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HI - Cape Breton

10705, Highway # 105, Aberdeen - Cape Breton Island, B0E 3M0, Canada

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Overall Rating 92%

From 3 Reviews

Hostel rating (3)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 93%
Cleanliness 93%
Location 87%
Security 93%
Service 93%
Comfort 93%
Green rating 87%

Overlooking Bras d'Or Lakes at start of Cabot Trail, we're surrounded by moose, eagles & bear, world class hiking, sailing, kayaking & music.

  • Private
    From $53.24
10 or more people?

Aberdeen - Cape Breton Island Hostel

Hostel Aberdeen - Cape Breton Island

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Welcome to Cape Breton Island hostel - the traveller’s home away from home! Sitting on Salt Mountain, overlooking the beautiful Bras D'or Lakes, we are minutes away from the world famous Cabot Trail, highlighting 300km of ocean, mountains, wildlife and amazing views! Perfectly located with excellent facilities this hostel is one of the HI network of hostels in Canada and one of three HI hostels in Nova Scotia., Are you ready for one of the World's best road trips? Cape Breton Island is a traveller’s paradise!

Rated a "Top Choice" accommodation by Lonely Planet we invite you to stay with us as you explore one of the 'Top 3 Island's' in the World!

Our central location on CAPE BRETON ISLAND makes our loved guesthouse a place to rest your backpack as you drive the breathtaking CABOT TRAIL and explore CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS NATIONAL PARK. Discover the nearby charming coastal towns of Mabou, Baddeck, Cheticamp and Ingonish. Treat yourself to fresh seafood, sample North America's only single malt whisky and feel the energy of the surf and sand on our amazing beaches! Don't forget your camera!

We're amongst world class sailing, hiking, kayaking, golfing, cycling and whale watching. Learn about the diverse cultural history of Cape Breton Island at Louisbourg Fortress and the Highland Village. Don't miss the lively musical nightlife at the famous Red Shoe Pub! Not sure what a Ceilidh is? You soon will!

Our dorm rooms sleep 3 to 5 people and our private rooms come with their own private lounge and balcony! If traveling is a family affair, we do offer special rooms for families on the road. Contact us to determine what type of room set-up will work best for you! For further information or to make a booking, give us a call! We cannot wait to introduce you to our beautiful part of the world!

If the dates you are looking to book appear unavailable - don't worry! We always keep a few beds open to prevent overbooking! Contact our office directly and we will look into the availability of the dates you hope to stay!


Prices are members' prices

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Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


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  • Limited
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Important info

  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • 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.
  • Limited payment options apply at hostel check-in
  • Payment methods accepted at hostel are cash only in local currency.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Playground
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Free
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Laundry Facilities
  • 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 13 Oct

From 16:00 to 12:00
From 20:00 to 20:00
From 16:00 to 20:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +1.902.756.2750 or 1.866.718.5253 (Toll

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Cabot Trail (5 to 10km)
  • Alexander Graham Bell Museum (5 to 10km)
  • Red Shoe Pub (5 to 10km)

See the full list of attractions



We stayed here two nights as we traveled the Cabot Trail and could not be happier! The owners are extremely friendly and helpful! The place is very clean and there is lots to do near by. If you happen to get bad weather, there are plenty of games to play inside, and, even Netflix! I would highly recommend booking your stay here! * Also, if you book with Hi Hosteling International, be aware that you pay a deposit when booking online! Make sure that you don't pay this twice :)


Avatar for Michelle


Fri 13 Jul 2018

Best HI hostel I've ever stayed in. Felt more like a home than an institutional setting. The set up facilitated communication between guests in a natural way that most hostels try but not all succeed. I LOVED the place. Only slight suggestions I'd make is a fan for the upstairs rooms (very stuffy) and the wifi was spotty upstairs as well. But otherwise, it was fantastic.


Avatar for Brian


Mon 09 Jul 2018

The hostel was very nice but the cleaning should be improved. The duvet on our bed had an aftersmell of cigarette smoke and in the kitchen there was leftover food expired for years!


Avatar for Erica


Fri 29 Jun 2018

Quite at night for others


Avatar for myungsook


Sun 02 Oct 2016

We had a very nice experience at Cape Breton .. even had opportunity to return on same trip. Ty for such awesome hospitality!


Avatar for Joseph


Mon 18 Jul 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cinema (More than 10km)
  • City Centre (3 to 5km)
  • Cycle trails (5 to 10km)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (3 to 5km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (5 to 10km)
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (5 to 10km)
  • National / State Park (3 to 5km)
  • Nightlife (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (3 to 5km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • Shopping area / Mall (More than 10km)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (3 to 5km)
  • Theatre (More than 10km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (At or next to the hostel)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

290km from Halifax (Stanfield) International Airport. 125km from Sydney International Airport.
Take Acadian bus line which arrives 5km from hostel or take shuttle bus-stops outside hostel.
87km from Newfoundland Ferry in North Sydney. Take shuttle from ferry to hostel.
Free on-site parking.
If arriving by rail in Truro or Halifax take rental car or shuttle which stops outside hostel.

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted
  • Environmental cleaning


  • Energy saving lights
  • Insulation and ventilation systems
  • Light/energy sensor control
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency appliances
  • Double-glazing windows


  • Working with local community


  • Recycling areas
  • Composting
  • Growing own vegetables


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water recycling
  • Water-wise garden

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