About This Listing
Century old chalet leaves everyone in awww.
Sacred, secluded, serene, whispering stream, nature, sunrise and sunsets. Handcrafted simple, cool, compact but comfortable. Walk, bike, hike, swim, fish, minutes from Park, Gypsum Mine Lake, beaches & town
La Prairie Chalet is a sanctuary in itself. Breathe in the fresh air, enjoy the decks shaded or in the sun, BBQ, catch up on some reading time, the stream and nature is calling you, make a campfire, a smor roast, tell old stories and don't forget to keep an eye for them falling stars!!!!
Top level master suite has it's own private deck and washroom. Sleep on cloud with the comforts of a queen size Sealy Posturepedic bed. Enjoy the skylight and stars laying back on the sofa. Watch the sunset and firepit gazing through the french patio doors or kick back on the couch and comfort your feet on a local sheep skin while watching a movie on stormy rainy days. Light up candles and enjoy a century old claw tub soaking with a glass of wine or shower.
Main level boast a rustic horseshoe kitchen/eatery, sitting area with open up sofa, large closet space, has a big covered deck entrance to Chalet. It's kitchen is fully equipped with stainless stove, fridge, sink, pots & pans, water cooler, toaster, spice rack, utensils, linen and cutlery to boot. Deck has BBQ, clothing line, recycling bins, swing for kids and a nice big fire pit in back yard:) As well, main floor has small woodstove with glass door pane for added ambiance and them chilly damp rainy days.
Seasoned wood is always available on main deck.
Lower level basement sleeps four people with 2 sets of bunkbeds, cable tv, large storage closet, dehumidifier, private washroom, cedar sauna/double shower, sink, toilet, washer & dryer and its own private entrance with parking.
If you're looking for something rustic, cozy, private and secluded, yet minutes away from downtown amenities, Cabot Trail, Gypsum Mine Lake, ocean, lakes, beaches and streams galore, this is the spot for you!!!!!!
Many have said it's sacred, a sanctuary, a real hidden gem!!
Call, text, or email us anytime
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Kevin & Charyl
Enjoy Cheticamp's downtown folklore and cultural fishing community with all its amenities and waterfront boardwalk. Walk or bike the Old Railroad Trail to the Gypsum Mine Lake and Cheticamp's waterfront boardwalk is good days adventure.
The Cape Breton Highlands National Park road "The Cabot Trail" is free to drive and open year round, as its our only public road and access around the island linking us to the northern communities. You can purchase a Park Pass for number of days expected use of it's facilities, if you intend to use them.
Take your time, you only live once:)
Interaction with Guests
We live in Cheticamp and no worries is our policy. Contact us anytime as its our way of life.
Call, text, email us anytime:)
Friendly, gracious and culturally sound. Some things we have arranged in the past for our guests are:
Lobster and Snow Crab boils at Chalet, homemade potato egg salad with choke cherry wine is a taste of only some can dream of.
Ask to hike, fish and swim my favorite fishing hole not even on the map, 30' plus waterfall minutes away.
Certified guided salmon fishing excursions can be booked ahead of time.
Gypsum Mine hike, beautiful therapeutic natural calcium deposit swim hole and zip line.
Crab and lobster fishing excursions with friends in season.
Cod gigging with friends.
Bon fires at night.
Fishing and hunting expeditions with certified guides.
Private tour of Cheticamp local area.
Escorted Cabot Trail tours.
Babysitting and day care
Music/Entertainment every day of the week
Lots of parking available at La Prairie Chalet. Walking enthusiasts can access Cheticamp downtown waterfront on the Old Rail Road our new recreational trail from La Prairie Chalet. Walk along the Cheticamp loop only 7 kms walk.
Hike to Gypsum Mine Lake from Chalet only 15-20 min hike for serene beauty and cleansing.
Fish the stream along chalet for speckled trout and down to big pool next to bridge.
Chalet is the gateway link to all trails on the Island. It's possible to cross over to Wreck Cove and Ingonish:)
All trails are well managed and marked by N.S Recreation Association
Remember to take a walking stick, gps, matches, knife, snacks and bottled water is a must. Keep food and garbage in sealed bags and take back with you.
Locals on the Island are very friendly and always willing to help, direct and give you all the information you will need.
You will meet many people traveling from all over the world exploring the Islands treasures. Enjoy and play safe.
Nature surrounds you.
Kevin & Charyl
Other Things to Note
La Prairie Chalet is fully equipped with fresh towels, bedding, linen, toilet paper, organic body soap, shampoo and cleaning suppies. We have condiments for kitchen, spices, olive oil, flour, can goods etc...
We ask all our clients to bring a rain jacket for the unexpected rainy day. Sport sandle for walking in streams if you plan on hiking the waterfall with me:)
We can arrange shuttle, day care or even babysit yours children and pets while in town. Enjoy some time to yourself for entertainment with no worries:)
We thank you, value and appreciate all our clients with utmost respect and in return we ask for the same.
Please respect our recycling and cleanliness program, it's simple and straight forward. The key to enjoying life is taking time to live it. So kindly take off shoes upon entry and make yourself at home. Remember, we are what we eat, listen, see and do. We only live once, so do it well.
Please conserve water, we have our own well and septic system.
We expect everyone to respect our cleanliness and recycling program with due diligence. Clean and tidy up.
Empty all food in compost bin under kitchen sink and when full transfer into the backyard black composter bin. Wash and rinse in sink.
All household garbage is to be rinsed clean of food and drinks prior to disposing in white bin next to fridge. When full transfer into appropriate bins on the deck.
Cardboard, paper products in 1st bin
Metals, plastics and glass in 2nd bin
Redeemable drinking bottles and cans in 3rd bin.
Waste management is of utmost importance and crucial when surrounded by nature.
All wet towels should be hung up on hooks and dirty laundry in basket or downstairs in laundry room.
Ultimately if you have any pets there is a $50 surcharge. Please do not leave them unattended inside...The deck can be used or pets must be crated or caged...We have a very strong clothing line which can give your pets security and freedom at same time, lots of room to run and deck can be used for shade, water and food.
All floors must be swepted and mopped prior to checking out. All pet poop scooped and place in outside black compost bin...Pooper scoopers are on deck.
Prior to check out at 11 am, we ask everyone to kindly comment and sign our guest book. We would appreciate a call or text prior to your departure and please place keys in BBQ.
Quality, comfort, safety and making little changes to a better future is our way of life at La Prairie Chalet. We are in business to make your stay a memorable one.
Kevin and Charyl
Kevin was extremely welcoming and responsive--he called to check in and was always available by text. He even left us a bottle of homemade choke-cherry wine! We actually spent very little time at the cabin itself, because we were so busy hiking in the National Park and biking along the Cabot Trail. The location couldn't be better for outdoor activities and is an excellent base of operation for exploring some of the most beautiful scenery ever. Note that, although the cabin sleeps 6, the quarters in the master bedroom are significantly more luxurious than the basement bunkbeds--the cabin was great for two people and would also work for a family with kids, but probably not great for three couples. Also, there is cell reception but no wifi, for those who want to use the internet.
Kevin was a wonderful host. He was super available and had lots of great suggestions for places to go and things to see on Cape Breton. What an beautiful place and such a great place to stay!
Absolutely loved this cottage. Everyone who visited was very impressed by it. It's in a perfect location to enjoy the cape Breton highlands park and the gypsum lake was perfect for swimming. This location is an airbnb gem and if you're visiting the area, I couldn't recommend it more.
Kevin has an amazing knowledge of the area and all it has to offer, which was so helpful to us. When we arrived, Kevin came right over to meet us and give us the lay of the land. It was in the evening, and he said if we left right then, we'd catch an amazing sunset at a particular beach, and if we drove along a stretch of the Cabot Trail, we'd see a moose. He was right on both fronts.
The house is nice and has everything you'll need. The bed was super comfy - we slept like logs. Kevin was always available to answer questions. Make absolutely sure you ask him how to get to the gypsum mine swimming hole. Just amazing.
This house is also very close to the center of Cheticamp and the entrance to Cape Breton National Park. CBNP is an incredible park and worth a good bit of your time.
What can we say? We had a wonderful time at La Prairie Chalet. Kevin was a great host (and went the extra mile with my phone not working!). So thoughtful to bring us breakfast after a very long journey. We learnt so much about the local history, and enjoyed our adventures into the national park with the best guide there is! So many highlights: jumping into a beautiful pool under the waterfall; moose sightings; delicious homemade wine (lovely and strong!)... The place was a home from home, with the added bonus of being able to lie by the fire under the stars, listening to the stream and crickets. We have left Cheticamp having fallen in love with it, and we can't wait to come back in the future - we will definitely stay at Kevin's again!
Jenny and Hassan
My group of 5 loved staying at Kevin & Charyls Chalet. It was a true cottage feeling in the Cabot Trail. It's minutes away from Cheticamp and fairly close to the National Park.
Meeting Kevin is a must! He provided great insight to Gypsum Lake and a hidden climb in the Grande Falaise.
The Chalet had everything we need and fit our group of 5 quite well. The Kitchen area is slightly cramped, and the bunk beds in the basement might a not appeal to everyone.
Overall, great experience and great host. Would totally go back again! Loved Cape Bretona and the Cabot Trail!
This place was awesome. It's worth staying here just to meet Kevin and hear some of his stories. Kevin is an amazing host that can give you space or take you out for an adventure. He has an attention to detail and the cabin is beautiful. The added sauna in the basement was a definite bonus. If I'm ever back in this region, I would make sure to stay here.
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About the Host, Kevin & Charyl
Bonjours a tous, Hi everyone,
My love Charyl, family and I, live in the beautiful foothills of the Cape Breton Highlands, famous and world renowned for it's Cabot Trail.
Charyl and I were born and raised by separate families with similar businesses. Our bloodlines date back to 1930's with cabins and restaurants. Charyl, originally from Labrador City, Newfoundland, came to Nova Scotia with her family and to continue her field of studies in the education system for employment. Today Charyl is a 16 yrs veteran school teacher with a BA Major in Political Science, Minor in Womens History, Bachelor of Education and is master in music/art/entertainment. Charyl is all about family.
We are blessed with seven beautiful children, a drive and passion to succeed in life and retire in the cottage spa/hostel/campground travel tourism industry.
Myself after spending 15 yrs in Canada's oil, gas, mining industry and recent loss of my dad and grandma to sickness, I decided to retire from work and get grounded back to my roots. Living the life securing a future and home for our children is our dream and life long passion to existence.
We reap what we sow. Build and they shall come. Teach them and they shall know. Reward them and they will do. Love them and they shall return:) Give them food and they shall not hunger. If the laws of physics allow it, it can be done;)
We are Native Acadians fluent in French and English. We love to host people from around the world with our layed back rustic lifestyle. Lobster and crab boils, wild choke cherry wine, bon fires, hiking, biking, fishing, music, camping out at the beach, fresh seafood, wild game, wild blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, apples, mushrooms, fiddle heads, organic eggs, chicken, and organic vegetables from our garden quenched with pure ice cold artesian H20, is our way of life.
Over a century ago La Prairie Chalet was a little woodshop way up on the mountainside. Sixty years later was hauled down mountainside by steers next to the stream and converted to a 1 1/2 level bungalow with outhouse in back yard and cold storage in the hillside. Today after many renovations and transformations, La Prairie Chalet was handcrafted as a spa getaway.
Today I consider myself a true historian and jack of all trades, fixing, restoring and rebuiding just about anything. Recycling, upcycling, giving old things a new look, purpose and meaning is a life long passion.
La Prairie Chalet is a little piece of history on the Cabot Trail and the gateway to all recreational trails on the Island. It's conveniently located to walk, hike, bike, drive, swim, fish or dive only minutes away the Park, Gypsum Mine Lake, downtown, our 25 acre farm, beaches, streams and lakes. The Old Railroad Trail, is newly developed recreational trail which extends from La Prairie Chalet to Gypsum Mine Lake and Cheticamps downtown waterfront. Gypsum Mine Lake is a natural man made lake spa which dips high in concentrations of calcium leaving your skin and body distressed, rejuvenated and subtle soft. It's indigo blue body of water wrapped with gypsum deposits and evergreens has been said to be sacred by our Micmac elders.
This year we begin construction phase 1 of Accolade Hostel and Retreat Campground located on our 25 acre farmstead. We strive for change, to bring travelers back in time of the horse and wagon days with a historical twist of food, entertainment and as a green thumb operator in the industry.
Things I cannot live without, ma petite Pocohonta Charyl, our children, family, friends and animals.
We welcome you to come and experience our life here at La Prairie Chalet.
Take your time, relax and unwind, even if it means taking extra time for your stay. There is lots to see and do, we will make sure of it!
Kevin & Charyl