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Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

If I could I would stay longer! The guesthouse is really cozy and has a wonderful view at the lake. Also it's the only affordable place for budget travelers that I found close by to the Cabot Trail. I definitely recommend to sleep over and relaxe here.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled solo
1  Thank Simba H
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Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

I was looking for a place to stay in Cape Breton but kept finding bed and breakfast everywhere but no hostels and I was looking for that type of vibe. Luckily there's a wonderful place right in front of the lake near Whycocomagh. It has an immaculate kitchen and super clean rooms! The owners are really nice and there are tons of board games and netflix to explore along with all the amazing nature nearby. There's a grocery store and a bar within 5 minutes as well as bikes and kayaks for exploration. I had the best time! Thanks Nancy!

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank nomadicalchemy
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

Sold last year - not sure if running in 2017 as a hostel?????

Fabulous place and hope that the new owners will run it as a hostel still however have seen many Atlantic hostels sold over the years and turned into high priced B&Bs or inns so not sure??

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled solo
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2  Thank spazzygal
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Bear10705, Owner at Bear on the Lake Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2017

I am the new owner of the Bear on the Lake and I am for sure running it as a hostel. Looking forward to my first season opening on May 1st. The only changes are hopefully positive ones as we have been busy with renos. We are already half booked up with lots of exciting new guests to meet... hope you can join us!!

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Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed for a little over a week to catch some of the magic that is Celtic Colours and to experience Cape Breton.

The staff, Megan and Kathryn went out of their way to make sure everyone had a great stay and were always up for sharing adventures on their days off!

The hostel itself has a large communal space and a relaxed atmosphere where one quickly feels part of the family. Rooms etc. are kept impeccable.

Beautiful location and view of Whycocomagh Bay, but not a whole lot of amenities nearby. If you don't have a car, you become fairly dependent on other peoples' plans to get around.

Overall: Highly Recommended!

Stayed: October 2016, travelled solo
Thank AlecFrancis96
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

This hostel is superb, the staff are extremely friendly and fun. It felt more like a family of different cultures and people coming together to hang out. The facilities are well maintained, good clean toilets and bedrooms.
Wifi was a little bit Wonky probably due to the freak storm that came on the night I was staying. Just a really good atmosphere and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to explore Cape Breton island!

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled solo
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Thank Darren L
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