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Halifax, Canada
Reviewed 9 May 2012

This hostel is clean and attractive with not too many beds and lovely common rooms. Carman, the owner, is hospitable and full of good tips and conversation. I love to slip out early in the morning, take a dip in the bay, and collect black-berries on the walk back for breakfast. Another perfect morning!

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Halifax
Reviewed 25 April 2012

I loved everything about my stay at Bear on the Lake. The room, the company, and the location! It was picturesque. Will definitely be coming back again this summer.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reviewed 16 March 2012

Having had the opportunity to travel around Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail on many occasions, I have also had the opportunity to stay at the Bear on the Lake Hostel a number of times. As soon as you pull up to this place you get a sense of pride goes into this place and the view over the trees,...

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Dwight
Reviewed 12 January 2012

Bear on The Lake Guesthouse was really great, I had no idea what to expect and when I pulled up the driveway I was very surprised. The house is very comfortable, very clean and Carmen the owners is absolutely great. The house is on top of the hill and over looks the lake which has a great view. I stayed...

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Luebeck
Reviewed 5 December 2011

We stayed with Carman (the owner) and other guests in bear on the lake during the Celtic colour festival 2011. After some cold nights in our car we were really pleased by the familiar setting, the introduction to the "family" and the very special vibe there. We enjoyed some nice concerts with other guests and the knowledge of Carman was...

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Reviewed 4 November 2011

I've stayed in a large number of hostels and will attest that Bear on the Lake is at or near the top of all of them. The location is picturesque. The hostel is clean and cozy. And the owner is very welcoming and knows all the best spots to visit on Cape Breton. Highly recommended!

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Thank Steven E
Halifax, Canada
Reviewed 11 October 2011

From the second we arrived and the owner Carman greeted us, I felt at home. A beautiful cottage on the hill over the lake turned into a hostel, it felt more like we were staying at a friend's place than at a hostel. Super comfortable beds and a spacious main floor with huge windows with a breathtaking view of the...

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Halifax, Canada
Reviewed 11 October 2011

Clean, friendly, welcoming. The host, Carmen, does everything he can to make sure your stay is as good as it can be. Great view of the Bras d'Or Lakes from the hostel, and a great starting point for your Cape Beton journey. A must-stay place!

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Thank Alan C
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 22 September 2011

It’s completely understandable that most hostels have that well worn university housing feel to them – they deliver what they promise, cheap, clean, & practical. Bear on the Lake Guesthouse can also be described as such, but somehow those small decorating touches make it feel more welcoming had homey too. The hostel has everything travelers are looking for: a friendly...

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Travelling
Reviewed 16 September 2011

A great place, clean, quiet, homey with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Bras D'Or Lake on the doorstep, Cabot Trail almost in the back yard, great cafes and restaurants in the neighbourhood.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
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  • Family Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Bear on the Lake Guesthouse overlooks the beautiful Bras D'or Lakes of Cape Breton Island at the start of the Cabot Trail. We're centrally located and within an hour to all of Cape Breton's highlights such as the Cabot Trail, Highlands National Park, Louisbourg Historic Site Newfoundland Ferry and just down the road from world class hiking, whale watching, kayaking, sailing and museums. We have both dormitory-style and private accommodations and all guests are welcome to use our kitchen, campfire pit, free wi-fi, hammocks, board games and more! Watch the eagles overhead and the moose in the backyard! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bear on the Lake Guesthouse

Address: 10705 Highway 105 | Aberdeen, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia B0E 3M0, Canada
Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Whycocomagh
Price Range: €24 - €80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“Great view of the stars...don't forget to look up at night!”
 of 5 bubbles Z1196VYmichellel, 17 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Pssh, I've stayed in almost every room there and they are all great.”
 of 5 bubbles robertcC5394TW, 9 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The private rooms are adjoining a landing and balcony with great views!!”
 of 5 bubbles betheac, 2 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Check out the nearby hikes, local brewery and visit Mabou beach!”
 of 5 bubbles 318MelB, 1 Sep 2016 | Read review
“We had a private room, which is upstairs. The bathroom is shared with one other room, but it was never a problem to share :)”
 of 5 bubbles Treetravellers59, 5 Aug 2015 | Read review
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