Centaph Memorial – Neil’s Harbour
Neil’s Harbour is located in Victoria County, as a part of Cape Breton Island. Neil’s Harbour is situated in the northeast corner of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, alongside the Cabot Trail. The village is named after Neil McLennan. The first school in Neil’s Harbour was constructed in 1878. Artifacts in the area indicate that Neil’s Harbour may at one time have been inhabited by the French. The main industry in Neil’s Harbour is fishing, mostly for lobster and crab. Neil’s Harbour is 165 km (102.5 mi.) north of Sydney.
Considering the fact that Neil’s Harbour is located in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park – and is an ocean-side town – Neil’s Harbour is a scenic haven. The Cabot Archives is a repository of various local historical documents, photographs and manuscripts that is a must see for anyone interested in the history of the area. Neil’s Harbour is also home to the Neil’s Harbour Beach, fishing boats, the Sea Breeze Restaurant and the Chowder House.
Neil’s Harbour accommodations include cottages and bed and breakfasts. Neils Harbour Cape Breton Nova Scotia
Cabot Trail to Neil’s Harbour
St Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Neil’s Harbour. Although the population is unknown, an estimate is between 200 and 404. The town has one operating church which is Anglican, and one non-operational church which was Presbyterian. There are a few cottages/summer homes in Neil’s Harbour, but mostly there are local residents who work in the Lobster/Crab and Fishing Industry
Stop at Chowder House for Lunch
Some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world is found here where the Cabot Trail winds along spectacular gorges, awesome seascapes at every turn! From the quaint working village of Pleasant Bay with its Whale Interpretive Centre, whale watching boat tours, restaurants and accommodations, to the ascent of North Mountain and ‘the Lone Sheiling’ a replica of a Scottish crofter’s hut in the midst of a beautiful virgin forrest of 300 year old sugar maples.
Neil’s Harbour – Boats at Rest
On to Cape North, a beautiful, massive headland which juts into the Cabot Strait, the most northerly point on the Cabot Trail. The Cape is carpeted with a variety of trees and plunges 1,465 feet to the warm summer ocean. The Cape has miles of breathtaking rugged cliffs that are home to a variety of shore and sea birds. Along scenic Aspy Bay and St. Lawrence Bay, dotted with fishing villages and harbours, you’ll be wanting to have your camera ready to capture Cape Breton at its most spectacular! You’ll definitely not want to miss the magnificent drive to Meat Cove where you can often see whales in the bay and eagles, moose and the occasional bear as you drive along. There are also hiking trails and beaches which local people are happy to share with visitors. The coastline of Aspy Bay is dotted with villages of Sugar Loaf, Aspy Bay, Cape North, Dingwall, South Harbour, Smelt Brook and White Point (the oldest community on the Bay) and at the region’s southern boundary, New Haven and Neil’s Harbour. As you descend the North Mountain on the Cabot Trail, before you lies the vast expanse of the majestic Aspy Valley, with miles of unspoiled sandy beach between the valley and the ocean. The ocean side Cabot Landing Provincial Park, a picnic and beach park 10 km (6 miles) north of Cape North overlooking Aspy Bay, gives travellers a chance to discover local history and relax. A commemorative plaque marks the spot where it is said that explorer John Cabot landed in 1497 to claim the land for England.