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Winter Gem – Stargazing on the Mira

Story by: Ashley George

Looking for a relaxing winter getaway with a warm country feeling while still being close to the heart of downtown Sydney? Mira River Cottages is an ideal place for recharging, adventure, exploring the beauty of Cape Breton Island.

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Home on the Mira

Mira River Cottages offer a home-away from home feeling on the Mira River. With a spacious living area, full kitchen, and wood stove, you have everything you need to have a wonderful winter vacation. Whether it is time spent with family or a romantic getaway Mira River Cottages offers 1-2 bedroom cottages or guest rooms each with hardwood floors throughout, a king-size bed, internet access and television.

Spend your day enjoying the area! Take in the sights of the beautiful Mira River (with river access on the property), enjoy snowshoeing trails and wagon rides through the Two Rivers Wildlife Park, or take a short drive to the town of Louisbourg and enjoy everything this town has to offer. Visit The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, snowshoe the Old Town Trail along the Louisbourg harbour, or hike the Loiusbourg Lighthouse Trail, home to Canada’s first lighthouse. After a day of exploring head back to your cottage and warm up by the fire before dinner.

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Time to eat!

If you are looking for a delicious meal near the heart of downtown Sydney, check out Governors Pub & Eatery. Dine in the comfort of the inviting main floor dining room or head upstairs if you are looking for a more relaxed Celtic pub style atmosphere. Enjoy the variety of their new menu which features classic pub favourites, delicious gourmet meals as well as vegetarian and vegan options. After dinner, take a stroll along the Sydney Waterfront boardwalk and make sure to check out the World’s Largest Fiddle.

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In A Galaxy Not So Far Away…

Are you wanting an out-of-this-world experience? End your evening stargazing at the Two Rivers Observatory located within the Two Rivers Wildlife Park.  Start the evening observing the night sky with the naked eye taking in the moonlight and stars while learning about the different constellations. Next, your knowledgeable guide will walk with you among the stars using lasers and powerful telescopes to examine the craters on the moon, the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy and even the Great Red Spot of Jupiter. WOW! This winter gem (and one of Cape Breton’s best kept secrets) is perfect for the whole family to enjoy or for a romantic night out. Either way you are assured to love it “to the Moon and back”!

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Ashley George

Ashley George

Summer sun, winter chill, falling leaves or budding trees, Ashley has a genuine passion for capturing the beauty of the Cape Breton outdoors. Our island has so much to discover and Ashley is determined to experience it all - and share it with you so that you can plan your next Cape-venture.

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