if one is not hiking, this is a fine place to stop and reflect on Cape Breton’s natural beauty and cultural history.