- Luggage Room
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Late Check-out
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Bicycle Hire
- Bicycle Parking
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Breakfast Not Included
- Cable TV
- Card Phones
- Ceiling fan
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free Parking
- Hair Dryers
- Internet Access
- Laundry Facilities
- Luggage Storage
- Outdoor Terrace
- Reception (limited hours)
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Towel 0.77USD
Failure to provide 3 days advance notice will result in the credit card used to guarantee the reservation being charged the balance of the reserved night(s) that fall within that 72 hr period.
Please note that cancellation policy still applies to guests who book 3 days prior to arrival.
Preferred payment is CASH or DEBIT, collected at check-in.
Credit card payments will have a $5.00 processing fee added to the cost of accommodation.
If any changes to your reservation need to be made, please contact Bear on the Lake directly.
Please note. Prices listed are not inclusive of tax. Provincial taxes are 15% extra. Prices listed are discounted, guests maybe subject to regular pricing should they not qualify.
Check-in / Check-out
Earliest check-in: 14:00
Latest Check-out: 10:00
- Child Friendly
- No Curfew
Group of 15 or more traveling to Cape Breton Island?
4 Bed Mixed Dorm
4 Bed Female Dorm
Twin Private Shared Bathroom
About Bear on the Lake Guesthouse/ HI Cape Breton Island
Are you ready for one of the World's best road trips?
The Cabot Trail scenic drive and Cape Breton Island await you!
Our accommodation’s central location on Cape Breton Island is the perfect spot from which to explore & hike the National & Provincial Parks, discover charming coastal towns like Mabou, Baddeck, Cheticamp and Ingonish. Go back in time at Louisbourg, fill your belly with fresh seafood, sample North America's only single malt whisky and feel the energy of the surf & sand on amazing beaches! Don't forget your camera!
We're amongst world class sailing, hiking, kayaking, windsurfing, cycling and whale watching. Learn about the diverse cultural history of Cape Breton Island & enjoy lively musical nightlife! Don't know what a Ceilidh is? You soon will!
Sit back, grab a hammock, relax and watch the eagles soar overhead and wildlife walk in the backyard!
Your bed is made for your arrival, so drop your bags and relax on our sunny outdoor patio. BBQ while taking in a 180 degree view of the lake, and later roast marshmallows & cook bannock over the bonfire! As the moon rises over the lake, make a wish on one of the countless stars above!
Enjoy free Wi-Fi; internet access, free on-site parking, a fully equipped guest kitchen, coffee/tea, linens, laundry facilities, and an iPod compatible stereo with recharge station!
Our dorm rooms sleep 4 to 6 people and our private rooms come with their own private lounge and balcony!
If traveling is a family affair, we do offer special rooms for families on the road! Contact us to determine what type of room set-up will work best for your clan!
For further information or to make a booking, give us a call! We can not wait to introduce you to our beautiful part of the world!
If the dates you are looking to book appear unavailable - don't worry! We always keep a few beds open to prevent overbooking! Contact our office directly and we will look into the availability of the dates you hope to stay!
Your bed is made for your arrival in our clean & comfortable dorm rooms that sleep 4 - 6 people!
Private Rooms are also available but tend to book up quickly (especially in July, August & October; be sure to book early!)
Our Cape Breton hostel is the perfect location to begin and finish your Cabot Trail experience! We are only 10 minutes from the start/ finish of The Cabot Trail Scenic Drive!
Bear on the Lake sits on Salt Mountain, overlooking the beautiful Bras D'Or Lakes in the heart of Cape Breton. It does not get more tranquil than here!
Our central location is a perfect base to explore every nook & cranny of Cape Breton Island. If driving from Halifax, PEI, or New Brunswick arrive in the early afternoon in time to soak up the sun on our patio, BBQ for dinner and enjoy a bonfire! Then enjoy a good night's rest before beginning the Cabot Trail just minutes down the road!
For those of you heading to & from Newfoundland, we are only 45 minutes from North Sydney where the ferry docks!
Distance/ Estimated Driving Time from Bear on the Lake:
The Cabot Trail 20km / 10 min Drive
Newfoundland Ferry > 85 km / 45 min Drive
Baddeck > 32 km / 25 min Drive
Whycocomagh Provincial Park > 4 km // 3 min Drive
Louisbourg Fortress > 139 km / 1hr 40 min Drive
Red Shoe Pub 35 km / 30 min Drive
Glenora Distillery < Glenville > 44km / 35min Drive
Port Hood Beach > 49 km / 40 min Drive
Iona > 30 km / 25 min
Cheticamp > 100 km / 1 hr Drive
Ingonish > 135 km / 1 hr 35 min
Cabot's Landing Beach > 180 km / 2 hr 30 min
Sydney > 100 km / 1 hr Drive
PEI Ferry 190 km / 2 hr 30 min
Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 3 days before arrival. After this date, charges will be applied by the property up to the first nights cost of the reservation, unless otherwise stated in the property’s conditions. Deposits paid are non refundable.