Cabot Strait, the passage between southwest Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island. Named for explorer John Cabot, it is 110 km wide between Cape Ray, Nfld, and Cape North, NS. The principal oceangoing route to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and hence to much of Eastern Canada, it has been of strategic importance in Canadian military and commercial history. Though sometimes hindered by pack ice from the gulf, steamers between Channel-Port aux Basques and SYDNEY (later North Sydney) connected the Newfoundland railway with the Canadian system after 1898. CN Marine ferries now connecting the 2 provinces carry more than 300 000 people across the strait each year. A submarine telegraph cable was laid across Cabot Strait in 1856, eventually joining North America and Europe via the transatlantic cable (1866).
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Pitt, Robert D.. "Cabot Strait". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 03 October 2014, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/cabot-strait. Accessed 30 November 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Pitt, R. (2014). Cabot Strait. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/cabot-strait
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Pitt, Robert D.. "Cabot Strait." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 06, 2006; Last Edited October 03, 2014.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Cabot Strait," by Robert D. Pitt, Accessed November 30, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/cabot-strait
Article by Robert D. Pitt
Published Online February 6, 2006
Last Edited October 3, 2014