highlands hostel

Highlands Hostel

Call: 1-902-383-2371

Highlands Hostel
"Remember one night is never enough"
"Book one night and you won't regret it, book 3 or more nights and you won't forget it"

Winter fun in Cape Breton - Skiing - Snow Shoeing - Cross country skiing

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Ski and Stay - North Highlands Nordic - Winter wonderland

Ski Stay special

Book 3 nights stay with us and pay for 2 days trail passes and if required ski equipment and get the 3rd days trail passes and equipment FREE.

North Highlands Nordic right on our doorstep

Before booking please check their Facebook page for opening dates and ski conditions.

Please complete this form one for each person please

Will you be skiing or Snow shoeing


Equipment Rental

Book your trail passes and equipment rentals


Adult Trail Pass

If you have your own equipment this will not be required

Adult Eqpt rental

Kids (Grade 1-12)

Kids trail pass (Grade 1-12)

If you have your own equipment this will not be required

Kids Equipment

Now book your accomodations

Now you have booked your ski package, just hop down to our hostel book now Moose and book your stay with us.

Cancellation/Refund Policy for ski/stay package

Should you need to cancel due to bad weather/road conditions or the ski club can’t open due to inclement weather. We will offer a rain/snow check, select another convenient date (from the calendar below) and let us know, we will make the changes on the booking calendar if that doesn’t work, we will offer a full refund.

Or if it is just the ski club that can’t open for some reason and you want to come up and stay at the Hostel and use other ski resources then we will offer first, a rain check on the trail passes and equipment rentals at the ski club for a future date, if that can’t work then we would refund the trail passes and equipment rental payments.

The weather can sometimes be unpredictable, so we want to make your visit as flexible and enjoyable as possible.

Please check their Facebook pages for changes in operating hours/Conditions:

Select another convenient date below

Date change:

NHN accommodations

North Highlands Nordic Ski Club

North Highlands Nordic in Cape North has the finest cross country ski trails in the province. There are 11 km of groomed and track set trails. With a brand new lodge (next door to where the original one was located)

Our Highlands Hostel is only 15 minutes hike, (2 minutes drive) snowshoeing through the bush from our back door to the start of 11 km of groomed trails, or if you feel up to it go off trail for some real exercise.

Web site: North Highlands Nordic

Contact Us

  • Email


  • Phone

    (902) 383-2479

  • Address

    29481 Cabot Trail, Cape North, Nova Scotia

The North Highlands Nordic Ski Club (NHN) was founded in 1977 by a small group of enthusiastic cross country skiers, who shared a love of winter and of the splendid scenery in the Northeast Highlands Area of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. From humble beginnings of skiing on ungroomed trails, the club has developed a very high-class facility and trail system in the village of Cape North.

NHN and operates out of a heated waxing/warmup/ski rental room in the Cape North Community Centre. A trail network consists of 12 kms of mechanically-groomed and tilled track by a Pisten Bully grooming tractor, and offers panoramic views of some of Atlantic Canada’s best scenery.

The club is proud to have hosted any number of major national and regional ski races including the 1987 Canada Winter Games, 1989 Canadian Junior Nationals, and the 1986, 1987, 1994 and 1998 Atlantic Championships and numerous Loppets and Provincial Championships.

Snowshoeing in the Highlands

Were are next door to the North Highlands Nordic trails, your fun begins at our back yard.

The North Highlands Nordic club has 11 km of groomed trails, they have snowshoes and cross country skis available for you to use should you need them.

Should you want to go ice fishing then, hike down to the North Harbour and catch your dinner.

After an enjoyable time at the Nordic trails, hike back to the Church for a roaring fire and hot apple cider to warm you up.

North Highlands Nordic
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North Highlands Nordic place to stay
North Highlands Nordic place to stay

Winter 2023/24 guided hikes. Click here

All these hikes within 30 minutes from Highlands Hostel

  • Clyburn Valley
  • North Highlands Nordic (2)
  • Paquette lake
  • Skyline
  • Freshwater lake
  • Warren Lake
  • Mica Hill

Winter at the Hostel

Highlands Hostel

Our Backyard - Our Playground

Yours to explore and Yours to enjoy

This winter why not come and enjoy what mother nature gives to us in amazing amounts...Snow and lots of fun. The perfect winter weekend getaway.

Apres Ski

Your  Accommodations

After a days skiing and having the best fun of your life,come back to the Highlands Hostel and snuggle up to our warm fire,enjoy a hot chocolate and dream about the next days fun.

Enjoy some music, play some board games, good company, and plan your next days adventures.

Highlands Hostel living room

Cape North Weather

This is a magical time of the year for us here in Cape North, people ask us what is there to do there in the winter?.

Spend a weekend with us and we can fill your phone with spots to see and maybe, just maybe you will have time to see them all, if not you know where we are for your next visit.

Make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for our winter wonderland weather.

H: -4°
L: -10°
Monday, 06 January
See 7-Day Forecast
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
-3° -3° -5° + + -6°
-11° -8° -9° -9° -7°

All Trails listed below (side bars) are within one (1) hours drive from The Highlands Hostel, so all the more reason to make us your one stop resting place for your Highlands adventures. Start the adventure now by calling 1-833-381-6553 to book your spot

let it snow, let it snow,let it snow

This is just the start of our winter December 18th 2018 North Mountain, they figure the drifts are over 12 feet

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North Highlands Nordic place to stay
North Mountain snow
Lots of snow north mountain

Here’s what Tineke wrote

“Great place to stay! We felt very welcome and with the other guests we had a good time! Because of the storm no electricity for a few hours but right away cosy oil lamps everywhere. What a romantic evening!”

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Snow show north highlands Nordic
Back country snow shoe NHN
North Highlands Nordic place to stay
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Winter at Cape North Pole

Book now for your winter getaway, come snowshoeing with us this winter, spend a memorable time with us in Cape North Pole, we can accommodate up to 25, so bring family and friends for a winter never to be forgotten. We could still have our 18 foot Christmas tree standing  Book here

Christmas tree Highlands Hostel

Guess who did some fishing before coming to the hostel

Santa with lobsters

After his nap he let us take some photo's,before he left

Santa posing for pictures

You never know who will be staying here..Ho Ho Ho!

Yes we have caught him taking a well deserved nap in front of our roaring fire, don't worry kids we wake him up and send him on his way, well fed and warm for his journey.Don't forget your bag of toys Santa.

Santa at Highlands Hostel