(until further notice)

We are open.

As of July 3rd we will be open to all Atlantic provincial residents (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick,PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador) there will be no need for any isolation period, anyone traveling to the Atlantic provinces from out of province will have to go into a 14 day isolation period. We will advise once this law changes.

We are only taking phone or online inquiry reservations,as our online reservation app did not allow us to create the social/physical distancing as required by Nova Scotia health due to the Covid19 virus.

While dreaming of your next vacation, check out our Gift cards.

The longer you stay the cheaper it gets!

Stay 3 nights, the 3rd night get 10% off,stay 4 nights and 3rd and 4th night get 10% off ,stay 5 nights,3/4&5th night get10% off,see how it works?

Stay safe

Patricia, Bricin, Billie, Cash and Yum Yum

Highlands Hostel

How to Book your Hostels:

You can book your stay one of 2 ways:


Contact us on:


Complete the  Staycation inquiry form below: We can't use our online booking app as we are unable to create safe social/physical distancing and close the bed for 48 hours after each  booking.

Covid 19 Policies

Please read our updated Covid 19 policies here

Order your Gift cards here


Year round

Private/Family Room $172.50/Night (Sleeps 4)

Loft area Bunk beds: $57.50/Night/Person

**Above rates include taxes**

Cabot trail hostel

Highlands Hostel

Call: Toll Free Canada/USA:1-833-381-6553 or

The Perfect place to stay on The Cabot Trail
"Highlands Hostel"

Come stay with us


Highlands Hostel

Call: Toll Free Canada/USA:1-833-381-6553 or 1-902-383-2371

Lower Dorm Area

  • 11 x Bunks
  • Bunks beds 79" (200cm) x 39" (100cm)
  • 2 x Shared Bathrooms (Including 1 handicapped)
cell phone coverage

Private/family room

  • Private Room
  • (Sleeps max 4 people)
  • 1 x Double sized bed
  • 1 x bunk (79" (200cm) x 39" (100cm)
  • 3 x shared bathrooms

Shared loft area

  • Loft Bunks
  • 6 available
  • Bunks beds 79" (200cm) x 39" (100cm)
  • 3 shared x bathrooms

Here’s what Kenny wrote

I've stayed in MANY hostels throughout my travels, but this one was the best experience I've EVER had. The owner of this hostel Bricin legitimately wants you to have the best time. He is such a good guy and he is more than happy to give you pointers on what you should see while you're exploring the island. He had a campfire each night I was there (2 nights). I spent an entire day with my buddy (who I was traveling with) driving around the island to see all the places which Bricin had recommended we see. THEN I was able to come back to the hostel and sit around a campfire to wind down! The Hostel itself is so unique, It's an old church that this guy (and his wonderful family) painstakingly turned into one of the most cozy and comfortable spots on the entire island. I mean this quite seriously when I say that this guy could DOUBLE what you need to pay to stay there and it would STILL be worth it. If you have not had the chance to stay at this hostel yet, I seriously cannot recommend this place enough. It will re-define what you expect a hostel to deliver. I know that if I'm EVER up in Cape Breton again that is where I will be staying.

Here’s what Alison wrote

“The only thing that could have been better is if I had an extra 2 or 3 days to stay here! Beautiful place, comfortable, and welcoming. The surrounding area is gorgeous to explore. Highly recommend!”

Here’s what Dani wrote

Best hostel I've ever been to! You'll think there's not a lot to do in the area, but think again and extend your stay! This family is amazing, we had nightly campfires, got to play with their 2 kids, and all their instruments are open for use. Definitely can't wait to come back!

Here’s what Joshua wrote

“This place is amazing. Beautiful location, incredibly friendly hosts and amazing hostel. Clean, comfortable, and unique...if you're traveling through Cape Breton this is the place to stay. The hosts were incredibly helpful and gave us a ton of tips for areas to explore, eat, and relax. Highly recommended.”

Here’s what Brian wrote

“This is one of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed in and they’ve really made a great culture there in the short time they’ve been open. You’ll get absolutely the best insider inf on local travel spots in a hostel that feels like instant home! The renovated church is super funky, the hosts kind, campfire plentiful, and there’s even a gentle cat. Highest recommendation and thanks!”


Weather in Cape North

Winter is a magical time of the year for us in Cape North, you need to be aware of the weather so you can ensure you and your vehicle are ready for what the roads are like for your journey.

See where the snow plows are in real time (when page opens click the + to enlarge map and show Cape Breton)

Remember we are ready for you are you ready for us?


Highlands Hostel - your place to stay.

  • Private Room from
  • $172.50/night including tax 
    • (Sleeps max 4 people)
    • 1 x Double sized bed.
    • 1 x Bunk (79" (200cm) x 39" (100cm)
  • Loft and lower bunk room Bunks from
  • $57.50/Night including tax 
    • 17 available.
    • Bunks beds 79" (200cm) x 39" (100cm)

***Call us for immediate vacancies Toll Free Canada/USA 1-833-381-6553 or 1-902-383-2371***

We can accommodate a group of up to 25.

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Your holiday home (Click on any image for gallery)

Things to do and places to go

Want to know how you can fill your time while on Cape Breton.

Here is our Bucket list of some interesting places to visit and things to do.