Explore the Outdoors

North River Kayak Tours - Across the street from River Nest Cabins

Take part in a 1/2 day guided kayak tour with North River Kayak Tours for a memorable way to discover the hidden coastline of Cape Breton Island. North River Bridge

Bird Island Boat Tours - 40 minutes from River Nest

Experience Cape Breton Islands longest running nature tour. Join the Van Schaick family for a 1 ½ hour boat tour. If you want to see puffins this is the place to go. Big Bras d’Or

Highland Bow and Arrow - 30 minutes from River Nest

Take part in traditional archery lessons & 3D trail shooting with Highland Bow and Arrow. Please note that appointments are required. Wreck Cove

Little River Beach - 20 minutes from River Nest

Excellent ocean swimming with a sandy beach close to us. Little River

Little River Beach - North Side - 20 minutes from River Nest

Hike the North Side of Little River Beach along the Atlantic Ocean.

North River Falls - 15 minutes from River Nest

The largest waterfalls in the Maritimes, the mighty 103' North River Falls is a truly breathtaking sight. The hike is challenging and is 18 km’s (5-7 hours) in total distance. You should bring along bottled water, snacks, proper footwear, a swim suit and bug spray just in case. In June through mid-July, a large number of Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterflies migrate and take limited residence here and along the river. Time it with the leaves changing the fall for an extra mind-numbing experience. There is no cell service whatsoever.

Puffin Boat Tours - 30 minutes from River Nest

Visit the nesting grounds of the Atlantic Puffin with the Puffin Boat Tours. It is included as one of the 100 must see destinations in “Unforgettable Atlantic Canada”. Englishtown

Red Island Trail - 15 minutes from River Nest

This hike is an easy hike and is a 5 - 7 km hiking trail that leads to the ocean.

Small Falls - 15 minutes from River Nest

If the North River Falls is too much for you then The Small Falls might be the one. This hike is an easy round trip to see three small waterfalls converging and is about a one hour return trip.

Uisge Ban Falls - 50 minutes from River Nest

This hike is an easy hike and is 2.7 km round trip. Located just outside of Baddeck