Day Trip Ideas

Day Trip Ideas

Just a short drive to Zip line adventure, tidal rafting on some of the highest tides in the world, hiking, and experiencing some of the "warmest water beaches north of the Carolinas" in the summer months. Nova Scotia has something to experience for everyone.

Anchors Above Zipline located in French River - 50 minutes from the Campground

Anchor’s Above Zipline Adventures boasts two ziplines. Leaving the parking lot and ticket booth, you will hike to the first platform where trained staff will get you into your safety gear (all provided by AAZA). Once safely equipped you will be hooked to the 1,100 ft awe inspiring monster line 240 ft above the ground that drops nearly six stories to the second line that is 900 ft long and 190ft off the ground. This line drops nearly 10 stories returning you safely to the parking lot/ticket booth where you started.

Arisaig - "The Mini Cabot Trail" - located 50 minutes from the Campground

On this scenic route of the Sunrise Trail you will discover sights, adventure, and taste. Take in the Arisaig Lighthouse, Lobster Interpretive Centre & Café, Cape George Point Lighthouse, Ballantyne's Cove Tuna Interpretive Centre, Knoydart Cheese House is adjacent to Knoydart Farm – the only certified organic dairy farm East of Quebec, and the Steinhart Distillery offers award winning spirits and overlooks Arisaig Wharf. You won't want to miss Giant Bluefin Tuna Charters which offers Bird watching; Sightseeing; Lobster fishing; Packaged tours.

Baddeck located on Cape Breton Island - 1 hour 20 minutes from the Campground

Amoeba Sailing Tours Sailing on the Bras d’Or Lake aboard the schooner Amoeba. Baddeck Lobster Supper are a family owned, neighborhood restaurant featuring, locally fished lobster, salmon, crab and more! Uisge Bàn Falls Provincial Park is a 1.5-hour round trip hike to a spectacular waterfall. Visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site Marvel at full-scale replicas of the Silver Dart airplane and HD-4 watercraft, take the White Glove Tour for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the genius of Bell, or Come Fly a Kite overlooking the beautiful water views of Baddeck Bay.

Beaches - 20 minutes to 1 hour from the Campground

With more warm-water ocean beaches than anywhere else in Atlantic Canada, this area is Beach Country. Build sandcastles, fly kites, beachcomb for shells and seaglass, play in the waves, or just walk barefoot in the sand. Discover 5 beautiful beaches all within a hour drive of the Campground - Bayfield Beach Provincial Park, Pomquet Beach Provincial Park, Melmerby Beach Provincial Park, West Mabou Provincial Beach and Port Hood Beach

Bird Watching at the Campground

You don’t have to leave the campground to bird watch as more than 30 kinds have been seen ranging from hummingbirds to bald eagles to great blue herons.

Eileanan Brèagha Vineyards - 1 hour from the Campground

Overlooking the Bras D’Or Lake, Eileanan Brèagha (pronouced AY-len-an BREE-ah) is Cape Breton’s first and only estate winery. Scottish Gaelic for “beautiful islands,” Eileanan Brèagha was named in homage to the owner’s Gaelic heritage. Situated on a 200-acre former homestead in Marble Mountain, the south-east exposure and moderate climate of the salt water Bras d’Or Lakes allows for a longer growing season, while the marble and limestone in the soil provides a unique terroir that adds a distinct flavor to our collection of wines.

Fishing located 15 to 20 minutes from the Campground

If you are looking for a spot to try your luck at catching some fish here is a list of some popular fishing locations in the area and some of the types of fish you will find on your line: Bayfield Wharf – Mackerel, Squid and the Canso Causeway – Mackerel, Squid. P.S - Mackerel is delicious with a brush of bbq sauce, wrapped in tinfoil and cooked over the open fire. Check out the link to the Anglers Handbook for all the legal information on fishing licenses, fees, and regulations in our beautiful province of Nova Scotia.

Fortress of Louisbourg located on Cape Breton Island - 2 hours 25 minutes from the Campground

Surrounded by Cape Breton’s rocky shoreline, the Fortress of Louisbourg brings you back to French colonial life between 1713 and 1758. First the home of L’nu, also known as the Mi’kmaq, the 18th century brought French, Basque, German, English, Irish, Scottish, and African people to its shores. Immerse yourself in this diverse history as you explore a beautiful coastal landscape. Take in the looming fortifications, kitchen gardens, and elegant houses of the reconstruction, then wander original 18th century ruins for a full experience of the past come to life.

Golfing located 30 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes from the Campground

There are several challenging courses in the area. Here are three located on Cape Breton Island: The Cabot Links located in Inverness, Highland Links in Ingonish, and the Dundee Resort & Golf Club in West Bay. There is also the Antigonish Golf and Country Club in Antigonish and the Osprey Shores Golf Resort in Guysborough. All great locations to tee off.

Guysborough - located 35 minutes from the Campground

In the Guysbourogh area you will find nature, truly unspoiled, natural, even untouched. Located at the north east corner of mainland Nova Scotia, you will experience the rugged beauty where the land meets the sea, wooded hills and valleys that stretch to the horizon and quiet little villages nestled into safe harbours. Visit Authentic Seacoast Distillery & Brewery where you can take a tour and tasting of award winning spirits ; rums, vodka, whisky

Hiking Trails located 20 minutes to 30 minutes from the Campground

The Pomquet Acadian Trails is a 5-kilometre stacked loop multi-use trail system located in the small Acadian village of Pomquet, Antigonish County. The Guysborough Waterfront Trail Day-use trail: 2 km return; gravel surface. Shoreline trail with interpretive panels; view of small island; waterfowl. The Town of Port Hawkesbury all-season trails will appeal to both the avid and casual hiker. Discover a wide variety of plants and wildlife as the 10-kilometre trail system winds its way through majestic hardwood stands, softwood forests and along gently flowing brooks and streams.

Historic Pictou - 45 minutes from the Campground

Known as the birthplace of New Scotland, the Town of Pictou is located on the Northumberland Shore of Nova Scotia. It is the most developed waterfront between Halifax and Sydney. Experience the historic Scottish architecture, beaches, trails, three museums, many restaurants, quaint shops and friendly people.

Mabou located on Cape Breton Island - 1 hour from the Campground

Mabou is located on Cape Breton Island along the Ceilidh Trail. The biggest attraction on the Ceilidh Trail is the music......Cape Breton music, Scottish music, the fiddle, stepdancing, square sets and the singers! There is something to attend every night. It is simply amazing!! A must stop is the Red Shoe Pub. Discover the Ceilidh Coastal Trail, Christie's Look-Off, Judique's Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Glenora Inn & Distillery, two beautiful beaches located in Port Hood & Inverness as well as many galleries and shops

Riverside International Speedway - located 35 minutes from the Campground

Riverside International Speedway in James River is the perfect spot for racing fans. It started out as a dream Antigonish businessman John Chisholm, who was an avid racing fan and was determined to advance his favourite sport in his home province. The Speedway opened its doors for the first time on May 18, 1969. In 2007, the Speedway became the only Canadian racetrack East of Quebec to be sanctioned by NASCAR when it was named to the schedule of the newly formed NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

Sherbrooke Village - 1 hour 15 minutes from the Campground

Pristine wilderness, historically-themed attractions, authentic fishing communities, and beaches stretching as far as the eye can see offer explorers an array of off-the-beaten-path adventures on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. Experience life in the 1860s at Sherbrooke Village where heritage is brought to life by costumed interpreters, including blacksmiths, potters, weavers and printers. Enjoy at scenic boat tour of 100 wild islands with Murphy's Scenic Boat Tours, stop for a picnic at the Sherbrooke Provincial Park, and visit local shops.

Shubenacadie - 2 hours 15 minutes from the Campground

Tidal Bore Rafting Feel the rush of riding waves that can be up to 4 metres (13 feet) high in a Zodiac boat as the power of the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy turn the Shubenacadie River into a water roller coaster only found in Nova Scotia. Expert guides take you cascading down rapids as the incoming ocean reverses the flow of the river. This fun-filled voyage, also named a Canadian Signature Experience, isn’t complete without mudsliding, too.

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