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Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia

The first, permitted settlers in Pleasant Bay on the Cabot Trail where in 1828, John MacLean, and Donald Mackintoch from the Isle of Skye, Scotland . They where soon joined by other Scottish and Irish immigrants who claimed most of the coastal lowlands, by 1850 settlements spread out and Red River became part of Pleasant Bay. The first land grants where given to Edward Timmons and John Hinkley in 1856. In the past, years where remembered because of extraordinary events at sea.

1874 was the "Year of the Flour", when barrels of flour washed ashore, presumably from a burning ship. 1875 was the "Year of the Butter", in which a thousand pounds of butter, in tins, floated in with the tide. 1931 perhaps the most talked of, was the "Year of the Rum", when dozens of barrels of contraband rum from a capsized ship made their way to the shore... unbroken.

Pleasant Bay is a century old fishing village located on the Cabot Trail approximately fifteen miles from Cape North and about forty kilometres from Cheticamp. It offers picturesque shoreline with numerous cliffs and inlets including Fishing Cove and Polletts Cove.

Pleasant Bay also is home to an interesting Whale Interpretation Centre, a centre whose interesting information about the many whales that inhabit the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the North Atlantic can be supplemented by a whale-watching experience onboard whale-watching cruises, so renowned for its whale sightings that visitors are guaranteed they will see whales frolicking in the ocean.

The complementary presence in Pleasant Bay of both the educational wonder of the whale interpretive centre and a cruise amid the massive, friendly creatures combine for an experience certain to become a lifelong cherished memory.

Pleasant Bay is also home to Gampo Abbey, the only Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Canada. Throughout the year, Buddhist practitioners come to the abbey for instruction and retreats. There are periods where visitors are welcome, as well, and you may find yourself engaged with some of the gentle monks, nuns and lay people who foster the continuing success of this spiritual centre.

Pleasant Bay is a century old fishing village, not widely very commercialized, and that is something that makes the community so attractive to the visitors. There are numerous activities one can do that do not cost anything such as swimming in the warm waters, sitting on the beach, watching a sunset or taking a hike. Many tourists enjoy walking along the docks, and if the timing is right, see the fishing boats being unloaded and talk to the workers who are more than willing to answer questions.

Pleasant Bay has restaurants, two motels, gift shops, a takeout, two bed & breakfasts, as well as boat tours. Two of the staff at one of the gift shops are recipients of Ambassador Awards in recognition of exceptional effort towards visitors.

Today, about 350 people live in Pleasant Bay. Fishing is the main livelihood -- lobster in spring, crab and mackerel in summer and fall. This life away from the pressures of the city is a gift that the residents do treasure.

Autumn is a spectacular time of the year to enjoy the vibrant red, yellow and orange hues of the forests continuing on for miles, reminding you of a beautiful patchwork quilt.

Winter life involves mending lobster traps for the next season, snowmobiling, visiting, and cross-country skiing. Winter roads are maintained by the National Park through the mountains and the Department of Transportation in the village.

Pleasant Bay is a wondrous oasis for hiking, fresh seafood, and peaceful encounters in nature. The forest land abounds in many species of birds, coyotes, fox, snowshoe hare and of course moose. So breathe in the salt air, pick wildflowers and blueberries, watch eagles soar, and talk to friendly, helpful residents.

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