About Hideaway Campground and Oyster Market

“Come as strangers, leave as friends!”

Just south of Cape North at 401 Shore Road, South Harbour you will find HIDEAWAY Campground, proudly owned and operated by Alex & Susan Dunphy.

Our 80 site campground includes 25 electric/water/sewer sites, 11 electric//water sites, 36 unserviced sites, 7 camping cabins (including one Lighthouse Replica Cabin) and 1 Glam Tent. We offer a relaxed friendly atmosphere with magnificent mountain and ocean view. But if you want to stay in touch, we now offer Free High Speed Wireless Internet service at the Rec Hall located just behind the campground office.

Our HIDEAWAY Summer Home is also available for nightly or weekly rental. It is privately located just 1 km from the HIDEAWAY Campground. It is a fully equipped 4 bedroom waterfront home, please click here for more detailed information.

Natal Day 2020

Great private campground. Nice sites, Clean bathrooms and showers, great views, super friendly owners, delicious fresh oysters, and a great beach just minutes away. Whole family had a relaxing weekend.


TripAdvisor Review

Perfect Spot

Loved staying at this park. Most lots are worded and spaced far apart. We stayed here for 3 nights and it’s the perfect spot to drop your trailer and go off discovering. Lots to see while staying here. Fantastic owners that treat you like neighbours. They own their own oyster farm so they do sell fresh oysters in their little cafe in the office. During summer season and when the crab and lobster are in season they do host dinners however I would check with them first to see what they’re offering!


TripAdvisor Review

Very Good Campground and Great Cabin

We spent one night here but it was a special night: The night that Hurricane Dorian hit Nova Scotia, in particular Dingwall that night! Susan put us in the full service cabin because it was better protected. She served up some delicious oysters (pulled right from their oyster beds down the road – fresh!!) even though she was getting everything set up for the storm. The cabin made it through 70-80 mph winds, the winds howled & the rain came down, but no leaks and now damage. The camp grounds are quite extensive, clean bathrooms and lots of wooded areas. It seems like there are 2x as many RV hook ups. It was a lovely part of Cape Breton, on the Cabot Trail, and we highly recommend it.


TripAdvisor Review

Best Campground on the Cabot Trail

We found this place in 1995 and have been going back every 2-year ever since. Owners Alex and Susan Dunphy are fantastic! The place has great accommodations and the view is amazing. The Dunphys have something for everyone: tenting, rv, cyclists, bikers, tiny cabins, large cabins for big families but what they have the most is a feeling of becoming a friend . You will fall in love with the place. Must try their oysters!!

Cecil LeBlanc

TripAdvisor Review

Amazing Campground – Friendly Owners

We stayed for 6 days in July 2019. The campground is located half way around the Cabot Trail. The views from the campground are amazing. The showers and bathrooms are well maintained and clean. They serve lobster, crab as well as oysters from their own farm at the front office. The owners Susan and Alex are great and very helpful. Our car broke down and Alex came to pick us up when no one else could. They also allowed us to leave our trailer stored at the camping until the car was fixed.

One of the best campgrounds we have stayed at! Highly recommended.

Marc Andre P

TripAdvisor Review

Very Nice Place to Stay!

Absolutly beautiful place to stay! amazing views and very nice quiet campsides! Owners very hospitalble (show us how to eat oysters and all secrets about choosing a good one!) I will recommended 100%.


TripAdvisor Review

A Wonderful Time

I just wanted to say that I had a wonderful time staying at Hideaway Campground. The view was breathtaking and the hospitality was first rate. I really enjoyed my visit, as did my husband and daughter. Thanks so much for everything, and we will be visiting again very soon.

Darlene and Alvin Campbell

South Bar, NS

Come As Strangers; Leave As Friends

Hideaway Campground & Oyster Market must be put on your Top 10 places to visit!!!! We happened upon Hideaway by accident in 1995 and have been returning almost every year since! (The two and one-half day’s drive is well rewarded! ) Each year Alex & Sue have made improvements for their guests.

Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking/canoeing, or just relaxing on the beach – this place is the best! Located “off the beaten path”, it is truly a hidden gem! Talk about a seafood lovers dream… Oysters from the Harbor; lobster & snow crab (in season) from trap to office – you can’t get any fresher than that!! (A note to the motorcycle enthusiast: the Cabot Trail is an exhilarating experience!)

Hideaway Campground has given our family; vacation memories of a lifetime. No truer words have ever been in print than at the bottom of their webpage: “Come As Strangers; Leave As Friends”

Michael, Sandy (and daughters Rachel & Amy) Fox

Stafford NY, USA

Nicest campground in Eastern Canada

The Taylors

Toronto, ON

The Best of Cape Breton

The most impressive campground on Cape Breton Island for views, beaches, cleaniness, campsite space and hospitality. We will definitely visit every summer.

The Dalys

Nova Scotia

A Welcoming Environment

I rarely ever leave comments but I think something needs to be said about this campground. It’s true what they say about coming as strangers and leaving as friends. Everyone there is really friendly & it’s a nice welcoming environment. We chatted with Alex upon arrival whom gave us great information about our trip to Meat Cove the following day, said he was going there as well. He even remembered us when we passed him on the road in Meat Cove & waved. It’s just something small but really makes you feel welcome.

The Kingmas

Niagra-on-the-Lake, ON

You’ll Want to Come Back

Located at the north tip of Cape Breton Island, the Hideaway Campground is a place you’ll want to come back to again & again. The view of the ocean & mountains is beautiful.

Mark Stullenburger

New Jersey, USA

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