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“Excellent place to stay while doing the Cabot Trail”

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Bear on the Lake Guesthouse
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“Excellent place to stay while doing the Cabot Trail”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Stayed in a private room at the hostel for two nights. Staff is wonderful (great job girls), the place is really clean and the location is excellent for doing the Cabot Trail. Has everything one needs - whether you prefer the privacy of a private room (with a separate living room for the private rooms) or a cosy hostel experience with the other guests - the hostel has it all!

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

I stayed here 2 nights in late September. It was a fantastic experience. The place is really clean with nice comfy beds. In the evenings the place is alive with people...everyone getting together to talk about their various daytime activities. Carman is a great host...he even took me hiking! I cannot recommend this place enough! It has amazing views over Bras D'Or lake and is only a short drive to some of the local hikes and nearby towns.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Ballarat, Australia
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

This hostel was everything that a great hostel is - nice and small, a few connected, yet separate common rooms, a big dining table that helps to produce great conversation between people staying, and a nice big kitchen. There was a book share and the beds were comfy with nice linen. Super friendly manager.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

We stayed at this hostel for one night in a private room. Carman was very friendly and welcoming and his hostel has a really nice atmosphere. The room was lovely, and the bed very comfy! The lounge and balcony that we shared with the other private room upstairs have a nice view of the lake. We met some friendly people also staying at the hostel, and definitely recommend you stay here on your trip to beautiful Cape Breton!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kingston, Canada
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Right from arrival Carmin and Mel make you feel welcomed to this beautiful and social hostel. The hostel is clean, comfortable, and in a great location to travel the Cabot trail and visit Bras D'Or lake. We stayed in a private room which shared a small living room and a very clean washroom with one other room; it offered great privacy and almost no noise while still being in the main building. The large kitchen, common room and garden were all very nice and offered a great atmosphere for relaxing or catching up with other travellers. There is a grocery store 5 minutes's drive away which makes for easy cooking. There was a bonfire the night of our stay - very fun, to go along with the great atmosphere here. We didn't have long enough to try out the kayaks but would have liked to, with the lake in sight. The private rooms are great value and just a very fun and pleasant stay. Definitely would go back!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 12 August 2013 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights/4 days here and we had a wonderful time. Carman and everyone else was extremely friendly and welcoming :). The place is very clean, cozy and has a wonderful view. Most importantly, it is in a perfect location to enjoy a great Cape Breton holiday!
Thank you so much for everything :). We hope to be back next summer :D!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

Well, what can we add to all these excellent comments below....
We also loved the place, and totally agree with everything. Carman is the perfect host and he keeps a super clean place where you feel at home and meet lots of interesting people.
We stayed in the 2 bedrooms apartment upstairs with our friends, with a living-room and our own bathroom. Perfect! Nice view of the lake, you can even access the room from the outside.
Rarely do we see such a high score in TA, but Bear on the Lake deserves it. Definitely the best hostel in Nova Scotia. BRAVO Carman, fantastic job!
P.S. It's good to have a car if you want to explore the area...the hostel is a bit isolated.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Bear on the Lake Guesthouse

Property: Bear on the Lake Guesthouse
Address: 10705 Highway 105 | Aberdeen, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia B0E 3M0, Canada
Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Whycocomagh
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Whycocomagh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bear on the Lake Guesthouse overlooks the beautiful Bras D'or Lakes of Cape Breton Island at the start of the Cabot Trail. We're centrally located and within an hour to all of Cape Breton's highlights such as the Cabot Trail, Highlands National Park, Louisbourg Historic Site Newfoundland Ferry and just down the road from world class hiking, whale watching, kayaking, sailing and museums. We have both dormitory-style and private accommodations and all guests are welcome to use our kitchen, campfire pit, free wi-fi, hammocks, board games and more! Watch the eagles overhead and the moose in the backyard! ... more   less 
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