This exclosure keeps moose out so recently planted tree seedlings can grow. We invite you to pass through the gate, explore the site, and continue n to enjoy the Skyline Trails.
A lookout tower within the Moose Exclosure...
Moose, Keep Out!
This exclosure was erected in the fall of 2017 as part of a ten-year study to monitor forest regrowth in the absence of moose. Moose cannot enter but smaller creatures are free to come and go.
A Moose's Dream
Insect infestations are a normal part of life in the boreal forest. Tree-eating insects create gaps in the forest for new, sun-loving plants to grow. In the 1970s, a massive spruce budworm outbreak cleared most of this mature balsam fir forest and white birth grew in its place. With this abundance of their favourite food, moose thrived - eating the young trees and halting regrowth of the forest.
As a side note, I found this news headline dated October 7, 2018...The Skyline Trail at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park is temporarily closed because of "aggressive moose behaviour," says Parks Canada.
(The rut is on!)
We were told so many times from folks we met that we would definitely see lots of moose on the trail...nope, we didn't!
They will never know the beauty of this place, see the seasons change, enjoy nature's chorus. All we enjoy we owe to them, men and women who lie buried in the earth of foreign lands and in the seven seas. Dedicated to the memory of Canadians who dies overseas in the service of their country and so preserved our heritage.
The road ahead...
With its rocky cliffs and jagged shoreline, this area doesn't look like an ideal spot for a fishing village. Yet over thirty French families once lived here and made their living from the sea. They even had a cannery. Colourful panels depict the history of the area as you enjoy the great ocean views. It is also a picnic area, so pack a lunch and linger awhile.
Lots of stacked balanced rocks along here...
We had a place picked out for lunch in Inverness (using Trip Advisor) but when we couldn't find it, we found out on Google Maps that the place had been closed permanently...sheesh! We ended up at Westside Cookhouse...it was okay but not what we had wanted.
After lunch, we stopped for gas and then continued, taking a back road around Lake Ainslie.