Wild Cape Breton 64 Airstream & Hut

Other - Entire home/apt · White Point Rd, Victoria, Subd. A, NS B0C 1G0, Canada

The Space


After a year's hiatus for restoration and rejuvenation, Surf Scoter is back for the summer of 2014. 2013 has brought a new 12x14 addition to the Salt Box which can be used as studio, or just as another space to hang out (photos to follow).

Surf Scoter – my restored 1964 Airstream trailer – sits high on 700 feet of Atlantic oceanfront in company with the Windsor Salt Box, a cedar-shingled summer room. It’s available for rental by the week or the month (warm ones only) to moderately self-reliant artistic and writerly types looking for a place to do their stuff. Plain, old birders and nature freaks are welcome too!

Surf Scoter is near the north-eastern tip of Cape Breton Island, just off the Cabot Trail... a wild and tremendous place. You’ll see families of bald eagles, coyotes on the hunt, moose grazing the water plants, and maybe even whales blowing out in the bay.

Below the property is an exquisite mix of environments: fresh-water marsh, salt-water marsh, grassy sand flats and a miles-long, usually deserted, sandy beach. This means birds of every kind, including the endangered Piping Plover... part of the sand flats is reserved for their conservation.

Swimming is wonderful in July, August and into September – the water is amazingly warm. Fresh seafood (oysters, lobster, crab, fish) is ubiquitous in restaurants, from markets, and even from right off the boat. There’s a small, neighbourly farmers’ market every Saturday in the nearby village of Cape North, and two grocery stores (one with liquor) within a twenty minute drive. You can do your laundry at the local campground or at the "convenience stop" at New Haven.

Stuff to do: Hike the dozens of trails in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Watch whales, seals and sea-birds from the "Oshan" boat in Bay St. Lawrence. Visit spectacular Meat Cove, perched on a cliff at the top of the island. Cross the mountains on the Cabot Trail and visit Cheticamp, an Acadian town where both French and English are spoken, and where you can hear great fiddle music throughout the summer. Swim in the tidal channel down at the beach, or at the hidden falls and deep fresh-water pools in the woods. Eat tons of seafood. And, if you're into such things, you can golf near Ingonish at Keltic Lodge's Highland Links, wind-surf and kite-surf (bring your own gear).

Surf Scoter has no phone, but mobile reception is available through most networks. There’s free Internet at the museum in Cape North, or at the campground (about $2 for unlimited use). The trailer has electricity, a septic system, spring-fed hot and cold running water, a shower, a stove, fridge and toaster oven. There's a small fire-pit for barbecuing. The Salt Box has no electricity but is lit by candle-lanterns.

A car is essential... they can be rented in Sydney (2 1/2 hours) or Halifax (6 hours).

This is a simple place, so don't expect luxuries like scented soap and wide-screen TV – in fact, there is NO TV! Bring lots of books and a beach towel...

PLEASE NOTE! Things can happen out in the wilds. Things like power failures, plumbers that can't get to you because they're out fishing, big storms that may bring new leaks... Though everything will probably be great, please don't book unless you can handle the unexpected. I'm in Toronto and have a friendly manager and all-round repair-guy, but repairs may not happen at the snap of your fingers.

Finally, I'm really sorry but the minimum rental period is ONE WEEK, and arrivals and departures must be on SATURDAYS. Please don't ask for a different arrangement. It just ain't possible!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Minimum Stay: 7 nights
Weekly Price: $550 /week
Monthly Price: $1800 /month
Security Deposit: $102
Cleaning Fee: $51
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Surf Scoter held up to be more wonderful than I expected. Beautiful, clean, and incredibly well-maintained, this airstream and hut provide all the comforts of the modern world, without imposing on the natural oasis it is nestled within. I stayed at Surf Scoter for two weeks as a getaway vacation from my job in New York City, and it was just what the doctor ordered. Everywhere I turned, something new and beautiful was just sitting there! And the beach, the beach! Just a 10-minute walk through birch trees and pines, and you have nearly a mile of sandy beach, shared with only a handful of other people at any given time of the day.

    I was traveling alone, and felt perfectly safe the whole time I was there. I didn't go out much, being perfectly content to read all day and lay out in the sun, but when I did venture out to the nearby towns I found plenty to do. Whale watching, hiking, sight-seeing, music festivals galore, and all the best seafood you can eat! The Hideaway Campgrounds are where you can find both delicious oysters they farm themselves, free wifi, and great company. I highly recommend paying them a visit!

    Lastly, I must tip my hat to Meredith, who was a wonderful host, and was ready to help with anything I needed regarding the airstream.

    Long story short, I highly recommend it!

    August 2012
  • Meredith shares, with great kindness, her little slice of paradise which turns out to be a much bigger slice, after all. The airstream is well kept and easy to manage for two people. The salt box is perfect for cool afternoon naps and for painting, writing, watching and for eating in. A perfect place to unwind and be reminded of the simplicities of life.

    August 2012
  • Our stay at Surf Scooter was brief but far exceeded our expectations. The view from this little spot is beautiful beyond words. We were so relaxed and cozy..spent our days birdwatching (we spotted over 15 different birds), swimming(both the ocean and waterfall were lovely), reading, and just plain daydreaming. Meredith was very attentive to our needs and concerns, and provided many detailed tips about the various quirks of the airstream, and the beautiful area. At the end of our stay we were sad to be leaving this magical spot, but we can't wait to return someday!

    July 2012
  • Absolutely beautiful location. Peaceful. Charming Airstream, but older, therefore, some minor difficulties. Host is considerate and the neighbor is very helpful if there are problems.

    July 2012
  • We had an unforgettable experience in the Airstream. The view is spectacular and constantly changes with the light and the tides. Upon arrival, we discovered that there was no water in the trailer. Bernard, the neighbor, came to the rescue, hooked up a hose for washing, and pointed us to a clear running source for drinking water. Meredith was "horrified" and tried for days to get a plumber out to fix the problem to no avail. So, it was more like a glamorous camping trip for us with comfortable beds. For showers, we found the the nearby campground complete with wifi and freshly shucked oysters!! We spent our days swimming and exploring the nearly deserted Aspy Bay beach, whale watching, hiking to White Point, and drinking in the sunsets from the Salt Box. So life was pretty sweet! We would definitely return to this most romantic spot.

    July 2012
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University of Toronto, University of Chichester, UK
Writer of novels and other stuff. Surf Scoter is my summer retreat. I love Nova Scotia! But Toronto's pretty good, too.
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