A Peaceful, Natural Family Getaway: Big Hill Retreat (Big Hill, Cape Breton)

As spring settles in, I am reflecting on Maritime Outdoor Family’s best adventure of this past winter. It was without a doubt our week of hibernation in Cape Breton at Big Hill Retreat. In December, we escaped the noise of the winter holidays and set off to celebrate winter solstice by reconnecting with nature, with each other, and with ourselves.

Big Hill Retreat was perfect for just that. With only three secluded cabins and a long enough uphill dirt road that you did not want to have to push your 2-wheel drive car up more than once, we truly did hibernate. Our days were spent lighting the woodstove, cooking, reading, doing family yoga, and walking/snowshoeing the trails on the property.

Morning fire after a fresh snowfall.
Daily yoga with a 4-year-old!


 Fresh snow for snowshoeing!


Big Hill Retreat was the perfect nature getaway! The owners, Terry & Linda, are very welcoming; the cabins are rustic yet comfortable and beautifully constructed; and the property has beautiful private trails accessible without needing to get in your car. It was winter bliss! If you want to escape and feel off the grid while still having the conveniences of electricity, this is the place!

White Pine Trail
Trail signs made from recycled tin lids.
Practicing her skills! 
Waterfalls Trail
Trails were well labeled. Our kiddo loves looking at maps! 


Little Prince Trail
Le petit prince
Little Prince Trail on a warmer day

Other hikes nearby:

  • Uisage Ban Falls Provincial Park (Post to come!)
  • North River Falls
  • Lewis Mountain 

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