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Hines' Ocean View Lodge
Reviewed August 2, 2011

We traveled to Meat Cove in July of 2010. Sorry this is late coming, but just now making up my scrapbook for this wonderful trip. Meat Cove had some strange reviews...which, perhaps, made it all the more interesting..and just had to trek out there to the end of the earth. We found it to be everything we love about a place...remote, a little on the rough side (which means not a tourist trap...yeah!!!), and stunningly beautiful. We found the Hines Lodge to be more of an adult hostel than a lodge. Definitely primitive, but the view was fantastic and the opportunity to mingle with the other residents made it a true adventure. We rented kayaks at the waterfront, a short drive or walk down off the cliff. We also ate at the little cafe for dinner....all just perfect. The kayak shop also had a little cafe and I tried the chowder....absolutely NO WHERE have I eaten anything that good! Everyone was very friendly....we had no bad experiences. There were no weird types ...just decent people trying to make a living in one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you are expecting a four star establishment...go elsewhere. This is one step above camping....but....you will never forget it...EVER.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

This is a very comfortable guest house located on cliff overlooking Meat Cove. The view is absolutely fantastic providing there is no fog when you are visiting. The fog does roll in and out very quickly so when we were there there were always periods when we could look out over the water. The guest house is run by Hector who usually stops by in the evening after fishing to visit and check in on the guests staying there. There is a nice sitting area and kitchen where guests can congregate. Rooms are currently going for $60 a night with a shared bathroom. Everything in the house is brand new and in good working order. Also very clean and since we had kids in tow we got an additional room for them at a significant discount (with a nice new bunkbed). There is an abundance of hiking trails near the house but these are for people in fairly decent shape as steep climbs even on short trails are involved. The whale watch run by Oshan nearby is an excellent excursion as well and reasonable price. To get to the guest house and into the community of Meat Cove you must travel down a 8km dirt road. We had no problems traveling on it in our mini-van.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 25, 2011
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2010
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Address: Meat Cove, Nova Scotia B0C 1E0, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Meat Cove
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Meat Cove
Number of rooms: 5
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Hines' Ocean View Lodge Meat Cove, Cape Breton Island

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