AAA Editor Notes
North Cape, Nature & Technology in Perfect Harmony is on Hwy. 12 at the n.w. tip of the island. The site includes the 1866 North Cape Lighthouse, an interpretive center, a wind test facility and a commercial wind farm. At low tide, visitors can walk out to the longest natural rock reef in North America to view sea life and, weather permitting, the harvesting of Irish moss. The Black Marsh Nature Trail leads through an open bog area, interpreting the area's history, local fishing and coastal ecology.
Towering windmills and turbines generate energy at the Wind Energy Institute of Canada, Canada's national research center devoted to studying how wind can be harnessed as a power supply. The North Cape Interpretive Centre features an aquarium as well as displays and a video presentation about the Wind Energy Institute of Canada. Exhibits about North Cape history and Atlantic Canada's first wind farm also are showcased.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.