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“and i thought i would never stay at a hostel”
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Cabot Trail Hostel
Toronto
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6 reviews
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“and i thought i would never stay at a hostel”
Reviewed 9 November 2013

I had no intention of even stopping by, but a friend had highly recommended me to stay at hostels during my trip to save money, so i just thought i will check it out just for the heck of it, the staff was cheerful, the room was reasonable so i decided to take the experience, and believe it or not within two hours of checking in Dawn (staff) was helping me book my next hostel! in riviere-du-loup for two days later. wonderful place to stay!

Room Tip: i took the private room, and i will perhaps take the private room again.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Southampton
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

I have stayed in many different hostels around the world, but this was by far the most basic. My partner and I had a private room, which was large and cosy enough. However, the walls in this place were paper thin, and the gaps below the doors meant that we could hear EVERYTHING going on in the surrounding rooms (which include the laundry, reception, common room and bathroom)! Due to the weather and a cancelled boat trip, we found ourselves spending more time in the hostel than we intended. However, if you have a busy schedule and are looking for somewhere cheap and cheerful to lay down your head, this would probably do the trick. The staff were very friendly and the hostel was clean!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newmarket, Canada
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

I have stayed in hostels all over Europe, and have seen the best and worst of hostels. This hostel is one of the best I have stayed in! The location along the Cabot Trail is fantastic, as you can easily access Cape Breton Highlands National Park trails, the beach is just a short walk away, and you can keep busy for a couple of days without having to venture too far from "home". The hostel itself was extremely clean, and Dawn was a fantastic host. I highly recommend this place!

When staying here: keep an eye out for moose...one stopped by to eat right across the road from the hostel both nights we were there. Amazing to see them up close! And I highly recommend hiking the Skyline Trail (about 20 minutes from the hostel) after 6 p.m. during the summer. Most people have left the trails for the day....we had the entire trail to ourselves so it was a very peaceful, and the sun was just beginning to set. This trail is also known for "moose spotting" as well...we saw one! Just make sure you don't hang around too late, or you'll be driving home in the dark with the potential for the moose to venture onto the roads.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 2, which was a private double with easy access to both washrooms, but all rooms ar...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Uppsala, Sweden
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Reviewed 31 August 2013

I've travelled and hosteled throughout Europe - and have stayed in places in about 30 countries. This was one of the best hostel experiences I have ever had. It's not lavish - it's not the Hyatt. Bu it is extremely cozy, clean and felt like I was staying with a family. Dawn, the caretaker, is one of the kindest and most warmhearted people I've ever met. She will go very far out of her way to make you feel welcome, recommend sights in the area and use her local contacts to make sure you're getting the best experience possible. The hostel attracted an interesting mix of solo or group travelers who sat around sharing their stories and cooking dinner. Seriously, you should stay here. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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bangor
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Basic accomodations, nothing fancy but very clean. Great spot for hikers or campers looking for hot showers and a place to sleep and cook out of the elements. They have a nice deck with a grill! Dawn, the manager, is super nice.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

I had the opportunity to stay here as part of a tour organized by Salty Bear Adventure. I simply loved it! Dawn is a great host and she was always looking to help us. The place is very cozy, quiet and clean. The hostel offers a basic accommodation with some more amenities like BBQ, WiFi, common room and kitchen. I highly recommend to stay here if you plan to do the cabot trail as it is a great value for your money.

The only downsize is that the breakfast is not included (like in some other HI hostels in Canada)

Room Tip: The bunk house has 10 beds and one washroom, so it can be challenging to use the washroom. However...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

We stayed at Cabot Trail for 6 nights and used it is as a base for our exploration of Cape Breton. The place is immaculate, comfortable and very well organized. There was barely a peep of noise after 9:30-10 p.m. It was a pleasure to stay. The location is equidistant from Cheticamp and Cape North putting it right in the middle of the best the National Park has to offer. Dawn is a fabulous and helpful host. Highly recommended. The photo is of an uninvited dinner guest who was grazing one evening across the road from the hostel.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cabot Trail Hostel

Property: Cabot Trail Hostel
Address: 23349 Cabot Trail, Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia B0E 2P0, Canada
Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Pleasant Bay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Pleasant Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clean, Friendly, Budget accommodation on the Cabot Trail, surrounded by the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The Cabot Trail Hostel is within walking distance of beaches, restaurants, whale tour boats, gift shops and the Whale Interpretive center and is an ideal place to stay while exploring the Cape Breton Highlands and surrounding area. We have both co-ed dorm rooms and private rooms. The hostel is well equipped with two kitchens, a bbq, three bathrooms as well as common areas and two newly built decks. A pleasant peaceful place to stay in Cape Breton. Hope to see you soon!! ... more   less 
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