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Directions to Cabot Shores

Directions from Halifax Airport and West to Cabot Shores:

  1. Take Highway 102 North towards Truro (if coming from Halifax or the airport).
  2. Before Truro, take the TransCanada East towards Cape Breton / Canso Causeway (also applies if heading east from New Brunswick or western points of Nova Scotia).
  3. Once on Cape Breton, follow signs toward Baddeck, always staying on the TransCanada East.
  4. Continue past Baddeck on the TransCanada East 105 to Exit 12. Take the left-hand exit saying Englishtown Ferry / Ingonish*.
  5. Take the Englishtown Ferry at the bottom of hill, turning left onto ferry (runs 24/7; free).
  6. Cabot Shores (30, Buchanan Drive, Cabot trail) is 10km on the right (ocean side) once you exit the Englishtown Ferry. On the left side of the road you'll notice a blue jewellery shop. Our driveway is opposite that with large Cabot Shores road signs.
  7. Go down the driveway to the Lodge (big green roof) and come inside from the door at the top of the ramp on the left-hand end of the building.

If the Englishtown Ferry is not running you'll see a flashing sign on the TransCanada:

  1. Alternately you can take Exit 11 for Cabot Trail Road / HWY 30 and go all the way to Highway 312 North toward Ingonish, approximately 27km.
  2. Past Tarbotvale you will arrive at a stop sign, a T-intersection with St. Ann's Bay United Church in front to your left. Turn left here.
  3. Drive 3km to Cabot Shores. (If it is dark, please follow the 3km rule carefully) Turn right after our large Cabot Shores sign into our driveway and proceed to the Lodge.

Please note that the closest gas station to Cabot Shores is Wreck Cove General Store (about 19 km) with high test only. Otherwise, no gas station in either direction for 40 km. As well, there is no cell coverage in the small community of Indian Brook where Cabot Shores is located, nor along other stretches of the Cabot Trail when taking Exit.

Directions to Cabot Shores from Sydney Airport

  1. Turn left from Sydney Airport towards Sydney.
  2. Turn left as you pass the mall onto HWY 125 Canso Causeway / Baddeck / North Sydney.
  3. Take Exit 1W onto the TransCanada HWY 105 West toward Baddeck.
  4. Stay on this highway over the Seal Island Bridge and over Kelly's Mountain.
  5. Take the Englishtown Ferry* exit at the bottom of the hill, turning right onto NS-312 N.
  6. Follow signage, eventually turning left to access the ferry. The ferry runs 24/7 and its free.
  7. Cabot Shores(30, Buchanan Drive, Cabot trail) is 10km after exiting the ferry, located on the right-hand / ocean side of the road.
  8. Proceed down driveway to the Lodge (big green roof) and come inside from the door at the top of the ramp on the left-hand end of the building.

If the Englishtown Ferry is not running you'll see a flashing sign on the TransCanada:

  1. Alternately you can take Exit 11 for Cabot Trail Road / HWY 30 and go all the way to Highway 312 North toward Ingonish, approximately 27km.
  2. Past Tarbotvale you will arrive at a stop sign, a T-intersection with St. Ann's Bay United Church in front to your left. Turn left here.
  3. Drive 3km to Cabot Shores. (If it is dark, please follow the 3km rule carefully.) Turn right after our large Cabot Shores sign into our driveway and proceed to the Lodge.

Please note that the closest gas station to Cabot Shores is Wreck Cove General Store (about 19 km) with high test only. Otherwise, no gas station in either direction for 40 km. As well, there is no cell coverage in the small community of Indian Brook where Cabot Shores is located, nor along other stretches of the Cabot Trail when taking Exit 11. Please note directions prior to travel.

An aerial view of the world-famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island.

Directions to Cabot Shores from the North and Clockwise Around the Cabot Trail

  1. Coming from the north, head south on the Cabot Trail on the Atlantic east side. You will pass the town of Ingonish.
  2. Continue past Wreck Cove General Store on your right hand side. You are about 20 minutes north of Cabot Shores.
  3. After Wreck Cove, you will pass artisan shops such as Wildfire Pottery and the Leather Works.
  4. Directly across from the Cabot Shores entrance is the Piper Pewter Jewelry Store.
  5. We are on the left hand side. Our sign reads “Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort: An Adventure a Day from Mild to Wild!” (30, Buchanan Drive, Cabot trail).
  6. Proceed down driveway to the Lodge (big green roof) and come inside from the door at the top of the ramp on the left-hand end of the building. If you pass the St. Ann's Bay United Church or the flashing light at the Exit 11 intersection, you have gone too far!

Coming from the North, the last area you will be able to have cell service is at The Clucking Hen Cafe. There is no cell coverage in the small community of Indian Brook where Cabot Shores is located, nor along other parts of the Cabot Trail. Please note directions prior to travel.

Newfoundland ferry

From Newfoundland and PEI

From Newfoundland:

  • Port-aux-Basques (NL) to North Sydney (NS): Daily service year-round; additional service mid-June to September.
  • Argentia (NL) to North Sydney (NS): Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, mid-June to mid-October.

Marine Atlantic Reservations, 1-800-341-7981, www.marine-atlantic.ca

From Prince Edward Island:

  • Wood Islands (PEI) to Pictou (NS): Daily service year-round; additional service mid-June to September.

Northumberland Ferries Limited, 1-877-762-7245, www.ferries.ca

Listed as 1 of 5 Quirky Stays On The East Coast of Canada

"A tree top village with Smurf-like domes rising out of the forest and Mongolian yurts in Nova Scotia? Indeed! Cabot Shores on Cape Breton Island entices you to embrace your nomadic roots and connect to nature. You can stay in one of the colourful yurts or opt for a geodesic dome raised up off the ground. Take in the lake views and the Atlantic waters on both sides, while the smell of cedar fills the air. Be sure to have your camera ready to snap a moose photo (they love it there)."

~ North American Traveler

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"The whole experience was so relaxed and stress free"

My only regret is that I didn't schedule more time here! Already dreaming of my next visit! I have a feeling this will be a place I visit for years to come.

~ Erin, Fredericton

"Next time, I'll stay longer"

Cabot Shores is a must for anyone wanting to truly take in the beauty of the area. Staying in a yurt is even better, and Paul knows how to make it a top of the class experience. Take advantage of the hot tub service and dinner at the bistro. The breakfast is a perfect way to start your day exploring.

~ Elizabeth, Washington

"The setting is gorgeous"

And the people are warm and friendly. I would happily have stayed longer, and hope to have the chance to go back one day. Staying here was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

~ Guest, Toronto

"The resort is in a perfect location"

Days were spent out off on the Cabot Trail and other excursions, while evenings were cozy in the Go Bistro on the grounds. Evenings were spent around the fire pit outside our chalet with our friends. Close enough to get into nearby towns for food/drink, on the Cabot Trail and still far enough that you truly feel like you are in the wilderness.

~ J D Travelz , Toronto



Good
Based on 298 reviews
MacKenzie Cutcliffe
MacKenzie Cutcliffe
February 17, 2024.
We had an excellent stay! We stayed in the tiny house and got the hot tub as an addition - the house was an adorable little cabin, very clean and had everything we needed (mini fridge, microwave and more!). The hot tub was worth the addition! Paul and the staff were so considerate, he even called me before we arrived and let me know how the roads were and to make sure I knew how to get to the tiny house since we were probably arriving after dark. I can’t say enough good things! We will definitely be back!
Alexis Helena
Alexis Helena
February 16, 2024.
It was a great space, the manager was very helpful and answered all our questions. Will definitely be coming back
Katie Crossley
Katie Crossley
January 25, 2024.
My husband and I got married at Cabot Shores last October, after staying there multiple times in the past and falling in love with the scenery and food!! Paul was amazing to deal with leading up to the wedding! I was definitely a needy bride lol and he was always so patient and helpful with everything. The whole thing went off without any issues at all and my guests had a great time and raved on and on about the food! We are huge out door people and loved the whole vibe ! We can’t wait to go back again soon and make more wonderful memories at this slice of heaven in our favourite place in the world, Cape Breton !!
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‍하준수(교원-영상디자인학과)
January 10, 2024.
An unforgettable experience for a family trip. A yurt experience is more than just lodging, especially if you have young children. What is most impressive of all is the owner and his wife, who are so kind and affectionate.
Karleigh Johnstone
Karleigh Johnstone
January 8, 2024.
Stayed in the Phoenix Dome for 2 nights and had the most wonderful experience. The dome was lovely and stayed warm through the night. The highlight of our stay was the food. My husband has been a chef for 20+ years and was blown away by the quality of the food. We had dinner one evening and the salmon was absolute perfection. We were lucky enough to be the only guests for breakfast so they cooked us a few items instead of the buffet and we enjoyed every bite. Hands down the best scrambled eggs I have ever eaten! The staff were so wonderful, kind and accommodating. We would love to return and spend more time here exploring the trails and relaxing on the beach. Thank you to everyone at Cabot Trail for such a wonderful experience!
Bobbi Zahra
Bobbi Zahra
January 1, 2024.
Hot tubs were great, overlooking the gorgeous water view. Yurt was super comfortable, very spacious, and even when the fire died while we were sleeping, we stayed cozy and warm - the bedding was superb. Recommendation for Red River Trail was great, and we enjoyed the hike very much.
Sandy Mackley
Sandy Mackley
November 27, 2023.
The staff at Cabot Shores actively took opportunities to make our stay relaxing and enjoyable. Our Mongolian Yurt was comfortable with the wood stove and outside hot tub. Would strongly recommend calling these fine folks and discussing your stay with them.

Good
Based on 51 reviews
Lukas
Lukas
September 21, 2022.
Verified
Very nice people and a place full of joy ! Stayed 2 nights in the „Eagle dome“ which was really comfy and clean!Had really delicous dinner at the main lodge where paul played some music just for us and had nice conversations whith him and the other staffmembers.Also booked the hot tub at our dome for our last night from where we had a great view on the campfire.Lovely place where you see how much effort they put in every detail.
Nicole
Nicole
August 22, 2022.
Verified
Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
Ryan
Ryan
August 14, 2022.
Verified
Relaxing
Nigel
Nigel
July 25, 2022.
Verified
Beautiful place and very friendly staff. Perfect location if you’re travelling along the Cabot Trail, I highly recommend checking this place out! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Anooj
Anooj
October 25, 2021.
Verified
This was our first time staying in the Eagle Dome and we absolutely fell in love with this beautiful place. Super clean place to stay!
Redwan
Redwan
October 17, 2021.
Verified
Very nice place to spend a couple of nights in the nature! My wife and I enjoyed our stay.It might be a good idea to install a heater in the dome as it can get chilly at night.
Brooke
Brooke
October 1, 2021.
Verified
Beautiful, quaint place to stay! So unique and off grid. We loved staying at the dome!
Madison
Madison
September 9, 2021.
Verified
We had a great stay in the Eagle Dome! We loved watching the sunset and sunrise, and being able to hear the waves from the ocean. Next time we would stay a few more days and prepare a bit better - we weren’t packed for off grid but we made it work. Outhouse was a few steps away, shower and toilet a short walk. We didn’t get the hot tub or use the sauna/other amenities but would certainly consider it next time.

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