There's a well kept secret about Cape Breton - the best place to stay is the Water's Edge Inn in Baddeck. What makes it the best? Location, location, location: It's in the center of Cape Breton, it's in a town, AND it's on the water with a wonderful view of the harbor and it's lighthouse.
Only a few miles from the entrance to the Cabot Trail, Baddeck is a lovely town with restaurants, shops, sailing, and the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. The important word in that sentence is "town" because there are not many towns around the Cabot Trail and those that do exist tend to close down around the end of the season. If it's cloudy or rainy one day, being in Baddeck, provides you with options - to drive around the Bras d'Or Lake, visit the Louisbourg Fort, wander around a real Highland Village, amble through the Bell museum, or simply stay in town and enjoy a long leisurely lunch. Baddeck has easy access to it all, and is home to the little gem called the Water's Edge Inn.
Water's Edge is comprised of multiple buildings, a new building that has several rooms, an art gallery and a dining room for the Inn's guests, and a building next door (green) that has a studio apartment on the top floor. That is where we stayed for four wonderful nights. The sunrises we saw from our water-front window were very simply breath-taking, casting the Baddeck Lighthouse in a perfect silhouette. The apartment gave us lots of room for all our gear (this is a 30-day photography trip), the full kitchen allowed us to eat at home for a couple of meals, and the brand new flat-screen TV enabled us to view our photos after each day's shoot. Simple, clean, convenient, and comfortable - we were very happy here.
Breakfast every day was home made muffins, breads and waffles, fresh fruit and yogurt, juice and coffee, and you are greeted by one of the family of Innkeepers. Camilla, Michael and their daughter Mairi run the Inn and are the most genuinely friendly people we've ever met traveling. They are full of suggestions on where to go, what to see, and which way to travel the Trail (counter-clockwise), and they seem genuinely interested in hearing what you think of what you saw in their little corner of heaven.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small charming Inn on the waterfront at Baddeck with it's own famous art and craft gallery. Complimentary breakfast with an outstanding menu of home-baked, natural selection. An Inn, small enough to take your needs seriously. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Water's Edge Inn Baddeck, Nova Scotia - Cape Breton Island