The Pickle Planet family is on vacation this week, so we’re bringing you an on-the-road version of our weekly playground profile – from Ross Ferry Marine Park in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia! (This gem of a playground is one four close to the Newfoundland ferry terminal that we’re going to profile for all you travellers with kids & pets!! There will be links to the other playground profiles at the end of this post once they’re ready.)
This is one of our favourite places to play, not only because of the views, but also the free wifi and public washroom! Yes, wifi, washroom, and a view of the Bras d’Or Lakes that can’t be beat!
The playground only has one piece of equipment for kids, but the kids love exploring the wharf and walking along the shoreline, too. There are also great little trails through the woods – so much to enjoy!
Some days, you’ll also find the wharf bustling with adventurous souls who enjoy jumping in to cool off!
This is a boat launch, lots of picnic tables and shaded spots, and on Sundays in the summer you might just be able to buy fresh fries at the park.
Ross Ferry Marine Park is about 15km from the Seal Island Bridge (and a KOA campground), about 30 minutes from the Newfoundland ferry terminal in North Sydney, and 35 minutes from Baddeck. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but worth the drive!
To enjoy, set your GPS to 9655 Kempt Head Road.
PRO TIP: If you’re looking to make a daytrip of it, consider visiting on a Sunday in the summer. The Ross Ferry Farmers Market is a great way to discover and support local artists and vendors. As you’re driving through the area, be sure to also plan time to take a dip at Groves Point Provincial Park, with a great beach and wonderful picnic tables that provide a different but also fabulous view of the Bras d’Or Lakes.