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“Fabulous whale watching”
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Brier Island Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Westport
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Peterborough, Ontario
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“Fabulous whale watching”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

We spent one night at Brier Island Lodge and I agree with Gee19, the rooms are not the Ritz but are basic and clean and just what you would expect in this remote area. However, we were disappointed in the food. My husband had the fish and chips and both were overdone. I had the bacon wrapped scallops and they were something out of a frozen food box, and not fresh Digby scallops... The service was very friendly and attentive and the trip out to the whalewatching was fabulous... We saw 4-5 kinds of whales and porpoises and seals. Lots of sea birds and the staff on board were very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. So , all in all, a wonderful trip and I would recommend it, just don't expect too much from dinner..

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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San Jose, California
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

When you are on Brier Island you are literally at the end of the road so don't expect the Ritz. I give this property an excellent rating because of the location, service, and helpful staff. For this part of the world the rooms were fine with internet access, cable TV (limited stations but you should be out enjoying nature, not watching TV). The staff were approachable, enjoyable, and bent over backwards to help me and my friend make reservations at other places (they let us use their phone and even reseached places for us). The view from the dining room was beautiful, the prices were fair and the food good.

We booked a whale watching cruise through them and unfortunately the seas were too rough in the morning so the trip was canceled. The lodge made arrangements for an alternative boat tour in the calmer waters around the island for those who wanted it. In the afternoon the whale watching tour went and it was a success (best whale watching we had on the whole trip with three whale watching tours). From the lodge you can do an easy one hour hike to see seals and some of the most beautiful coastline we saw while in Newfoundland. The lodge also has small farm animals to see, one of them being a very talented goat who can climb the fence and get out to the much greener grass on the other side.

Plan for 2 days on the island, besides whale watching there are a lot of hiking opportunities and it's a great place to just sit back and relax.

I've traveled to 84 countries and I have every intention to go back to Brier Island and stay at the Brier Island Lodge again.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Cocoa Beach
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

All-inclusive package is the best deal. Meals (chowder w creme fraiche & tarragon) & whale-watch trip are excellent; 3 hrs one-way, full-throttle to find our first whale! They guarantee you will see whales! Lodge has very bucolic surroundings (loved the chicken that greeted me!); birdsong @ dusk was intoxicating. My room (35) was 2nd floor, bldg 3 w a good view of the lighthouse & island, when the fog cooperates. The room's accoutrements were "country-shiek." Nice touch w the real wildflowers in vase.

The cons? I had difficulty w the Wifi; as in other reviews, ensure you time everything via the ferry. The Lodge's front desk's hours (7:30a - 10:00p)...if you need to go to the desk in the morning, go @ 7:30a to make the 8:25a ferry, as an example.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

This was our second trip to Brier Island Lodge and we enjoyed it even more than the first time. About 5 years ago, we arrived in the rain of a tropical storm and found refuge in the lodge, but really couldn't see much of the island because of the fog. The restaurant was fantastic both times--the best scallops my husband has ever had. They have updated some of the rooms with new carpet and everything was very clean.
You can hike around to the beach and watch the seals or just sit in the dining room & watch the sheep and chickens run around the property. There also is a great hike to Balancing Rock on the way to Brier Island before the 2 ferry rides.
We did not take the whale watching tour, but would have if we'd had time.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

The Brier Island Lodge isn't the most snazzy place to stay, but it's full of charm and very friendly people. They definitely could use some upgrades in the rooms, but our stay was still
very enjoyable. Brier Island is pretty small and there's not a lot to do there. If relaxing is what
you're longing for, this is the place to go. We got lobsters right fromt he Lobster Pound on the island, right out of the sea water for $6.00 lb and we each got two pounders.. Since we were there off-season (early June), the owner of the lodge insisted on cooking the lobsters for us.
They were sooo delicious; much, much better than you can get in a restaurant here. Nova Scotia is a wonderful place to visit; so many different places to see.

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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Fredericton, Canada
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

It is quite the drive from Digby and 2 small ferries. You have to ensure you time it right, or you could be waiting awhile for the Ferry.

The Lodge : Is perfectly located with a breathtaking view of the Bay Of Fundy. It is situated on a hill with nothing to obstruct your view.

There are some farm animals, horses, sheep, hens.

My Room - I splurged a bit an got one of the rooms with a jetted tub. There was only a minimal charge for the upgrade. I also had a view of the bay.
The rooms are sparce, just the basics....but clean and a good size.

The Restaurant - I had 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners at their on site restaurant. Great selections, the fish and chips were great. I also had the Crab Cakes....And breakfast each morning also good, and the prices are great.

Welcome Aboard Whale Watching. I went for the whale watching, and must say it was perfect timing. We had a nice sunny day - although did hit some fog patches. We had a couple of seals pop up for a visit. It took a few hours, but were not disappointed. We ended up in open water - saw 7 humback whales - Dolphins, seals, and in the distance a Fin whale - which are the second largest whales in the world. A box luch was provided, sandwich, cookie, fruit and a drink. The other reason it was perfect timing is that it was the very last day they offered the whale watching tour.

If you are there for more than a day, I also suggest taking a hike down to seals cove. With the bath starting at the lodge, you work your way through a wooded area and then come out along the shore. Continue walking to the Light House. We saw so many seals - although I didn't have time I was told that if you go early in the morning you can hear the seals trumpeting.

It was a fun and relaxing get away. Whether on your own or traveling with the family.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

Let me start by saying that the lodge is located in one of the most beautiful spots in Nova Scotia, if not Atlantic Canada. Brier Island really is a location like no other and definitely worth the visit. The staff at the lodge is friendly and the restaurant has delicious food with spectacular views. The haddock is so fresh it will barely stay on the fork! However....the rooms leave much to be desired. They are quite outdated and small. It really is a shame because, with some renovations, this lodge could be THE place to stay in Atlantic Canada. It is a great base for one of the many whale watching cruises offered on the island, and may I recommend Mariner Cruises!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Brier Island Lodge
Address: 557 Water Street, Westport, Nova Scotia B0V 1H0, Canada
Location: 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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