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Baddeck is a small town in Nova Scotia in the centre of Cape Breton Island that I never heard of before my trip. This town was were Alexander Graham Bell spent a lot of his time in his later years. Apparently he liked this place because it reminded him of his home in the Scottish Highlands.

A neat old building in the centre of town.

The Baddeck Marina. I don't know if it's just me, but it seems that it is really easy to take a nice pictures of boats in water, they usually just turn out good with no effort at all.

The Telegraph House Hotel below was built in 1861 and it once contained the office of the first Trans-Oceanic Cable Company. Some of the first telegraph messages in North America were sent from here. The building is located at the centred of town and it is were I stayed while in Baddeck - I actually stayed in one of the motel units in the back. Of all the places I stayed at, Baddeck is probably my favourite. It's a tourist town but it not packed like most and staying in the Telegraph House Hotel at the centre of town made it so I could just walk to restaurants, cafes, and shops.

The main thing to see in Baddeck is the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, a National Historic Site, which is shown below. Bell's home Beinn Breagh is located somewhere on the hill in the back ground. After some searching I did find the road to Beinn Breagh and headed out that way, but I eventually got to a gate that said "private property, no trespassing", the end of the line. Baddeck is also a good place from which to do the Cabot Trail loop, but more on that later.

There was a ton of things to see in the museum and my pictures don't do it justice. Note that most exhibits were behind glass, so it was really difficult to take a good picture of them. One set of pictures that did turn out ok is those I stitched together below that show the early telephones based on Bell's invention. The one on the left is the first commercial telephone used in 1877.

The following is a replica of a hydrofoil developed by Bell and others after their aviation work. That's right, Bell and others were responsible for the first powered flight in Canada and that happened in 1909 on the ice covered Bras D'Org lake at Baddeck. I had no idea Bell was involved in so many things besides the invention of the telephone and going to the museum was a real learning experience. The most important thing I learnt there was something that was mentioned in a video by a fellow who worked for Bell. This guy was talking about how Bell always made time for children and Bell had actually told this guy that he should never ignore children and all their questions. Bell had explained to him that a child's mind is not biased by experience and knowledge and as such they can bring good new ideas that we as adults often cannot see.

This picture here is of a fox that just happened to be sitting on the roof of the museum as I explored the exhibits on the outside of the building.

One of the things to see outside is this sculpture to honour the Aerial Experiment Association consisting of Alexander Graham Bell, F.W. Baldin, Glenn H. Curtiss, J.A.D. McCurdy, Thomas E. Selfridge and the Silver Dart which they designed, built, an flew from the ice of Baddeck Bay on the 23rd of February, 1909, thereby making The First Flight By A British Subject In The British Empire.

On my way to Baddeck a PT Cruiser passed me that looked like might have had a license plate from British Columbia which suddenly made me feel like I wasn't the only westerner out on the east coast, however the plate was partially obscured by a molding that made it difficult to say for sure if it was from British Columbia or not. Well, as I was leaving the Bell Museum I noticed that same PT Cruiser in the parking lot and it did in fact have a British Columbia license plate, then not far away I saw a truck with an Alberta license plate. I was a bit surprised, but later in Halifax I learnt that is fairly common so see license plates from the west in the Maritimes in the summer, especially ones from Alberta, because there are a lot of folks from the Maritimes that have moved to the west and many of them do drive home to the Maritimes for there summer vacation.