Accommodation

Blue Flag Irises love windblown coastal pastures. Shot on a guided full day hiking tour | Photo by Sea Spray Outdoor Adventures

Blue Flag Irises love windblown coastal pastures. Shot on a guided full day hiking tour | Photo by Sea Spray Outdoor Adventures

Accommodations at the Top of Cape Breton Island are available in a wide range of levels and price points, from motels to resorts, cottages to Bed and Breakfast facilities, campgrounds to country inns.

One of several estuaries opening into Atlantic Ocean at The Top of the Island | Photo by Hideaway Campground & Oyster Market (campingcapebreton.com)

One of several estuaries opening into Atlantic Ocean at The Top of the Island | Photo by Hideaway Campground & Oyster Market (campingcapebreton.com)

What distinguishes these accommodations from those of other regions, however, is the beauty of the region in which they are located.  There are so many scenic accommodatons in the area that one would think that it is this region for which the phrase “Room With A View” was coined.  B & B’s at the head of harbours welcome returning fishing boats, while country housekeeping “homes” and cottages stand vigil over quiet harbors and against the pounding surf.  Country inns offer canoeing and resorts offer fine oceanside dining…and with all properties being located outside Cape Breton Highlands National Park, there is no need to purchase National Park Visitors Permits to stay at these locations.

The common goal of the operators of accommodations at the top of the island is two-fold:

Early spring stroll along North Harbour Beach | Photo by Keith Capstick (www.gilliegetaway.com)

Early spring stroll along North Harbour Beach | Photo by Keith Capstick (www.gilliegetaway.com)

  • To welcome their visitors and turn them into friends;
  • To provide these newly-made friends with a generous serving of local tips and advice so that they may maximize their enjoyment of the spectacular environment in which all these properties are located.
Sunset going down | Picture taken by Debbie Burton

Sunset going down | Picture taken by Debbie Burton

Scroll down through the Lodging categories to view the accommodation choices available at the Top of Cape Breton Island.

Back Cove Cottages
222 New HavenRoad , NS Phone: 1-902-336-2812
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Back Cove cottages is located 50 meters from the Atlantic Ocean in the tiny fishing village of Neil’s Harbour. You can sit on the patio deck and watch the fishing boats haul their catch while seagulls, gannets & eagles fly by.  For a relaxing vacation at the Top of the Cabot Trail, we are ‘exactly what you are looking for!’

Beach View Cottage
280 White Point Road South Harbour , NS B0C1G0 Phone: 1-902-383-2332
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At Beach View Cottages you will find a quiet, very relaxing atmosphere and natural, pristine outdoor beauty.  Located within walking and driving distance of many enjoyable vacation activities such as golf, fishing, hiking, tennis, whale watching tours, beautiful beaches and down home events hosted by the local communities.

Burton’s Sunset Oasis
105 Money Point Rd. Bay St Lawrence , Nova Scotia B0C 1R0 Phone: 1-902-383-2666 Fax: 1-902-383-2669
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Nestled at the end of the village of Bay St Lawrence on the lovely Money Point Road, you will find Burton’s Sunset Oasis Motel overlooking the sunset, rolling mountains and vibrant sea.

Country Haven Bed and Breakfast
49 Courtney Road Cape North , NS B0C1C0 Canada Phone: 1-888-540-7575 Phone: 1902-383-2369
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You are planning a trip to visit one of the most spectacular areas of Nova Scotia: Northern Cape Breton where hospitality is a way of life. Country Haven Bed & Breakfast would like to welcome you to the pinnacle of the Cabot Trail the Top of the Island and to have you enjoy all the Trail has to offer from our four star accommodation.

Cross Winds Cottages
Neil's Harbour , Nova Scotia Phone: 902-336-2757
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These beautiful, fully equipped cottages, are nestled along the Atlantic Ocean shoreline, in the lovely fishing village of Neil’s Harbour. We are one of the Cabot Trail’s most beautiful scenic route and Neil’s Harbour itself is home to one of Nova Scotia’s most picturesque lighthouses. Make us your Cape Breton vacation destination.

Four Mile Beach Inn
1528 Bay St. Lawrence Road Sugarloaf , Nova Scotia Phone: 1-902-3832282 Fax: 1-888-503-5551
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An historic inn with old world charm, a beautiful ocean & mountain views, walk a premier beach, the world famous Cabot’s Landing, or enjoy a mountain hike. Enjoy our full buffet breakfast before you explore the best of the Cabot Trail in the rugged wilderness of the Northern Cape Breton Highlands.

Hideaway Campground & Oyster Market
401 Shore Road South Harbour , Nova Scotia B0C 1G0 Phone: 1-902-383-2116 Fax: 1-902-383-2701
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This centrally located campground is the perfect location for your base of operation when exploring the wonders of the Cabot Trail. We have both wooded or open sites, with spectacular ocean and mountain views. There is also a variety of seafood available at our Oyster Market and we have camping cabins and a cottage available to rent.

Hines’ Ocean View Lodge
Meat Cove Inverness County Cape Breton , Nova Scotia B0C1E0 Phone: 9023832562 Phone: 9023832512
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Discover Meat Cove, Nova Scotia’s most northern and beautiful community, by staying at Hines Ocean View Lodge. We offer 5 rooms, a full kitchen, a barbecue, and two bathrooms. We have a large upper and lower deck to enjoy the sights of a whale-filled ocean with a hot coffee in the morning and a cool beverage in the evening.

Jumping Mouse Eco-camping
3360 Bay St. Lawrence Road Bay Saint Lawrence , Nova Scotia Phone: 1-902-383-2914
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Jumping Mouse: quiet, where spirit runs free. This beautiful campground is run by one of the first female fishing Captains in Northern Nova Scotia. Located by Bay St. Lawrence, a picturesque and thriving fishing village, Jumping Mouse has ten sites, one wilderness cabin and overlooks the bountiful Atlantic Ocean. Tents and small rv’s only please.

MacDonald’s Motel and Cabins
Phone: (902) 383-2054
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We take pets! MacDonald’s motel is located at the apex of the Cabot Trail in Cape North, Nova Scotia. We are in walking distance to a farmer’s market (Saturday’s), restaurants  and museums. We are also within fifteen driving minutes of  Cabot’s Landing, world-class hiking trails, whale watching tours and artisan studios. Each unit has  two double beds and a private bath, so please book today.

Meat Cove Lodge
2305 Meat Cove Rd. Meat Cove , Nova Scotia B0C 1E0 Phone: 1-902-383-2790 Phone: 1-902-383-2672
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In business 15 years. Peaceful, rustic setting, fresh seafood available. Help yourself to traditional Scottish bannach and oatcakes. At the northern tip of Cape Breton Island.

Oakwood Manor 4 star B&B
250 Northside Rd Cape North , Nova Scotia Phone: 1-902-383-2317 Fax: 1-902-383-2316
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We are located on a 200 acre old farming estate in Sunrise Valley. Enjoy our picnic area in an old apple orchard and experience the Cape Breton Highlands on our hiking trail along the base of the Cabot Trail’s North Mountain. Northern Cape Breton has lots to explore, stay with us and let us help you explore it.

 

Patsy’s Shack
5475 Rd MacBuck Lane Bay St Lawrence , Nova Scotia B0C 1G0 Phone: 902-383-2143 Fax: 902-383-2472
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Patsy’s Shack is a 2 bedroom bungalow equipped with all amenities Minutes from the best beaches whale watching hiking and the world famous Cabot Trail.

Seymour Harbour View Bed & Breakfast
31 Seymour Lane Box 174 Neil's Harbour , Nova Scotia B0C 1N0 Phone: 902-336-2543 Fax: 902-336-2543
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Located on the beautiful Cabot Trail Scenic Route featuring many magnificent fishing villages such as Neil’s Harbour, New Haven, White Point and Smelt Brook. Each village on this Route is a testament to rural life and tradition  At our Bed and Breakfast’s you can enjoy hospitality and a wonderful view of the harbour and beach, both within walking distance.

South Harbour Hideaway Cottage
227 Shore Road South Harbour , Nova Scotia B0C 1G0 Phone: 902-383-2116 Fax: 902-383-2701
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Come relax in this lovely, privately located, four bedroom, waterfront Heritage home. Only minutes from boat launch, kayaking, laundry mat and beaches. This cottage is  great place to truly enjoy your Cape Breton vacation, as we are centrally located to many activities on the Cabot Trail.

The Markland
Dingwall , Nova Scotia Phone: 800 872 6048 Phone: 902 383 2246
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Our restaurant is open to everyone and features locally caught and prepared food.

There are several reasons to make the Markland your choice for your vacation, here are some in no particular order: centrally located to Cape Breton’s famous golf courses, Dingwall is the hidden gem of the Cabot Trail, we have the pristine ocean beach to visit, Friday night concerts, chamber music Sunday afternoon, fine dining, nature walks, and we are near National Park, bird & whale watching.

Two Tittle Bed and Breakfast
2119 White Point Village RR 2 White Point , Nova Scotia B0C 1G0 Phone: 1-902-383-2817 Phone: 1-866-231-4078 (Canada & U.S.)
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We have a view of beautiful mountains, ocean frontage, boats at anchor, jetty, sandy beach and a walking trail along the coast.

White Rose Country Cottage
55 Oceanview Drive Neil's Harbour , NNS B0C1N0 Phone: 1-902-336-2500
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Experience Neil’s Harbour, one of the Cabot Trail’s most authentic fishing villages, and make White Rose Country Cottage your vacation destination. We are central to golf, whale watching, delicious restaurants and everywhere you turn there is a brilliant vista waiting to be photographed.

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  • Local services for visitors

    Bank machines can be found at the Central Co-op in Bay St Lawrence and the Neil's Harbour Co-op. Both are open from 9am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from noon to 5pm.

    Groceries are available in Neil's Harbour, Cape North and Bay St Lawrence.

    The Co-ops in Bay St Lawrence and Neil's Harbour carry beer, wine and other alcohol.

    Fresh, uncooked, unfrozen seafood can be purchased at the docks in Bay St Lawrence, Dingwall and Neil's Harbour. Call ahead for landing times and seasonal availability. Catches will vary with the weather and season. Fresh mussels are available across from the Fire Hall in Cape North. Fresh oysters can be purchased at Hideaway Oyster Market in South Harbour.

    Neil's Harbour is home to the local hospital, health clinic, ambulance and pharmacy. Trained emergency first responders live throughout the region. 911 is the emergency number, and both ambulance and first responders are quick to arrive on the scene.

    Church services are open to all in Bay St Lawrence (Protestant), St Margaret's Village (Roman Catholic), Aspy Bay (United), Dingwall (Roman Catholic), New Haven (Roman Catholic), Neil's Harbour (Anglican).

    The Bay St Lawrence Community Center has a public laundromat, library, fitness center and children's activities.

    Gas and car repair services can be found in Neil's Harbour and Cape North.

    Ask your host to recommended a baby-sitter.

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