Located on the south coast of Cape Breton, the village of St. Peter’s has a fascinating history dating to 1650, when it was settled by adventurer Nicolas Denys. Today, the remains of forts, which were the first line of defense for the Fortress of Louisbourg, are waiting to be explored.
Summer visitors will enjoy St. Peter’s Canal, a National Historic site which connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Bras d’Or Lakes as it winds its way through Battery Provincial Park. It’s a popular spot for fishing, picnicking, site-seeing and the stage for the annual Swim the Canal Event which draws hundreds of competitors each year. This year’s race takes place August 6th. Another St. Peter’s must-see is 115-year-old home of marine photographer, Wallace R. MacAskill, boasting over a hundred hand-tinted photographs — including his famous Bluenose photo which is reproduced to this day on the Canadian dime.
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