surf scoter
 
South Harbour     Cape Breton      Nova Scotia      Canada
 
 
Surf Scoter is my restored 1964 Airstream trailer which sits high on 700 feet of Atlantic oceanfront in company with the Windsor Salt Box, a cedar-shingled summer room/studio. It’s available for rental by the week or the month (warm ones only) to artistic and writerly types looking for a place to do their stuff.
 
Surf Scoter is near the north-eastern tip of Cape Breton Island, just off the Cabot Trail... a wild and tremendous place. You’ll see families of bald eagles, coyotes on the hunt, moose grazing the water plants, and maybe even whales blowing out in the bay.
 
Below the property is an exquisite mix of environments: fresh-water marsh, salt-water marsh, grassy sand flats and a miles-long, usually deserted, sandy beach. This means birds of every kind, including the endangered Piping Plover... part of the sand flats is reserved for their conservation.
 
Swimming is wonderful in July and August – the water is amazingly warm. Fresh seafood (oysters, lobster, crab, fish) is ubiquitous in restaurants, from markets, and even from right off the boat. There’s a small, neighbourly farmers’ market every Saturday in the nearby village of Cape North, and two grocery stores (one with liquor) within a twenty minute drive. You can do your laundry at the local campground.
 
Surf Scoter has no phone, but mobile reception is available through most networks. There’s free Internet at the museum in Cape North, or at the campground ($2 for unlimited use). The trailer has electricity, a septic system, spring-fed hot and cold running water, a stove, fridge and toaster oven. The Salt Box has no electricity but is lit by candle-lanterns.