Attractions in St. Peters

Things to do in and around the St. Peters’s area.

Always something to make your stay unique.

St. Peter’s is a natural hub from which to seek out Cape Breton activities, attractions and experiences whether on land or sea/inland sea. We are within walking distance or a short drive away from some unique Cape Breton attractions and firmly anchored among many traditions and cultures. There are some natural driving loops through the area as well as good access to water. The more ambitious will make a day of it driving around the whole island and returning in the evening. Whatever your ambitions you will want to checkout some of the attractions below as well as at other Tourist Links we think may interest you. And if you are looking for entertainment, check this Our List of Venues and their lineup.

Richmond County has many other small communities that also offer up entertainment and activities for all and like St. Peter’s gives you an opportunity to mix in with the locals as well. Check out the full Richmond County Calendar of Events here. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to chose from the various categories. Have a blast whatever you chose!

Battery Provincial Park

The 150 acre Provincial Camp and Picnic site was first operated in 1967; it is on the East side of the St. Peter’s Canal. It offers 56 campsites, 22 open, 8 partially wooded, and 23 wooded, located on a picturesque hillside. There is a picnic area and beach offered for day use as the park borders the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors to the park may also enjoy a hike to the top of Mt. Grenville via a footpath trail.

Address: Route 4 East of St. Peter’s
Website: Nova Scotia’s Battery Park
Phone: (902) 535-3094


MacAskill House Museum

The MacAskill House Museum is the restored birthplace of noted marine photographer, Wallace MacAskill. The aim of the society is to preserve the memory of this talented native son, and to display the best of his works, both in photography and artifacts, in the setting where he grew up and where his interests were nurtured  It is also the society’s aim to preserve a typical home of the 19th and early 20th century in rural Cape Breton, including furnishings and a reflection of life during this time period. The museum includes a collection of over one hundred of W.R. MacAskill’s pictures, most in original frames; books and several craft artifacts designed and made by him; and a modest but growing collection of cameras of the past 100 years.

Phone: (902) 535-2531
(902) 535-2454
Address: 7 MacAskill Drive
Facebook: MacAskill House Museum

Nicolas Denys Museum

Located on the west side of St. Peter’s Canal the Nicolas Denys Museum was built to commemorate the valiant efforts of the early settlers of the area in helping to make a nation in this vast wilderness. Of the many capable and hard working men and women who chose to settle here, the efforts of Nicolas Denys were the most out standing. It is most fitting that the museum is named in his honour. The museum contains artifacts identified with the Mi’Kmaw and the early French and British. It houses a small reference library of the history of this area and all of Cape Breton Island.

Phone: (902) 535-2379
Address: 46 Denys Street
Website: Cape Breton Museums Network
Facebook: Nicolas Denys Museum

OceanView Wildlife Museum

 Housing mounts of many different local species of wildlife, and artifacts used in housekeeping and farming.

Phone: (902) 535-3744
Address: 34 Toulouse

St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site

This canal has probably the longest building record in the British Empire. It was first discussed in 1825 in the Provincial General Assembly but was not commenced until 1854. Work was suspended in 1856 and it was not started anew until 1865. After four years, it was finished in 1869. The advent of bigger boats required it to be enlarged and this meant new constructions in 1875 with a completions date of 1881. The next need for change came in 1912 when the canal was widened to its present size and completed in 1917. In August, 1969, the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the canal was observed.” is in the library.

Phone: (902) 535-2118
Address: 160 Toulouse
Website: Parks Canada – St. Peter’s Canal

St. Peter’s Trail

The St. Peter’s Trail is an extension of the trail system within Battery Provincial Park that crosses the locks into National Park and St. Peter’s Bay. The trailhead is located at the Atlantic Ocean end of the St. Peter’s Canal., accessible by Toulouse St or Denys St. The trail is a converted railway bed that runs for 3 km along the shore of St. Peter’s Bay to River Tillard. It provides for easy walking and access up to the main street and shopping community.


UNESCO Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve

The unique ecosystem of the Bras d’Or Lake and its watershed was designated as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere region in 2011. The designation recognizes the respectful relationship between humans and the rest of the natural environment. Biosphere regions around the world are showcases for best practices related to agriculture, aquaculture and development which minimize environmental impacts; places where people and nature are working in harmony. UNESCO Biospheres promote the relationships among a healthy environment, a healthy society and a healthy economy. The Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Association (BLBRA) is a group of volunteers focused on promoting a viable future in a special place for generations to come.


Phone: (902) 563-1943
Address: 532 Chebucto St., P.O. Box 711
Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0

Visitor’s Information Centre


Wherever you travel in Nova Scotia, you’re never far from one of our visitor information centres. Our knowledgeable Travel Counsellors will help you with in-depth local information, travel advice, maps, brochures and reservations. Look for this symbol as you travel throughout Nova Scotia to identify the Provincial and Regional Visitor Information Centres.



Phone: (902) 535-2185
Address: 10259 Grenville Street