The Mermaid and the Cow Campground

pic The Mermaid & The Cow is a lesbian-owned campground in northern Nova Scotia that is dedicated to providing a safe, relaxing and congenial camping experience for members of the LGBT communities and their queer-positive friends.

The person most likely to greet you when you arrive is me, Jane Morrigan. I own the campground and operate it by myself for the most part...which means it's me who signs you in, sells you ice or wood, cleans your toilets, stows your garbage, mows the lawn, starts the evening campfire and keeps the place clean and neat. "If you need anything, I'm the one to ask"!

Another person you may meet and get to know is Susan Ivany, my intrepid and beautiful wife! Susan has a day-job during the week, but she helps me out lots on the weekends, and you will find her sense of humour infectious!

Otherwise you'll likely meet those wonderful old friends who are "the regulars", those folks who have been coming to the campground for several years and are thankfully always willing to help out and make new-comers welcome!

The campground is located in the centre of my farm property in the rolling hills nestled close to the Cobequid Mountains of western Pictou County. The land itself is beautiful, precious and nourishing for the soul. Every morning since I moved here thirty-five years ago, I look out over the fields at the view of the hills...and feel happy, inspired by the beauty of nature and lucky to be alive! It is my desire to share this special place on earth with my lesbigaytrans sisters and brothers during the summer months!

The Mermaid & The Cow in its dedication to creating a safe environment, does not tolerate drunken behaviour. This does not mean that I am against drinking alcohol...I have absolutely no problem with it in moderation. I have observed in the course of my 62 years that our community tends to drink too much, and I've seen too many lives ruined because of it. Therefore, I do not intend to contribute in any way to the ruination of our people's lives, nor to the desecration of this precious land I call home 365 days a year. Instead, I aim to support and protect those in our community who are in recovery from substance abuse as well as those who love the natural highs of being close to nature! The Mermaid & The Cow is a place to enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside, relax around the swimming pool gabbing with friends, cooking yummy meals out in the open, enjoying the magnificent night skies as you sit around the communal campfire with new and old friends, swapping stories, laughing and sharing with others who can understand "where you're coming from".

I look forward to welcoming you to my "little queer campground" and I assure you that I will do my best to make your stay here enjoyable and restful.

Located in Scenic Pictou County, N.S., it is 90 minutes from Halifax and 20 minutes from the PEI Ferry.

Official website was:

Slideshow of men's weekends at


March 13, 2005
Closed this year
Summer 2006
Open for July and August