The Cultural Centre LES TROIS PIGNONS offers so much to the community of Cheticamp. It features Acadian Culture - History of Cheticamp and offers visitor information services.
The Museum features a collection of Elizabeth LeFort work, a famous rug-hooking artisan, who created works of art for Presidents. The Museum also features the collection of Marguerite Gallant who was an avid collector of antiques from the Cheticamp area. Also showcased is hundreds of antiquities reflecting daily life during the settlement of Cheticamp.
Exhibits also include examples of tools and demonstrations of techniques used by the world famous Cheticamp rug hookers.
Les Trois Pignons is also a Genealogy Resource Centre and library and offers internet access.
Open May to October
We drove to the end of the road on Chéticamp Island. A good part of the island is a loose cattle range. There is a fenced lighthouse on a bluff at the end of the road -- I wasn't sure whether the fence was to keep the cows out or the tourists out.
As it was late in the day (note the long shadow) we never got to try out the island's hikes -- or even see the west (seaward) side of the island. We read that the hikes are quite scenic. This photo is easterly -- you can see the town of Chéticamp beyond the bay.
Just south of Chéticamp is St. Pierre Beach. We continued our tour of NS beaches - spending a couple of hours barefoot walking at the edge of the sea.
We came across this poor whale. It did not move, so we assumed it had expired. I read on a website that autopsies are done on beached whales -- I wondered what would become of this one.
This beach was by the road to Chéticamp Island. We continued exploring the island.
Route 19, Cheticamp, B0E 1H0, Canada
Good for: Families
Wabo's Pizza-Restaurant is right on the Cheticamp Boardwalk overlooking the harbour with great views of Cheticamp Island. We sat outside and enjoyed the early evening sunshine and the views.
Favorite Dish: We had a mixed platter for starter followed by pizza and pasta. All was good and reasonably priced. There are not too many tables outside so best to get there early or book in the busy season.
Worth a visit.
Tricky Dicky's rating 7.5 / 10
Le Gabriel is named after the hero of Henry Wadsworth's epic poem, Evangeline. Penned 150 years ago in 1847, the poem tells the story of Evangeline and Gabriel, who become separated as the Acadians are being expelled by the British from Grand Pre.
The restaurant is in a good central location right on the main street through Cheticamp. It was quite early evening in mid-September when we ate there so it was pretty quiet but I believe that they have live music nights which would be busier.
Favorite Dish: The menu is pretty varied and is a mixture of traditional Acadian dishes as well as the usual stuff. Can't remember exactly what we had but I do remember that it was tasty and very filling.
Worth a visit.
Tricky Dicky's rating 7.5 / 10
We had one of our lobster suppers on this vacation in Chéticamp. We thought it was great - lobster was fresh that day, and reasonably priced for lobster.
The very first thing we saw, when we were driving into Cheticamp was JEAN'S GIFT SHOP. It was early, 9:00 a.m. and the lady that works at the gift shop was just arriving. We followed her in and what I saw just blew me away - hundreds of beautiful, colourful, hand-made hooked rugs - all created by local artisans.
The lady showed us around and even did a rug-hooking demonstration for us. A stretched piece of burlap was covering a wooden frame. The rug hook (a simple curved hook attached to a wooden handle) is threaded with a piece of wool, then pushed through the burlap with the right hand and through a small hole, to the underneath and then simply pulled back up again. This procedure, using many colours of wool, is repeated hundreds of times until the project is finished. She was working on a small rug "CAPE BRETON" when we were there.
I found it all so fascinating. Actually Cheticamp is famous for their rug-hooking artisans - "La Capitale de Tapis Hooke".
The Gift Shop also carries supplies of wool, small & large hooking frames, Hooking kits and also various other home-made crafts and souvenirs.
Shop Hours: Sundays 10:00 to 5:00 p.m.
July & August: Monday to Saturday 9:00 to 6:00 p.m.
June, September, October: Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What to pay: To be expected, these hooked rugs are expensive because of all the time spent creating them. For instance a small rectangular piece app. 4" x 10" was $23.95 so you can imagine how much the larger pieces were.
One of the fun things we did was roam around the facilities of CHETICAMP FISHERIES - PECHERIES. Located along the Harbour, the area around the Fisheries building was full of Fishing Boats which were probably dry-docked or waiting for repairs to be done on them.
Cheticamp Fisheries, established in 2007, is a fish processing Plant and seafood wholesaler, which provides high quality precooked and frozen, snow crab, lobster and other seafood products.
Erected in 1892-1893, on a site along the Cabot Trail Drive, overlooking the Cheticamp Harbour. ST. PETER'S CHURCH or L'Eglise Saint-Pierre, is Cheticamps local Catholic Church.
With its architecture, frescoes and stained glass windows, it is one of the most beautiful churches on Cape Breton Island.
The large sandstone church is a prominent structure which can be seen at some distance. The main entrance is dominated by a large rose window of stained glass.
The church is valued culturally for its role in the spiritual life of Cheticamp, a French Acadian Catholic community.
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