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“Whales! Whales! Fog too!”
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Brier Island Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Westport
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Comber, ON
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78 reviews
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“Whales! Whales! Fog too!”
Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

We arrived and so did the fog. High winds prevented two scheduled whale excursions. However, we keep busy searching the shores at low tide (awesome to see). Saw seals on rocks during low tide. Quaint village. Really something to experience. Food at lodge is plentiful and good. Laid back atmosphere. Now the whales. Captain Roy took us out on a very nice vessel. Saw one Minke whale. Saw three seals. Humpbacks were plentiful. Saw mum and baby and watched an "escort" (adult male) join them. Watched one humper right beside another boat. Unbelievable! Capt. Roy did not stop there. We went out to see what we were hearing (shut motor off and listen for whales to blow) and came across at least six Humpers in the fog. Out over three hours. Highlight of the trip!!!

  • Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

I arrived just before supper after a long day of riding on the motorcycle. I did not have a reservation, I was jut looking for a clean spot to stay for the night and a great meal to fill my belly.

The staff were very friendly and accommodating and the room and lodge were just what I was looking for. The food was quick and portions were generous. I had the Fish and Chips which was probably one of the best I have ever had. An extremely beautiful Island with sunsets to die for... you must check out the lighthouses. If you have never been to this hidden gem put it on your bucket list of places to go.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Nauvoo, Illinois
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

My wife and I stayed two nights at this lodge. We found our room to be simply decorated. Our view looked out over the water to the other island. There was no air conditioning so had to open window to allow fresh cooler air into the room overnight. The second night was cooler so didn't need to open the window. We stayed two nights so that we could go on a whale watching tour the second day but unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate-foggy with steady rain. The staff really wanted to make up for this by offering those that signed up a ride around the shore. Too many people cancelled because of the weather and so they cancelled the shore trip which was understandable. We spent the day walking the trails finding the two lighthouses on the island. The staff was friendly and worked hard at making us feel welcome. It was a pleasant experience for us to stay in this fishing village.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Concord, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

I was not impressed. We stayed in the Lodge. Just seemed kinda old and run down. The electric heater was lying on its side on the floor. Plastic cups - thin towels. Thin pieces of soap. More of a motel feeling than a lodge. Restaurant food was OK. All in all... everything seemed way overpriced. There was some stuff included that we didn't take advantage of.... like the whale watch (I'm not sure if it actually went 'cause of the weather). Maybe that has something to do with our perceived value. Also, I think we were like the only people staying there. Eerie.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Athol, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We were aboard the first cruise of the season and of course it was cool and breezy. The crew was wonderful and friendly and made us feel welcome. Very knowledgable. They don't guarantee a whale siting but usually do, and our cruise was no exception. We had a juvenile humpback that played around our boat for several hours, showing off his skills in the water. The cruise was over much too soon! We can't say enough about the Captain and his crew, Jesse and Sean.

We returned to the lodge for dinner before our 3 hour drive back to our cottage. Everything was served quickly and efficiently, and delicious. The prices were moderate but portions were large. The seafood chowder was especially good and very generous. Hope to go again and perhaps stay at the lodge as well.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Buckingham, Canada
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

When we drove off the ferry on a very foggy day Brier island close to 25 years ago it so different of a place. Like a true fishing village . We toured around the island and found Brier Island lodge . We loved the place and always had a great stay at the lodge. Maybe in total , we stayed at the lodge 15 times. Its a rural environent lacking some of the city life. But the rooms are clean , food is great ( have to stock up it you plan to eat something after 10. Staff is very friendly and helpfull. We always had such a fun time on a overall very friendly island which has a lot to offer. Never really had any complaints that we remember but if we did it was always taken care of. We are planning to visit soon. Eric and Karen

Room Tip: The in the lodge rooms are lower priced but it is more noisy inside but itis different.
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Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

My husband and I arrived and were treated with open arms, staff was wonderful friendly, food was delicious, no complaints from me. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice quiet vacation. Beautiful view from our room and the Jacuzzi was a nice added treat, we will return and partake in the whale watching package that they offer. Great value for your money!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Property: Brier Island Lodge
Address: 557 Water Street, Westport, Nova Scotia B0V 1H0, Canada
Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Southwest Nova Scotia > Brier Island > Westport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Westport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Brier Island Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brier Island Lodge offers 40 clean, comfortable rooms, most with an ocean/lighthouse view, along with a unique Nova Scotia regional dining experience and whale watching boat tours. Brier Island is famous for some of the best whale watching in the world, miles of coastal hiking trails, exceptional birdwatching, seal spotting, rock hounding, sand beach, traditional fishing village and three working lighthouses. A true maritime ecological paradise. ... more   less 
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