The site is essentially an interpretive center highlighting the life of Alexander Graham Bell (known as Alec to friends and family) who is most well known as the inventor of the telephone.
Personally, I was most impacted by the story of his life and how his success flowed out of his natural interests and compassion for those around him. His mother was deaf, his father was a researcher of physiological phonetics who developed visible speech, and his grandfather was a elocutionist. Alec was contracted to instruct teachers at the Boston School for Deaf Mutes in using visible speech to help their pupils speak. He also took on individual pupils including his future wife, Mabel Hubbard.
|Beinn Bhreagh is on the peninsula on the left and overlooks Bras d'Or Lake|
|The Silver Dart|
|A replica of the HD-4|
|The remains of the original HD-4 (was left to rot on the beach below Beinn Breagh)|
There was so much to see and learn here. In addition to learning the details of his personal life, the Park Canada site houses numerous objects and information on the inventions and thinking of Alexander Graham Bell and his associates. If you're in the Cape Breton area, this is a must see if not a destination in and of itself.
Parks Canada has an Explorer Program for kids in the vein of the American National Park's Junior Ranger Program. This was the first Canadian Park where the kids finished the Explorer Booklet and got their dog tag for the park.
|The kids showing off their Explorer booklet, certificate and dog tag for AGBNHS|
Before leaving, we stopped in the gift shop and bought a book that we can read at home to learn more about the great Alexander Graham Bell. We tend to collect books from places we visit to help reinforce the things we have learned on our travels. If you would like to read about the life of Alexander Graham Bell to your kids, Amazon has a copy of Time For Kids: Alexander Graham Bell (Time for Kids Biographies).