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  • Battery Provincial Park, Cape Breton NS


    Battery Provincial Park is located on the south end of Cape Breton Island, about 35 miles east of Port Hawkesbury. It is located alongside the St Peters Canal National Historic Site. The canal provides navigation between the Atlantic Ocean and Bras D'Or Lake.


    There were very few campers when we arrived, so we had a pretty good selection of sites. In general, we've found that when you check into a Nova Scotia provincial park, you're assigned a site, but are told if you see something you like better, all you need to do is tell them and they'll make the switch.

    Date of visit: Aug 2009

    Twenty years earlier my sister and I made a trip to Cape Breton and we made an overnight stop at Battery Park. The hillside where the campground is located was a lot more wooded back then.

    The campground is located on the side of a south-facing hillside overlooking the ocean. Most sites have a water-view. These are sites 28-30.

    Site 37 is a large, private site, also with a view.

    For real privacy and some shade, you can't beat site 25.

    If you're camping with friends or extended famly, you might find a double site like 21 attractive.

    Sites 20 and 18 offer some shade.

    The bathhouse is fairly new and well-maintained. Free hot showers are available. The showers are of the push-button type - you have to push the button about every minute or so. Also, the spray was an incredibly strong sting.

    I'm not sure of the story that accompanies the tepee on the Host's site.

    Atop the hill above the campground are the remains of Fort Dorechester. Not much to be seen now besides a few mounds of earth, but you also get a nice view of the the village of St Peters.

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    The lighthouse at Jerome Point is right beside the office of the park. It was built in 1883 and guides mariners into St Peters Bay and the entrance to the St Peters Canal.

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    Beginning in 1854, it took 15 years to construct the 800-meter long St Peters Canal with its single lock. Because of the tidal difference, each end of the lock has double gates.


    Dump station available

    Rates: $23 ($20.87 for seniors)

    55 sites, no hookups

    Coord: 45.64862 N, 60.86666 W

    Activities/Nearby Attractions

    St Peters Canal

    Nicholas Denys Museum

    Wallace MacAskill Museum

    St Peters Lions Club Marina