Cape Breton Squash Club
Our squash facility in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, is an experience, even for the most worldly of persons. Nestled within the Highland Park Mountains of Northern Cape Breton, surrounded by greenery and the star-filled night skies in the fishing village of Pleasant Bay, the facility sits right on the coastline. Hand-built over three years, the facility has been carefully constructed with help from expert carpenters, with a keen eye for detail. For the avid squash player, the facility fulfills many expectations. The court floor was made using fine local hard maple, and the court walls are standard Fiberesin panels and glass. The court has an open 28 foot high ceiling, a trait that enables players to hit high lobs unequaled in normal courts. The building was designed to wrap around the court, allowing observers to view from nearly any angle of their choosing.
The club itself is located on the edge of the national forest, where moose can be frequently found grazing and wandering in the thicket. Delicious wild blueberries grow in meadows nearby, and the sandy beach is just a five-minute walk away. The cool waters are a much-desired refreshment after any grueling five-gamer or training session. Down by the beach one could expect to see locals enjoying their day. They may have brought their dogs, or hot-dogs, or both. One can enjoy an ice cold beer, eat some lunch, and perhaps witness some wild deer cooling themselves off in the ocean. At night, cooking over a cozy fire, there is nothing better than freshly caught mackeral or trout grilled over hot coals, and the incredible millions of stars overhead imparting upon us an appreciation for our place in the universe. Music is another part of celebrating life here, with plenty of local talent and enthusiasm. Traditional fiddle music is interweaved with rock and jazz to form a unique type of fusion.
Visiting Cape Breton in the summer to play squash and explore would be a great experience for anyone. Even though the club can't match the extensive facilities of urban squash clubs such as the Meadow Mill, the fresh snow crab, colorful sunsets, and refreshing beaches will most definitely compensate for it, if not exceed it. The natural features of Pleasant Bay are a part of what makes Cape Breton the most beautiful island in North America. There is also much more to explore and discover along the Cabot Trail. Down the road one can find the Gambo Abbey, a Western Buddhist Monastery in the Shambhala Tradition. The Abbey is an amazing place to visit and the friendly locals will make you feel at home with their warm greetings. In its totality, the experience of Cape Breton alone is a magical one, but with the added luxury of squash playing, one can almost dream of nothing better.