The location is beautiful. The suites are upscale, spot clean and very functional. Apparently a popular spot for family reunions. Renie the host is speical...you couldn't ask for a more warm, friendly and helpful person. I didn't realize until we got there that there was a dock, kayaks, canoes and a paddle boat available for guests at no additional charge. What a nice surprise. The lake is pretty, and very relaxing. The kids enjoyed the kayak as well as the nightly marsh mellow roasting in front of the fire pit. (Just bring lots of heavy duty mosquito spray for that!)
We stayed in a 1-bedroom suite. The only reason I didn't give it a 5-star is the noise insulation isn't very good. The 1-bedrooms are on 2nd floor and the 2-bedroom units are on the 1st floor. On our last day there, people moved in the downstairs unit and we could hear them cook, talk, laugh and play cards well past mid-night, then again cook, talk, laugh very early the next morning! Still, it's rare to find an upscale lodge on/near the Cabot Trail. The few other upscale choices will cost you an arm and a leg more. Another small inconvience is that the 1-bedroom unit doesn't have a dish washer. I think that is available in the 2-bedroom units. May have made a difference in my decision to book a 2-bedroom unit had I known that. So we ended up eating out most of the time. Problem is there isn't any good place to eat nearby, except the diner across the main street. I forget its name but it is very good and you can ask Renie if you need to eat there.
As far as the location, it's a good stopping point centrally at the intersection of the Cabot trail, the Bras d'Or trail, and the Ceilidh trail. But in order to enjoy the Cabot trail at a leisurely pace, allowing time for hikes and off trail spots, you need another 1-2 nights somewhere on the west side of the Cabot trail in addition to this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Keltic Quay's Cape Breton cottages are located on the northeast shore of the Bras d'Or Lakes in the village of Whycocomagh, at the entrance of the Cabot Trail an area of outstanding natural beauty and spectacular vistas. Ranked one of the top places to stay our twelve 4.5 star Canada Select one and two-bedroom Cape Breton cottages and suites include everything you need for world class accommodations and our main lodge is the ideal place for a great game of pool or darts with new friends. Whether you're here to see the Cabot Tail, conduct business or for pleasure we can help you plan what will surely be a memorable place to stay on Cape Breton Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Keltic Quay Bayfront Lodge Whycocomagh, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia