Cape Breton Island Hotels

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Cabot Trail Hostel: A nice looking hostel...

We did not stay at the hostel as we had great weather though we did contemplate waiting out the encroaching Hurricane there before we left. It was a great looking place from the outside and well situated near Pleasant Bay.

There are dorm style rooms for CAN$20 per person and there in an onsite Internet cafe. I tried to stop to get a photo of it but there was someone behind me so I got a photo of this restaurant that was just up the road from it. You're not likely to miss this hokey landmark and and the hostel is just beyond it on the same side of the road, heading east.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Backpacking, Hiking and Walking
  • Written November 25, 2003
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close to the hostel, a cool landmark


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Fishing Cove Campground: it is worth the hike....Fishing Cove Campground

We camped at Cheticamp the first night and though it was a nice enough place in he off season, I imagine it must be a bit cramped in the middle of summer. We had the whole tenting area to ourselves but there was room for about ten there! The second night we decided to camp at Fishing Cove. It is a back country campground that you have to hike ten miles with a 1500 foot drop in elevation right down to a remote part of the coast. The trail passes though an incredible forest just chuck full of wildlife and some do it as a day hike.

Fishing Cove is a great secluded pebble beach with some sheer rock outcroppings dropping into the frigid Gulf of St. Lawrence. The campsites are on wooden platforms on a buff just overlooking the beach. There is a fresh water river that runs into the bay that provides water though it must be treated or boiled before consumption. We enjoyed a simple meal on the beach and even saw whales just outside the cove. You have to reserve the campsite as there is only room for about seven tents. You do this at the Park Headquarters on either side of the island. There are two trails down to the Cove. We did the longer and less steep one. It took about two hours and the other one is about 45 minutes but imagine it must be more like climbing as there is the same elevation drop. Remember you have to carry all your gear down AND back up.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Camping, Beaches, Hiking and Walking
  • Written November 25, 2003
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setting up camp at Fishing Cove


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Broad Cove Camp Ground: Camping in the Highlands

This is very expensive. Many people who camp here spend the entire summer here. So, it becomes like a community. There are communal fire pits in the RV parts. If you are tenting, you can get sites with or without a pit.
This is much nicer than Ingonish Beach Campground which is also part of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The disadvantage of this site is that you have to have a park pass in order to camp here. Once you have that though, you are free to roam and take advantage of all the park has to offer.

Season: May 17 to October 14

This campground is in a prime location. It is just a few minutes drive from Black Brook beach which is a wonderful place to spend the day. It is truly picturesque and is surrounded by hiking/walking/biking trails. Just across the street are the beautiful Marian Falls and Warren Lake. There are many gift shops, and convienence stores around. There are also laundry facilities and a few restaurants nearby. It includes an amphitheatre with quite a bit of entertainment throughout the summers. There are fully serviced sites and several playgrounds and showerhouses. It is very safe having wardens and gates.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: National/State Park, Family Travel, Travel with Pets
  • Written August 23, 2003

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Whycocomagh Provincial Park


The campground at Whycocomagh Provincial Park is great. It has been one of the best I've seen, the facilities are all clean, the people are friendly and the view is breathtaking.
The camping is on a hillside overlooking the Skye River Valley and the Bras d' Or Lake. The park offers a quiet scenic setting for camping, picnicking, hiking, and access to the Bras d' Or Lake. When you're lucky you can see eagles soaring above the lake or perched in trees along its shores, but unfortunately I didn't. It was fantastic though to sit on the hill and just admire the view. We were one of the few campers that though, so it felt like we had the campground all to ourselves.

The Park is open from mid-June until mid October and offers a 62-site campground, picnic areas, Lake Access and boat launch, and a 2.4-km (1.5-mi.) hiking trail.
Camping reservations can be made after April 30th.
See http://parks.gov.ns.ca/reservations.htm for details and conditions. I didn't make any reservations, and clearly with the few campers that day it wasn't needed at all. I was off-season though, I don't know about how busy it can be here during the peak summer months.

Whycocomagh Provincial Park is located just 0.4 km (0.25 mi.) east of the village of Whycocomagh on Highway 105.

Sydney, 110 km (68 mi.),
Baddeck, 30 km (18 mi.);
Canso Causeway, 50 km (30 mi.).

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Camping, Hiking and Walking
  • Written February 26, 2003
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Campground at Whycocomagh Provincial Park


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  • birvine profile photo birvine
  • Reviews: 32

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Any of them: Every campground's view is stunning

I found that all of the campgrounds on the Cabot Trail were great, even though we were warned that some were primitive. I guess it depends on the person.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written December 4, 2002
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GISELLE'S COUNTRY INN.: GISELLE'S COUNTRY INN.

$146.00 CND. double occ. (off season)

4 STAR best in the area. Great view of the lake and an excellent restaurant. Very high class. Mostly rreserved fortour buses.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Family Travel
  • Written September 7, 2002
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Giselle's Country Inn


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