Arial view of Cheticamp. The community is surrunded by mountains. Because
of its unique topography, the area is famous for some of the strongest winds
in the world. At times, roofs have even been lifted right off of buildings by the
fierce south-east winds called the suÍte, a spring-time wind storm that can
generate winds in excess of 200 km per. The location was initially chosen by
fishermen because the area is ideal for landing and drying fish. The harbour
was at one time one of the deepest in the area. It is still a major fishing port.