When I first saw this campsite, it brought me memories of desolation without being desolate. The setting on top of a hill provides sweeping views of Aspy Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. The owners left an open space towards the back to create a meadow thereby allowing the campers to observe the unique geologic features formed millions of years ago that made the area around Aspy Bay look what it is today. The abrupt highlands uplift is clearly visible from the vantage point at the campsite. This is the key attraction that would make me come back. We stayed at the lighthouse cabin which is at the farthest end to the east. It has its own driveway so it gives you a feeling that no one else is close by. The accommodations are puritan- inside the four walls of the cabin are a bed with mattress, a table and two chairs and one solar light. Toilets, showers and sink are a moose' walk away to the main entrance. Luckily, we had our portable potty handy from the tent camping the day before. It saved us from trips to the toilet and possible coyote encounters at night. Day and night, we heard different birds and the haunting call of the loon. The sound of ocean waves lapping on the shores is calming. The constant pour of rain on those three particular nights brought the temperature down rapidly in the low 40's inside our one- walled cabin. It was time to use our own portable heater which also came handy from our tent camping trip. The ambience of desolation was wanting and the brilliant book by Clarence Barrett about Cape Breton was the perfect companion on this occasion.
- Also Known As:
- Hideaway Campground & Oyster Market Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia