Yurt Camping in Cape Breton

By rfaulkner, on Wed, 15 Aug 2012 | 0 Comments

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Part two of my quest this year to spend time in the various yurts at National & Provincial Parks in Nova Scotia. Why haul camping gear when I can enjoy these affordable alternatives!

For this trip, we spent two nights in the yurt provided by Whycocomagh Provincial Park in Cape Breton. These are setup differently than the yurts at Kejimkujik National Park. The yurts at Whycocomagh are mainly geared towards traditional car camping.

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The park has three yurts setup at the top of Salt Mountain and overlooks a section of the Bras d'Or lakes. The yurts can accommodate six people and a BBQ is provided (with propane). Solar lights are included, something that we didn't think of when we were at Kejimkujik.

The area itself sits along the 105 Highway, about 38 kms from Baddeck. The park made for a great base to visit nearby attractions such as: Glenora Inn & Distillery and Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada. The day-use section of Whycocomagh Provincial Park offers water access for paddlers. With the park open until mid-October, it is positioned to take advantage for anybody coming to Cape Breton to gaze at the fall foliage colors. The area provides a typical Acadian forest mix of hardwood & softwood.

Overall, the yurt is priced right for budget campers who don't want to haul gear, motorcycle touring, families or a group of friends.