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Cape Breton Island vacation rentals

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Chalet in Margaree Valley
#4 Bud's Chalet in Margaree, Nova Scotia
Uncle Bud spent his younger days working in the forests of Margaree, and his older days entertaining it's residents. This 2 person chalet named for him is perfect for a couples getaway! Nestled amongst the hardwoods, it features a two person jet tub, situated below a 6 foot electric fireplace. Kitchen & King Bed The kitchen and dining room in Bud’s Chalet includes a refrigerator, four burner range, cooking essentials, coffee maker, microwave & dishwasher. The dining space also includes a table for two, an electric fireplace, satellite SMART TV and free Wifi. Whirlpool Tub Chalet 4 comes with it’s very own 6 jet whirlpool tub.
$166 per night
Cabin in West Bay
Lake View Cottage With Private Hot Tub - Lazy Bear
The 540 square foot studio style cottage features a fully supplied kitchen, queen-size bed, living room with a full/double sleeper sofa, dining area, bathroom and a large patio with a private hot tub along with a BBQ and fire pit. During your stay you will be able to enjoy an incredible view overlooking the gorgeous Bras d'Or Lake and the mountains in the distance from the floor to ceiling windows. This is the perfect spot to simply relax yet have all the possibilities to adventure close by.
$152 per night
Home in Englishtown
Seaside Cabot Trail Retreat
Escape to our oceanfront paradise in St. Ann's Bay on the scenic Cabot Trail! This brand new, spacious 2-bed home offers modern design and open concept living. Sleeps 6 with a queen bedroom, a bedroom with bunk beds (double on the bottom and single up top) and a pull-out sofa. Enjoy stunning sunsets, mountain views, and easy access to sightseeing, hiking, boat tours, and restaurants. Immerse yourself in the charm and beauty of Cape Breton, & create unforgettable memories during your stay.
$148 per night

Cape Breton Island house rentals

Home in Pleasant Bay
Private 89-acre Oceanfront Cottage - Cabot Trail
$250 per night
Home in New Campbellton
1 bedroom waterfront home Bras D'or/Atlantic
$84 per night
Home in Petit Étang
The Highland's Den
$226 per night
Home in Chéticamp
Seaside Shanty
$137 per night
Home in Dingwall
Mystical beachfront Chalet , Hot tub and Sauna
$497 per night
Home in Englishtown
Saint Charles Cottage
$154 per night
Home in Saint Joseph du Moine
Tiny House on Wheels - Boat House
$121 per night
Home in Englishtown
Saint James Cottage
$154 per night
Home in Saint Joseph du Moine
Chez Marianne - Hot tub getaway!
$191 per night
Home in Chéticamp
Waterfront Vacation Home
$165 per night
Home in Indian Brook
Cabin Life
$150 per night
Home in Saint Joseph du Moine
Tiny House on Wheels - Farm House
$118 per night

Your guide to Cape Breton Island

All About Cape Breton Island

Located in the turbulent Atlantic waters off the eastern shores of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island is known for its rolling forested hills, fishing villages, the expansive and brackish Bras d’Or Lake, and rugged, dramatic coastlines. The remote island has attracted generations of hikers, flyfishers, and kayakers to its vast hinterlands and sprawling seaboards — wild landscapes that shelter enormous populations of moose, black bears, and seasonal migratory whales. Cape Breton’s human residents cluster in several dozen communities scattered across the island, Sydney being the largest.

Museums and art galleries keep the island’s cultural scene current, and several heritage sites invite visitors to learn about the Mi’kmaq people and other Indigenous communities. The island is also famous for its seafood, and you’ll find many restaurants serving up lobster and other locally caught shellfish. As Cape Breton connects easily to the mainland via the Canso Causeway, the broader offerings of Nova Scotia are within reach.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Cape Breton Island

Eastern Canada and the North Atlantic waters around Cape Breton Island are subject to a varied climate, with drastic swings in conditions between the seasons. Summers are warm and pleasant, with regular rain showers that create lush, vibrant landscapes. These months are great for hiking, exploring the inland areas, and enjoying the cultural offerings of the local communities. Winters bring frigid temperatures that often fall well below freezing, with heavy snowfall accumulating from November through March. These colder months can still be excellent times to book vacation rentals on Cape Breton Island, as there are plenty of opportunities for cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and nestling up in a cozy cottage in front of a fire.

Most of the island’s festivities and events occur during the summer, when it is comfortable to be outside. All summer long, the Patio Lanterns Festival sees makeshift stages pop up throughout Nova Scotia for free live music and food on patios lit with twinkling lights.

Top things to do in Cape Breton Island

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

This 25-acre historic site in the town of Baddeck perches above the Atlantic waters; its angular architecture and expansive glass walls merit a visit alone. Inside, the museum showcases artifacts, re-creations of historic aircraft, underwater submersibles, the world’s first patented telephone, and other achievements from the life of the famed inventor.

The Big Fiddle

This 60-foot statue honors Nova Scotia’s strong Celtic community and its proud musical traditions. It stands in front of the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney, which hosts concerts throughout the year. The Port Sydney area offers plenty of options for shopping and dining, as well as a waterfront promenade that provides expansive ocean vistas.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

This expansive national park and recreation area sits amid Cape Breton’s northern highlands, coniferous forests, and rugged coasts. Miles of hiking trails through the undulating hills bring travelers to the tops of towering peaks, along winding creeks, and to the beaches of secluded mountain lakes. Flyfishing is one of the park’s popular activities, in addition to spotting eagles, moose, and whales in the wild.