Accommodations Close to the Cabot Trial

 

I’m getting a lot of questions about where to stay when enjoying the Cabot Trail by bike.  Here’s what I suggest:

Support those that support our lifestyle – stay at a biker friendly location.  Now, in Nova Scotia, it seems that everyone likes bikers.  By biker friendly, I really mean those that are specifically interested in having you.  Anyone listed here contacted me through this site, or, paid money to advertise in the Motorcycle Guide.  I can’t give them a full review, but I’ll give the facts that you care about.  No one’s paying me for the props, so feel free to comment honestly on any of the accommodations listed here.  Remember, comments from you is what will make this site a genuine biker resource for other bikers.

Keltic Quay - Whycocomagh

Website: www.kelticquay.com

Email: Renie at info@kelticquay.com

Phone: 1-877-350-1122

Pavement? Everywhere

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? Yes

Wash Stations Available? Yes

Licensed? Yes

Distance to Liquor Store? Within 1 mile

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? Within 1 mile

Price? Call for pricing on single and double cottages. 

$199/night or $299/night.

Includes your own in-unit Washer/Dryer, Barbeque, Fridge/Stove/etc.

The Keltic Quay also hosts snowmobiles and ATV’s in the winter and is wheelchair accessible.

Cornerstone Motel - Cheticamp

Website: www.cornerstonemotel.com

Email: reservations@cornerstonemotel.com

Phone: 1-844-224-3232

Wi-Fi? FREE Wireless

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No

Wash Stations Available? Yes, as well as buckets, rags and soap, if needed.

Licensed? Yes

Distance to Liquor Store? 3 miles

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 1/2 mile convenience/ 4 mile full grocery

Price? $106-136  season, $99-$134 off-season

Special Notes For Riders: Get yourCABOT TRAIL BIKER HATS AND PINS here

Park your ride right at your door, group fire pit area, 8 acres of Private Nature Trails and sitting areas, 17 A/C Rooms, Boot and glove dryers, additional power for charging comms/GPS/Phones etc, FREE Coffee/Tea (7:00-10:00pm) and snacks and drinks available at office!

"Greg and Cathy do a lot for bikers and they sell my caps there" – Daniel

Set on 10 acres, a minute’s walk from the ocean, this motel lies at the entrance of Cape Breton Highlands National Park as you travel clockwise.
Address: 16537 Cabot Trail Hwy, Cheticamp, NS B0E 2M0

The Dancing Moose Cafe - Ingonish

Website: www.thedancingmoosecafe.com

Email: info@thedancingmoosecafe.com

Phone: 1-902-929-2523

Wi-Fi? Yes on site 
Distance to Trail: on Cabot Trail
Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No
Wash Stations Available: "Funny, they thought I meant for people  – Every cabin has a private washroom (shower, toilet, sink) located in a separate building close to the cabins. No matter where you stay, never use towels from accommodations to wash your bike please" - Daniel 
Licensed: no
Distance to Liquor Store: Ingonish Beach – 24 km
Distance to Grocery items/convenience: Wreck cove General Store (limited convenience items) 1 km and Douchettes Market in Ingonish Beach (better selction) 23 km
Price? Camping Cabins: Year round same prizes $70.00 to $85.00 / night before tax Linen not included. Small extra charge or guests can bring there own (sleeping bag etc)

 

The Dancing Moose Cafe: The Sleeping Moose Cottage (sleeps 5, 2 bedrooms, full kitchen and bathroom) starts at $140.00 night and has a 4 night minimum in the summer.
4 Rooms available, Camping Cabins and 1 cottage 

Hearthstone Inn - Port Hastings

Website: www.hearthstonehospitality.ca

Email: info@hearthstonehospitality.ca

Phone: 1-902-625-2480 or 1-800-422-8025

Wi-Fi? Yes and free
Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No, sorry
Wash Stations Available? Yes
Licensed? Yes Restaurant on Site – home of $5.99 Breakfast
Distance to Liquor Store? 2 minutes to downtown Port Hawkesbury
Distance to Grocery items/convenience? Same as above (Port Hawkesbury)

Skateboard Park? Yes.
Price? Open All Year – Request Motorcycle “Rider” Rate from $139.99 plus taxes
Rooms available: 2 Queen Beds, King Bedded Rooms, drive up rooms available, water view for some rooms
Proximity to Cabot Trail: 1 Hour to Baddeck

Willow Retreat - Middle River

Website: www.willowretreat.com

Email: info@willowretreat.com

Phone: 1-902-295-9009

Wi-Fi? Yes.
Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No, sorry.
Wash Stations Available? Yes.
Licensed? No.
Distance to Liquor Store? 20 mins drive (Baddeck)
Distance to Grocery items/convenience? Same as above (Baddeck)
Price? Open June – October, $99/night for B&B room in the house (sleeps 2 – double bed, shared bathroom, includes breakfast for 2), $65/night for a camping cabin (sleeps 2 – queen bed) or $45/night tent camping.
2 Rooms available (camping cabin – sleeps 2 – queen bed, or B&B in the house – 1 double bed, shared bathroom, includes breakfast for 2)
5 minutes from the Cabot Trail (we are on the Cabot Trail, but 3.5 kms up a woods road)

"Hey Daniel, my husband and I used to ride … way back when … in the UK … and we have biker-friendly accommodation right on the Cabot Trail, in Middle River. Small camping cabin (sleeps 2) plus a B&B room in the house, plus tons of tent space in our woods. . We’d love to be put on your website as a biker-friendly place? It’s a 3.5 km dirt road but we grade it every spring and as long as you don’t go nuts it’s fine. Let me know what you think." - Owners

Antigonish Evergreen Inn - Antigonish

Website: www.antigonishevergreeninn.com

Email: info@antigonishevergreeninn.com

Phone: 1-902-863-0830 or 1-888-821-5566

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No

Wash Stations Available? Yes, as well as buckets and towels, if needed.

Licensed? no

Distance to Liquor Store? 2 miles

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 1/2 mile convenience/ 2 mile full grocery

Price? $109-119 season, $84-119 off-season – discounts for CAA, AAA, Senior

8 A/C Rooms available

1.5 hours from the Cabot Trail

Aberdeen Motel - Wycocomagh

Website: www.swiss-valley.com

Email: info@swiss-valley.com

Phone: 1-902-756-2331 or 1-888-286-8886

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? Yes

Wash Stations Available? Yes

Licensed? no

Distance to Liquor Store? 1 mile

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 1 mile

Price? $65-90 season, $50-70 off-season

14 Rooms available

15 minutes from the Cabot Trail

Auberge Bay Wind Suites - Cheticamp

Website: www.baywindsuites.com

Email: info@baywindsuites.com

Phone: 1-902-224-3800

Themed Ocean View Suites
15299 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp, NS

Breakfast from 7-11am in Restaurant

 

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? Limited, plus some outside covered.

Wash Stations Available? Yes

Licensed? Yes

Distance to Liquor Store? walking distance

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 5 minute walk

Price? $189 – 200 season, $125-150 off-season

4 Rooms available

Located on the Cabot Trail

Bras d’Or Lakes Inn - St. Peter’s

Website: www.brasdorlakesinn.com

Email: info@brasdorlakesinn.com

Phone: 1-902-535-2200 or 1-800-818-5885

4 Star - Open Year Round
At the Canal, St. Peter’s, NS

Licensed Dining April to October

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No

Wash Stations Available? Yes

Licensed? Yes

Distance to Liquor Store? 1/4 mile

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 1/4 mile

Price? $125 season, $110 off-season, CAA discount, Senior Discount

19 Rooms available

2 hours to the Cabot Trail (Baddeck)

Hebridean Motel - Port Hood

Website: www.hebrideanmotelporthood.net

Email: jmacdonald000@ns.sympatico.ca

Phone: 1-902-787-3214

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No – Drive up to door rooms. Garage may be used, just ask the owners.

Wash Stations Available? Yes – new carwash across the street, hose and rags available on site, drying towels as well

Licensed? No

Distance to Liquor Store? 1/4 mile

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 1/2 mile, walking distance to beach

Price? $80 single, $89 double season, off-season discount, CAA discount, Senior Discount

16 Rooms available plus two family cabins

Note - I like this place personally because you can walk across the lawn to one of the best Restaurants and bar on the island! It fills up quickly, so I'd call in advance. Good place for when you're leaving Cape Breton on Rt. 19.

Cabot Trail Motel - Baddeck

Website: www.cabottrailmotel.com

Email: info@cabottrailmotel.com

Phone: 1-902-295-2580

Overlooking Bras D’Or Lake

8450 TCH #105, Baddeck, NS

Open May 15-Oct 31

Pavement? Everywhere

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? limited locked, please check.

Wash Stations Available? Yes

Licensed? Yes

Distance to Liquor Store? 5 minutes

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 3 minutes

Price? $95-110 season, 15% less off-season, Motorcycle Tour Guide Nova Scotia Biker Card Discount min 10%

42 A/C ground level rooms, laundry

On the Cabot Trail (2 min from the entrance to Baddeck)

Cabot Trail Sea & Golf Chalets - Cheticamp

Website: www.seagolfchalets.com

Email: info@seagolfchalets.com

Phone: 1-902-224-1777 or 1-877-224-1777

Fully Equipped 1, 2, 3 bedroom
71 Fraser Doucett Lane, Cheticamp, NS

bilingual service

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No

Wash Stations Available? Yes

Licensed? Walking distance….

Distance to Liquor Store? 3 minutes

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 3 minutes

Price? $149 season, $129 off-season, CAA & AAA discount,

13 Rooms available

Located on the Cabot Trail, Cheticamp

Jacques Cartier Motel - Sydney

Website: www.jacquescartiermotel.com

Email: info@jacquescartiermotel.com

Phone: 1-902-539-4375 or 1-800-661-7237

On Hwy 4 East

Close to the Sydney Airport

Pavement? Everywhere

Free, Reliable Wi-Fi? Yes available, reliability depends on the usage and internet provider. Okay, for emails.
Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No
Wash Stations Available? No station but hose and towels available .. have done this before for bikers.
Licensed? No .. no restaurant but have kitchenette rooms.
Distance to Liquor Store? 7 kms
Distance to Grocery items/convenience? Grocery store – 7 kms – Convenience – 1 km
A/C? No Air Conditioning but fans are available
Hours from the Cabot Trail? approx. 1 hours to St. Ann’s
15 rooms available.
1 with 2 twin beds $65.00 per night plus taxes
5 single regular rooms (1 double bed) $65.00 per night plus taxes
1 double regular room (2 double beds) $80.00 per night plus taxes
2 single kitchenette rooms (1 double bed) $75.00 per night plus taxes
6 double kitchenette rooms (2 double beds) $90.00 per night plus taxes
(1 double kitchenette is smoking and all the rest (14) are non-smoking.)

Ceilidh Country Lodge - Baddeck

Website: www.ceilidhcountrylodge.com

Email: info@ceilidhcountrylodge.com

Phone: 1-800-565-5660

Open April to December

Lakeside Dining & Pub

Spa

Fitness Room & Pool

Pavement? Everywhere

Wi-Fi? In 50% of the rooms

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No

Wash Stations Available? Yes

Licensed? Yes

Distance to Liquor Store? 5 minutes walking

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 5 minutes walking

Price? $159+ season, $119+off-season,

190 Rooms available

On or near the Cabot Trail in Baddeck

Dundee Resort & Golf Club - West Bay

Website: www.capebretonresorts.com

Email: info@capebretonresorts.com

Phone: 1-800-565-5660

Open May-Oct
West Bay, NS

On the Bras d’Or Lakes

Cottages, Pool, Spa & Pub

Pavement? Everywhere

Wi-Fi? Yes…but having issues with Mac’s and iphones

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No

Wash Stations Available? Yes

Licensed? Yes

Distance to Liquor Store? 15 minutes drive

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 15 minutes walking

Price? $159 – $209+ season, $129-$189 off-season, Discounts: CAA & AAA 10%

65 – 70 Rooms and 40 cottages available

2 hours from the Cabot Trail

Gagnon House B&B - Port Hawkesbury

Website: www.bbnovascotia.com/content/gagnon-house

Email: via link above

Phone: 1-902-625-1146 or 1-877-625-1146

Delicious Full Breakfast

Open Year Round
24 Philpott St., Port Hawkesbury, NS

Pavement? Flat Rock & Gravel

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No

Wash Stations Available? Yes

Licensed? No

Distance to Liquor Store? 4 minutes drive

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 4 minutes drive

Price? $85 season, $70 off season, No Tax! Mention this site – get Room for $75

3 Rooms available

1 hour from the Cabot Trail

Hunter’s Mountain Chalets - Hunter’s Mountain

Website: www.huntersmountainchalets.com

Email: info@huntersmountainchalets.com

Phone: 1-902-295-3392 or 1-800-996-3392

Open May-Oct
562 Cabot Trail, Hunter’s Mountain, NS

Owners speak German and English…and are bikers too!  They have a nice website with some cool reading and photos of the area.

Pavement? No

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No

Wash Stations Available? Yes

Licensed? No

Distance to Liquor Store? 10minutes

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 10 minutes

Price? $91+ peak season, $82 + off season,

12 Rooms available

On the Cabot Trail

Inverary Resort - Baddeck

Website: www.inveraryresort.com

Email: info@inveraryresort.com

Phone: 1-800-565-5660

Only waterside resort in Baddeck

Open April to December
Baddeck, NS

Drive-up Rooms & Cottages

Lakeside Dining, Pub & Spa

Pavement? Everywhere

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? Limited

Wash Stations Available? kinda, call to make arrangements

Licensed? Yes

Distance to Liquor Store? Next doorish

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 2 minutes drive

Price? $159 season, $119 off season, Inquire about Group rates

187 Rooms available

Right at entrance of the Cabot Trail in Baddeck

Iona Heights Inn - Iona

Website: www.ionaheightsinn.com

Email: info@ionaheightsinn.com

Phone: 1-902-622-2190 or 1-844-733-4662

Pavement? Everywhere

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No

Wash Stations Available? They can lend a hose

Licensed? Yes

Distance to Liquor Store? On site

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? On site, limited convenience items

Price? $130 season, Bikers ask about the Cabot Trail Biker 10% discount at the restaurant and free beer to start your tab on room booking.

Off the Cabot Trail (route 223) Not far from Baddeck.

I personally recomment this place because it has a bar and a cafe on site. Coffee before having to suit up to drive for 5 minutes or wait for the slow ones in the morning. Great Value and underrated. They book quickly, so call a week out for best chances.

Clairestone Inn - Arichat

Website: www.theclairestoneinn.com

Email: info@theclairestoneinn.com

Phone: 1-902-226-2200 or 1-877-787-2200

Open Year Round
Hwy #206, 2375 High Road, Arichat, NS

dining room & lounge

Pavement? No

Wi-Fi? Yes, in most rooms

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? Yes

Wash Stations Available? Yes

Licensed? Yes – pub and restaurant

Distance to Liquor Store? Across the road

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? Across the road

Price? $99 for bikers

17 Rooms available

1 Hour or so from entrance of the Cabot Trail in Baddeck

My Cousin Shauna Landry owns this place. She is restoring it in her hometown and everybody is raving about how great it is! She rides and will tell you some Isle Madame gems to find when you're there.

Laurie’s Motor Inn - Cheticamp

Website: www.lauries.com

Email: info@lauries.com

Phone: 1-902-224-2400 or 1-800-959-4253

Open April 1 to October 31
15456 Laurie Rd, Cheticamp, NS

Breakfast Dining Room

 

Breakfast is good but the motel is in need of a gas tank and match! It’s a dive. Clean enough for your buddies, but find something else if you’re looking for a spot to stay with your honey. - Daniel

Pavement? Everywhere

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? Yes

Wash Stations Available? Yes

Licensed? Yes – pub and restaurant

Distance to Liquor Store? 10 minute walk

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? Across the road convenience – 1 mile to grocery

Price? $99 – 159 Discounts: CAA, AAA, Senior @ 10%

56 Rooms available

On the Cabot Trail in Cheticamp

Lynwood Inn & Restaurant - Baddeck 

Website: www.lynwoodinn.com

Email: lynwood@baddeck.com

Phone: 1-902-295-1995 or 1-877-666-1995

Open Year Round
441 Shore Road, Baddeck, NS
Luxury suites & cottages

We have rooms year round but our restaurant is seasonal; mid-June to late-October

Restaurant has live music nightly by local singer/guitarist Warren MacIntyre

Pavement? Lots of paved parking
Wi-Fi? Wireless in Heritage Building and Highspeed (hardwired, ethernet cable in room) in Donald MacDermid Building
Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No
Wash Stations Available (access to garden hose)? Yes & old towels in laundry room for people to help themselves to
Licensed? Yes
Distance to Liquor Store? 1 block
Distance to Grocery items/convenience? Grocery – 1 block / Convenience – next door
Price $100 – $150 for rooms (most with 2 queen size beds and all with private bath) / Lynwood Cottage $150 & Bay Cottage $230 (+ HST) Discounts: Motorcycle Touring Program Members 10% off rooms / all others discount depends on availability–please call
32 rooms and 2 cottages available
At the exits to the Cabot Trail (Baddeck) 10 min. drive to Cabot Trail exits 7 (Clockwise) or 11 (Counter-clockwise) / 15 min. to exit 12 (Counter-clockwise via Englishtown Ferry)

MacNeil House - Baddeck

Website: www.silverdartlodge.com

Email: sdladmin@silverdartlodge.com

Phone: 1-902-295-2340

Open May 15 to October 15
Shore Rd, Baddeck, NS

6 Suites adjacent to Silver Dart Lodge

Pavement? Everywhere

Wi-Fi? Yes

Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No

Wash Stations Available? Yes

Licensed? Yes – pub and restaurant

Distance to Liquor Store? 10 minute walk

Distance to Grocery items/convenience? Across the road

Price? $99 – 229 Discounts: CAA, AAA, Senior @ 10%

90 Rooms available

On the entrance to Cabot Trail in Baddeck

Maritime Inn Port Hawkesbury - Port Hawkesbury

Website: www.maritimeinns.com

Email: info@maritimeinns.com

Phone: 1-888-662-7484

Open Year Round
717 Reeves St, Port Hawkesbury, NS

Pavement? Yes
Wi-Fi? Yes
Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No
Wash Stations Available? No
Licensed? Yes – Pub and Restaurant
Distance to Liquor Store? Across the road
Distance to Grocery items/convenience? Across the road

MidTrail Motel & Inn - Pleasant Bay

Website: www.midtrail.ca

Email: info@midtrail.ca

Phone: 1-902-224-2529 or 1-800-215-0411

Fully Licensed Restaurant (Not the best reviews for the restaurant)

This place is also known as the ‘Pink Place where the whale watching tours leave from that is right on the ocean’. 

Pavement? Main Driveway
Wi-Fi? Yes
Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? No
Wash Stations Available? Yes
Licensed? Yes
Distance to Liquor Store? 40 minutes
Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 1/2 mile
Price? $99.99 – 119.99 Discounts:  Motorcycle Tour Guide Nova Scotia Biker Card Discount 10% off
20 Units

On the Cabot Trail (Pleasant Bay)

Ocean View Motel & Chalets - Cheticamp

Website: www.oceanviewchalets.com

Email: info@oceanviewchalets.com

Phone: 1-902-224-2313 or 1-877-743-4404

May 1 to October 15
15569 Cabot Trail, Cheticamp, NS

Pavement? No

Wi-Fi? Yes
Guaranteed available covered and locked storage for Bikes? outside, covered
Wash Stations Available? No, but provide wash rags for bikers
Licensed? No, but restaurant next door
Distance to Liquor Store? 5 minutes
Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 1/2 mile
Price? $125 – $200 Off season – about 20%off   Discounts:  Motorcycle Tour Guide Nova Scotia Biker Card Discount 10% off
18 Units

Trailsman Motel - Baddeck

Website: www.trailsmanmotel.com

Email: info@trailsmanmotel.com

Phone:1-888-245-LAKE(5253)

1km from Cabot Trail

Open May 1 to October 30
10003 TCH#105, Baddeck, NS

 

Drive-up rooms on the Bras D’Or Lake

Super cool owner – loves bikers – Mack – if you get a chance to meet him

Restaurant on site. Parking lot for Cargo Trailers to park for free

Pavement? Yes

Wi-Fi? Yes
Distance to Liquor Store? 6 miles but big spruce 1 mile away
Distance to Grocery items/convenience? 1/2 mile
Price? $109 breakfast included before july 1st, $129 – $139 for 2 queen or 1 king
56 Units

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