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Brier Island Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Westport
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Hacienda Heights, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great views!”
Reviewed August 22, 2006

Getting to this hotel is half of the fun! Form Digby you drive to the first ferry stop to Long Island. Take the ferry to Long Island and continue driving to the second ferry stop for Brier Island. Take the ferry to Brier Island. Fun!

We stayed in a second floor room for a better view of the water. The room was very basic - bed, a few chairs, table, desk and a TV. Indoor/outdoor carpet. Everything was very clean, just not much style. The window opened so we could hear the birds and the water. Nice!

Hotel has a restaurant, but we did not try it. Instead, take the ferry back across to Long Island. When you get off the ferry, go to Lavena's. Fabulous home cooking! Make sure to have the peanut butter pie!

Tip: While on Brier Island, drive to the ferry and park your car. If you travel on the ferry as a walk on passenger it is free. Since Lavena's is right at the ferry stop on Long Island you won't need a car.

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Hamilton Ontario Canada
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Reviewed July 8, 2006

The resort is situated on a hill overlooking Westport and the water passage between the islands the view is breath taking. We stayed in the newer part, the room was very nice and clean however the walls are rather thin . If you go stay on the upper floor, the ceiling is also very thin and noisy. The staff are friendly and the kids loved the animals on the hobby farm. All in all a good place to stay considering you are 2 islands removed from the mainland.

  • Stayed July 2006
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Riverview
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2006

Fantastic, Rustic, fairly Remote little Island. If you want glitz and glamour or shopping,.... Don't come here!!!! If you love nature, hiking, kayaking, whale watching, bird watching and beautiful scenery. This is a little slice of heaven. You can reach the island by driving, about an hour from Digby...out through Digby Neck and Long Island there are two small car ferry's at a cost of $4. each. This covers round trip crossings. They run every half hour. Whale watching from the island is spectacular. One of the best areas I have been for whale watching tours.
Brier Island Lodge itself, is located high up on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Funday The view is stellar....Glorious sunrises ans sunsets. Unless, of course you get fogged in. Then you can't see your hand in front of your face. Staff at the lodge are knowledgeable and friendly. The rooms are clean and well appointed. Service is good. The dining room has excellent food. Especially if you like seafood! If you don't like seafood the menu is limited, but all meals are well prepared and very tasty. The fresh tomato salad, is to die for! Remember this is a very small Island. The lodge is rustic but a nice place to stay. I would stay again.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed August 21, 2005

The Brier Island Lodge is at the end of the world, it seems, as it takes two ferry rides to get there. It is the only choice on the island for hotel/motel style accomodations, if you don't like hostels or B&Bs.

We stayed in the lodge's newer section, which is farthest from the restaurant. It was a comfortable crash, as we got there quite late. The only reason we came to Brier Island was for the whale watching, but when we got there, we wished we had alotted more time for exploring the island. There is lots to do, and the people are friendly.

All in all, the lodge is comfortable, quiet and clean, and is the best choice of accomodations in the area, but it's not the same as a hotel in cities like Halifax or Moncton, if that's what you like.

We enjoyed our stay and the whales, and I recommend the lodge to anyone making a stop in Westport.

  • Stayed August 2005
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Merrickville, Canada
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Reviewed August 19, 2005

We stayed for 2 nights travelling with friends and their children. We went whale watching and had wonderful hike around one section of the island. The lodge rooms were quite adequate. We had two queen beds on the first floor and we had a wonderful view of the ocean and Long Island. There are no phones in the rooms or air conditioning. The air conditioning really isn't needed as we were wearing pants and sweatshirts most of the time in August because of the cool breeze off the ocean. Our cell phones worked great (Telus and Rogers). The restaurant was outstanding. Every meal was excellent and the deserts were amazing. Our favourite waitress (Christina) was also outstanding. We could not believe that the best meals we had in Nova Scotia were on Brier Island. Brier Island is a great destination and the Brier Island Lodge was a great place to stay

  • Stayed August 2005
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Reviewed August 13, 2005

I spent two nights here with my family and we really enjoyed it. We probably would not have booked in if we had taken the trouble to find out where it is! The trip includes two ferry rides (total cost $8 canadian return), so it's not very practical as a base for touring.

There is plenty to do on Brier Island for at least two days - probably longer if you are a serious bird-watcher.

Meals at the Lodge are excellent value and the service was superb. The ladies in the restaurant took care to see we enjoyed our stay.

Views from the restaurant are good even by Nova Scotia standards..

  • Stayed August 2005
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Philadelphia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2004

A great location at the very end of Nova Scotia...getting there is half the fun. While it's a small place, there's plenty to do for a night or two, including hiking, lighthouses, a seal colony and more. And make SURE you do some whale watching while you're there! (we especially liked the zodiac raft whale watches - they get you there faster, spend more time there, and get A LOT closer to the whales than the larger boats.

Rooms are fine (remember where you are), food is very good (and the fish comes off the dock that afternoon)...Oh, and make sure to make reservations for dinner or you may end up waiting.

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Property: Brier Island Lodge
Address: 557 Water Street, Westport, Nova Scotia B0V 1H0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Southwest Nova Scotia > Brier Island > Westport
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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
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Westport
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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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