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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed for a little over a week to catch some of the magic that is Celtic Colours and to experience Cape Breton. The staff, Megan and Kathryn went out of their way to make sure everyone had a great stay and were always up for sharing adventures on their days off! The hostel itself has a large communal space and... More 

Thank AlecFrancis96
2 reviews
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

This hostel is superb, the staff are extremely friendly and fun. It felt more like a family of different cultures and people coming together to hang out. The facilities are well maintained, good clean toilets and bedrooms. Wifi was a little bit Wonky probably due to the freak storm that came on the night I was staying. Just a really... More 

Thank Darren L
Janesville, Wisconsin
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70 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

We stayed in one of their Private Rooms. Our room was on the 2nd floor. We shared the bathroom, a lounge area & deck with wood chairs with a second room on the 2nd floor. Our room was very small. The room included a Queen Bed, small table, wall shelf, desk lamp and over head light. The view from the... More 

Thank Mindy and Roger A
1 review
Reviewed 27 September 2016

tl;dr if you're wondering why you should stop at a small hostel along the highway between two small towns just trust me and go there for a few days A lot has been written already so I'll try to make it short. It's obviously on the way between the Newfoundland ferry and Halifax so it's ideal for a stopover. The... More 

Thank Tobias P
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

This hostel is beautiful and the location could not be more idyllic. Rooms, bathrooms and communal spaces are all very clean and well maintained. Only complaint about the hostel would be the seemingly rigid and inexplicably late check in time of 4pm. We turned up at 2pm at the same time as another couple and were told that we would... More 

Thank danigross88
Bear10705, Front Office Manager at Bear on the Lake Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you Danielle for the review and for choosing our place and Cape Breton Island for your honeymoon! We are happy you thought our place was beautiful and clean and wanted to give context to your experience regarding our check-in times. Our check-in is between 4 pm and 8 pm, 7 days a week and this allows for us to... More 

Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

This hostel was very clean, the staff were friendly, and the kitchen/lounge areas were very spacious. The hostel only has a few rooms but it very cute in it's own way. It offers great views as well a very at-home feel.

Thank Michelle L
Bear10705, Front Office Manager at Bear on the Lake Guesthouse, responded to this review

Hi Michelle, Thank you for your review! We're always pleased to hear our guests thought we were a friendly bunch who take pride in Bear on the Lake Guesthouse and I'm happy it showed. More 

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Reviewed 9 September 2016

I have travelled around the east coast of Canada a number of times, and I've stayed at Bear on the Lake every time I've been out that way in the last few years. Absolutely fantastic. Not only is it one of the safest, cleanest, and most enjoyable hostels I've ever stayed at - it is also one of the main... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

I've stayed at Bear on the Lake many times and do so for a reason - it's amazing!! There are several comfortable dorms and a few beautiful private rooms. The owner and staff are always friendly and welcoming and take pride in the business and in showing Cape Breton off. There's a large kitchen and common area as well as... More 

Thank Bethea C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

I stayed in one of the private rooms with my son and husband. The room was clean, bed super comfortable and the view from the deck is awesome. This is the perfect place if you want to socialize, relax and cook your own meal at night. The staff was lovely and very informative. Which I could have stayed longer!

Thank Mel B
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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 August 2016

I stayed here here with my mom in late June 2016 as we wanted to look around Cape Breton before continuing our adventure. The place was beautiful and very clean. We had a private room with a bathroom and common area shared between the two private rooms upstairs. The bed was prehaps not the most comfortable but by no means... More 

Thank Jaklyn L
Bear10705, Manager at Bear on the Lake Guesthouse, responded to this review

Thank you Jaklyn for the positive review! We were happy to host you and your mom and glad to hear you thought we were amazing :) We were disappointed to hear that you found the queen bed to be uncomfortable as we bought new mattresses for the private rooms just last summer. It may be that you enjoy a softer... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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: $36 - $121 (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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