Near Us

Cultural Heritage of St. Anns Bay

The St. Ann's Bay area is rich in Scottish, Acadian and First Nations heritage and culture as well as New World history. Originally the home of the Mi'kmaq, a member of the great Wabenaki Confederation that played pivotal roles in the history of both the United States and Canada, the area was settled by Scots about 1840. Today, it provides an art and artisan community, multiple outdoor activities, and an array of musical events. Take home a momento of your visit from a wide range of artists and craft makers with shops and galleries in the many communities near us.

Distances to Attractions and Activities

Up here, distances are measured in minutes.  There are beaches to enjoy, horses to ride and hiking trails to explore.  Or discover entertaining music and experience our festivals.  There is so much to do and see, you will want to return again and again, as so many of our guests do.

  • 5 min from North River Kayaking
  • 5 min from North River Wilderness Hiking Trails - Little & Big Falls (Tallest Waterfall in Cape Breton)
  • 15 min from the Gaelic College
  • 25 min from the Alexander Graham Bell Museum
  • 25 min from Bell Bay Golf
  • 55 min from Highlands Links Golf
  • 35 min from the Newfoundland Ferry
  • 35 min from Bird Island Boat Tours
  • 1 hr 20 min from Cheticamp
  • 1 hr 20 min from Fortress Louisbourg
  • 1 hr 30 min from Capt. Mark's Whale Watching


North River is also a great location to spot wild mammals on walks and hikes in the area and along the coast.

  • Gray squirrel
  • Harbour porpoise
  • Moose
  • Red squirrel
  • Pilot Whale
  • Coyote
  • Lynx
  • Red fox


Nova Scotia Bird Watching

Nova Scotia enjoys a rich complement of over 400 bird species that appear thoughtout the province. Many (over 150) regularly can be found in our area on a dependable basis from rare, uncommon or common throughout all months of the year.  The Osprey  was designated as the provincial bird of Nova Scotia in 1994. There is a province wide rare bird alert telephone hotline call  902-852-2428.

In June look for the arrival of our returning resident Hummingbirds and be prepared to be amazed at their seeming indifference to humans as they busily forage for nectar.  A memory many of our guest comment upon and take home with them.

Finally, don't forget there is also beauty in just being here, relaxed and unhurried.  All you need to bring is yourself, a companion or two, and don't forget your camera. There is a landscape or memory to document around every corner.