Take a drive to the Keppoch / Beaver Mountain / Browns Mountain area, near the Antigonish/Pictou County line (TCH 104, exit 30). Beaver Mountain Provincial Park, a 133-hectare park which lies in the Pictou-Antigonish Highlands, contains a wealth of tree species, which are as diverse as the park itself. From the interpretive centre, you can take in the panoramic view. Two distinct landscapes make up the vista from the Beaver Mountain Park. One area consists of the lowlands of the Northumberland Plain, that includes the town of Antigonish and the County beyond, which reaches as far as St. George’s Bay. On a clear day, Cape Breton Island can be seen in the distance. The other area consists of the large broad hills of the Pictou-Antigonish Highlands that surround and include the park. This area provides both naturalists and artists with unique and beautiful scenery.
Beaver Mountain Park is a very convenient spot for motorists travelling along the TCH 104 to stop for a chance to exercise, stretch, rest or just enjoy the scenic countryside. Guests are welcome to pack a lunch and spend the day enjoying and exploring the park. Beaver Mountain Park offers a wheelchair accessible paved loop that is 1-1.6 kilometers in length. This loop is also ideal for those who wish to simply stroll and enjoy the scenery, inline skate, or push a baby stroller. There are two (2) easy-to-moderate trails, 3 and 6 kilometers in length, that cut through the interior and the back ridge of the park. These trails are ideal for nordic walking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
James River is home to the Riverside International Speedway, and nearby, at Marshy Hope, one will find publicly accessible road access to the Eigg Mountain-James River Wilderness Area, a popular back-country hiking, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting and mountain biking destination, also located in the heart of the Pictou/Antigonish Highlands. A short drive west will bring you to the Barney’s River Station School Museum, a retired one-room schoolhouse and registered heritage property, which houses school and community collectibles and artifacts.
Discover Historic Places in Antigonish County
In Glen Bard, stop at the Bard John MacLean Cemetery, a provincially-registered heritage property. Here, a cairn was erected in honour of Bard John MacLean, an early settler of the area.
Visit a Studio – Northumberland Shore
From TCH exit 30, take a short drive south toward The Keppoch to find ‘MacLean Bros. Woodworking’, where you will find unique kitchen and giftware handcrafted from birds-eye maple.