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Brier Island Hostel
Reviewed July 1, 2013

I stayed in the Brier Island Hostel 4 days in June and found it hard to part! Everything very clean and well equipped, lots of space, friendly and very helpful host (thanx again, Wally!) and last not least: The view from the common room is unbelievable! You can just sit there for hours and watch the tide rising and falling, see fog coming in (and going out again if you're lucky), listen to the gulls...and the sunset light on the light house of St. Peter's Island is beautiful.
You have to see it for yourselves. I stayed in the Digby Backpacker's Hostel (also very recomendable) before I went to Brier Island and there the hosts helped me organize my transfer to Brier Island with the mail delivery man :). Another great experience.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

By some comments and ads we heard about this nice hostel at the very end of the "world"! It is worth to go there although you have to take a almost 2 hours ride by car and two ferries. At the end you will realize that this hostel seems to be part of a greater business by an nice old couple who started it all. May be you will meet them sitting on a bench in front of the hostel and talking to guests. The hostel it self is upstairs from the Whale Watching Cruise Office where you get a discount for a cruise if you stay in the hostel. It is clean and has a nice kitchen with living room and has two clean bathrooms.

On the other side you find an general store where there is also the reception for the hostel. You better buy your self some food there then to eat in the cafe beside. We eat some fish and chips and scallops which really were awful! Nothing was fresh, the oil tasted old and my wife got a really bad stomach that night! She spent more time in the toilet than in bed letting out all meal again! I don't know if it was because it was evening! But this experience with the Cafe was really bad!

I am not sure if I am rigth, but I think, hostel, Store and Cafe belong together!? And they all together make more tourist impression then we thought from earlier reports. The real quiet time and place you find going out for a walk or ride the west lighthouse or just on the other side of the island.

So the hostel is fine, but absolutely avoid the Cafe!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 5, 2009

This place is amazing! This is a real hostel made by backpackers for backpackers! Just perfect! I had the place just for myself which I really enjoyed. The kitchen has everything you could wish for and I love to cook. Wallis and Joyce own also the shop next door (which is the only one on the island). Very handy! Brier Island is a great place for hiking and bird watching. And I was told it's the best spot for whale watching. Only that it wasn't the season for it when I was there ;-) But I enjoyed my hikings very much.
The village is very quiet and there is no pub on the island at all. That makes it the perfect place when you are looking for peace and relaxation. And I loved it very much that there is no TV!!! And for the internet there is a public library with wireless and internet computer very close to the hostel.
Wallis and Joyce have a huge knowledge about the island (Joyce grew up there). And they even gave me a lift to the Halifax Airport!!! Thx a mill for that!!!

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 20, 2008

This is the second time that I have stayed at this Hostel, and once again I enjoyed my stay.
I stayed at the hostel in July 2006, and again last week May 2008 It is very clean and has all the kitchen ware to prepare and serve meals. You have a great view of the harbour. It's located right on the waterfront. Comfort wise, it is the same as most hostels. Basic accommodations for a great price. ($18 Canadian) per night. The owners Wally and Joyce are very pleasant and knowledgeable about the area. I would definitely stay again. If you don't want to cook breakfast they also own a small café and general store next door. I believe the café is only open June to October but there is another café just across the ferry. Only 5 minutes away. The Island is a great place to commune with nature. The birdwatching is phenomenal, also there is an abundance of rare plant life to view.There are wonderful trails along the coastline where you can watch the fishermen or the seal colonies. I recommend a trip out with Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises for a fantastic experience.

Here is a website for the Island. It has info about the island, accommodations, whale watching, plants, birding, hiking etc.

http://www.brierisland.org/brierIsland.html

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 15, 2015
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  • Stayed: August 2015, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 6, 2013
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 17, 2013
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Brier Island Hostel

Address: 225 Water Street, Westport, Nova Scotia B0V 1H0, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Southwest Nova Scotia > Brier Island > Westport
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Westport
Price Range: $18 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12

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