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Bear on the Lake Guesthouse

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10705 Highway 105 Aberdeen, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia B0E 3M0 Canada
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#2 of 4 Specialty lodging in Whycocomagh
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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!
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terryearl wrote a review Aug 2019
Great Torrington, United Kingdom2 contributions
The hostel was in a good location with nice views of the lake. We were welcomed by Nancy the hostel owner and she was very nice. It was a typical hostel stay with a mixture of families, couples and individuals. The kitchen was well equipped and everywhere very clean. Nice towels and flannels were provided. However the main negative thing would be that the beds were of the wooden slatted base type and the cross pieces were too far apart and the mattresses very thin. This meant you could feel the slats through the mattress and we didn’t get a very good nights sleep. Also there are 3 rooms on each level, 5 beds in each room. This means 15 to each bathroom. The bathrooms have a shower or bath and toilet combined and so there was often a wait for the bathroom and too bad if you need the toilet urgently. Although the website says canoes and bike available to hire, they are not and have never been. I think that was the intention but insurance has proved too much and so the idea has been shelved. There is a micro brewery 5 minutes up the road (The Big Spruce) which regularly has live music but unfortunately we missed it as there was no mention of it at the hostel.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Deb M wrote a review Jul 2019
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Friendly and welcoming with a nice clean room, good kitchen facilities and washroom. It really felt like home. We were also provided with a lot of information on the area with ideas on places we could go and things we could do. Would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Tina R wrote a review Sep 2018
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Thank you so much for the wonderful stay at your hostel. The hostel owners are very friendly and welcoming - exactly what I needed after a night on the ferry! The view is breathtaking, the hostel is very clean and spacious. Lying in the hammock looking out at the water was lovely.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Bear10705, Owner at Bear on the Lake Guesthouse
Responded Oct 6, 2018
Thanks Tina you were a great guest to have and we hope to see you again soon !
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kennedymt89 wrote a review Jul 2018
London, Canada19 contributions37 helpful votes
We stayed here two nights as we traveled the Cabot Trail and could not be happier! The owners are extremely friendly and helpful! The place is very clean and there is lots to do near by. If you happen to get bad weather, there are plenty of games to play inside, and, even Netflix! I would highly recommend booking your stay here! * Also, if you book with Hi Hosteling International, be aware that you pay a deposit when booking online! Make sure that you don't pay this twice :)
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Bear10705, Owner at Bear on the Lake Guesthouse
Responded Sep 27, 2018
Thanks Michelle you guys were great!
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Brian F wrote a review Jul 2018
Glens Falls, New York29 contributions6 helpful votes
I've been in many HI hostels but this is by far the best. It felt more like a home than an institution. It really encouraged interaction between the guests (but allowed solitude if desired). Great location near the Cabot Trail, the amazing CB Highlands National Park and Bras d'or Lake. The lady running the hostel was super friendly and helpful. Only minor quibbles are that upstairs, the wifi is weak and the rooms should have a fan. But if I go to Cape Breton again (and I hope to), I will definitely try to stay there again.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from Bear10705, Owner at Bear on the Lake Guesthouse
Responded Sep 27, 2018
Thanks Brian you were a an exceptionally great guest to have! I hope to take some of the drives you suggested!
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$63 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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CanadaNova ScotiaCape Breton IslandWhycocomagh
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bear on the Lake Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Bear on the Lake Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Whycocomagh Provincial Park (2.6 miles), St Margaret of Scotland and Church Cemetery (3.7 miles), and Little Narrows Presbyterian Church (3.7 miles).
Is parking available at Bear on the Lake Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bear on the Lake Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Charlene's Bayside Cafe, Farmers Daughter, and Auld Brass Door.
Does Bear on the Lake Guesthouse have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.