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Travel information has a variable shelf-life.

Some information changes very infrequently, if ever. Topics like geology, after all, have time scales in the millions of years.

Other information, however, changes from one season to the next — and sometimes even faster. Businesses start up or close down, change location or phone number.

This constant evolution will of course be reflected in future editions of the Cabot Trail Companion and its tour directory — but in the meantime, check our updates for breaking issues or errata that might affect your journey ... or simply for those interesting snippets that crop up from time to time.

And, if you come across a piece of information that you think we should know about, pass it on! It doesn't just have to be about a change to a local business — if you've had a great experience out on the Trail that you think we should be mentioning, we're all ears!

Just use our contact form to tell us all about your own travel tips.


Disc One, Track 5: Chéticamp & the Acadian Coast
The Mi-Carême museum has moved to new premises on the harbour at Grand Étang. (www.micareme.ca)

Disc Two, Track 6: Englishtown
The Angus MacAskill II car ferry has been taken out of service. Its replacement — a larger vessel with greater capacity — was named the Torquil MacLean after a former ferryman who operated the ferry for 50 years. A commemorative bell and the name plate from the previous ferry were presented to the Giant MacAskill Museum in Englishtown as part of the ceremony. Englishtown is the busiest of the seven ferries operated by the province of Nova Scotia, carrying around a quarter of a million vehicles every year.

Disc Two, Track 9: Baddeck
It is now widely accepted that the flight of the Silver Dart on 23 February 1909 (commemorated by a plaque outside Victoria County Courthouse in Baddeck) was the first in Canada, but not the first in the British Empire. The Royal Aero Club reserves this distinction for a powered flight executed several months earlier by Samuel Franklin Cody at Farnborough, England.

Furthermore, although the record for the first sustained powered flight ever was claimed by the American brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright in 1903, the New Zealander Richard Pearse is reported to have made a powered flight on 31 March 1903, some nine months before the Wright brothers.

Samuel Franklin Cody
www.ctie.monash.edu.au/hargrave/cody.html

Richard Pearse
www.teara.govt.nz/EarthSeaAndSky/SeaAndAirTransport/Aviation/1/ENZ-Resou...
www.ctie.monash.edu.au/hargrave/pearse1.html
http://chrisbrady.itgo.com/pearse/pearse.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Pearse
www.billzilla.org/pearce.htm