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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’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, Sangaree Island, Mira Water Park, and Albert Bridge. The Mira region is also home to the Two Rivers Wildlife Park.

Song for The Mira

‘The Mira’ 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.

What else to do?



Start archery on the right foot by training with a professional archery coach (NCCP).
‘The Barn’ is just around the corner (15min).
‘The Barn’ will provide all the equipment you need, but if you have a bow, you are welcome to bring it.

Feel free to book the Archery Getaway Package which includes a 2-night stay at Mira Cottage, one private coaching lesson for 1 – 2 adults in our climatized indoor facility ‘The Barn’ (2 hours).


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.


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…


Golfer’s paradise Cape Breton. 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.


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).

The ambitious sailor finds unique coastal landscapes, rough and rocky with many fjords.


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…

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 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. CBI is an experience unlike any other. A boundless playground for those who are looking for incredible outdoor adventures. The island is also famous for its beautiful golf courses! Some of the 18-hole courses has been awarded several International prizes.

Celtic Colours

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.
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.

Mira Cottage

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