My partner and I spent two days and one night at the Big Intervale Fishing Lodge and loved it so much that we're already planning on going back for a longer visit. We spent our first night on Cape Breton Island here and couldn't not have asked for a more peaceful antidote to our usual busy urban lives.
The lodge is an old fishing lodge right on the the river with comfy cabins scattered throughout the property. It is run by a super sweet Swiss family who totally renovated the place, and added a homey restaurant with the best food we ate our whole trip and maybe the best breakfast I've had. Everything was fresh, locally grown and perfectly cooked. The family's children were super cute and disappointed we didn't bring any kids for them to play with.
The lodge is about a 15-20 min drive from the Cabot Trail most of which is on a dirt road. As dirt roads go, it's it's really well maintained. There were many closer places, but Big Intervale was magical and isolated, surrounded by moutains and flowers with no houses in sight, it felt like paradise. The cabins are basic and rustic but comfortable. Big Intervale seemed to be more of a traditional fishing and hunters getaway, but in the off season it was empty, cheap and gorgeous with the river just a few steps away. The owners said most of the guests are hobby fly fishermen from Halifax or locals who come in for the day. As tourists from the states, we were clearly unusual, but felt very welcome. The furnishing and amenities were a weird blend between inexpensive and well designed. There was satelite Tv, but a small television; a coffee maker but cheap coffee; a comfy bed but no top sheets.
After driving around the island and seeing how isolated it is outside major towns, having a great restaurant right there was really lucky. I'd reccomend this place for a retreat especially and for families with kids.
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