Ever wonder where "Cabot" got its name? You may assume it has something to do with Cabot's proximity to the world renowned Cabot Trail - and you're right, but that's not the full story...
The Cabot Trail was named after the Italian explorer John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto), who reached the shores of Cape Breton in 1497, sailing on a mission for King Henry VII of England. Cabot learned sailing and navigation in Venice from Italian seamen and merchants. By 1488, Cabot moved to England in pursuit of sponsorship for an expedition to Asia. Cabot believed there was a shorter route to Asia via a northern passageway and was given a grant by the King to “seeke out, discover and finde” new lands for England.
Cabot was provided with a ship called the Matthew, and in early 1497, Cabot and his crew of 18 men embarked on their north-west journey across the Atlantic in search of Asia. On June 24, 1497, 50 days into the voyage, Cabot landed instead on the east coast of North America, on the island we now know as Cape Breton. The first explorer to reach these shores, Cabot immediately claimed the land for the King of England.
When it came time to name our golf resort here on the west coast of Cape Breton Island, we couldn’t think of a more suitable person to pay tribute to than John Cabot. Without John Cabot’s sense of adventure, acceptance of risk, and drive for innovation, North America quite literally would not be the continent it is today. We strive to embrace these values in our everyday work here at Cabot and even feature Cabot’s ship, the Matthew, in our logo.
The Blue Lobster Logo
When Cabot Cliffs came along, the “name game” was a little more straight-forward. We already had “Cabot”, so “Cliffs” was a pretty natural addition. The logo, however, was a bit more challenging. No silhouette of a Cliff seemed to do the real-life Cliffs justice.
So, we decided to take a more creative route and focus on the rarity of finding such untapped natural beauty in the 21st century. Sticking with the coastal theme, we landed on one of the ocean’s rare finds: the blue lobster. With chances of finding one of these bright blue creatures ranked at 1 in 2,000,000, we thought it was a perfect fit for our coastal links course on the edge of Cape Breton Island.
Just a week before Cabot Cliffs’ Preview Play Launch on July 1, 2015, a blue lobster was caught just off the shore by a local fisherman—a good omen, perhaps, for the many seasons to come.