Cape Breton Over - 1942


Cat No.:   CA0106:

Written by author Clara Dennis, in the 1930’s decade, this book falls into the “travel-literature” genre of the commercial publishing world, but such a description fails to do justice to Nova Scotia born Clara’s gift for bringing her chosen locations in Cape Breton to life with insights into local culture and 18 photographs which she herself took while gathering “research” materials.

Quoting from a bio. of Clara’s decision to become an author she says, “Then and there was born the resolution to seek and find Nova Scotia. I would travel over her highways and byways. I would know her cities, her towns, her villages. I would visit the remote and but little frequented islands of her coast. I would talk with the men, women and children I would meet. In their lives would be unfolded the soul of Nova Scotia....” (Information courtesy of Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax, NS. The full biography may be found at: )

This book, her third and last, contains 342 numbered pages, and is divided into 17 chapters. Each chapter centres attention on one of the well known areas of the Island, mostly its cities and towns. As well as paying attention to the (then) current situation Clara also delves into the defining history of the area, reporting local legend and folk-law and any “juicy” local stories she could find.

This CD is compatible with any computer device which can run a PDF interpreter application such as Adobe Reader®, v7 (or later) recommended, and can accept a CD or have the PDF file downloaded to it (search-ability may be lost.) The full compliment of software on the CD provides enhanced speed when responding to searches.

No. of CDs is:  1 ;   Format is:  PDF ;   Searchable?:  YES;

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The following is a list of place names extracted from the Table of Contents to indicate the extent of Clara’s explorations:

Ainslie Glen.; Albert Bridge, once Mira Ferry.; Arichat.; Aspy Bay.; Baddeck.; Baleine.; Bay St. Lawrence.; Beinn Bhreagh.; Bell Museum.; Boularderie.; Briton Cove.; Cabot Trail.; Cap La Ronda Light.; Cap Rouge.; Cape North.; Cape of Cape Breton.; Capstick.; Chapel Island.; Cheticamp.; Cibou.; Crane village.; Creignish and Craigmore.; D'Escousse.; Dingwall.; Duke of Kent Island.; Englishtown.; French Mountain.; French settlement.; Friar's Head.; Gabarus Bay.; Glace Bay:.; Glendyer.; Grand Etang.; Highland Park.; Ile Madame.; Indian Reserve.; Ingonish Island.; Ingonish.; Inverness.; Janvrin's Island.; Jessie Cove.; Judique.; Just-au-corps.; Kelly's mountain.; Kingross.; Lake Ainslie.; Little Anse.; Little Narrows.; Lloyd's Cove.; Lorraines.; Louisburg lighthouse.; Louisburg.; Mabou.; MacKenzie's Mountain.; Mainadieu.; Man of War Point.; Marble Mountain.; Margaree Harbour; Margarees.; Marion Bridge.; Middle River.; Mira Ferry, now Albert Bridge.; Mira.; North East Margaree.; North Mountain.; North Shore.; North Sydney and Sydney Mines.; Orangedale; Petit de Grat.; Pictou.; Piper's Glen.; Pleasant Bay.; Point Michaud.; Pollet's Cove.; Port Hastings.; Port Hawkesbury.; Port Hood.; Port Hood.; Port Morien — the old Cow Bay.; Portuguese settlement.; Poulamon.; Reserve Mines.; River Bennett.; River Bourgeois.; River Denys.; Scatari.; Smoky.; Soldier's Cove.; St. Ann's Bay.; St. Ann's.; St. Paul's Island.; St. Peter's Canal.; St. Peters.; St. Pierre.; Sugar Loaf.; Sydney Harbour.; Sydney.; The heights of Craigen.; Victoria Bridge.; West Bay.; Whycocomagh.; Wreck Cove.