Journey around Cape Breton Island: A Seasonal Quiz
JIM ST. CLAIR In Those Days in Victoria County
As visitors and residents travel up and down the island, and across Victoria County, they see many signs with names identifying communities and routes. Several places recall individuals whose lives have been honoured by residents and the makers of maps. As an island-wide festival, Celtic Colours brings people to, and through, many of these places. How well do you know the history of these namesakes? See if you can realize the background of these individuals in the short quiz below. Each item has three possible correct answers. The correct responses are given upside down at the bottom. See how you do!
1. New Campbellton, Victoria County – entrance to Big Bras d’or a. Named for an Old Campbelltown in Scotland b. Recalls an early family settled there c. Identifies Charles James Campbell, Merchant and Ship Owner and operator of coal mine at location.
2. Kempt Head, Victoria County – tip of Boularderie Island a. Early settler whose family moved to New Zealand b. Sir James Kempt, Lt. Governor of Nova Scotia and Gov. General of Canada c. A place neatly maintained or well kempt
3. Bucklaw - near Little Narrows on Route 105. a. Where deer are legally hunted b. A reference to Sir Walter Scott character in Bride of Lammemor” c. Where bootleggers used to sell whiskey illegally.
4. Capstick – on the northern tip of Cape Breton, near Cape North a. A family by this name who came from the North of England b. A variety of bushes growing in area c. Remains of a sticks and timber from shipwreck on beach
5. Glen Tosh – between Baddeck and St. Ann’s a. A valley where toshes grow b. In honour of Rev. Abraham Macintosh 1820-1889 c. A Gaelic word for a valley where competitors toss cabers
6. St. Margaret’s Village – northern Victoria County a. A Queen of Scotland married to Malcolm the Third and ancestor of Queen Elizabeth the Second b. A local woman of much faith who had talent as a healer c. Mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. 7. Hunter’s Mountain – on Cabot Trail near Middle River a. A place where local people hunt deer and moose b. Where gold miners hunted for ore c. Recalls early settler John Hunter from Isle of Mull, Scotland
8. Caolis Silis – name of the ferry boat at Little Narrows a. Gaelic for “Strait of Julia” - Julia Macniven Noble, early midwife b. Gaelic for a body of water from the sea c. Gaelic for a Christmas Carol called “Silis.”
9. Cape Dauphin – at entrance to Big Bras d’or near New Campbellton a. A place where dolphins are seen along the shore b. Where Daphne Kelly lived c. Son of King Louis XIV of France, father of several later kings
10. St. Columba – near Iona, Victoria County a. An early Irish missionary from Ireland who was buried on Isle of Iona, Scotland, ca. 597 b. In honour of the explorer Columbus c. Recalling a holy man who cherished the plant columbine.