Pleasant Cove, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Following the Cabot Trail I exited the park at Pleasant Cove and rather than continuing back into the highlands I decided to take a local road out to the coast. I had seen the cove from the mountain pass above and was intrigued by the gorgeous shades of blue but I was unprepared for how absolutely stunning the water color was up close. I had been witness to the spectacular colors of the Gulf of St. Lawrence as I made my way north on Cape Breton Island, but the clarity and the bright turquoises of the water in Pleasant Cove were on a different scale. I immediately decided to stay the night even though it was only early afternoon when I arrived.

While the crystal clear water looked inviting, it was definitely one of the coldest swims I’ve had. I use the term “swim” loosely since my less than 60 seconds in the water involved a lot of vocal resistance, splashing, and some very fast, vigorous scrubbing. Upon exiting I made a mad dash back to my car and into long pants and a couple layers of fleece. I would have loved to have been able to capture the phenomenal crystal clear underwater views for you all but the water was so cold I didn’t bother bringing my camera, which would have prolonged my immersion unbearably. I will try harder next time.

Once I warmed up I ventured back out to – of course – check out all the beautiful rocks. It was then, walking along the beach that I saw a road winding up the mountain to the north and so I decided to drive up that way after my walk. The views from the road onto a series of coves were all incredible. At the end of the road about five miles north of the cove there was a monastery which had welcome sign so I parked but when I walked closer there was another sign that said closed for tours. There wasn’t anyone I could see out by the buildings and I definitely didn’t want to barge in and disturb anyone so I just put it one my to-see list for next time.

I returned the Pleasant Cove and parked near the wharf. The wind had picked up quite a bit in the short time I was gone so much so that I actually had to struggle to walk against it when I got out to take some sunset pictures. But it was a quiet, peaceful night in a beautiful place.

Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Fantastic colors of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Fantastic colors of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Fantastic colors of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Fantastic colors of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Rocks, Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Rocks, Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Surf on the rocks, Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Surf on the rocks, Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Colors of Gulf of St. Lawrence, Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Colors of Gulf of St. Lawrence, Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Looking at rocks, Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Looking at rocks, Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Overlook of Moose Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Overlook of Moose Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Sunset at Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Sunset at Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Sunset at Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Sunset at Pleasant Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada