While we were in Nova Scotia, we spent a few days at the Pictou Lodge Beach Resort, minutes from both the town of Pictou and from the Prince Edward Island Ferry. For your accommodations, you can choose from log cottages or executive suites. We opted for the log cottages, very quaint and I love the relaxed feeling that naturally comes with staying at a cottage.
This resort also boasts a private beach with loungers, heated saltwater pool, Stand Up Paddleboards, kayaks, a playground and more. We chose this resort for the family friendly activities it offered, coupled with its beautiful location overlooking the beautiful sandy beaches of the Northumberland Shore.
After exploring the resort, we decided to visit Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park which was just minutes from the resort. With a claim of the warmest saltwater swimming north of the Carolinas, we wanted to spend some time in the water. And it was perfect for swimming. This park is very well equipped with stations to wash off after swimming, hiking trails, and a long sandy beach. There is also the opportunity to camp here, and amenities include flush toilets, showers, disposal station, fire grills, cooking shelters, dishwashing station, change houses, wood, and ice – so a very comfortable camping experience if that’s your thing. There is even wireless Internet access available at the administration building. We stayed here until the sun went down. It’s a stunning beach for swimming or just taking a stroll.
Our second day in Pictou we relaxed around the resort in the morning. Everything about the resort is picturesque, and most of the tables in the restaurant have gorgeous views of the shoreline. After enjoying breakfast at the restaurant decided to take advantage of the amenities are the resort – including the saltwater pool and the playground.
In the afternoon we explored Battery Provincial Park which is situated on a hillside overlooking St. Peter’s Bay adjacent to the St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site. We love to hike as a family, and this park was perfect for exploring with young kids with lots of easy trails. We spent the evening swimming and watching the sunset at the beach. It’s a small salt water beach with a lagoon feel. It’s a gorgeous spot to spend an afternoon with lots of opportunities to explore the lighthouse and St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site.
The rest of our time we spent at Pictou Lodge. With all the family activities directly on the resort, it was the perfect place to let the kids burn off some energy, enjoy the pool and the playground before continuing on with our trip.