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Cottages in Cape Breton Island

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Top-rated cottages in Cape Breton Island

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Entire cottage · Petit Étang
Le p'tit blanc -- on the Cabot Trail
Located on the awe-inspiring Cabot Trail, Le P'tit Blanc sits on a quaint hill minutes from the entrance of the National Park. Surrounded by peaceful meadows and panoramic views of the highlands, guests are able to retreat and relax while being a short drive from the bars and restaurants of Chéticamp. Only 5 minutes to the beach! There's a General Store that carries everything from groceries to camping supplies (and much more) open late -- only a hop, skip and a jump away from the house.
$199 per night
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Entire cottage · Dingwall
Cottage by the Sea; Cabot Trail Cape Breton
Alone on a forested cliff above a pristine barrier beach and a stunning ocean view, this cozy two bedroom cottage is just off the Cabot Trail in Northern Cape Breton. The cottage offers stunning ocean and beach views; while tucked into the woods, hidden from view itself. Clean fresh wood interior and gorgeous art complete it. A private retreat close to Park hiking trails. Free kayak rentals for week long rentals. Enjoy privacy and solitude where the mountains meet the sea.
$129 per night
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Entire cottage · Ingonish Beach
CHRISTIE'S SMOKEY MOUNTAIN COTTAGE
Welcome to CHRISTIE'S SMOKEY MOUNTAIN COTTAGE, located on the world famous CABOT TRAIL.Christie's is a newly renovated 3 bedroom home overlooks Ingonish Harbour. We are a 5 min walk to all amenities. The entrance to Cape Breton Highlands National Park is 1 km away, where you can enjoy Ingonish Beach, a world class golf course and many hiking trails. CHRISTIE'S has a spacious deck where you can watch lobster and sail boats coming in and out of the harbour. Backyard also has a firepit
$163 per night

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Stay near Cape Breton Island's top sights

Photo of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site
Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site38 locals recommend
Photo of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site30 locals recommend
Photo of The Big Fiddle
The Big Fiddle9 locals recommend
Photo of Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cape Breton Highlands National Park11 locals recommend
Photo of Petersfield Provincial Park
Petersfield Provincial Park3 locals recommend
Photo of Coastal Restaurant & Pub
Coastal Restaurant & Pub7 locals recommend

Cabins in Cape Breton Island

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Entire cabin · Baddeck
The Captain's Quarters - Cottage on Bras d'Or Lake
$143 per night
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Entire cabin · Cape North
Sunrise Wilderness Cabin, Cabot Trail
$107 per night
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Entire cabin · Chéticamp
Beach, Beach, Beach - Cabaneaux 1
$198 per night
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Entire cabin · Margaree Valley
Secluded Forest Getaway
$131 per night
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Entire cabin · Petit Étang
Sunrise Cabin
$146 per night
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Entire cabin · Beaver Cove
Beaver Cove Beach House
$143 per night
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Entire cabin · Ingonish Beach
Christies cabin overlooking ingonish harbour
$162 per night
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Entire cabin · Cape North
Mountainside Cabin along The Cabot Trail #6
$169 per night
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Entire cabin · Ingonish
Aurora Cottage At The Spruces
$122 per night
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Entire cabin · Inverness
Lakeland Cottages 2 Bedroom A-Frame
$188 per night
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Entire cabin · Dingwall
Oceanfront Conservatory Estate - Cabot Coast
$474 per night
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Entire cabin · Birch Plain, NS
The ZzzzMoose Luxury Camping Cabins
$59 per night

Cape Breton Island beach cottages

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Entire cottage · Cheticamp
Oceanfront Cottage with Panoramic View
$185 per night
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Entire cottage · Dingwall
Whiskey Mountain Cottage
$169 per night
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Entire cottage · Dingwall
The Laughing Gull: Waterside Solar Cottage
$107 per night
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Entire cottage · Chéticamp
Seaside Nest
$172 per night
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Entire cottage · Birch Plain, NS
The Sleeping Moose, modern & cosy
$132 per night
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Entire cottage · Dingwall
The Piping Plover - a luxury, waterfront home
$313 per night
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Entire cottage · Grand Étang
Oceanfront 2 Bedroom Cottage Zen Retreat
$180 per night
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Entire cottage · Port Hood
Family friendly sandy beach front cottage
$218 per night
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Entire cottage · Chéticamp
Bayview Chalets - Anchors Away - #17
$221 per night
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Entire cottage · Dingwall
"Little Brook Cottage" #1 South Harbour waterfront
$190 per night
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Entire cottage · Chéticamp
Oceanfront Cottage (LeBlanc Chalet)
$225 per night
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Entire cottage · Beaver Cove
Starry Night | Beachfront, Off-Grid Cabin- 1Queen
$122 per night

Lakefront cottage rentals in Cape Breton Island

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Entire cottage · Grand River
Sable Point Cottage(7p.HotTub&Outdr.Shower)
$223 per night
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Entire cottage · St. Esprit
Upscale Lake Cottage Falcon-Outdoor Hot Tub/Sauna
$139 per night
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Entire cottage · St. Esprit
Lake Cottage Bear- Outdoor Hot Tub/Sauna/Lake View
$149 per night
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Entire cottage · East Lake Ainslie
Lake Ainslie Beachfront Cottage
$111 per night
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Entire cottage · Gabarus
Sunrise Cottage on the Ocean
$99 per night
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Entire cottage · Albert Bridge
"Jessie's Place"
$110 per night
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Entire cottage · Scotsville
Ainslie Lake House
$147 per night
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Entire cottage · French Rd
Blue Mountain View Lake Cottage
$157 per night

Your guide to Cape Breton Island

All About Cape Breton Island

Located in the turbulent Atlantic waters off the eastern shores of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island is known for its rolling forested hills, fishing villages, the expansive and brackish Bras d’Or Lake, and rugged, dramatic coastlines. The remote island has attracted generations of hikers, flyfishers, and kayakers to its vast hinterlands and sprawling seaboards — wild landscapes that shelter enormous populations of moose, black bears, and seasonal migratory whales. Cape Breton’s human residents cluster in several dozen communities scattered across the island, Sydney being the largest.

Museums and art galleries keep the island’s cultural scene current, and several heritage sites invite visitors to learn about the Mi’kmaq people and other Indigenous communities. The island is also famous for its seafood, and you’ll find many restaurants serving up lobster and other locally caught shellfish. As Cape Breton connects easily to the mainland via the Canso Causeway, the broader offerings of Nova Scotia are within reach.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Cape Breton Island?

Eastern Canada and the North Atlantic waters around Cape Breton Island are subject to a varied climate, with drastic swings in conditions between the seasons. Summers are warm and pleasant, with regular rain showers that create lush, vibrant landscapes. These months are great for hiking, exploring the inland areas, and enjoying the cultural offerings of the local communities. Winters bring frigid temperatures that often fall well below freezing, with heavy snowfall accumulating from November through March. These colder months can still be excellent times to book vacation rentals on Cape Breton Island, as there are plenty of opportunities for cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and nestling up in a cozy cottage in front of a fire.

Most of the island’s festivities and events occur during the summer, when it is comfortable to be outside. All summer long, the Patio Lanterns Festival sees makeshift stages pop up throughout Nova Scotia for free live music and food on patios lit with twinkling lights.


What are the top things to do in Cape Breton Island?

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

This 25-acre historic site in the town of Baddeck perches above the Atlantic waters; its angular architecture and expansive glass walls merit a visit alone. Inside, the museum showcases artifacts, re-creations of historic aircraft, underwater submersibles, the world’s first patented telephone, and other achievements from the life of the famed inventor.

The Big Fiddle

This 60-foot statue honors Nova Scotia’s strong Celtic community and its proud musical traditions. It stands in front of the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney, which hosts concerts throughout the year. The Port Sydney area offers plenty of options for shopping and dining, as well as a waterfront promenade that provides expansive ocean vistas.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

This expansive national park and recreation area sits amid Cape Breton’s northern highlands, coniferous forests, and rugged coasts. Miles of hiking trails through the undulating hills bring travelers to the tops of towering peaks, along winding creeks, and to the beaches of secluded mountain lakes. Flyfishing is one of the park’s popular activities, in addition to spotting eagles, moose, and whales in the wild.