Cape Breton Island Hotels

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Bear on the Lake Guest House: A nice comfortable place on the lake

We came here on the group tour. I had reserved a private room. The bunk rooms were downstairs, separate bathrooms. A bit small but nobody complained about comfort at all.

Private rooms were upstairs, you got the room, which was a bit on the small side but nicely decorated, had a nice comfortable bed. You also had a private bathroom and the upstairs lounge.

Bear on the Lake is very much tied with the Salty Bear Tours, but while I was there there were a few other guests. The location is a bit remote, but if you have been hiking all day its not going to matter much really. It was a set up as a hostel, but really it felt like more than a hostel. Great kitchen facilities and comfortably and roomy to hang out in. Ample opportunities to walk by the lake or go hiking nearby.

Perhaps the most memorable thing was the superb view over the lake! It was gorgeous! Especially at sunset

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Hiking and Walking, Singles, Budget Travel
  • Written October 16, 2012
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The Inverary Inn: A destination in itself

Beautiful Baddeck is a destination in itself and the Inverary Inn is a beautiful place to stay while you're here.
I've lost track of the number of times we've been here. We use to take the kids when they were little for get-a-way weekends. We've spent many New Year's Eves here in the company of friends and we've stayed here for meetings and conventions.
The resort sits on 11 acres of impressive landscaping located on the shores of the Bras d'Or Lakes and offers magnificent views.
The Inn has accommodations for all budgets and tastes. There are motel style rooms, traditional rooms, deluxe rooms, suites and cottages.
There are two places to dine, Flora's in the main lodge and the Lakeside Café by the shore, where you can eat inside or out. Thistledown's is a casual pub where you can sing along with local entertainers.
If you want to stay in shape while away, you can swim, play tennis, kayak or canoe.
The Health Spa opened this year and is the only place I haven't been so I can't comment on it yet.
Rates and packages range from $99.00 to $476.00

Pleasant staff.
Lots of activities.
Beautiful location.
Board walk.
Wedding Chapel.
Close to Alexander Graham Bell Museum, Bell Bay Golf Club.
Start and end of Cabot Trail.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Spa and Resort
  • Written July 11, 2007
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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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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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Meat Cove campground: Most scenic camp ground

We stayed for a couple of hours, and only had a picnic, but this would be a highlight campsite if we were camping. there are just 20 or 30 sites - but they are on top of a grassy hill with the ocean - whales frolicing - as a backdrop. Most scenic!

I would imagine you would need to book in advance in July/August, but by mid-September, there was only one trailer using the campsite.

Sorry, I did not enquire as to the camping costs.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Camping
  • Written November 20, 2004
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Keltic Lodge: A 5 star resort on the famous Cabot Trail

We stayed here quite a few years ago . the service as you would expect is top notch.

If you want to treat yourself ..this is a great way to do it.

High on a cliff, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Keltic Lodge commands a view like no other. The Keltic Lodge is a 5 star hotel and a landmark in Cape Breton.

There are hiking Trails and an 18 hole golf course called Highland links.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Golf, Spa and Resort
  • Written October 16, 2006
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MOUNTAIN VIEW MOTEL: PLEASANT BAY NS

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
After a long day of driving along the Cabot Trail, it was time to look for a place to stay for the night. We chose the MOUNTAIN VIEW MOTEL in Pleasant Bay. It was a drive-up motel and offered high-speed internet for Hansi. They also had a restaurant which we liked. The price for the night was $69.95 but with all the taxes added on, it came to $82.05.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written October 1, 2012
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Comfort Inn: Convenient and a good price

I am from Cape Breton but don't get back much anymore. We just returned from a wedding and I was very pleased with our stay at the Comfort Inn . Its a convenient location , walking distance to restaurants and easy to find. The rooms are comfortable and a great deal considering there is a big continental breakfast included.

They have a pull out couch...my granddaughters enjoyed it!!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Family Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written August 4, 2007
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Meat Cove camping area: Cape Breton Island's best kept secret

Service was good. There is a little shop where you can get meals. Restrooms are a little scary, I don't remember seeing showers anywhere (we were only there for a night). Not a good place to bring little children as the sites are high up on a cliff with no fences or barriers. I made sure I didn't even drink alcohol for fear of falling off! Absolutely beautiful views and it seems as though you are completely isolated from civilization.

All the sites are built on a cliff above the ocean. There is a path up a hill where there are even better views.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Eco-Tourism, Camping
  • Written May 3, 2007
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Glenghorm Beach Resort: A nice resort Hotel

We had a nice stay here for a fall weekend. The rooms are simple but clean . In this part of Nova Scotia this is a good option . If you book on the internet you can often get a better price , depending on the time of year.

There's a neice pub attached that was full ....and there was pretty good live Cape Breton music!!

Right on the Cabot Trail in Ingonish Beach.... would be great in summer.

Golf the #1 Public course in Canada – Highlands Links (just 5 minutes away)

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Women's Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Road Trip
  • Written October 16, 2006
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The Telegraph House: An Inn in Baddeck

This is a convenient place to stay in Baddeck . It's right in the center of town and is an quaint old inn....quite historic really .The Telegraph House, built in 1861 ,once contained the office of the first Trans-Oceanic Cable Company, some of the first telegraph messages in North America were sent from the office in the "Telegraph House".

The rooms in the main lodge are done in a Victorian Style . There's an add on motel section...not as nice.

During the summer months there is live music in the dining room.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Women's Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written October 17, 2006
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Sea Breeze Cottages & Motel: Poor Choice of Lodging...

Our stay at Sea Breeze Cottages was the only negative experience we had while visiting Nova Scotia. The beds were so bad I woke up with a backache. But the worst was the unfriendly, even rude, woman staffing the desk. Look elsewhere for a pleasant spot to visit when in the Ingonish area. Nova Scotia is so full of charming, helpful people - just not at Sea Breeze!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written July 26, 2007

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Keltic Lodge: Spoil yourself

If you really want to spoil yourself on your holiday to Cape Breton, stay at the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish. The property houses an Inn, a lodge and cottages. There's a top notch dining room with a view and a more casual restaurant. There's a bar with nightly entertainment, on property shops, tennis courts, a pool and a spa. Nearby there are several golf courses, beaches, outdoor activities, whale watching and the hotel provides a transportation shuttle. They do various packages including some with breakfast included. They also have 2 two-bedroom luxury suites with separate entertainment areas. All rooms and suites have private bathrooms, some rooms and cottages are air conditioned. Some cottages have fireplaces.

it is also near one of the top golf courses in Canada, Highland Links.

Open from May 20 to October 20
Hiking, Golf, spa and Whale Watching packages available.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written July 21, 2008

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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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