Meat Cove: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Why on Earth are you going to Meat Cove? There are drug dealers and fires, and very strange people. I hear murder is an annual event.  This amalgamated comment is from several sources (see this blog from 2008), but you get the drift. Of course I wanted to go to the town at the end of an 8 km dirt road, the furthest north on Cape Breton Island you can get to by car….with a local population of only 65.

Pavement Ends. But the 8 km dirt road was in great shape.

Pavement Ends. But the 8 km dirt road was in great shape.

Welcome to Meat Cove

I like travelling where others do not like to go, especially to strangely named places. I also like when there is little information on Wikipedia. And then I read an article.. there seemed to be a little intrigue going on up dere in da fishn’ village (Police Investigate Two Suspicious Fires).

Evidence that the media reports were true. Want to buy an ocean front property for cheap?

Evidence that the media reports were true. Want to buy an ocean front property for cheap?

And gosh darn it! Today I found an article published only a month after I was there… (The Halifax Chronicle Herald).  Dang, I should have sent them a story…with photos. Oh well, they did the research for me to answer the question: Why is it called Meat Cove?  (source).

It was [named] by Europeans back probably in the 1700s. They would come in here and do a slaughter (of moose, deer and bear). They were more interested in the hides and antlers as opposed to the meat.
 I am pretty sure that the murder comment relates to the wildlife, not people!

Meat Cove Moose and People were Hiding

I had a lovely short break at Meat Cove. I hoped to see a moose or two on my early morning hike, but alas, all I saw was their droppings.

Nothing was open, no one was around, but thankfully the WIFI worked at the lodge so I was able to watch Netflix with no trouble.

Even this isolated village is not so cut off any more.

Yes they have electricity and WIFI!

Yes they have electricity and WIFI!

Meat Cove's Cove

Meat Cove’s Cove

 

Stay at the Lodge or the Campground

The campground only had one visitor as it was early in the season.

The campground only had one visitor as it was early in the season.

I stayed at Hines Ocean View Lodge. I was the only person. I was kinda lonely.

I stayed at Hines Ocean View Lodge. I was the only person. I was kinda lonely.

Bring Groceries and Wine and Entertain Yourself

My evening view, where I ate Kraft Dinner
My evening view, where I ate Kraft Dinner
They have a sense of humour. This is at the edge of the cliff. Read the sign.

They have a sense of humour. This is at the edge of the cliff.

Entertained myself with the guest book scribbles

Entertained myself with the guest book scribbles

Go Hiking (not Hunting) for Moose

Topography of Meat Coat

Topography of Meat Cove

Meat Cove from the Lookoff

Meat Cove from the Lookoff

Bear Hill from Meat Cove Lookoff

Bear Hill from Meat Cove Lookoff

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