Enjoy the difference

 
 

Mira River

The Mira River with a meander length of approximately 55 km (34 mi), has a very slow flow rate. The river’s source is traced to a series of lakes clustered around Victoria Bridge near the boundary with Richmond County. It is also fed by the Salmon River. Flowing past the communities of Marion Bridge and Albert Bridge, the river discharges through the “Mira Gut” at the community of the same name into the Mira Bay. The river occupies a trench arching from southwest to northeast across the southern part of Cape Breton County; much of the eastern part of the river is a tidal estuary, with noticeable tides extending beyond Albert Bridge approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) upstream of the Gut.

The river’s width and calm waters make it ideal for pleasure boating and other recreational activities; numerous cottages line its banks. Several campgrounds and parks, along with the Mira Boat Club at Albert Bridge make the Mira River a vacation destination in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Popular swimming spots include Marion Bridge, Mira Gut Beach, Sanagree Island, Mira Water Park, and Albert Bridge.

The Mira region is also home to the Two Rivers Wildlife Park.

The Mira River was the inspiration for local singer-songwriter Allister MacGillivray’s Song for the Mira. Over the years, it has become a renowned folk song, that has been recorded by many artists and translated into several different languages.

Mira Cottage

What else to do?

 
 

Watersport

The Mira River is ideal for all types of ‘getting wet’ leisure activities. Whether canoeing, kayaking or just a swim in the morning it is always a fun time.

The one who would like to have something more motorized can also switch to jet ski, motor boat or a small yacht. Comfortable as well: an old fishing boat to sail around on the Mira.

Hiking

Beautiful hiking trails can be reached easily. The ‘Lighthouse Trail’ in Louisbourg is a must, not to forget the breathtaking views and the true nature of the many trails at the Highlands National Park. Put your shoes on…

Golf

Cape Breton Island is a golfer’s paradise. Several golf courses on Cape Breton Island are among the 100 best golf courses in the world. Cabot Links was the no. 1 in Canada in 2015(!) and Highland Links the # 7. Four golf courses (including ‘The Lakes’) can be reached from Mira Spirit by car within 30 minutes.

Detailed information can also be found at ‘Golf Cape Breton‘.

Ski & cross country skiing

The eleven ski slopes and various cross-country skiing trails at ‘Ski Ben Eoin’ are just waiting to be explored with a snowboard, by ski or cross-country skiing. A special snowshoeing event are the full moon walks, over viewing the Bras d’Or Lake. And an ‘apres ski bar’ is on site too. An important aspect: no long waiting queues and waiting times at the lifts. On weekdays you have the slopes almost to yourself.

Sailing

Cape Breton impresses with the Bras d’Or Lake. A lake with 1250km of coastline Canada’s largest in-land sea. One of the best saltwater lakes in the world. Among sailors and boat friends it is popular because of its moderate southwest winds, rare instances of fog and hundreds of secluded coves and harbours to explore. The summer water temperatures are approx. 24-26° Celsius (~75° Fahrenheit).

Cape Breton Island is surrounded on one side by the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the ambitious sailor finds unique coastal landscapes, rough and rocky with many fjords.

Snowshoeing

This activity does not require a commentary. Buckle up your snowshoes and start trudging. For hours (if you like) thru the woods and paths where nobody has gone before.

You may only meet your neighbour on his snowmobile. That’s fun too…

Tim Hortons

There is always time for a ‘double-double’ (double milk and sugar) going along with a cookie, muffin or bagel. You should always spare some extra time to visit this very unique Canadian Coffee House. After having visited a few stores and had a few coffees you’ll know why ‘Timmy’s’ overtook McDonald’s as Canada’s largest food service operator.

Cape Breton Island

Cape Breton Island was recently ranked #3 in the world, and #1 on the list of Top Island Destinations in the Continental U.S. and Canada – in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011 readers’ survey.

Cape Breton is an experience unlike any other. A boundless playground for those who are looking for incredible outdoor adventures.

Cape Breton is also famous for its beautiful golf courses! Some of the 18-hole courses has been awarded several International prizes.

Every October Cape Breton hosts its prize-winning Celtic Colors Festival. Musicians from all over the world will come together to make music and perform in a local community setting. Accommodations must be booked well in advance.

Although a three day visit isn’t unusual, in order to get a real feel for Cape Breton’s “way of life” and its charm, we recommend you should plan to stay for at least one week on the island.

Possibly the most romantic aspect of vacationing on Cape Breton Island is the fact that things move slowly there. You can live in your hotel room for days without missing your laptop. You can take a snowshoeing trip to areas with no cell-phone service and never miss that annoying buzz that comes every five minutes. In Cape Breton it’s all about you, your partner and breathtaking landscapes. Visiting Cape Breton takes relaxation to new levels, which means you have nothing but time to devote to the one you love the most. If your ideal romantic getaway includes cozy pub booths, fresh seafood and simple country charm, then this island in the Maritimes should be at the top of your list. Cape Breton offers peaceful and idyllic surroundings as well as luxurious resorts and warm B&Bs — perfect for a Valentine’s Day weekend escape, an anniversary trip or even a romantic honeymoon. When you cross over to “the Island” from mainland Nova Scotia, you can almost hear the music in the air — fiddle music, more specifically. Cape Breton has the most fiddle players per capita in the world and it isn’t difficult to find a quiet pub or country dance to try your hand at Cape Breton step or square dancing with your honey.