The Celtic Shore Coastal Trail – A True Fall Gem
There’s something extra special about an area that has restaurant stops along a developed trail that leads to luxury camping. The Celtic Shores Coastal Trail is 92km long, with multiple spots to go sightseeing, various restaurants to grab a bite to eat, and plenty of places to rest your head when tired.
There’s plenty of room when parking in the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail lot at the turn-off toward West Mabou Beach. This multi-purpose trail is quite busy in fall, but the ATV users are considerate as they slow to pass and wave a Cape Breton salutation. Its recent development includes more benches to view the eagles, the changing colours, and the beautifully flowing river. Bike to the big trestle bridge for a truly breath-taking view any time of year, but especially at the golds and reds of our deciduous trees begin to shine.
Clove Hitch Cuisine
The Clove Hitch Bar and Bistro is a must-stop spot to grab great food in Port Hood. Their easy-to-follow one-way solution to traffic meant we were able to maintain more than physical distancing guidelines while entering, exiting, and enjoying our meals. Their menu is a great balance of local fare, easily modified for dietary needs, with a fantastic beverage menu filled with Nova Scotia brands.
The Edge of Luxury
Archer’s Edge Luxury Camping, in Judique, is designed with cliff-side views that are perfect for the ocean gazers and sunset chasers. Scott welcomes you like an old friend, as he smiles from a safe distance. He checks in via text to make sure your amenities are stocked and has an easy-to-follow sheet to control things like heat. As an avid camper, Archer’s Edge Luxury Camping is a perfect getaway dome of peace, solitude, and running water (yay for coffee!). This was the perfect ending to a hidden gem adventure, and nearly impossible to leave.
- I highly recommend staying more than a single night at Archer’s Edge Luxury Camping. 1 night will not be enough to soak up the peaceful bliss we found here.
- Make sure to check out the seasonal beverages being carried at the Clove Hitch Bar and Bistro, such as their Bay Breeze made with locally distilled vodka from Glenora Inn & Distillery, or Island Folk Cider, a newer Cape Breton Cider Brewery.
- You will be pleased with any spot along the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, but I highly recommend the Mabou parking lot or leaving from Inverness Beach to view the Deepdale Bridge as an alternative.
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