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Rustic Lodge Rooms on Cape Breton

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

7 bedrooms, 8 full baths, 1 half bath, sleeps 16

Cozy Lodge With Bistro, Live Music & Beach Access

Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort is located at the gateway to the world renowned Cabot Trail near Englishtown, Nova Scotia. Rated as the best island off of North America (by Travel and Leisure), Cape Breton is known for warm Maritime hospitality, a rich culture and incredible natural beauty.

Built in 2004, Cabot Shores offers 4 season, pet-friendly accommodations that are suitable for getaways, vacations, weddings and events, wellness retreats and a lot of fun and adventure.

Complete with a bistro and bar (specializing in vegetarian and vegan fare but also local seafood and fish), the Lodge also has a friendly Great Room with a cozy stone hearth where friends, family, colleagues and musicians will enjoy relaxing together. A stage and an assortment of instruments are available - we highly encourage music jams! Live music is also available on occasion with regular ceilidhs (a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing) taking place only 3km away.

Cabot Shores guests are welcomed and informed by our staff, which we consider guides, and are given information on wildlife, itineraries and local events. Located in what is known as the 'artisans loop', you are a short distance from many local artist galleries, like iron works, glass blowing, leather works, jewelry, pottery and more. Guests are also near the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Alexander Graham Bell museum, the Gaelic College and many other cultural and outdoor experiences and events.

More Details

Property Manager
Dr. Paul
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 29, 2017

About Dr. Paul

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.

Dr. Paul purchased this lodge in 2004

Why Dr. Paul chose Cape Breton Island

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thanks, Paul, for a wonderful stay and lovely stories. Had a great time!

Ron and Marleen, Heemstede, Netherlands
May 2015
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Rustic Lodge Rooms on Cape Breton
average rating of 5.0 based on 151 reviews

Amazing getaway in May!

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I traveled to Cape Breton to drive the Cabot Trail and we ended up spending our entire trip at Cabot Shores. We had no reason to leave. The food was great (and accommodated for our gluten free preference). We were able to hike every day. I was able to get out canoeing twice. And each night we would relax by the fire or in the cedar hot tub (heated with a solar hot water system!). It was a perfect vacation and we plan on returning.

Ryan and Erica

  • Submitted: May 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
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Very Comfortable Room and Gorgeous Views

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in the lodge, room #1, that had a large bed and a great morning view. The place was very neat and clean and I experienced superb customer service during my stay! The food was soo good!

I would certainly recommend staying here or just dropping by to enjoy the tasty fresh food and views.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Evenings by the Woodstove

  • 5 of 5

I spent the better half of last week nesting within the cosy confines of Cabot Shores. And sure, as the new intern, I can be dubbed as bias; however, its with fresh eyes and scout's promise that I say this spot is something to be had. (I've got a good record– check out my Yelp profile:

While the summer months are typically the peak season, the lodge’s high ceilings and solarium style provide the framework for an all-season destination. My impressions were warmed by the large wood-stove, which was constantly piping. Rich oak surroundings (including a hand crafted corner bar) made it all the more intimate, and Barbara’s fresh cuisine was out of this world. (cream of cauliflower soup for swooning!) Trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing were an opportunity for outdoor winter fun, and of course the views were spectacular.

Mornings consisted of meditation and ji gong. Owner, Barbara Weinberg, brings healing arts to the resort with such guidance, as well as acupuncture and massage. Dr. Paul Weinberg led me through the long body of land– through campgrounds and along the Indian Brook. It was a privilege to stay under such warm hospitality. As my first visit concludes, Cabot Shores reveals a place of both adventure and rejuvenation.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
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Cleveland, Ohio

The best of Cape Breton

  • 5 of 5

Good food, great hiking (following moose trails is best) unbelievable views of ocean & mountains, wildlife (whales, birds & moose) but best of all the chance to truly relax and meet people from all over the world.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Romantic Getaway

  • 5 of 5

I contacted Paul earlier in this fall while in Texas for a few months on business. I had found Cabot Shores while researching a nice and quiet getaway spot along the Cabot Trail. Paul indicated that the resort would be shut down in late November but he was kind enough to leave a chalet open for our special weekend. Paul even arranged for Sheila to cook for us in the cottage, she provided breakfast, lunch and a wonderful dinner with a bottle of Champagne. I proposed to my girlfriend early Saturday morning while looking out to St. Ann's Bay from the Chalet's large upstairs windows. This was a truly magnificent weekend and experience, we look forward to visiting the resort again next summer. Thank you for your warm hospitality, great food and overall amazing experience.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2008
  • Stayed: Nov 2008
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Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Sydney, NS
Car: recommended

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 is 30 Buchanan Drive. The mailing address is 30 Buchanan Drive, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C1H0.

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 24/7 and costs $7 cash each way.

3. Once across the ferry, go north on the 312 towards Ingonish (only way to drive)

4. Cabot Shores is after 10km (6 miles) on the ocean (right) side of the Cabot Trail (here highway 312) on the way to Ingonish.

Other Activities: snowshoes, pool table/ping pong/football, Healing Arts such as acupuncture and acupressure, Yolo Boarding, Kayaking, Canoeing, basketball, board games, and bird/wildlife watching.


Rates & Availability

Englishtown Lodge Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0
Pet Fee $10 + Tax
Tax Rate 15.0%

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Average $150 (Canadian dollars) per night.

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Englishtown Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Lake
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Floorboards
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Solar Panels
  • Study Room
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , wheelchair accessible
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 9 - toilet
  • Each room has a toilette, sink and shower/bathtub combination. There are also 2 public bathrooms, one 3 piece, the two are wheelchair accessible (one on each floor).
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Lodge Room 1 - 1 double
    Lodge Room 2 - 1 double
    Lodge Room 3 - 1 queen
    Lodge Room 4 - 1 queen
    Lodge Room 5 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Lodge Room 6a - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Lodge Room 6b - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Raft
  • Sailboat
  • Shed
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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