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camping in cape breton

ames, iowa
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camping in cape breton

We are coming to camp on Cape Breton Island Nat Park Aug 5- Aug 10. We have a pop up camper and would like to stay in the Cheticamp area, either at Cheticamp or Corney Brook campgrounds. We would like to hike, kayak, and enjoy celtic/fiddle music. Should we plan to stay just this area and daytrip out of or should we plan to also include a stay on the North and/or East side of the island? Any suggestions for our trip are very much appreciated! Or should we stay in motels/cottages and indulge?

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1. Re: camping in cape breton

Hello annie-ames, this is Glenn from Nova Scotia Tourism.

Although you can do many day trips from the area you have suggested, going to the other side of the Cabot Trail to areas such as Baddeck or Ingonish for example, may be a stretch. Also, if you wish to visit attractions such as Louisbourg, a significant part of your day will be spent driving.

To make sure that you are close enough to the things you wish to do, you should take a look at novascotia.com

You can check out all the events going on during your stay to make sure you are close enough, http://tinyurl.com/yhsgsu5

You can also use the website to find alternate accomodations if you need them.

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2. Re: camping in cape breton

Hi Annie-ames,

Cape Breton is absolutely gorgeous... but the Cabot Trail (and it's length around) can be somewhat decieving on a map (TIP - check out the facts on times & distances with GOOGLE MAPS) ... it is a pretty slow go. So making day trips can be a bit of a hassle.

Agree with GLENN-INNOVASCOTIA you might want to move around a bit more... as for the totally opposite side with a Tent Trailer you might want to consider staying with the Cape Breton KOA... it has great facilities (including hot showers... so no need to blow the bank on a hotel room) and will give you easier access to places like Sydney for a day-trip. I found it to be an excellent location.

North Sydney - Cabot Trail KOA = www.koansct.com/English%20index.htm

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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3. Re: camping in cape breton

Corney Brook is a great little campground, but unserviced. Its right on the water, with a trail on the other side of the road that heads up a creek to a pretty little falls. Cheticamp is a much larger site, but has some serviced hookup sites. Good kayak tours at www.northriverkayak.com (note - the kayaking in the pic here is not in Cape Breton.) On the other side Broad Cove is a nice campground with some serviced sites. You will have 25 trails to choose from around the park!

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4. Re: camping in cape breton

With all due respect to the others, I live along that coast , and travel the Cabot Trail myself 2-3 times a year.

Music, you'll find it in Cheticamp on Saturday afternoons (4 hours straight) at the Doryman Tavern, maybe Tuesday evening at the Parkview at the Cheticamp Park entrance, and Wednesday evening at the "normaway inn "place in margaree at their "barn" . A bit farther for music every day is the Red Shoe in mabou and the Glenora just between Mabou and Inverness .Fiddle music and step dancing on Friday in SW Margaree and Saturday in Mabou.

It all depends on just what you need for camping facilities. If you wanted your own beach and an outdoor privy , totally private, dead center to all these spots , send me a PM . Corney Brook is right on the cliffs and has a privy I think. The gem is the one in Meat Cove. You can leave Cheticamp and get all the way around to the KOA i( at Seal Island , about 15 km from Baddeck ) in a day , or stop at Ingonish along the way . Remember, the west coast means the sunsets are on the horizon, and also the moose are near Corney Brook and French Mountain. The best hike is the Skyline Trail .

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5. Re: camping in cape breton

Corney Brook has flush toilets, but no potable water. There is a tap there, but recommend to boil or filter. The camp is small, no more than 20 sites and usually has less. Its right on the water and close to Cheticamp, easy access for the average person down a low bluff to a nice beach. The trail that starts just steps from the site up the creek in the canyon is a good reason to stay there as its a peaceful walk with lots of birds and other wildlife. A good place to relax in a safe, approved campground away from the crowds.

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