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Cheticamp & Margaree & the Cabot Trail
& Joe's Scarecrow Village

September 5, 2011

The Cabot Trail loops around the northern tip of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, 185 miles long. The trail passes through many charming communities, each with breathtaking scenery and unforgettable hospitality. On September 5, 2011, the two RV Gypsies especially enjoyed the communities of Cheticamp and Margaree.

The Cape Breton Highlands National Park also lies along the Cabot Trail, and the two RV Gypsies will go there too but will not drive the entire Cabot Trail in one day - see the sub-menu below for photos at Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

SIGN - world famous Cabot Trail
history bookChéticamp on the Cabot Trail started as a fishing station used during the summer months by Charles Robin, a merchant from the island of Jersey and is considered one of the Acadian capitals of the world. In the years following the Great Expulsion many Acadians came to this area. The first permanent settlers, the families of Pierre Bois and Joseph Richard, came to the area in 1782. The settlement was established in 1785 by a grant of land to the 14 original settlers. Today the area, which is at the entrance of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, is a popular tourist spot.
sign - welcome to Cheticamp
sign- discover Margaree
cliffs at Margaree
looking towards the road
 cliffs at Margaree
cliffs at Margaree
cliffs at Margaree
cliffs at Margaree
cliffs at Margaree
cliffs at Margaree
cliffs at Margaree
cliffs at Margaree
Karen Duquette at the cliffs at Margaree
Karen Duquette at the cliffs at Margaree

Joe's Scarecrow Village

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history bookJoe's Scarecrow Village on the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island has an unforgettable ring of stuffed characters. In the 1980s, Joe Delaney tried to plant a garden in Cap le Moine, Cape Breton, just down the road from Chéticamp in Nova Scotia. As the story goes, Joe planted his garden and hoped for the best, but crows pillaged his vegetables time and time again. Joe's neighbors didn't believe he could grow anything in the rocky, salty soil of his seaside backyard, or fight the scavenging crows, so they joked he should grow scarecrows instead.

Inspired by his interest in traditional Mi-Careme, the francophone mid-Lent celebration where revelers eat, drink, dance, and dress in grotesque, elaborate costumes, Joe placed two gaudy scarecrows in his garden. He was surprised the next day when some travelers stopped to admire his creations. The rest - including 50 or more new scarecrows made by Joe and his son - is legend. The two RV Gypsies stopped at Joe's Scarecrow Village to see Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, members of KISS, and many more madcaps each with their own funny story at Joe's Scarecrow Village.

Today, Joe's Scarecrow Village is a Cape Breton landmark. A couple of years back, vandals destroyed all but one scarecrow in Joe's village. The local newspaper wrote a story from the last scarecrow's point of view. Since then, the Village has been rebuilt, thanks to local and global donations.

Joe's Scarecrow Village
This is definitely unlike any other attraction the two RV Gypsies have ever seen. Dozens of scarecrows with Halloween masks for faces and dressed in various outfits stood in semicircles next to a small shop near Cheticamp in Acadia, Nova Scotia. Each scarecrow bears an index card with the scarecrow's description.
Joe's Scarecrow Village

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Below is a Menu for the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in Nova Scotia. These may be viewed in any order you choose.
 
Entering Nova Scotia
and campgrounds
Swissair Flight III Memorial
Peggy's Cove
The Fishermen's Monument
Cape Breton Highlands
National Park
Cheticamp & Margaree
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