Reviews From Guests


Here’s what David wrote

“Very hospitable and sweet hosts! Great spot to rest and catch the highland spots.”

April 27th 2018

Here’s what Marina wrote


“The Highlands Hostel is such a nice place to stay! It's a great experience to sleep in a church. Patricia and her family are so friendly and helpful. They recommended hiking trails to us, which aren't far away. We enjoyed their hospitality a lot and highly recommend the hostel. Thank you for everything!”

April 21st 2018


Here’s what Pollie wrote

“It is pretty cool sleeping in this gorgeous renovated church. It is very close to the cross country ski trails and there are all the joys of the national park in their back yard. The beds and pillows were amazing. We slept in the upstairs room with a queen bed and a bunk bed. There was a fan in the room which kept the temperature perfect. There is no window in the room which keeps it nice and dark. There is a shared kitchen with tea and coffee available. The bathroom was shared with the loft but this did not present a problem. My son who is eleven really enjoyed the action with the owners young children. We were there during a snow storm in early April but still really enjoyed ourselves. Patricia and Bricin went out of their way to look out for us. We would definitely stay here again”

April 9th 2018

Marco MarCoo

Wir hatten einen schönen Aufenthalt. Es wird ordentlich eingeheizt, das kleine Hostel wird familiär geführt und es was stets sauber. Eine süße weiße Katze lebt mit im Haushalt.

(We had a nice stay. It is heated properly, the small hostel is family run and it was always clean. A cute white cat lives with in the household.)

April 8th 2018



“Accueil très agréable, toujours disponible, bel emplacement dans le parc.”

"Very nice home, always available, beautiful location in the park."

“Tres bon accueil. Je recommande.”

"Very nice home. I recommend."

From Douvaine, France · April 2018  · 




Thank you very much for the nice time at your church! We really enjoyed it! Thanks for the great welcoming, the recommendations, the fiddle concert and for giving us the feeling to be part of your family. The bonfire was great!!! Thanks for the detailed map! The church is a unique place! It’s a once in a lifetime adventure!

From Attert, Belgium · April 2018  · 

Evie Moore

Wow what a great addition to Cape Breton. Check this lovely & accommodating family out. Their making things better, and who can ask for more.


Thanks Evie glad you enjoyed yourself, hope to see you again

Marie MacIntyre

We had a wonderful time at The Highland Hostel. We spent a weekend there in February. The house (the church) was beautiful and our hosts were lovely. We were within walking distance Cape North Cross Country Skiing. The accommodations were great: clean, quiet, well equipped, reasonably priced and safe. We would definitely stay there again. Bricin, Patricia, Billy, Cash and Yum Yum, we will see you all again. It was so nice to meet you and get to know you. You have great energy and you have a great thing going on there. Remarkable! Cheers, Marie Alayne and Terrie


Thanks Marie, we miss you already, glad you enjoyed your stay, come back soon

oscar romero

Located in an exceptional place from which you can quickly reach the most amazing places in Cape Breton, is led by a beautiful family that makes you feel at home, a friendly and fun environment that definitely makes it the ideal place to enjoy a nice vacations


Thanks Oscar I hope you can visit us again from Mexico Cassius Billie and Bricin miss playing hide and seek with you

Genevieve McNeil

A beautiful and warm space to stay and experience the Cabot Trail, run by such a welcoming and wonderful family. Breath-taking hikes short drives all around the church, something for any range of ability or experience, and the sunrise from the top of the steeple is incredible. A must stop on your Cape Breton adventure, and to help support a beautiful family’s dream.


Thanks for your kind words Genevieve, see you next visit for some more hikes

Gene Jr Nillas

The Highlands Hostel is a beautiful church in Cape North, Nova Scotia. It is located conveniently along the Cabot Trail giving you access to explore everything the national park has to offer! Inside the hostel there are two bathrooms (upstairs bathroom has the shower), washer/dryer, kitchen, a big common space, lots of beds and bunks (we had a crew of 11 visiting and there was a bed for each of us at the time) and the bell tower with a fantastic view. Peter, Bricin, Patricia and the kids are amazing hosts and they always have great stories to share. Thank you for having us there in August for the Coast to Coast tour, I look forward to coming back to visit!!


Thanks Gene, we thoroughly enjoyed all of your company and look forward to the next visit

david matyas

A very spacious and beautiful building. host family is extremely generous and accommodating. It is kept very clean, has ample outlets, beds and washrooms for guests. its located in a very scenic valley, with great views of the local area from the historic church steeple. Within walking distance of two beaches, a local restaurant, a general store and a gas station. Price is very affordable and competitive. Highly recommend staying at this hostel for your Cabot trail adventures.


Thanks David. we look forward to you returning

Doug Hill

The owners were amazing and more than welcoming. Plus only a two minute walk from the grocery store


Thanks Doug, we are glad you enjoyed your stay.

Justin barnes

10/10 good spot, good people. definitely staying again next time in town


Hi Justin, next time we have a lobster feast, see yo next visit.

Gregor Macdonald

Bricin is an amazing host, the location is perfect and the building is beautiful, spacious and cozy. Gas station, groceries and a restaurant are all within walking distance which is insane for a place this secluded. There's a river down the road with a rock beach you can swim in, there's a private beach 5 minutes down the road. Also the sunrises and sunsets from the steeple of the church are INSANE! This place is a must visit in the highlands national park.


Hi Gregor
Thanks for all your help, see you next visit

Josh Gaudon

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Hi Josh, a man of few words thanks for the rating, hope to see you again soon

Aaron Libby

The highlands hostel is on its way to being one of the great hidden gems of Cape North, Nova Scotia. The Lyons family who have just recently purchased it are young, vibrant, and full of life, and Peter who is managing everything is the most humble and very gracious host. The hostel itself is quite quaint being a turn of the century church that has a lot of history and character. Whether it's a dorm room or private room, both offered are wonderfully crafted for long visits, or short stays. Your time here will not be forgotten easily for years to come. Also while visiting make sure to check out the Coast Longboarding Museum located in the basement of the hostel. Full of memorabilia and the history of Longboarding. I would recommend this hostel to any vacationers up in Cape Breton.


Thanks Aaron , it was a pleasure having you and the crew as our guests, we look forward to your return and we will have another lobster feast, come back soon.

Vincent Gao

Beautiful location, very clean and cozy accommodations with an amazing host taking care of our every need. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, felt like weary travellers coming home after a long journey. Thank you for having us Peter!


Hi Vince
thank you for the kind words, it was a pleasure having you and your crew here for the 4 days . Hopefully you will make it back for the inaugural East coast race. take care.
Thanks for signing the bell tower lol

Isac Printz

This hostel is something else since its not only well run but the location is unique. Feels fresh and clean! Great host who knows the area well and is more than happy to help out. You will be more than pleased!


Thanks Isac
glad you were able to experience the mountains here in Cape Breton, we look forward to you returning

Josh Wutzke

Very clean and quiet. Host was very kind and held a good conversation. He had arranged fiddlers to play on the first night which was a very interesting cultural experience. I would highly recommend this hostel to anyone looking for a unique experience on the Cabot Trail.


Hi Josh
It was a pleasure to have your company for those days, glad you enjoyed it, and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future