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Old 02-27-2012, 07:42 AM   #1
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The wife and I are taking our new truck and toy hauler on it's maiden voyage up to Nova Scotia this summer. We found a beautiful campground right on the coast on the west end of Nova Scotia for the first part of our trip, but are having trouble picking a place on Cape Breton Island for the second half of the trip. I was thinking Broad Cove campground, but being a state park, there isn't much info online and the two web sites I did find leave much to be desired. Can anyone with experience on Cape Breton give us some advice. We are taking our Can-Am Spyder and want to cruise the Cabot Trail so Broad Cove looked ideal. Just not sure about site size etc. when coming in with a 37 foot 5th. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:53 AM   #2
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Hi all,

The wife and I are taking our new truck and toy hauler on it's maiden voyage up to Nova Scotia this summer. We found a beautiful campground right on the coast on the west end of Nova Scotia for the first part of our trip, but are having trouble picking a place on Cape Breton Island for the second half of the trip. I was thinking Broad Cove campground, but being a state park, there isn't much info online and the two web sites I did find leave much to be desired. Can anyone with experience on Cape Breton give us some advice. We are taking our Can-Am Spyder and want to cruise the Cabot Trail so Broad Cove looked ideal. Just not sure about site size etc. when coming in with a 37 foot 5th. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
I live here in Nova Scotia. A great spot to camp that is really central to Cape Breton, close to the Cabot Trail and to Louisburg is the KOA just outside North Sydney. It is at the bottom of Kellys Mountain and has a beautiful view across the water. I highly recommend it as a home base during your stay in the region.
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Am looking at it now. Thanks! So, how far up to the Highlands National Park from there? Oh, and since you live in Nova Scotia, can I ask you another question? Is the west end really worth it? My wife and I are not very touristy and more scenery driven on our trips. We aren't really interested in anything super historical or indoors. Just want peace and views. Should we skip the west side and do our whole trip on Cape Breton?
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I believe this is the info. on the campground that corvettec3 is refering to. We stayed there and the view is tremendous, deer and grouse came right up to the door on our motor home. Call and make a reservation and tell them you want on the top tier. It has the best view. Also you will be just minutes from the Cabot Trail.

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I live here in Nova Scotia. A great spot to camp that is really central to Cape Breton, close to the Cabot Trail and to Louisburg is the KOA just outside North Sydney. It is at the bottom of Kellys Mountain and has a beautiful view across the water. I highly recommend it as a home base during your stay in the region.
Another vote for the KOA. We stayed there while exploring Cape Breton Island several years ago.
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I believe this is the info. on the campground that corvettec3 is refering to. We stayed there and the view is tremendous, deer and grouse came right up to the door on our motor home. Call and make a reservation and tell them you want on the top tier. It has the best view. Also you will be just minutes from the Cabot Trail.

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Excellent! Decision is made. Thanks much!! So, did you see my follow up question for corvettec3? Do you think we should concentrate our trip on Cape Breton?
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KOA at North Sydney gets our vote too. We based out of there for the entire time we camped with our Goldwing and tent.........in the time before going into the RV market. Upper level sites have a fantastic view, but there's no bad ones. Local shopping was fairly close for groceries.

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We pretty much stayed in the Cape Breton area and toured the Cabot Trail. The other place we did go was Five Island Ocean Resort, Lower Five Islands, NS B0M 1NO. The c/g is on the Bay of Funday. The park itself is quite nice, has a good view of the bay and the 5 islands. However, it is in the middle of nowhere. The closest grocery store is over 30 miles away. Claming is great here though. Also there is a cheese factory just up the road that is interesting. If you go to this park just make sure you take enough groceries with you for the stay.
One added comment. When we were there this past summer gas, sold by the liter, equals out to $4.98 a gallon. The price is controlled by the govt., so there isn't any cheaper gas. You will also find that groceries are quite a bit higher in Canada also.


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You are about an hour away from either entrance to the Cabot Trail when you are at the KOA. Regarding the western side of Nova Scotia, if you are interested in seascape and water then that is the route to take. If you are more interested in the more rocky and mountainous terrain along with seascape then Cape Breton is your route.
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Oh btw gasoline right now here is $1.37 a liter and it is expected to be close to $1.50 a liter by summer. You will be looking at a $6 US gallon. Looks like our dollar will remain around par with the US for while.
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Oh btw gasoline right now here is $1.37 a liter and it is expected to be close to $1.50 a liter by summer. You will be looking at a $6 US gallon. Looks like our dollar will remain around par with the US for while.
Thanks for the info. Looks like we are staying on the East end then. Oh, one thing I want to clarify though. You said the Cabot trail is an hour away but right on the North Sydney KOA's web site they say the East Side Entrance is only 5 minutes away. Am I missing something?
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I was referring to the entrances to the Cape Breton Breton Highlands National Park which the trail goes through.
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We crossed into Canada at Houlton, ME. Prior to crossing we stayed at My Brothers Place C/G in Houlton. Very nice campground by the way. This is your last chance to fill up with gas and get a few groceries. There is a Wal-Mart right off the exit. It was quite easy crossing the border going into and exiting Canada. We were not searched, just asked if we had any guns, drugs, or potatoes. We have a cat and was never asked for her papers either.
If you happen to get west make sure you stop at Notre-Dame duMont church in Carmel, PEI. It is a very old church, a choir boy is there to answer all questions and give you a tour if you want. The entire island is a great place to visit, and we found the people to be very friendly and helpful with directions if needed.
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I was referring to the entrances to the Cape Breton Breton Highlands National Park which the trail goes through.

Ah, now I understand. Thanks again!
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