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HI - Cabot Trail

23349 Cabot Trail, Pleasant Bay, B0E 2P0, Canada

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Overall Rating 90%

From 1 Review

Hostel rating (1)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 100%
Location 80%
Security 80%
Service 100%
Comfort 80%
Green rating 100%

Ideally located at the half way point of the Cabot Trail. Walking distance to beach, whale watching, restaurants. Scenic views of mountains.

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Pleasant Bay Hostel

Hostel Pleasant Bay

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Located at the half way point of the Cabot Trail, surrounded by the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the hostel is ideally situated for moose spotting and hiking the many trails offered in this 1000 square kilometre reserve. Walking distance to beach, shops, whale watching, restaurants, museum and harbour. Scenic views of the mountains. During the fishing season walk down to the harbour and purchase fresh lobsters or snow crab from the fishermen.


Prices are members' prices

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Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


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Important info

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 5 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 5 stay free.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • TV room
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - At Reception
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 01 May to 21 Oct

From 09:00 to 12:00
From 17:00 to 21:00
From 09:00 to 12:00
From 17:00 to 21:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +1 902.224.1976 or 1.877.776.0707

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Whale Watching (500m to 1km)
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park (3 to 5km)
  • Whale Interpretive Center (500m to 1km)

See the full list of attractions



The location was excellent and the owner was very friendly and helpful. It was just a bit noisy during the night as not everyone respects the 11pm to 7am quiet time. We had a private room that was a bit dark and noisy as it was next to the laundry room and boiler room.


Avatar for Georgina


Sun 16 Jul 2017

Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt, die "Hausmutter" war sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit, sie hat uns viele gute Tipps gegeben. Für die Küche wäre ein täglicher Wechsel der Abrockentücher und der Abwaschlappen zu empfehlen auch ein Stange an der die Geschirrtücher zum Trocknen aufgehängt werden können.


Avatar for Anneliese


Wed 14 Sep 2016

I loved this hostel. The manager was quite friendly and informative. The location is inside the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and is great for exploring the park. The wi-fi was slow at times. The kitchen was much larger than I expected and there is a second (smaller) kitchen area. The rooms are secure. The bathrooms were clean and spacious. There are a couple of restaurants nearby but not a lot to choose from. Be aware of this, especially if arriving at night when they may be closed.


Avatar for Paul


Sun 04 Oct 2015

Bonjour! Je n'ai passé qu'une nuit, mais mon appréciation générale est bonne, je n'ai pu profiter des infrastructures en place à leur juste valeur...j'ai aussi séjourné aussi à HI-Wentworth et mon appréciation générale est aussi "bonne"...


Avatar for Jacques


Sun 30 Aug 2015

What a wonderful place with great people who are happy to see you and help with your travels and make your stay very enjoyable. I would very much recommend this hostel.


Avatar for Gaynell


Sat 29 Aug 2015


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (500m - 1km)
  • Cycle trails
  • Golf course (More than 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (2 to 3km)
  • Mountainous Area (1 to 2km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (500m - 1km)
  • National / State Park (2 to 3km)
  • Parks / Green Area (1 to 2km)
  • Restaurants (500m - 1km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (500m - 1km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (1 to 2km)
  • Wooded Area (2 to 3km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

220km to domestic airport Sydney N.S. 425km to Halifax Stanfield International Airport
The closest bus stops are in Baddeck and Whycocomagh. Please contact the hostel for further details
Newfoundland ferries arrive and depart in North Sydney. Cruise ships arrive in Sydney and Halifax
Alternate Transport
We are located on the Cabot Trail in the village of Pleasant Bay. 40 minutes from the town of Cheticamp or 1 hour from the town of Ingonish. Parking is available on site for no charge. *please do not park on the grass
Free parking is available at the hostel
The nearest train station is in Truro.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Environmental cleaning


  • Energy saving lights
  • Insulation and ventilation systems
  • Energy efficiency appliances


  • Working with local community


  • Recycling areas
  • Composting
  • Growing own vegetables


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water savers in toilet

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