4 Star Lodge With Local Seafood, Live Music & Beach Access
Cabot Shores Adventure and Retreat Centre is a 4 star destination located as a gateway to the Cabot Trail, the beautiful seaside and mountain crossing Trail on Cape Breton Island.
Rated the best Island off North America (by Travel and Leisure), Cape Breton is known for warm Maritime hospitality, a rich culture and natural beauty.
Built in 2004, Cabot Shores is a 4 season place suitable for getaways, vacations, weddings and retreats, wellness, and straight up fun and adventure.
Complete with a restaurant and bar, the Lodge also has a friendly Great Room suitable for gatherings of friends, family and business colleagues, and live entertainment--often Celtic music.
What's The Quality of The Lodge: You are living in a lodge constructed with local wood, full of huge windows looking out on St. Anne's Bay in one direction, fields and gentle hills.
There is a peacefulness being by the water and being in proximity to birds and moose and wild flowers in season.
The place is informed by local guides and experts and staff, who help you get your day started with tips on where to go or even where to walk or swim or boat, without leaving Cabot Shores itself.
Return late afternoon for a cool drink at our bar or out on a deck. Meet other friendly guests who come from the world over to visit Cape Breton. Many interesting guests somehow are drawn to Cabot Shores.--filmmakers, doctors, lawyers, musicians, business people, just plain folk who have good stories to tell--in fact great stories and memories are guaranteed.
It's 4 Stars + An Intangible Relaxing Element: What our guests say is that Cabot Shores Lodge is 'the jewel of the Cabot Trail.' (Ruth Williams, writer)
Imagine a place where you can challenge yourself by day, go out besides the Cape Breton Wilderness, even if it's a gentle kayak trip along the Lake and Brook. Or a more challenging hike to Indian Brook Falls.
And you have 4 star elegance at night--great food, attentive staff, friendly guests and fun, live entertainment.
But you can relax. No pressure. Not much formality. You'll feel like you belong.
Jump off to the Rest of Cape Breton: You are at the gateway of the Cabot Trail and right in the neighborhood are talented artisans: leather and woodworkers, potters, iron work artists, photographers, even a lothier making the musical instruments used in local Celtic bands.
Kitchen parties and impromptu music happens at Cabot Shores.
So do barnfires, barbeques and even guest gourmet chefs visiting, such as Michael Johnson, himself a guest, and winner of best chef in St. Louis 3 years running.
You are close to the Gaelic College, to Baddeck, to The Cape Breton Highlands and to the Transcanada.
Best of all, you are right on the Cabot Trail, housed in a destination you don't really have to leave but located at a point where you're the best of Cape Breton is available to you--natural and cultural adventures, and a sense of well-being we help to cultivate in the guests we love to serve.
Thank you Cabot Shores for a unique stay and welcome. Such a striking view and friendly hummingbirds and chirpy squirrels.
Tim & Bo
Paul Weinberg is called Dr. Paul (a doctor in adventure travel and more formally in psychology). Formerly a "road warrior" in the software industry, he reinvented himself as the owner and operator of a Wilderness Resort called Cabot Shores on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
He writes often about adventurers, explorers, artists native Mi'kmaq, guides and worldwide guests who live in and visit Cape Breton. His wife Barbara, an acupuncturist, directs Gate of Life Spa, a part of Cabot Shores and she writes primarily on women's health issues.
We visited friends from Toronto who were renting near the Gaelic College on Cape Breton. We hiked and swam up Indian Brook to the Great Falls and thought it was one of the most dramatic sites we'd seen in the world (including trips to Big Sur, the Riviera, Bali...Five years later we returned and bought land, building Cabot Shores' chalet shortly after that.
Cabot Shores is on the Atlantic coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, in the village of Indian Brook.
The driveway of Cabot Shores leads to the Cabot Trail (highway 312) and the actual street address for the driveway to Cabot Shores is 30 Buchanan Drive.
The mailing address is 30 Buchanan Drive, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C1H0. We are at exit 12 (Englishtown Ferry/Ingonish) off the
Directions once on Cape Breton
1. Take exit 12 off the TransCanada 104 (the sign says Englishtown Ferry/Ingonish, highway 312)
Going east on the TransCanada 104 from Baddeck, take a left at exit 12. Going west, you turn right at Exit 12
2. Go down the hill and turn left onto the Englishtown Ferry which runs 7×24
3. Once across the ferry, go north on the 312 towards Ingonish (only way to drive)
4. Cabot Shores is 10km (6 miles) on the ocean (right) side of the Cabot Trail (here highway 312) on the way to Ingonish.
Other Activities: horseshoes, pool, Healing Arts, Yolo Boarding, Kayaking, Canoing,
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