Sailing through the Grand Narrows to the Big Harbour

Our sailing escapade across Lake Bras d’Or was like a weather rollercoaster, minus the tropical storm ride – thank goodness! We were showered with rain, serenaded by a rainbow (the true divas of meteorology), toasted by the sun (well, at least the parts that didn’t get soaked), and given a good old-fashioned wind-whipping.

Navigating through the eye of a needle of the Barra Strate Bridges in the Grand Narrows (don’t worry, no sewing skills required), we finally arrived at Big Harbor. Or at least, that’s what we thought until we realized it was more like ‘Mini Harbour.’ It was so tiny that if you blinked, you’d sail right past it.

As the day transitioned into night, we found ourselves in splendid solitude. It was just us and the whispering winds, the gentle lapping of the water, and probably a few curious fish wondering why we humans do what we do. It was like our own private island, except without the room service or cabana boy. We embraced the tranquillity and enjoyed our night in the cozy confines of ‘Big Narbor’—because sometimes, you don’t need a grand harbour; a tiny bay can be just as epic.

Riffing the main sail
A lighthouse in the entry of Barra Strait
Barrow Strait , aka Big Narrows of the Lake Bras d’Or
Passing the Barra Strait two-in-one Bridges
Unfurling the jib and back to sailing!
A church in Iona
Baile nan Gàidheal -Highland Village is an outdoor living history museum and Gaelic folklife centre
Hectors Point
Rainbow above the Grand Narrows
The rain is coming (again)
Good light
Gypsum rocks
Another view of the Baile nan Gàidheal
Here comes the Sun!
Sunny Rain
Arriving at the Big Harbour