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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.
$165 per night
Cottage in Grand River
Modern Rustic Lake Cottage w. Priv Luxury Hot Tub
A 676 sq ft waterfront Cottage with an airy modern rustic interior design that will make you feel comfortable & cozy during your stay! Relax in your own private luxury hot tub attached to the large wrap around deck, explore the lake with provided kayaks & unwind under the stars while having a cozy lakeside bonfire! We are so excited to host you! :) * If no availability during your selected dates, send us a message & we'll do our best to match you with another Airbnb Cottage on the same resort :)
$214 per night
Home in Pleasant Bay
Private 89-acre Oceanfront Cottage - Cabot Trail
This private oceanfront cottage with beach access is located only minutes from the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Highlands National Park on an 89 acre private property. This bright and airy open-concept cottage has a queen bed downstairs and a double bed in the loft, sleeping four guests. A large private deck lets you enjoy panoramic views of the of ocean, mountains, coastline and sunsets. Outdoor fire pit and indoor woodstove cozy up the nights. Well equipped kitchen makes cooking a breeze.
$248 per night

Cape Breton Island house rentals

Home in Petit Étang
The Highland's Den
$147 per night
Home in North Sydney
Modern Cottage-For One Party of 1 to 4 guests
$110 per night
Home in Petit Étang
R&D Retreat
$92 per night
Home in Chéticamp
Seaside Shanty
$94 per night
Home in Johnstown
Private Waterfront Luxury on the Bras D'Or Lake
$144 per night
Home in Little Bras D'or
Bras d'Or Country Charm
$99 per night
Home in Reserve Mines
Sea Glass Get Away
$158 per night
Home in Saint Joseph du Moine
Tiny House on Wheels - Boat House
$165 per night
Home in Glace Bay
Country Style Living with Jeff Clements
$85 per night
Home in Port Hawkesbury
Home By The Sea
$88 per night
Home in Mulgrave
Winter Lux GetAway 3Bd EntireHome HotTub! Near CB
$147 per night
Home in Englishtown
Cabot Trail Cottage - Ocean View
$96 per night

Cape Breton Island cottage rentals

Cottage in Chéticamp
Enchanting private cottage, Cabot Trail
$147 per night
Cottage in Pleasant Bay
MacToimin Cottage (Private Hot Tub)
$114 per night
Cottage in St. Esprit
Lake Cottage Bear/Hot-tub/sauna/free kayak/firepit
$133 per night
Cottage in Dingwall
Whiskey Mountain Cottage
$177 per night
Cottage in Big Pond Centre
Peaceful Pines Cottage
$133 per night
Cottage in Inverness
5 Modern Ocean View Cottages with Hot Tubs(#1)
$279 per night
Cottage in Point Edward
Point Edward Guesthouse
$74 per night
Cottage in Guysborough
Melinda's Cottage
$97 per night
Cottage in Sydney
Cozy log cabin on Sydney River
$70 per night
Cottage in Englishtown
Driftwood Cottage, Gateway to the Cabot Trail.
$136 per night
Cottage in Port Hood
Cozy Cottage
$103 per night
Cottage in Birch Plain, NS
The Sleeping Moose, modern & cosy
$133 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.

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.

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.

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