This is beautiful park with walking trails on either side of the brook with easy access at the Commercial Street bridge in the heart of downtown Glace Bay.
The tree- lined trails follow the brook between Brookside and Catherine Streets and you'll see many locals enjoying the walk that lead to Queen Elizabeth Park.
This was always know as "Down Town" to me. However to some it was " Up Town" it depended on which side of the hill you lived. It was once much larger and my Mom relayed stories of a street car. Growing up that sounded so exotic! Today its a small town with a scattering of little shops and coffee bars and of course a drug store . It's anchored at the toop by the Savoy Theater. I love it and appreciate it for its local atmosphere and small town feel!
The original Savoy Theater was a movie theater that burned down and was eventualy replaced by the modern buliding that stands in the town now . There is always some form of first rate entertainment happening here . It could be a local theater group ready to give a performance of music and of course laughs or it might be a professional National Star . Tickets are an excellent value . In May 2009 there is a musical play No Class Reunion which promises to be a wonderful show highlighting all the ebst in Cape Breton Comedy . It includes a three course dinner for $42.00 . I am looking forward to attending.
As a child growing up in Glace Bay, my summers were spent at the beach . We would take our bicycles , a jam sandwich and a jar of kool-aid and head out for the day . It's a little beach with a mix of sand and rock and every now and then you can find a lump of coal on the shore. There is a narrow and swift channel between Glace Bay Beach and Donkin Beach on the other side . What fun we had daring each other to challenge the current and swim across. It looked so forlorn here on the on a cold windy day in Oct when we visited, but i'm sure kids still discover its beauty on hot summer days as we once did.
In 1901 the first wireless message was sent from Glace Bay across the ocean to England . This high 60 Ft wind swept cliffs were chosen by Marconi and offered an unobstruscted view over the ocean.
There is a national historic information center at the Table Head site honouring Guglielmo Marconi.In 1907 he initiated the first permanent transatlantic wireless service from Marconi Towers to its companion site in Clifden, Ireland.
There is a wooden walkway you can take to the edgeof the cliffs.
"Company' houses are wooden duplexes that were sold to the miners by the "Mining Company". These modest houses are two story and are built on the ground .Countless children were raised in these homes over the years and they are a part of the history of the town. Basically, they were a part of the link that said ,people belonged to the companies, lived in company houses, and bought supplies in company stores.
They are still here today long after the "Company" has disappeared. they are often painted a different colour on each side and their roofs might be swayed . Sometimes one side of the duplex is now gone, so half a house might remain.
Here you have the opportunity to actually go into a mine. It's not for the claustrophobic but it gives an apprection for the hard work the men of this mining town did. For me it means much more ,as I think of my own Dad who went so willingly into this black hole to support his family . His only complaint was that he often didn't get enough "shifts".
The guides here are retired miners and will tell stories and answer questions.
Hours of Operation
Open 7 days a week
June 1 - August 31
Daily: 10 am - 6 pm
Tuesdays: 10 am - 7 pm
September 2 – October 31
Daily: 10am – 6pm
November 3 - June 1
Monday to Friday: 9 am - 4 pm
Underground tours by appointment
Growing up here the fog horn often lulled us to sleep . To me its low morn was music to my ears. No trip here is complete until you visit the waterfront an take a look at the Light House as it looks out to the ocean