Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat

Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat

30 Buchanan Dr Cabot Trail, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0 Canada
Campfire next to the yurt
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Down by the beach
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Cabot Shores is a 4 season adventure wilderness resort and retreat centre on 55 acres along Indian Brook and the Atlantic and on the Cabot Trail of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Lodging available: 6 rooms in the main lodge, 4 wooden chalets, 1 cedar yurt, 10 Mongolian yurts, 4 Treetop dome, a wilderness camping as well as a 5 bedrooms farmhouse Activities include: hot tub / sauna rentals, live music, guided hikes, snowshoes rentals, canoe / kayak / stand up paddle board rentals, meditation and Qi Gong, special events and conference locations.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Hot bath
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Beach
Canoeing
Books, DVDs, music for children
Public wifi
Restaurant
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Game room
Hiking
Billiards
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Massage
BBQ facilities
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Picnic area
Sun terrace
Express check-in / check-out
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Desk
Seating area
VIP room facilities
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, French, German

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30 Buchanan Dr Cabot Trail, Englishtown, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0 Canada
Getting there
Car recommended
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CB wrote a review Jul 2021
1 contribution3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
With covid things are different this year. We had a good visit but everything did not go as expected. The yurts are smaller than expected but the surprise is “the horse hair” used in them. We were not prepared for it, so wanted to spread the word around that it will give you aromatic experience of being on a farm. The wood is there but it’s not for sale, so take your own in.

I was personally surprised that they charge additional $25 for house keeping or ask you to take your garbage home. Other places don’t take advantage of the pandemic to make money on basic services.

Things to take with you, if you want to be comfortable:
Bug spray
Garbage bags
Recycling bags
Wood
Lighter
Flash light
An extra blanket
Extra towels as the ones provided are coloured and don’t look very healthy.
Food
Water

Also, the beach access is unavailable.
Don’t pay ($58) for a hot-tub as most of them at this time of the year looked unhealthy. The water in most of them was not changed for a long time and they take forever to get HOT.

The Sauna is on additional cost ($35+ tax) but order it at least 20 mins before you plan to use it as it takes time too. Also, you won’t be informed about it so keep a track of time yourself.

If you plan to order meals, it may be uncooked at some times. Breakfast was good. It’s a good idea to take your own snacks with you as well.

In short, it’s more of camping than glamping but an expensive one :)
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Paul Weinberg, Owner at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat
Responded Jul 18, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We appreciated your visit and regret that your experience was not as enjoyable as you had hoped. You are right that Cabot Shores is more on the camping and adventure side rather than the clamping and luxury side of the continuum. We are glad you gave us a chance and we hope your getaway was a memorable experience for you and your friend.
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Kristen D wrote a review Jul 2022
Ottawa, Canada25 contributions3 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This resort is rustic with pretences of sophistication, in a stunningly beautiful location. They have a variety of accommodation options, including rooms in the main lodge, yurts, domes, chalets, campsites, and a tiny house, which was what we chose. You can access a beautiful, unspoiled shoreline, and they have kayaks and canoes available to rent. Our main complaint was with the food. They have a meal plan and a limited but varied menu, and it's convenient, but everyone was confused about how it works, including the staff, and it was quite expensive for the amount and quality of food offered. The staff were lovely, even though they often lacked information that would have been useful, and we got some great hiking suggestions. The area is incredibly beautiful, so all in all, I recommend it, but suggest you consider other food options while you're there.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Khanh Vu wrote a review Aug 2022
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort land and scenic views is 5.0 Staff members and owner friendliness and relax manner is 4.7 Convenience on the Cabot Trail is 5.0 The statement on the Resort sign "From mild to wild" is 100% true. I checked out all the types of share bathrooms and the natural outhouses. The facility types are 5.0 because I know what you are getting into. My family walked around the property every day and view the landscapes and the different type of shelters. We stayed at two types of yurts. Next time we would try the Sky Domes. The cabins would be too typical for us. Some tent sites are nice and very close to the water. No tent sites are next to any RV - this fact get 5.0 for tent camping from me. The small wooden homemade ferry used to cross the stream to the beach is fun. We tried the dinner food and local music performance 4.0 We kayak on the wetland and the stream toward the hills. We swam in the ocean and climbed the rocky paths. Please preserve this beautiful lot of land and the shelters. Please keep up the maintenance work before growing the resort more. We do appreciate the vegetable garden and the live edge wood works - 4.5. The solar panels are great but we saw that at many places 4.0 Once again, maintenance, maintenance, maintenance to get 5.0 Location, price, people and food all are proper. My family members were happy because we managed the gaps between expectations, online information sources, and realities. We spent 10 days on the Cabot Trail and Local Scenic Sites on sunny and cloudy days. For rainy days we stay in the Yurts, walked the gravel, dirt, and grass resort trails, then try meals from the local restaurants.
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Date of stay: August 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Ask questions, manage expectations and situations. Yurt, would you willing to open and close...
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jak263 wrote a review Jan 2020
St. John's, Canada3 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We are from Cape Breton and have stayed here twice. The location is awesome during summer months ... but recently stayed in the winter for our engagement booked the big red yurt .. online “bathrooms are next to it” I wouldn’t advertise bathrooms if they are closed(a big poop in a frozen toilet isn’t a nice to see folks btw) food was disgusting and it was our second time giving it a go. Overall nice location but if you want 200$ a night you should at least have accessible washrooms near by. Also we rushed to get ready for checkout time and to pay our snowshoe rental but no one was there other than the dog... causmo was shaking and crying. We let him out to pee after he had relieved himself it was very obvious he was alright .We waited for 30minutes. No one came I will never stay again I felt horrid leaving with my dogs wondering when someone else would let causmo out
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paul W, Owner at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat
Responded Feb 1, 2020
We apologize for lack of clarity on the bathrooms. Probably you used the yurt bath house (with 2 outdoor showers, l indoor, sink and toilet) during warmer weather. During winter, the pipes are drained and the doors are usually locked. Apparently they weren't, so that will happen and we will add signs. The lodge with 3 washrooms is about a 2 minute walk from the Red Yurt. The Red Yurt is pet friendly and we see that you obviously love dogs. Our dog, Cosmo, has a great life here. He is taken early morning on hikes/walks in summer and along snowshoe trails in winter. He also goes with us in kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards. We had been traveling and surprised staff didn't check you out either night before or that morning. Also, our Bistro gets great reviews and sorry you didn't like the food. If you read this, please accept a free dinner on us to change your mind.
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Marnie M wrote a review Jul 2023
Pincourt, Canada386 contributions139 helpful votes
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
I am an avid camper and have stayed in many Yurts and similar venues. Although the Yurt itself was very nice, it doesn't have any form of ventilation or AC. Every other similar yurt has always had air conditioning. We arrived at 7pm and it was over 100 degrees in the Yurt, no AC and no windows. We tried to sleep in it was too hot. One teenager was puking due to the extreme heat. We were up with the sun the next morning and had to leave the yurt due to the heat. We could only return once the sun was down again. It advertised as ocean front, but we couldn't see the ocean. We had a small stream nearby but was mostly mud and only about 1 foot deep during high tide. Couldn't have a fire as the fire pit was right beside the yurt and would only heat it up more. The grass hadn't been cut in a long time and was knee deep so we were afraid to start a fire. The yurts are very close together with little privacy.

They upcharge for EVERYTHING ..... extra fee for pets, extra fee to use their paddle boats, extra charge to use the hot tub (which we paid for and then only realized our private hot tub was on our neighbors yurt so we didn't use). Had to preorder meals and the breakfast only started being served at 9am.

On the plus side ...... the outdoor bathroom and showers were kept very clean (indoor bathroom had pipes sticking out of the wall and was disgusting). And I think this place has lots of potential with some TLC. We were told there was a trail to get to the beach and we tried to find it on several occasions and asked the front desk but they didn't seem to know how to get to it either.

We ended up leaving early and after we left, I spoke to owner who was very accommodating and apologetic and offered us a refund for leaving early. He explained that he wasn't on site due to an emergency and his staff was new and not fully trained.

But I would stay anywhere but here again unless they make some major improvements.
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Date of stay: July 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Fraya M wrote a review Jul 2020
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I'll start off by saying that this is a gorgeous location with lot's of potential. The staff was very friendly and they seemed to have a bunch of events and activities going on before covid hit. Unfortunately, I was let down by my experience as a camper. The road to the campground is really brutal and bumpy. As for the actual campsites, almost all of them were overgrown and not very well kept. The campground has some outhouses but that's about it. It's a 10 minute walk through the woods from the rest of the amenities (showers, running water etc...) which more of an inconvenience than a complaint.

My friend and I almost didn't get a shower at all when we arrived because they were already assigned to other guests (only one shower per group due to covid). Luckily that issue got resolved but I don't think it should have been an issue to begin with.
Additionally, this campsite was more expensive than our sites at all of the other campgrounds we stayed at during our trip, and had the least organization and conveniences.

In general, I think that if there was a little more care put into the campground, it would be a lovely spot. But as of now, it's not worth the price.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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wannaseetheworld16 wrote a review Jul 2020
St. George, Canada57 contributions45 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been looking at this resort to stay at for a long time and was very excited to try it out. We booked the big red yurt with hot tub. The booking process was misleading it appeared that the yurt had the hot tub on the same lot, but our hot tub was quite a bit away. I have stayed at several dome and lodge style resorts and this although beautiful this was the most disappointed I've been. The cost of 175 a night only included the yurt. You have to rent your canoe on top of this for one day, rental of hot tub one day, wood is an additional cost, any type of food is additional. The yurt was incredibly musty smelling and was only remedied by our woodstove. The bed was so hard that my partner and I had sore backs for a week after staying. It also seemed cluttered, there were tote bins in it and as my partner described it "it feels like we are living in a hippy's closet". The owners are lovely people, they are friendly and polite. Covid has definitely impacted this resort. With the lodge closed I had to wait 10/15 minutes a few times to get a hold of anyone in the lodge. Everything is an extra cost and is over priced. The location is absolutely gorgeous, but bring bug spray!! Potential for work safe violations as every time i visited the lodge there was a distinct smell wafting out of the doors. It is legal, its ok but.... if a worker is injured under the influence on the job it would be very bad news for this resort; this also came off as incredibly unprofessional.
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Date of stay: June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Liv wrote a review Jan 2021
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
It's defiantly out of the way, we went in January so all nearby restaurants were closed down within an hour radius. The supper menu at the resort was weird food and $42 plus a 17% gratuity, breakfast was okay (not much variety) but it wasn't worth 17% gratuity considering the person who brought you your food was in sweat pants and sock feet.... The yurt was leaking, had water stains, the wood inside was wet so the fire would barely burn and the hot tub (an extra $55) was grimey and the jets wouldn't turn off. Certainly not worth the $165 a night! Needs a lot of updating that's for sure. Other than that it was just a place to get away from everyone and everything for a night.
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Date of stay: January 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Paul Weinberg, Owner at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat
Responded Feb 25, 2021
Thanks for being adventurous by giving Cabot Shores a try. We'd love to host you again in the summer months in better weather conditions!
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Kennedy T wrote a review Nov 2021
1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We planned to stay in a yurt at Cabot shores while on a trip to the Cabot Trail to see the fall colours. When we arrived it was extremely hard to find the office to check in. Once we found it we checked in and had to drag our luggage to the yurt down a dirt pathway. The resort was nothing like In the pictures and was pretty run down. We opened up the door to the yurt and went inside. The yurt looked nothing like the pictures at all and the door didn’t lock which wasn’t mentioned. We sat in the yurt for about 35 minutes and it was so musty that it caused my allergies to flare up super bad. Not only that but in order to eat at the restaurant at the resort you have to order 24 hours in advance and the closest restaurant was over an hour away. We weren’t able to stay due to how bad it made my allergies and when I went to request a refund there was no one there. I emailed the resort to request a request a refund but they never returned my email. I’m out almost $230 for the yurt that we never even ended up staying In because we had to leave and stay elsewhere.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dan Macdonald wrote a review Mar 2021
Halifax, Canada32 contributions6 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Janice and I planned to travel to Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort last fall to enjoy the fall colours, but our trip was affected by pandemic travel restrictions. We usually go south in March, but those plans were also affected travel restrictions.

We rescheduled our trip to Cabot Shores for this past March 2020 weekend and preordered our breakfast and dinner meals.

Our mindset going in, was to enjoy the winter camping experience and roll with it.
We had never been winter camping before.

We arrived and the friendly staff checked us in and showed us our Yurt “Big Red”.

We were impressed with the design and the amazing colours inside. The wood stove was already going and the Yurt was toasty warm.

We had a very positive experience, enjoyed the vibe, meals, very friendly and helpful staff, hot tub, re-learning how to keep a wood stove going through cold March nights, doing day hikes on along the amazing Cabot Trail.

Tips:
Pre order your meals, recommend eating in the lodge.
In cold weather, make a plan to keep the wood stove going through the night. I set my alarm to check on the stove every 2 hours to make sure it was set to keep us warm. Pick up kindling in the lodge to make it easier to light stove and keep it going as you insert new logs.
Ensure your mindset is in camping mode, not Caribbean resort mode.

Enjoy.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Paul Weinberg, Owner at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat
Responded Apr 4, 2021
We loved hosting you and enjoyed the fantastic photos you shared to Instagram! Thank you for your review -- so well-written and helpful to the reader trying to get a sense of whether Cabot Shores is a good fit for them. We appreciate your choosing to spend March break with us during this difficult pandemic year and we hope you'll be back to see us for this fall's glorious colours!
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Answer from drpaul_CabotShores
Englishtown, Canada16 contributions6 helpful votes
Thanks for your questions. Yes, we have yurts available all year round and some are heated--a number of guests stayed in yurts last winter to -20C. October is a much warmer time to visit. We have the Celtic Colours International Music festival then, there are many good hikes and we have a Thanksgiving feast as well. To get prices and availability on everything from yurts to adventure packages, please see our website which is Cabot Shores.
stuart h asked a question Mar 2015
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom256 contributions139 helpful votes
It was crap and expensive there......'''
Answer from melyvel
Grande Prairie, Canada23 contributions2 helpful votes
So true!
stuart h asked a question Mar 2015
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom256 contributions139 helpful votes
Why only one glowing review about this expensive 2nd rate shed?..........have you not been anywhere ellse ?
ChrisHillier2 wrote a tip Apr 2024
Detroit, Michigan3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay for at least a week to allow time to explore Cape Breton. "
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Lisa P wrote a tip Nov 2023
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay elsewhere. "
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twogirlmom66 wrote a tip Jun 2023
Nova Scotia, Canada1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Unless you like no water, electricity and disgusting washrooms do not stay here! Understaffed and poorly maintained "
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Uthpala wrote a tip Dec 2022
Nepean, Canada7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Chalets are great"
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Tiana Wong wrote a tip Oct 2022
Ypsilanti, Michigan4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cedar yurt had excellent Wi-Fi and was very close to the lodge"
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PRICE RANGE
C$57 - C$196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
cabot shores retreat hotel, cabot shores retreat resort
LOCATION
CanadaNova ScotiaCape Breton IslandEnglishtown
NUMBER OF ROOMS
25
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Glass Artisans Gallery (5.4 km), Leather Works by Jolene (1.6 km), and Colouratura Art Gallery (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Clucking Hen Cafe & Bakery, Simply Pizza, and Cabot Shores Bistro.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and German.
Does Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.