Looking for your next great outdoor adventure? Why not plan an RV trip to Cape Breton Island's Battery Provincial Park? Nestled within the small seaside haven of St. Peter's, Nova Scotia, this recreational area rests on a hill which overlooks the breathtakingly beautiful St. Peter's Bay. The property sits directly next to St. Peter's Canal Historic Site and is the pinnacle of the Bras D'Or Lakes Scenic Drive, a route which winds through small coastal villages and offers stunning lakeside views.
Battery Provincial Park is situated on the southeast portion of Cape Breton Island, a landmass which is connected to mainland Nova Scotia by a causeway. This camping facility is near to many historic sites; one of the most prominent being a lime kiln which produced plaster and mortar which was used in the building of the nearby Fortress of Louisbourg. The park also prominently features a lighthouse whose primary purpose was to act as a beacon for ships entering the mouth of St. Peter's Canal.
The property consists of 150 acres of land, providing families with lots of opportunity for exploration. Battery Provincial Park offers many activities for families to enjoy year-round; though the campground is only open seasonally from June 7th through October 21st.
If an RV trip to a stunning island paradise is at the top of your bucket list, Battery Provincial Park will not disappoint. It's an outdoor wonderland.
Travelling to Battery Provincial Park from mainland Nova Scotia is a short and easy trip. The journey encompasses 51 km (or 32 miles) and will take approximately 36 minutes on moderately trafficked roads. From the Canso Causeway, continue along Transcanada/Highway 104 E. When you approach the roundabout, you will need to take Exit 2 to remain on Transcanada/Highway 104. Stay to the right, carefully following the signs for Fleur-de-Lis Trail/Port Hawkesbury/Saint Peters/Sydney/Nova Scotia 4 Trunk. This will lead you to an additional right turn to follow the road to the NS-104 E ramp to Isle Madame/Saint Peters/Sydney. You will remain on NS-104 for 37 km (23 miles) before continuing onto NS-4 E which leads directly to the park. The entrance to the park is found to the east of the bridge at the canal site. Highway 104 alternates from a four lane highway to two lanes with Highway 4 sticking strictly to two lanes. The roads are highly trafficked in the summer months and often experience road construction. Allow extra time to avoid arriving late.
Sydney is the largest metropolitan area on Cape Breton Island. Travel from Sydney to Battery Provincial Park is 85 km (53 miles) and will take slightly over an hour if traffic is flowing well. The route is very direct, travelling completely along NS-4 W which runs along the Bras D'Or Lakes, offering picturesque views of charming seaside villages. The highway consists mostly of two lane stretches and travels at a slower pace than the Transcanada. There is very little construction done on the highway at any time of year, and the roads are kept clean and clear year-round.
Parking can be found just inside the entrance to Battery Provincial Park.
Due to its location, there is no public transportation available to Battery Provincial Park. However, the town of St. Peter's is within walking distance.
Battery Provincial Park Campground is open for RV and tent camping from June 7th through October 21st yearly. The campground offers 53 campsites which are situated on gravel and contain a picnic table and fire ring. Of the 53 sites, 7 are serviced and 46 are not. To be certain to obtain a spot with electric and water hookup, reservations are highly recommended. At the time of reservation, you will be asked to provide the total length of your RV or trailer to ensure an adequate sized space is available for you.
Battery Provincial Park Campground offers a lot of amenities including flush toilets, showers, a sewage disposal area, fire grills, wood, and ice. There is also a nearby boat launch for those wishing to take their pleasurecraft out on the water. Wifi is available in the administration building. Leashed pets are permitted on the grounds, and generator use is also allowed.
Among the most popular activities are fishing, hiking, kayaking, swimming,. and snowshoeing.
One of the most popular activities at Battery Provincial Park is swimming. The saltwater beach at this park and camping facility is small but charming and attracts many visitors during the hot summer months. The water remains crisp and refreshing.
In keeping with Nova Scotia beaches, the shore is comprised mostly of rocks, so you will need to bring appropriate footwear if you plan to walk along the beach. Nova Scotia beaches are well-renowned for seaglass along the shore, a wonderful souvenir of a great RV vacation.
This beach does not offer lifeguard service.
Battery Provincial Park's beach is a great place for enjoying a day of watersports. Kayaking is a favorite pastime of many visitors to this camping facility. During the summer months, you can paddle your cares away in the fresh, cool waters of St. Peter's Bay.
After your day of kayaking fun, stop by one of the picnic areas to enjoy a packed lunch from home or a snack from one of the nearby food trucks while you enjoy the ocean views from the shore.
To explore a stunning sand beach that is relatively secluded, it is worth the trip to Point Michaud Provincial Park. Located just 20 km (12 miles) from Battery Provincial Park, the drive to Point Michaud is both tranquil and scenic.
The beach is lengthy at 3 km (2 miles), and its sandy shoreline makes it an excellent spot for a leisurely stroll and offers ample opportunities for collecting seaside treasures such as shells or seaglass. There are also sand dunes and cranberry bogs to explore.
Point Michaud Beach offers excellent surfing conditions in season and is home to a boardwalk, picnic tables, a change room, and toilets.
Only one minute away from Battery Provincial Park, you will find the Glad Tidings Christmas Shoppe. Open year round, this quaint shop is an oasis of Christmas cheer for all who love to remain in the spirit. You will find a wide assortment of items including glassware, ornaments, home decor, music, and food, with something to suit the taste and decorating styles of every fan of St. Nicholas' favorite holiday.
The drive to Glad Tidings Christmas Shoppe takes you through the heart of St. Peter's, a quaint seaside town with an air of enchantment.
Also located just one minute from Battery Provincial Park is the Nicolas Denys Museum. This historic site overlooks St. Peter's Canal, providing visitors with awe-inspiring views worthy of capturing on film.
The museum displays a vast collection of materials of local historical significance. The items are on exhibit in a French-inspired building modeled after a 1650 trading post built by Nicolas Denys, who hailed from Tours, France.
In the neighboring French village known as Arichat, you will find LeNoir Forge Museum. At 37 km (23 miles) away, the trip to the museum takes approximately 32 minutes.
Arichat is quaint and pretty, and the town itself is worth a visit. At the museum, you will discover an 18th century stone building known as "The Forge." It was a haven for the shipbuilding industry and was employed as a fully functioning forge in years gone by. Today, the building is stocked with a collection of tools and historical items which relate the history of Isle Madame, the island on which the forge finds its home.