Brier Island Lodge

Brier Island Lodge

557 Water Street, Westport, Nova Scotia B0V 1H0 Canada
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Brier Island Lodge offers 40 clean, comfortable rooms, most with an ocean/lighthouse view, along with a unique Nova Scotia regional dining experience and whale watching boat tours. Brier Island is famous for some of the best whale watching in the world, miles of coastal hiking trails, exceptional birdwatching, seal spotting, rock hounding, sand beach, traditional fishing village and three working lighthouses. A true maritime ecological paradise.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Wifi
Restaurant
Vending machine
Shared lounge / TV area
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Allergy-free room
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Bay View
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557 Water Street, Westport, Nova Scotia B0V 1H0 Canada
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sandinmysandles wrote a review Jul 2020
Shelburne, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
IMO it is important to clearly SET EXPECTATIONS on the booking web page: what physical items does the extra expense of a kitchenette room include ?

For a 2 occupancy room on the website list the STANDARD items included. E.G.: number of heating surfaces/burners included upon check-in, 2 spoons, 2 bowls (e.g. for cereal), 2 forks and 2 serrated knives (e.g. for chopping, breakfast or dinner), a 6 liter pot (pasta & sauce), a frying pan (blueberry pancakes), 2 drinking glasses, 2 coffee mugs, tea towel, dish cloth, dish soap.

It's not so much a matter of "we can get these to you as requested" but knowing what is the "standard inventory checklist". For the Lodge and customers alike.

BTW, aluminum pans don't work on an induction cooktop. Needs to be ferrous/magnetic. Otherwise you end up trying to flip blueberry pancakes in a 6L pot at 7:30 am. It's comical, but it can be done.

Very helpful and patient staff.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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messengrl wrote a review Jul 2020
Shelburne, Canada
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We are repeat customers at Brier Island Lodge, and we stayed there again, this time to take advantage of one of their kitchenette rooms. When we arrived, we were surprised to find only a small refrigerator, microwave oven, coffeepot and teakettle with sink, two coffee cups and a small cream pitcher. We had brought food, with the intention of cooking it there.

But everything was put right very quickly. The front desk employee provided us with a portable induction cooktop, and another employee brought us everything we needed in the way of dishes, cutlery, pots, pans and utensils. The kitchenette space is small, but once you figure out how to organize it, it works well. (If reserving a kitchenette room online, it might be a good idea to include in the "Comments" field any requests for cooking utentils, plates, cutlery and cooktop, just to ensure clear communication about what is needed.)

The room, itself, looked to have been recently updated. The quiet surroundings and wonderfully comfortable bed provided a good night's sleep. We enjoyed our walks to Seal Cove, where we saw lots of seals as the tide was going out. We even had two humpback whale sightings, including a mother and her calf swimming near shore, through Grand Passage and out to the Bay of Fundy! And our whale-watching tour, the sixth we have taken out of Brier Island, was another fantastic experience.

Given all the restrictions imposed by Covid-19, the hotel staff is managing that well with their guests. We thank them for their kindness and consideration, and above all their willingness to go above and beyond to meet our needs, during our stay!
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Date of stay: July 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Rooms looking out onto Grand Passage offer the best view
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sandinmysandles wrote a review Sept 2021
Shelburne, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at the Lodge when Hurricane Ida passed through, dumping about 125mm (5") of rain. Restaurant I reviewed separately. As for the facilities and Lodge staff: our room remained dry, Lodge staff were friendly and helpful and remained fully staffed despite the weather conditions, travel conditions and the effects of that at their homes. I suggest getting some kind of backup power supply for at least the water pump for the well to allow guests to flush toilets and wash their hands during power outages of a few hours. Some generators run off propane so could use same fuel supply as the kitchen plus propane is stable for years in a cylinder, unlike gasoline or diesel.
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Date of stay: September 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: 2nd floor rooms offer some additional privacy if curtains left open, some 1st floor rooms...
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mike b wrote a review Sept 2021
Bridgewater, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
the room was clean, shower pressure was none existent , no TV , but that was not a big deal for us as we are 2 adults , and spent all day exploring . it was September so having no AC was not a big deal either, but i would die in these rooms over summer with no AC windows face south to view water, but also captures the sun, property is a little run down but looks like they are working on the . we learned / were told by the front desk the restaurant is not managed by the hotel, and communication is poor between them. we wend in to eat sat night and were asked if we had a reservation , because there was a bus tour there and were booked. This is a big deal as there is no where else to eat after 7 pm and only 1 other place before 7. When we went to the front desk the ask why we were not told we needed reservations and about the bus tour , her expiation was we have nothing to do with the restaurant, and you don't need reservations?? But we could get take out from restaurant, which the restaurant did not tell us ?? so we did order take out, when we cam back to get it tour was gone and Melodie " i think restaurant manager, managed to salvage our night out .
bring some food you can microwave and request one for your room, food on the island is pricy and limited options and so so quality , we will likely go back but will plan to bring some of your own food.
if you are traveling with kids the menu is pricy, and very limited. food was presented well, buy not a good value for family or budget travelers. they are trying to do upscale dining where i think a family's style restaurant with more main stream food and prices would be more palatable
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Date of stay: September 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: if over summer time pick a ground floor room , some of your own food.
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Andrew from Kingston wrote a review Jul 2021
Kingston, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for two nights to enjoy some whale watching and the beautiful island. We have stayed here once before. The rooms were basic, but clean. Try and get a ground floor room as the steps to the second floor are steep and the railing quite rusted (they did seem to be slowly replacing the railing). There are no TVs or telephones in the room. That being said, there is Wi-Fi and cell signals. The restaurant is outstanding and we enjoyed all our meals there. They offer Canada’s best tea, King Cole tea, which is still made in New Brunswick. The staff were friendly. Sadly we didn’t see any whales on our whale watching trip, but that’s the nature of such excursions….no guarantees. Brier Island is well worth visiting and this is the place to stay when you are there.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LianeB wrote a review Aug 2021
Saulnierville, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent a lovely night at Briar Island Lodge. The staff was wonderful and accommodating amongst the heat wave.
The lodge does not have any AC, but if you open the door window, bedroom window (with passage view) and turn on the fan provided in the room all is well. The rooms are clean and have your basic necessities (No TV in our room, but we all have phones, right?) free WiFi.
The food was wonderfully prepared and well presented. The menu pricing is within an islands budget... It was very tasty and delicious.
Mar was a fabulous server with lots of smiles and a courteous nature... The best in NS.
I highly recommend the Lodge, but not to expect 5 star accommodations..
This is a small island with the friendliest people around and getting high quality items to the island is expensive due to the 2 ferries the items need to cross.
Come and enjoy the small island life as it is meant to be.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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17wandalust46 wrote a review Jul 2022
Laurel, New York
4.0 of 5 bubbles
First of all, the staff is great. Friendly, accommodating, respectful. The rooms are ok. The walls are paper thin, and if you go out the door to the view of the harbor, there is absolutely no privacy. If you open your curtains, there is no privacy-filmy sheer curtains would alleviate this.
When I arrived, my room was hot—I had to open the back door and sit outside to air it out and cool it down. You can’t open the curtains for light without others seeing inside. Again, sheer curtains would solve this issue.
Otherwise, the location is great—but be aware—with ferries, this is a two hour drive from Digby. Stay more than one night, and enjoy all the hiking trails!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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messengrl wrote a review Sept 2021
Shelburne, Canada
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a whale-watching tour booked for Friday and were already set to stay here Thursday night. Looking at the forecast, we decided to add an overnight stay so that we didn't have to drive through the remnants of Ida on Thursday. Wise decision!

The weather was nice when we arrived late Wednesday afternoon, so we walked up to Seal Cove, then enjoyed a delicious meal in the lodge's dining room. Thursday we mostly watched it rain, but enjoyed breakfast and dinner, again in the lodge's dining room. A power outage that lasted most of the afternoon meant that a smaller menu was offered, but everything was perfectly prepared and delicious. Friday morning dawned bright and clear. We enjoyed another wonderful breakfast and set out on our day's adventures.

If any of the wonderful employees who took care of us at the Brier Island Lodge had emergencies at home due to flooded basements or washed-out driveways (which were numerous throughout Westport), they never showed it. They treated us and all their guests with the utmost courtesy, kindness and professionalism. We were quite spoiled with delicious meals and a warm, dry, comfortable room. What more could we ask for? We are so grateful to everyone who made our stay a lovely one, despite everything that Ida threw at them.
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Date of stay: September 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Top floor rooms are quieter
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keasterp wrote a review Sept 2020
Lower Sackville, Canada
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here last week with my sister and I will not return.Our first room was discusting and in this time of Covid the least I can expect is a clean bed.
The bed had long hairs in it and the bathroom had hair on the floor...not head hair.We had a coffee maker that had written on the top of it ,right on the machine..works..in black marker
We got moved to another room which was better but when I woke up and looked out the window there were hairs stuck to the glass of the window.We paid a lot of money for hhis room abd in hind sight we should have left.
Be careful on the steps too if you are on the second floor.The railings are rusty and peeling and taped with black tape.Also the stairs are definately not to code because your foot doesnt even fit on them.
oh yes..no tv either
I have never written a bad review before but I feel especially in these times with Covid ,its not too much to ask for clean.Forget Covid for a minute...I expect clean
On a positive note,the restaurant was excellant,! Fish and chips are a must order
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Susan H wrote a review Jul 2020
Southwest Nova Scotia, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our stay at Brier Island Lodge. The lodge is 35 years old. It’s not contemporary or luxurious but it is clean, quiet and comfortable. Several things about the lodge make it a special place. First is the location, set high above Grand Passage. Our room and the dining room boasted spectacular water views. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming. Virginia checked us in and showed us whale vertebrae and let us feel the lightness of the whale’s disc. The staff at the dining room were also first rate and so was the food. I wondered what our dinner and breakfast would be like since Brier Island is remote, requiring two ferry rides to get there. The food was amazing. It was local, fresh and prepared to a very high standard. We were impressed by everything at the lodge and hope to return before long.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Answer from Scott W
Kingston, Canada28 contributions21 helpful votes
Brier Island Lodge is about two and a half hours drive from the Yarmouth/Maine ferry - maybe two hours if you synchronize your departure with the schedule of the two local ferry's you need to take to leave the island! Brier Island is "on route from Sydney to Yarmouth" - with an hour detour once you get to Digby (you have to drive up Digby Neck to get there...) - as far as I am concerned! It may be a bit more direct to go the South Shore route, but the Annapolis Valley route is just as spectacular and has just as good a highway to get there. The choice is yours!!!
Answer from Donna S
Bridgewater, Canada210 contributions42 helpful votes
Yes, Brier Island is on the route to Yarmouth (via Highway 101). However, you must leave this highway near Digby, and follow secondary roads to Brier Island (abut 70 kms.) You then return the same way to continue on to Yarmouth. You must take two ferries to get to Brier Island - one from the mainland to Long Island, and one from Long Island to Brier Island. The crossings are short (15 minutes). There is a fee for each ferry going, but not returning. It is a fun experience, but time-consuming.
Answer from BrierIslandLodge
4 contributions
Hi Eryn! We offer rooms for all sizes of family. Some of them include two queen beds, one king, one queen bed with a Jacuzzi, or smaller rooms for those with less to bring. The best way to find what rooms are available on a specific day would be to give us a call at 902-839-2300 Hope that helps
Lou093 asked a question Apr 2016
Toronto, Canada193 contributions154 helpful votes
Are the rooms well-equipped or very bare? Is there a mini-fridge?
Answer from BrierIslandLodge
4 contributions
Hello Lou, Most of our rooms are equipped with a mini-fridge by default, and if you give us a call we can make sure your room has one prior to your arrival. All of our rooms are equipped with a coffee maker, hair dryer, and all the amenities you might need. If you have any specific questions about what the rooms have feel free to ask!
Ayshea R wrote a tip Dec 2023
41 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early and pay extra for a new room. Stay away from the original building."
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messengrl wrote a tip Aug 2023
Shelburne, Canada1,317 contribution68 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book rooms on the top floor with a view of the Grand Passage."
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minsusca wrote a tip Aug 2023
lake Echo, Nova Scotia, Canada30 contributions2 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"You get nothing for what you're charged, have to have deep pockets to stay here."
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Tanya M wrote a tip Aug 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"I would rate 0 stars if this was an option."
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Jeanie K wrote a tip Aug 2023
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay here and enjoy the experience."
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S$160 - S$277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Brier Island Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Brier Island Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Brier Island (2.9 km), Brier Island Lighthouse (4.6 km), and Grand Passage Lighthouse (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Brier Island Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Brier Island Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Brier Island Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Brier Island Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Brier Island Lodge Restaurant, Lighthouse Cafe, and Rock + Alder Gallery Cafe.
Are pets allowed at Brier Island Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Brier Island Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Brier Island Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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