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A Classic Nova Scotia Winter Getaway on Cape Breton Island

Something we’ve grown accustomed to on Cape Breton Island is embracing winter. And with only a few weeks until the snow falls, a classic Nova Scotia winter getaway is likely on the horizon for many. Although there are several decent places throughout the province, discerning travelers will say Cape Breton offers a coastal allure you’ll want to experience in winter. Whether snowshoeing on the trails at Cabot Shores or cross-country skiing amid snow-packed backcountry, our cherished isle boasts an endless array of outdoor activities.

Unique Places to Stay on the Cabot Trail

Adventure is at the forefront of the itinerary when planning a Nova Scotia winter getaway on Cape Breton Island. Still, there’s something to be said about a warm, relaxing stay within the comfort of your chalet, yurt, or geodesic dome. One of the aspects that separates Cabot Shores from many other destinations is our unique accommodations with ideal access to the Cabot Trail. Our common rooms in Whiff’s Lodge offer a nice place to hang out with guest Wi-Fi between your adventures.

  • The upstairs Great Room has a fireplace, cozy couches, and several books.
  • The downstairs Common Room has ping pong and pool tables, more books, and fun board games.

Enjoying the Cape Breton Winter at Cabot Shores

Cape Breton is perfect for a Nova Scotia winter getaway, whether you want to stay on the property or explore the island. Not only will you enjoy fewer people on the island, but there are still plenty of things to do when it’s cold and snowy. And if you’d rather stay close to home, you’ll still find several ways to spend your time.

  • There’s no better time for a digital detox than winter. Hang out next to the fireplace with that book you’ve been meaning to read, or head to the recreation room and play some games. Either way, some time off your phone or laptop isn’t a bad idea.
  • Wellness is vital during winter, so consider a revitalizing soak in the hot tub, a steamy sauna session, or morning meditation.
  • Our property is near some of the best cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Otherwise, you can rent a pair of snowshoes from us and explore the property.
  • If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping way to enjoy the snow, downhill skiing at Cape Smokey is only 40 kilometers from Cabot Shores.

Remarkable Cabot Trail Accommodations for Winter

Sauna Tub and Little Orange winter

A Nova Scotia winter getaway on Cape Breton Island is a surefire way to get the most out of the season while creating cherished memories. With our Family Winter Getaway Package and Snow Much Fun Package, you can elevate your stay and dive head-first into the best winter ever. Find out more by visiting us online or calling 866-929-2584 today! And be sure to check out our gift certificates and give the gift of an unforgettable adventure!



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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.

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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.
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Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
Ryan
Ryan
August 14, 2022.
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Relaxing
Nigel
Nigel
July 25, 2022.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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