Cheticamp, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Cheticamp is where the Ceilidh Trail turns into the Cabot Trail. It is also where Gaelic meets Gallic, because the town is the seat of French culture on Cape Breton.

The musician, all cousins, left to right, are P'tit Clarence Deveaux, Glen Borgeois, Clarence LaLiévre, Sylvia LaLiévre and Bruno Borgeois.

The summer night boardwalk musicians let me sit in. I'm second from the left, on harmonica.

That night I entered the talent contest at the Dorymen Pub and won!

Of all the places we stayed in Nova Scotia, none had a host as warm and as friendly as Armand Leonard. And, oddly, not only were his rates the lowest we encountered to begin with, he volunteered us a 10% discount because I'm a musician and could have entertained his guests (although we went to the Dorymen for the contest instead, it being a Thursday night, when the weekly contest is held). Although the exterior is simple, the rooms are very nice and comfortable and the breakfast is good. But the host is the "most"! Auberge dejuner de soleil.

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