Best Beaches within 1 Hour of Iron Wilderness Cabins

#5. Whycocomagh Provincial Picnic Park

Indian Island in the Fall in Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia
Indian Island in the Fall

This beach is the easiest to access from our off-grid wilderness cabins . Located less than 5 km from our driveway, simply roll down the mountain road, hang a left and look for the gravel u-shaped driveway of the picnic park on the right (provincial signage is up in the summer, in fall, winter and spring, the signs are down). In the summer you can drive your car right down to the water. Look for the wooden staircase on the waterside for the best little pebble beach – perfect for throwing a stick to the pooch, a line to the fish or just catching a sunrise or sunset in Whycocomagh.

#4. Lake Ainslie – Trout Creek Provincial Park

Swimming at Lake Ainslie

Lake Ainslie is Nova Scotia’s largest freshwater lake. Excellent for fishing and swimming, there is a long white sand beach at Trout Creek Provincial Park that is super for a good long swim. The lake drops off very gradually, making this an excellent early and late season swimming destination, as the water warms up quickly, and is great for children. The bald eagles and loons also love to hang out at the lake. Head just north of the Trout Creek park to fish for trout and salmon – fly-fishing only in the creek! This beach is about a 30 minute drive from our cabins.

#3. Marble Mountain

Marble Mountain beach is remarkable for its aqua marine waters, created as a result of the marble quarry that use to operate here. Located on the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes it overlooks a cluster of small islands and has a nice white sand beach. Hit up this beach in the hot days of summer, as an icy cold creek exits from within the mountain on the beach, offering a refreshing cold stream of fresh water. The beach offers change rooms and an outhouse. Bring along lunch and refreshments! It takes about 45 minutes to drive to Marble Mountain.

#2. West Mabou Beach

West Mabou beach is another fantastic, family-friendly, beach! The waters surrounding Cape Breton are warmest on the west coast. The provincial park at West Mabou offers hiking, change rooms, outhouses and a long sandy beach that deepens gradually, making for a fun place to spend a beach day. The west coast is also the best place to watch the sunset of course!

#1. Secret Location! Ask us when you arrive where our favourite beach is…

Locals like to keep a few things on the down low! Our favourite beach is less than an hour drive from our cabins. It is extremely scenic and usually not very crowded. It’s not exactly a secret, but we don’t want to break the unspoken code and draw attention to it!

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Get Back to Nature this Autumn

Don’t miss the chance to soak in the calm beauty of nature this autumn. What better place to do so than the colourful mountains of Cape Breton Island? Fill your soul under the starry sky and pass the days exploring all that nature offers: hiking, fishing, hunting, or touring the trails by ATV or side-by-side. Get out of the city this fall for some peaceful time in nature. Book our off-grid camping cabins online – its the perfect place to relax and unwind in comfort.