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Cape Breton Island vacation rentals

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Top-rated vacation rentals in Cape Breton Island

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Chalet in Margaree Valley
#4 Bud's Chalet in Margaree, Nova Scotia
Uncle Bud spent his younger days working in the forests of Margaree, and his older days entertaining it's residents. This 2 person chalet named for him is perfect for a couples getaway! Nestled amongst the hardwoods, it features a two person jet tub, situated below a 6 foot electric fireplace. Kitchen & King Bed The kitchen and dining room in Bud’s Chalet includes a refrigerator, four burner range, cooking essentials, coffee maker, microwave & dishwasher. The dining space also includes a table for two, an electric fireplace, satellite SMART TV and free Wifi. Whirlpool Tub Chalet 4 comes with it’s very own 6 jet whirlpool tub.
$166 per night
Cottage in Grand River
Island View Cottage (waterfront) w/ Private HotTub
A stunning waterfront Cottage with an airy modern rustic interior design that will make you feel comfortable and cozy during your stay! Enjoy your very own private luxury hot tub attached to the large wrap around deck, unwind under the stars, have a cozy lakeside bonfire while roasting some marshmallows! We are so excited to host you! :) * If we have no availability during your selected dates, kindly send us a message & we'll do our best to locate another Airbnb Cottage on the same resort :)
$271 per night
Cottage in Grand River
Sable Point Cottage (7p. Hot Tub & Outdr. Shower)
Discover what Sable Point Cottage has to offer: a timeless experience in nature that combines comfort & minimalism within one location. The simple, yet upscale layout, is comforting on the eyes & mind. Its adventurous setting, fitted with its unparalleled views, will conjure up excitement when you arrive. A boulder-studded wall rises up towards a stone walkway, which is fitted with an integrated fire pit. The outdoor hot tub & seasonal outdoor shower are located next to the cottage deck.
$256 per night

Cape Breton Island house rentals

Home in Chéticamp
Waterfront Vacation Home
$165 per night
Home in Petit Étang
The Highland's Den
$225 per night
Home in Saint Joseph du Moine
Chez Marianne - Hot tub getaway!
$190 per night
Home in Pleasant Bay
Private 89-acre Oceanfront Cottage - Cabot Trail
$283 per night
Private room in North Sydney
Quiet country living at the edge of town (double)
$37 per night
Home in Saint Joseph du Moine
Tiny House on Wheels - Boat House
$149 per night
Home in Chéticamp
Boudreau's Chalet
$184 per night
Home in Grand Mira North
The Cedar Cottage + Barrel Sauna
$141 per night
Home in Chéticamp
Waterfront Cottage
$138 per night
Home in Dingwall
The Deckhouse
$148 per night
Home in Ross Ferry
Stunning waterfront home /w hot tub, 2 fireplaces
$333 per night
Home in Chéticamp
The Cozy Guest House
$147 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.