A video on snowmobiling in Victoria County.

VIEW VIDEO at  https://vimeo.com/122316745

A web marketing video produced by Skyline Studio for the County of Victoria, Cape Breton, filmed in Baddeck, Nova Scotia for the purpose of tourism promotion. The video features the Inverary Inn, Baddeck Forks Golf Club and the Annual Ride for Dad Event (in support of prostate cancer).
The County of Victoria has more 365km of groomed snowmobiling trails that lead into Highlands of Cape Breton and connect to Margaree, Cheticamp, Whycocomagh and points beyond.

Baddeck And Area Cat Rescue – new organization.

Baddeck & Area Cat Rescue- new non-profit organization. We are a group of volunteers who are committed to reducing the population of feral cats, and finding new homes for abandoned cats, in Baddeck and surrounding area. Please join our Facebook Group: BaddeckCatRescue. You can post photos of cats & kittens needing good homes; or if you are looking for a kitty you can post there too. We are also setting up a scheme for Trap/Neuter/Release, where we rent out humane cat traps to people who have a feral / stray cat problem & we will pay towards the sterilization in association with the Baddeck Vet Clinic. The cats can then go back into their familiar surroundings provided there is food & shelter for them. Some might be re-homable. We are looking for donations to help with the cost of this sterilization program. PayPal or e-transfer toBaddeckCatRescue@gmail.com or drop off your cash or cheque donation at The Antiques Boutique in Baddeck – no amount is too small! If you have a feral cat problem – please contact the group administrators Lisa Holt-Jones, Donna Johnson or Dale Stone. Thank you.

Community Connections – A New Project.

Community Connections:

Our Baddeck website (www.ourbaddeck.com), along with community members Jennifer Ripley and Tammy MacSween, have been talking since a couple of weeks about adding a new page to the community website.

The mission of this new page, to be called Community Connections, would be to welcome new people to the area by connecting the newcomers with friendly residents who would introduce the newbies to businesses, institutions, programs and personalities within our community.  For example, we might try and connect a retiring couple from away with local retired couple or with somebody who moved here a few years ago and has gone through the same “getting acquainted” issues.  We might try and connect a new family interested in small farming with members of the Farmer’s Market community.  Young families with children would be interested in playgroups for kids, schooling issues, daycare options, recreation programs, service clubs, etc.  Jobs and business opportunities could be promoted under the Community Connections site.   Supporting and welcoming new residents to our community would be the focus of this site.

We will start with a welcome package folder that would give you some of the basic information such as when is the garbage picked up, who is your county councillor, location of the employment centre, how to get a doctor or a dentist, brochures from local businesses, welcome to the community coupons. Eventually we would hope to develop a business directory – where do you find a electrician, carpenter or a mechanic. Where can you get a pizza, lumber, firewood, rent a house, buy a home / land.

To develop this program we need volunteers – if you feel you could help in any way or can offer advice  please drop us an e mail at ourbaddeck@gmail.com  .

RCMP Advisement

RCMP would like to advise anyone using the Wreak Cove Road,  nearby highland roads and dams that over the winter some placed bolts and nails in the ground sticking up about 3-4 inches above the ground.  These now pose a very dangerous hazard to snowmobile or ATV drivers as the snow level drops to puncture a tire or catch a track or ski.  Nova Scotia Power is working to locate and remove as the ground thaws.
Police are asking anyone with information about these incidents or the suspect to contact Ingonish Beach RCMP at 902-285-2021 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also text TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or submit a tip by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.
Cst Eric Latwaitis
Victoria County RCMP  – Baddeck Detachment

Victoria Co. Family Home Daycare is now an option.

Day Care

Did you know Cape Breton has a Regulated Family Home Day Care Agency?

Are you interested in starting your own Family Home Day Care Business? Or are you presently providing care in your home to children? You might be interested in speaking with our Family Home Day Care Consultant!

What is regulated Family Home Child Care?

Regulated Family Home Child Care offers quality child care in a home environment that is monitored and supported by a licensed agency through the Cape Breton Family Place Resource Centre and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. It is subject to the Regulations of the Day Care Act.

The Family Home Day Care Consultant coordinates the program and delivers support services to both care providers and families offering and seeking child care. This includes the screening, approval, support and monitoring of care providers for the agency.

The Agency also offers:

☐  access to subsidized funding

☐  access to our early childhood toy/resource library

☐  access to monthly play groups for care providers

☐  monthly home visit support by the agency’s consultant

☐  access to free training and workshops

☐  opportunity to meet and network with other child care providers

☐  support with free advertising for your family home day care

☐  assistance with matching families with family home day cares

☐   assistance and support with the business side of your home day care

If you are interested in knowing more about the Family home day care agency please contact:

FAmily Place Home DAy Care Agency

Lisa Brewster, Consultant – 902-574-7869

Jubilee Elementary School

755 Main Street, Sydney Mines

Footbridge over Middle River

Footbridge over Middle River – between Yankee Line and West Side Middle River School.  Now a part of our history.
 Middle River footbridge
Middle River Book.The Middle River and Area Historical Society is revising and updating the Middle River book that was printed in 1985. We are looking for new material, including photos (historical, recent, scenic, community and social events, etc.), essays, stories, anecdotes, updates to family histories, corrections to or omissions from the existing book.The written material and photos don’t have to be old; our history is ongoing.

We are also looking for prints or negatives of the old homes that appear in the original book that we can borrow and digitize. The photos in the existing book don’t reproduce well enough to include in the new book. All borrowed material will be scanned and promptly returned. Digital images would also be accepted.