highlands hostel

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Here’s what Nico wrote

Bravo pour le concept, on a adoré votre univers.

(Bravo for the concept, we loved your universe).

Here’s what Dominique wrote

I thank the host family of the Highlands Hostel for their warm welcome and the high quality of their services. It feels like home and that makes a big difference. I was there with two children and they loved the place (especially the access to the bell tower ;) and the atmosphere. I am very happy to have chosen the Highlands Hostel. Highly recommended.
Je remercie la famille hôte du Highlands Hostel pour son accueil chaleureux et la grande qualité de ses services. On s'y sent comme à la maison et cela fait toute une différence. J'y étais avec deux enfants et ils ont adorés l'endroit (particulièrement l'accès au clocher ;) et l'ambiance. Je suis très heureux d'avoir arrêté mon choix sur le Highlands Hostel. Grandement recommandé.

Here’s what Ashleigh wrote

Always a great place to stay! A winter cycling adventure of the Cabot Trail was made so much better by the existence of the Highlands Hostel amongst the mountains. See you guys in the summer!

Here’s what Adam wrote

Really nice place to stay! Very unique and relaxing place to stay, warm fire,friendly hosts,quiet spaces and lots of personality in this church! I will be back soon, perfect place to stay regardless of the season.

Here’s what Heather wrote

We were very comfortable in the private room at the Highlands Hostel, for our stay while working at the local school for a few days.We enjoyed the informal and home like atmosphere, including the wood stove in the living room, access to the kitchen, guitar and fiddle available to play for relaxing, and of course the most wondeful hosts.

Here’s what Alan wrote

I can't say enough about Highlands Hostel, Bricin, Patricia and their family. I have stayed in a lot of hostels and this is by far the best, most unique hostel I have ever visited. You feel totally at home and they focus on comfort and cleanliness and it's just an amazing place to visit. I will defintely visit here again and I can barely wait. I highly recommend a stay with Bricin and Patricia, you won't be disappointed!!!

Here’s what Elizabeth wrote

This hostel is a beautiful example of communal living. The host family is lovely. There was excellent communication; everything we needed was provided. My husband and I stayed in the private room and had access to the private bathroom across the hall. Everything was so clean, bed was super comfortable and night time was very quiet. Tips for other travellers
The location was very close to North Highlands Nordic cross country ski trails, which drew us to the area. The folks we met there were also lovely.

Here’s what David wrote

This place is really special. The atmosphere is laid back and friendly. The place is very clean and well kept. The bunk beds are very comfortable. The coffee is ready in the am and there’s a great kitchen to cook in. There’s lots of outdoor activities in the immediate vicinity. What more could you ask for?

Here’s what Bex wrote

Had an amazing time and experience with the hosts and crew! Great people and great recommendations. Would highly recommend to anyone going to Cape Bretton Island.

Here’s what Brian wrote

Highlands Hostel rocked my solo trip to Cape Breton! The family-run spot and their seasonal crew (who become part of the hostel family) welcomed me warmly, turning my first hostel experience into a blast and made me feel right at home. Rainy days were no downer—they had games and instruments and the hostel family provides good company. I participated in their Halloween haunted house which was a highlight and spent nights winding down with the family by watching movies. The location of the hostel also made accessing good hikes a breeze. Walking distance to a grocery store, a well-equipped kitchen, and top-notch cleanliness sealed the deal. I loved it so much that I extended my stay. I was sad to leave but I can't wait to return! :)

Here’s what Rebecca wrote

Had an amazing stay! Great people and an awesome place! Highly reccomended.

Here’s what Samantha wrote

Likely the best accommodation you'd be able to find on the Cabot Trail! The place itself is super peaceful and cozy. The staff are a fun and friendly bunch and there's tons of fun activities on site. It is a very convenient spot with it being a 5 minute drive away from Tenerife mountain, and a 3 minute walk away from the local grocery. The beds were comfy and the washrooms were clean as well. Strong recommend!

Here’s what Samantha wrote

I loved this place for the building, the location, and most of all, the people! Bricin, Patricia, and kids/Cookie run an incredible space. I only had 12 hours here but knew right away I'd plan to return next year ☺️ Highly recommend. Best hostel experience, felt just like a home.

Here’s what Zobia wrote

This is such a unique place and Bricin and family have such a story. They engage with their guests, have bon fires, and the place is amazing if you are looking for a mid travel gateaway in cape brenton with other travellers! We met four other groups during our stay and hung out by the fire. Lots of fun.

Here’s what Christopher wrote

Nothing beats the atmosphere provided by Bricin, Patricia and their family. Lovely home atop the highlands that we’re lucky is a hostel! Amazing views, nature and people. Until next time!

Here’s what Dogan wrote

Its a old church that is a Hostel now. The owners Bricin, Peter and Patricia are amazing hosts and the location is perfect for the best hikes of the trail. The interior is cozy and there are many cool spots to chill after a day of exploring. The RV is a musuem of everything cool.

Here’s what Sina wrote

I am more than happy that I found the hostel when I planned a road trip with friends!
The communication was easy, fast and very obliging.
The rooms are clean and cozy and we liked the setting of the old church.
Patricia and her family are wonderful and welcoming people. We spent a bonfire night, had nice talks in the kitchen and enjoyed their hospitality.
Thanks for the great time!
We are looking forward to seeing you again. =)
Gina & Sina

Here’s what Mike wrote

Really great spot, friendly hosts and a wild spot !
Great stopping point if you’re in the highlands and are looking to stay up in them for a night to finish off a day of exploring, or start one! Seems like a great home base as it’s dead centre of the Cabot trail , so hikes and wonderful communities a quick drive in any direction
I stayed in the shared accommodations in the basement and it was warm and cozy, clean and everyone was respectful
Quaint kitchen that had a old farmhouse feel to it. A great common room that was full and lively. I unfortunately was exhausted when I showed up so I went right to bed, but it was a excellent vibe it seemed, everyone was having fun.
I recommend it for a traveller on a budget and/or aren’t campers or are exploring in the fall/winter.
I’ll be back

Here’s what Cam wrote

love love love this place!! best accommodation on the Cabot Trail by far!! thank you so much for making my Cape Breton trip a great one ❤️


Here’s what Harley wrote

Wish I could have stayed longer. So much to explore in the area and the hostel has a great atmosphere!

Thank you!!

Here’s what Bethany wrote

fun place to stay, very clean for a hostel. well established hostel and responsive host

Here’s what Lanlie wrote

Cleanest and coziest hostel ever that really felt like a family home. We had a great time and would come back! The bell tower has the best views I’ve ever come across in a hostel

Here’s what Matt wrote

Bricin was a very accommodating host and had a good crew with him. good guy and just good vibes in that place. very helpful with stuff to do around there. Nice midway stop doing the Cabot Trail.

Here’s what Ali wrote

Patricia and her family were incredible. Although this is a hostel, I was so amazed how clean and well organized the place was. I throughly enjoyed my stay and 100% recommend it to anyone who’s look for a place to sleep and looking to hike during the day. Excellent stay.

Here’s what Emma wrote

I only wish I could have stayed longer! Gorgeous space, well located and absolutely incredible family team to welcome and host you. I want to come back in every season, to take advantage of all the facilities and recommendations made for exploring on the Cabot Trail

Here’s what Brandon wrote

Unique building. Bricin and his family were great hosts. Great place to stop for the night on my bike ride around the Cabot Trail.

Here’s what Wendy wrote

Thank you! I had a wonderful time visiting your beautiful hostel. It was more like a chalet. I really enjoyed meeting all your other guests and your family. You certainly have organized everything well so the guests thrive and your family thrives also.

Here’s what Breann wrote

Short but sweet stay! We arrived just after dark and made our way right to the bonfire pit. Spent the night chatting, laughing and making friends under the stars. Our sleep in the private room was great, it was super convenient with the private bathroom across the hall. Woke up to catch the amazing views from the tower. Everyone should experience this spot!

Here’s what Matt wrote

Old church with a lovely family and great staff staying there. It was a lot of fun and just great people and vibes. A nice stop halfway through the Cabot Trail. Thanks so much!!

Here’s what Carlos wrote

The place is super cute and unique. The owners are just a delight, super kind and welcoming, and would highly recommend it.

Here’s what Joseph wrote

Can’t recommend enough as a place to stay in exploring the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, as well as the Bay of St Lawrence and other spots north of here. When I arrived people were watching a movie, it was really welcoming, all the facilities were really well set out and very thorough with towels, extra blankets. Bed was really comfy, kitchen was great and all around has a great atmosphere. I should have stayed longer!

Here’s what Cody wrote

Stayed here this past weekend and I honestly never had such a unique and amazing experience. Staying here was like staying at a close friend’s place. The owners and family were more than welcoming and friendly. Our group had everything we needed for our stay to be as comfortable as possible and then some. The prices were more than reasonable, the atmosphere was unbelievable and environment of the surrounding area was unbeatable. If you are staying anywhere on the northern part of Cape Breton, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not staying here. I am very much looking forward to my next stay here!

Here’s what Jonathan wrote

I loved my time at the Highland Hostel. Bricin and the family are amazing and so is the location and the amenities. I especially enjoyed my time out by the fire and hanging out with everyone. It is rare to see a hostel that has those delicious backpacker good vibes in Canada that make part of solo travel so wonderful. Very warm and friendly place with lots to do.

Here’s what Rosemary wrote

This hostel definitely sets the bar very high. The bathrooms were super clean, it really had all the amenities and the bell tower was so pretty in the mornings (and was my spot to meditate). The host family were so kind and the hospitality was one point: I was super sad leaving. I even extended my stay one extra night, because this is how much I enjoyed it. It feels like home. The best hostel ever, I miss the big bonfires. Also. Don’t forget to check out their laundry services 😅😂. It was a solo trip and this place was definitely the highlight of it.

Here’s what Carla wrote

We really enjoyed the acoustic dynamics of the old church setting. It was fun playing for everyone staying there. Best coffee ever!

Here’s what Philipp wrote

Great place, super friendly and helpful host and awesome place for all sorts of outdoor activities

Here’s what Alexanne wrote

I love staying at the Highlands Hostel! Bricin and his family were very kind and welcoming. Such a friendly and fun environment surrounded by beautiful views and great people.

Here’s what Robert wrote

great vibe great locale great staff

Here’s what Jett wrote

Wonderful stay! The space is beautiful and everyone was very nice! Great group campfire at night too :)

Here’s what Jintu wrote

My first hostel experience. Felt right at home,very friendly people. Helped me with local recommendations. Had amazing time,you set the bar high. Love you All

Here’s what Sled wrote

Fantastic place with amazing culture and energy. Very clean, well built and designed facility. Highly recommend. Cant miss!!

Rooms: Clean and well designed.

Nearby activities: Hiking, swimming and beaches nearby

Food & drinks: Things close early so do you shopping before evening.

Noteworthy details: Talk to the hosts to find the local spots!

Here’s what Misha wrote

The hostel is a rebuilt church and it has amazing 360 views from the bell tower. The atmosphere in the common area is very cozy and comfortable. The host family is very nice people and all the guests I met as well. Will definitely stay there next time I'm in the area! Thank you so much for the experience Bricin and Patricia!

Rooms: The room I stayed in was very cozy, clean and had everything I needed: a (shared) shower, laundry, shoe dryer, lockers.

Food & drinks: There is a nice restaurant just around the corner where you can get lobster rolls. Grocery store is in walking distance as well.

Here’s what Carol wrote

Staying here was a unique experience. As an older solo traveler, I felt safe and welcome. So easy to make friends: see the stars, make a bonfire, listen to fiddle music in the living room (with Gary doing a jig), play "are you a wolf" with Billie & Cash, talk to a wonderful variety of interesting people over breakfast - or dinner, walk the beaches - or the trails. Amazingly clean, good sleeping (quiet hours), cook your own food or eat out nearby. Great place to stay for Cabot Trail exploring - 5 days was not long enough.

Here’s what Jintu wrote

Friendlyyy...greattttt place stay especially for solo travellers. You meet new people and get to fun along with your stay

Here’s what Shannon wrote

You'll want to stay here. And then you'll want to stay longer. This hostel is beyond homey. The welcome you get from owners Bricin and Patricia is wonderful. The hostel is cozy, warm, inviting and just honestly made my trip SO much better to know I had this wonderful place to come back to in the evening. I met a bunch of new people, and shared some stories, adventures and memories. I highly recommend staying here. Nothing can match it. I will certainly be back.

Here’s what Kali wrote

I do not know where to start. This is the all around experience you can only dream of. The hosts offer endless comfort, services, entertainment and top of the line recommendations. The property is an adventure on it’s own. You cannot only stay one night. Anytime I return to Cape Breton, I will be coming back to visit. PS. Bring your instrument.

Here’s what Stewart wrote

This place is pretty rad, very comfy beds, bathrooms we're great too. Everything was very clean as well! I can't wait to come back!

Here’s what Michelle wrote

Hi Bricin, Patricia, Billie and Cash! Words can’t describe how grateful we are to have discovered your hostel!! This shy and introverted gal pushed her boundaries in such a setting and boy, am I glad I did. Truly an unforgettable experience!!! For your hospitality and kindness, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Here’s what Jai wrote

We got the opportunity to stay at this hostel 2nd time. I wanted my family(my wife, parents and son) to experience the stay at this wonderful place and everybody loved it. Lovely family and awesome location. More I go to this place, more it will want me to come back. See u next time Bricin n Patricia. N next time you come to Halifax , dont look further than my house for a spicy indian Tea. Would love to host you guys. Good luck!

Here’s what Niklaus wrote

What a cool spot! Bricin and family were super nice and accommodating. Lots of things to do in the area. Has a cool museum of longboarding memorabilia.

Here’s what Adam wrote

2nd time staying here , always a great atmosphere and amazing hosts . Can't speak well enough about how beautiful the space is and we'll maintained, super clean, lots of parking , bonfire area , close to restaurants and a general store , trails. 10/10 would stay here again.

Here’s what Nitya wrote

Such a lovely experience, I've only ever stayed in a hostel once before and this one far exceeded my expectations - so clean, warm and welcoming, full of detailed amenities, and surprisingly quiet during night with considerate guests. I'm glad I stayed a couple of nights and would love to be back someday again.

Here’s what Sarowar wrote

The location is amazing and hosts do an amazing job with the placr. Would highly recommend as place a to stay when visiting the Cape Brenton Highlands

Here’s what Miles wrote

Great hostel with a really kind friendly host family who will welcome you into their home. Make sure you check out the bell tower for sunrise or sunset :-)

Here’s what Mikee wrote

Great place. Great and welcoming hosts. Loved the atmosphere and firepit. Felt right at home. Highly recommended!

Here’s what David wrote

Bricin and Patricia are absolute wonderful hosts. They made me feel right at home and have great campfires!! The location is right in the middle of the park with many many different activities surrounding it. It is the perfect location with restaurants and market within walking distance. There's so much to do around there. Socializing with the other guests is also a bonus activity. There a lot of cool longboarding memorabilia all with a story to tell. There is just as much stuff to explore in the hostel as there is outside.

Here’s what Dave and Trish wrote

We are a couple in our 50s so we were a little apprehensive about staying in a hostel. We stayed 4 nights, and loved every second. The 5 family members and the staff are amazing, welcoming and attentive to everyone’s needs. By the time we left it felt so natural to be in their house.The church is situated perfectly to explore both sides of the trail. There’s a couple of nice outdoor areas, and the RV, for both socializing and having space to sit and read etc. Could not recommend this place more. Thanks again for having us. Dave & Trish

Here’s what Harper wrote

This was a super unique airbnb experience. Bricin and Patricia's Hostel is a really cool space unlike any other hostel I have stayed at before. Everyone is extremely welcoming and kind. It felt more like a home than a hostel and you were treated as such. I wish I could have stayed longer and will definitely check back through if I'm ever in the area again.

Here’s what Terry wrote

Very cool old church, comfortable beds and spotless washrooms.

Special thanks

Here’s what Ashley wrote

Loved it! We immediately felt welcomed and included. Great private room and bath, wonderful hosts, lovely community and location. Definitely recommend!

Here’s what Luke wrote

Super nice hosts! The location was ideal for exploring the region. The family room was great value. Very clean and well kept. They really care about your comfort and experience. They have the right space for a family or individuals. I would stay there again for sure!

Here’s what Jana wrote

Bricin and his family have created a wonderful place to hang out in between hikes when exploring the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. On my first night we enjoyed a nice peaceful night at the bonfire with singing talking and a game of “nails” (be sure to play along - it’s addictive!) - would absolutely recommend this hostel!

Here’s what Tracey wrote

Highland Hostel is a wonderful place to stay. We felt right at home and didn't want to leave the next morning. Patricia and Bricin were very welcoming as was their staff. We would definitely stay again.

Here’s what Sarah wrote

My first hostel experience and a great one! Perfect for folks who enjoy chatting and meeting new folks on the road. I felt right at home and hope to be back.

Here’s what Marie wrote

Superb experience, a hostel with a great soul.
The places are superb. The dorms are top notch and there are lots of little touches that make the difference.
The family as well as the volunteers are adorable.
We have only one desire at the time of check-out, it is to stay there. ❤

Here’s what Amanda wrote

Hosts are lovely, helpful, generous and welcoming. Place is clean, comfortable, funky, and well equipped. Spent my evening doing yoga in the bell tower, loving the fantastic view. Will absolutely return. Highly recommended.

Here’s what Mirjam wrote

We met friendly and open hosts, who organized a campfire in the evening, for guests who still want to chat and get to know each other. We had the chance to retreat to our room. Dinner was rather special as all guests ate and cooked together in the living room, outside or kitchen. For people who want more privacy, this place is less suitable. For backpackers and people traveling alone and happy to make new acquaintances, the place is cool and well suited.

Here’s what Chantal wrote

Very nice and clean hostel and incredibly nice hosts! I'd love to visit this hostel again if I go to Cape Breton again.

Here’s what Julie wrote

Great stay for 1 night while driving and hiking the Cabot trail. Would definitely stay there again.

Here’s what Abel wrote

Exception service above and beyond! Bricin, Patricia, and then entire crew was so hospitable and helpful. Bricin even helped us connect with a bike mechanic in the area who saved our trip by coming straight to the Hostel and working on our bikes. Highly recommend the place!

Here’s what Vasu wrote

Had an amazing time out there at the hostel. Really felt welcomed at the place by Bricin and Patricia. The location was fantastic as I could go to all the good spots while being in the center. The place was really clean and well maintained by the whole team including amazing volunteers like Lynn and Courtney! Would definitely visit again some time!!

Here’s what Yousif wrote

Very friendly, responsive, and lots of amenities

Here’s what Olivier wrote

Where to start? We stayed only for one night, but this hostel is one you definitely remember! Amazing welcome by the owners, very great atmosphere, the discovery of baby hockey, very well maintained. If you go to Cape North, you have to stay there (and more than one night ^^)

Here’s what Tom wrote

This was quite possibly the best hostel experience of my life. Where to begin? First, amazing location - right off the Cabot Trail, easy access to beaches and parks; and Peter was kind enough to drive me to and from a nearby bicycle rental place. Second, Bricin and Patricia (and kids) are kind and thoughtful hosts, great conversationalists, and fun people to be around. (And party with.) Ditto for the volunteers, Lynn and Courtney. Finally, the hostel itself is awesome - clean beds, full kitchen, and so on. I want to go back!!!!

Here’s what Clara wrote

Best hostel in the world!!!!! Thank you very much to the whole family for their exceptional welcome and the comfort of their home ❤️

Meilleure auberge de jeunesse du monde !!!!! Merci beaucoup à toute la famille pour leur accueil exceptionnel et le confort de leur maison ❤️

Here’s what Sydney wrote

My friend and I spent two nights at the hostel and we can only echo what’s already been said. There’s a reason this place has so many 5 stars - incredibly clean, amazing location, homey environment, safe etc. The host family is exceptionally kind and hospitable and their great energy attracts lovely travellers and volunteers of all ages. Bricin planned an entire itinerary for us one day which allowed us to see some truly incredible local gems we otherwise would not have found. We recommend staying two nights to experience it all!

Here’s what Ted wrote

Five star all the way! Great hosts, location and uniqueness! Love the building, very cool! Very clean and quiet after hours. As always, an interesting cross section of travelers and volunteers.
Highly recommended for those of us who enjoy hostel living.

Here’s what Steve wrote

Patricia and Bricin were very kind and welcoming.

Noteworthy details: A relay beautiful home. A real museum!

Here’s what Stefan wrote

So I finally made it to my destination! I’m checked into the Highlands Hostel and have the whole place to myself!!

What an amazing family they are. Bricin, Patricia, Billie, and Cash are seriously the best. They are truly making me feel at home. This morning, I went up to their bell tower to continue writing my book. I laid in the coziest hammock, and had so many ideas just flow through me. It was so peaceful. Can’t wait to go there again tomorrow morning!!

Currently, Cash (named after Johnny) is painting a digital picture of me. Billie said she’s gonna do a watercolour of me & my guitar. Can’t wait to see them!!

This is truly paradise; Heaven on earth. Thank you so much Lyons family! I look forward to the rest of my time here, and will definitely be recommending the Highlands Hostel to all my friends!

I chose to sleep in their Motorhome, “The F Bomb.” It is so badass! Leo loves it and cuddled me all night 🐶

Here’s what Christina wrote

This is by far the coziest and most unique hostel I've been to! If I had more time I would have stayed longer. 5/5 in all aspects. =)

Here’s what Chaice wrote

Highly recommend this place to everyone. If you’re thinking about booking, please just go ahead and book now. Bricin and Patricia are two of the most welcoming people I have ever met in my life. I have never enjoyed myself so much on a solo trip as I have staying here. I will be back very soon, and I will be bringing a group of friends! Cheers!

 Here’s what Sarah wrote

My experiences at the Highland Hostel have been life affirming. Patricia is one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. Add to that her incredible partner Bricin, their adorable and beautifully creative children Billie and Cash, and the best ever Grandpa Peter…and you have the makings of a trip to Cape North, Highlands Hostel, and Cape Breton that you will never forget. The area is unparalleled in beauty world wide and the friendliness of the area is heart warming. You will want to come back…and even consider moving here. Thank you, Highland Hostel and your guardians. I am grateful to you and will be back.

Here’s what Steven wrote

WOW! Such a beautiful land, building, family. Cash and Billie Rose were great hosts (as were their Mom and Dad). From the moment we stepped into the hostel we knew we made the right choice. Our only regret is that we were not able to stay longer.
Thanks to everyone for making our time there a memory to cherish alway.

Here’s what Katherine wrote

This is really an amazing place. I was skeptical at first, of being in a large dorm as I like my privacy at night - but it is the nicest dorm I've ever seen, and with 2 large bathrooms and thoughtful layout and guidance for fellow guests, it did not feel difficult to share with others.
I was also skeptical of the price at first ($50 for half a bunk bed?!) but once you see what you are getting for that, you will realize it is a fabulous deal. 3 cheers for the Highland Hostel! I will be back!! Ps make sure to make time to go hang out in a hammock in the bell tower with a 360 degree view of the highlands and ocean :)

Here’s what Gary wrote

I just spent a week in Cape North on the Cabot Trail. A place of friendly people is an understatement. While there I stayed at the Highland Hostel. I don't have much to add to the comments here. It's easy to see they're all singing the same song.
If you are in Cape North you should check out the hostel in fact I would put it on my trip list. I can't imagine you'll regret it.

Here’s what Tessa wrote

We had an excellent stay at the Highlands Hostel. Bricin and Patricia are excellent hosts. The church is beautiful, the bell tower is a one of a kind hang out spot, the jam room is incredible, and the RV outside is a funky spot to chill. They have tons of games and puzzles to enjoy.
If you’re looking for a great place to stay while checking out Cape Breton, I highly recommend Highland Hostel.

Here’s what Annabelle wrote

Stayed here for a few days in February and was able to explore the beautiful Cape Breton Island!

Hostel owners were very friendly and the hostel was very clean and cozy. Would definitely recommend!!

Here’s what Twila wrote

I Had the chance to stay at the hostel recently, with a few friends.(12 of us). I can’t rave enough about the warm hospitality, the cleanliness and comfortable beds.
The whole weekend was easy and comfortable.
Thanks so much to the hosts. Patrica and Bricin. 😊

Here’s what Ricco wrote

Best hostel I have ever stayed in! Such a great family and such a great energy. Definitely recommend going there for multiple days and just see for yourself!

Greetings from Germany

Here’s what Justin wrote

Some of the best hosts I have ever encountered. Will be staying here in spring again. I can't say enough on how beautiful this stay was

Here’s what Cody wrote

10/10 recommend staying at the Highlands Hostel if you are visiting the Cape Breton Highlands! The beds are super comfy, the hostel and all of its facilities are very clean and Bricin and his family are amazing hosts!

Here’s what Louis wrote

If you are a solo traveler or a group, you will feel at home here anyway. The church is located perfectly on the Cabot Trail to enjoy day trips in the surroundings. Make sure to climb up in the bell tower at least once to enjoy the view!

Here’s what Bernadette wrote

Home away from home. I felt welcome, secure, inspired, well fed, well rested, and I left with hopes of returning to my fav stopover between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Soon.

Here’s what Caleb wrote

This hostel is the pure definition of a 'hidden gem'. I cannot express how incredible this place is, you really just have to visit for yourself ! Photos do not do it justice.

Bricin is also one of the best hosts I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. He and his family are so very accommodating. They even mailed me my speaker that I left there back to my place in Halifax. Unparalleled customer service !

If you're looking for an escape to a curious and seemingly impossibly charismatic place, this is the one. I will return soon!

Here’s what Eric wrote

A beautiful building ,excellent hosts, the very best of hiking at your doorstep.
I will return.

Here’s what Dalhousie Outdoors Society wrote

We were honoured to host the Dalhousie Outdoors Society this past weekend 24 enjoyed hiking,swimming and relaxing.

Highlands Hostel Hiking Holiday

There is no place more capable of washing away the stresses of school than Highlands Hostel, located in Cape North, Cape Breton. 24 DOS members made the trek up to the highlands over reading week on the first overnight trip of this distance, length, and size since at least 2019 !!!

Day 1: November 6th, 2022. Weather: 22C, sun and cloud. Participants and drivers met at the SUB at 5:30 am, with only one casualty to daylight savings alarm confusion (picked up en route). Six cars made their way to Antigonish to grocery shop (no easy feat for 24 people), and marvel at the town that hosts one of the Maritimes' most well-known cults (St. FX). We then went our separate ways and made our way to Cape North, stopping along the way at viewpoints, beaches, short hikes, moose sightings, and even breweries! Once arrived and settled at the hostel, we headed out to hike Tenerife Mountain. Winds were gusting easily 100+ km/h at the summit — a truly wild highlands experience. After we made our descent, the group went for a dip at North Harbour Beach. Dinner on day one was chili and garlic bread, followed immediately by merriment and s'mores at a raging bonfire.

Day 2: November 7th, 2022. Weather: 18C, cloud, mist, downpour, sun, cloud. A delicious breakfast of banana-oat-chocolate chip pancakes was served at 7 am sharp, with most of the group hitting the road by 8 am to hike Pollet's Cove. A smaller group broke off, opting instead to hike the Aspy Trail. The group was surprised to complete Pollet's in less than 2 hours in each direction (16km total), with incredible views of mountains, ocean, and seals the entire way. Ahead of schedule, the rest of the afternoon was spent deep in cards, massage guns, and tea. Dinner on day two was burgers, veggie burgers, and Rob Tremayne's signature big dirty salad. Another classic bonfire was held late into the evening, with many staying up to witness the night's lunar eclipse.

Day 3: November 8th, 2022. Weather: 4C, sun, cloud, mist, rain, hail, snow. A lazy morning, marked by cards and a full dinner-style breakfast. We were sad to pack up and leave but excited for the completion of the Cabot trail. The group said their goodbyes and split up, with many coincidentally reconvening at lookouts along the road, and even the Frenchy's in New Glasgow.

I love Highlands Hostel. I love the Dalhousie Outdoors Society.

Here’s what Kelcie wrote

A LEGENDARY experience

Absolute GEM of a location for trails, beaches & all outdoor adventuring

Incredibly clean and laid back with anything you’d possibly need/want to be comfortable.

The most unique hosts - leaving feeling refreshed and inspired to prioritize my passions! Their spirit is infectious and unique life stories so interesting and admirable.

An encounter I’ll share with others often and think of fondly for years and years to come.

Here’s what Michaela wrote

Couldn’t recommend a place any more strongly than this one! Beautiful location, incredibly cool building, super clean, comfiest beds, and every amenity you could need. Most importantly, when you stay at the Highlands Hostel, you are treated like family. Such a unique and awesome experience, add this place to your list.

Here’s what Queen wrote

Definitely is best experience to live there, they are very helpful and kind I will strongly recommend !!

Here’s what MSJ wrote

You'll regret NOT staying here!!!! Book it right now this place is amazing! You'll feel like family as soon as you arrive and the facilities are bar none for a hostel, so cozy and clean, absolutely everything you could need and more. I've stayed in loads of hostels all around the world and this one quickly made it into my top 3, what an amazing place. Just like everyone else, I only wish I had stayed longer! See you guys again one day for sure!

Here’s what Patrick wrote

You absolutely need to stay here. This is the best hostel on the planet. Whether you're looking for family-friendly or vagabond skater vibe, the family running this place puts their soul into making it the best experience in so many ways. Being an old church, I was surprised to find it's also THE CLEANEST hostel I had ever been to. I will be coming back no doubt, and I know now why so many do.

Here’s what Gordon wrote

This is a unique place with wonderful hosts in one of the prettiest parts of this province. It provides an experience that you won’t get from any other accommodations. Check it out. You won’t regret it.

Here’s what Stephan wrote

Exactly as described super charming place perfectly located halfway on the cabot trail. Kitchen has everything you need, the place has as much character as you can get in a Airbnb and the mattress was surprisingly comfy. Also open on the off-season and drinkable tap water! Downside is that it’s shared sleeping rooms and for light sleepers etc would not recommend (ear plugs are supplied)- but you know this when you book the room so cannot complain there. Would stay again!

Here’s what Ann wrote

Lovely and unique space in a beautifully renovated church! They thought of everything to make our stay comfortable and homey. Ample towels, bedding, and coffee! Would definitely stay there again.

Here’s what Donalda wrote

This hostel was incredible! The hosts were super accommodating and welcoming. We had the private room, which was a great size for the 3 of us (could have fit 4), with a private bathroom. The hostel itself is super unique with a very cool vibe. I would definitely come back to this place and stay for longer :)

Here’s what Laurane wrote

Amazing place, lovely people and perfect location. I highly recommend!

 Here’s what Fraser wrote

Perfect, cozy spot to stay and explore the Highlands of Cape Breton from.The host was lovely and very helpful with lots of local tips of things to see and do in the area.

 Here’s what Czaplinski wrote

 You could not meet a more open and welcoming family! They go above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need and then some. Meeting and spending time with them was beyond my expectations. The hostel itself is just amazing. Cleaner than any hotel I’ve been in and the beds provide a great nights sleep. Bonfires here absolutely rock as well! A fantastic travel destination and yes I’ll be back! 💕


Here’s what Kathleen wrote

Amazing spot! Bricin is an awesome host and the staff were so friendly and welcoming! If you’re looking for an authentic spot in the highlands this is it! We booked the private room, which was so cosy with lots of space. We felt very welcome to use all the indoor and outdoor common spaces. Everything was perfect.


Here’s what Jega wrote

Where would I start? A place is so beautiful, the host, and peeps who stay there - one word Fantastic. I could go on and on. I’ve already planned for next year, so I could leave it to your imagination how great this place is. Bricin and Patricia, and everyone who works there and you guys are a rare find, and I had the absolute pleasure staying there, and you guys are simply the excellent host one could ask for! Thank you for the hospitality.

Here’s what Ailyn wrote

we are so glad we stayed here while visitng cape breton,i will definitely come back. The host is very welcoming and friendly, 😊😊

Here’s what Martina wrote

Total nett, unkompliziert, "ein Event to stay". Das "Geburtstag-Lagerfeuer", samt Live Musik von Eric ein schöner Abschluss.

Totally nice, uncomplicated, "an event to stay". The "Birthday campfire", including live music by Eric, is a nice conclusion

Here’s what Cecily wrote

Welcoming and special spot with great hosts. We were very comfortable. Would definitely return!

Here’s what Jamie wrote

Amazing!!! We only had 1 night there but it was a great experience. I will definitely be returning! Awesome location, ran by some awesome people. :)

Here’s what Sara wrote

Where do you even start!? I’ve stayed here twice this year and both stays were incredible!!! Everyone is treated like family here and Bricin, Patricia, Billie and Cash are the best hosts ever!! The hostel is so beautiful, comfortable, cozy and spotless. The beds are super comfortable- I stayed in the shared bunk room one night with friends and the private room the second time which is very cozy and you have your own washroom across the hall. Bricin is the bonfire master and we had so much fun listening to music and chatting with the other guests and staff- shout out to Pablo Sergio and Samara!! They have hammocks to chill in and a really rad rv that has speakers corner. The longboard museum is so cool too. Can’t recommend staying at the hostel enough!!!

Here’s what Turgeon wrote

le décor très agréable de cette ancienne église donne un cachet très intéressant, Patricia et toute sa famille sont très gentil et intentionné, ces 2 filles sont droles et allumées un endroit à découvrir ps: n'oublier pas d'aller visiter l'ancien VR

The very pleasant decor of this old church gives a very interesting cachet, Patricia and all her family are very kind and intentional, these 2 girls are funny and enthusiastic, a place to discover ps: don't forget to visit the old RV


Here’s what Zak wrote

 Would you recommend this property to other travellers? Yes

Comments about this property
one of the best places i stayed at in all north america
everyone was nice and you feel like you are part of the family
Zak Tips for other travellers
just go there!

Here’s what Shurisa wrote

Stayed at the Highlands Hostel during Hurricane Fiona! The family was so accommodating and the place absolutely clean, welcoming, and warm!
We ended up playing many games and spending the evenings talking. Even without power at the end, they strive to make this trip one of the best!

Here’s what Philippe wrote

I've stayed at many hostels and this is one of the best: amazingly friendly host family, super clean and convenient space, with extra nooks and unexpected spots. Exactly what you need on the Cabot Trail.


Here’s what Ross wrote

nothing but amazing things to say about my time here. amazing hosts. will be back 100%


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Here’s what Anne Marie wrote

Amazing experience staying at this unique accommodation! Super friendly, great communication, super clean, made me feel at home & just all around beautiful people.

Here’s what Axie wrote

Incredible and unique experience! We stayed in the private room - happy to have somewhere quiet to unwind after a long few days hiking, and we were thrilled to be able to mingle with the other guests! We built a fire and enjoyed some great conversations throughout the evening. The bell tower is a great plus. Lots of unexpected gems to explore throughout the property. Highly recommend!


Here’s what Dan wrote

OMG.... what a special place at the end of the earth in Northern Nova Scotia. Staying with Bricin is like staying withJerry Garcia and the band. I stayed in the larger bunk room downstairs. Very quiet and clean. Loved it!


Here’s what Louiza wrote

The atmosphere is very familiar...everything is well explained...the location is topissime (great)


Here’s what Zihao wrote

Wooooow! This is the first time visiting Cape Breton Island. Besides the beautiful scenery, I do love the night in the Bricin’s hostel, clean and warm, and also, the campfire is excellent! Appreciate for his hospitality and kindness.


Here’s what Samuel wrote

Great hostel ans hosts, thanks for the quality of the room & bed and the suoer warm welcome! Also super helpful with our car issues during our road trip that we were able to solve with helpful recommandation from our top hosts, perfect we will come back!


Here’s what Sarah  wrote

Wonderful hosts, very welcoming! Beautiful location & space to stay.


Here’s what 济铭  wrote

Very good experience. Return here after two years, Bricin is very nice and friendly.


Here’s what Audrey wrote

Endroit atypique, qui vaut le détour! Brincin et Patricia sont accueillants et incroyablement généreux. Les dortoirs sont propres et confortables! Je recommande l’endroit!

A typical place, which is worth the detour! Brincin and Patricia are welcoming and incredibly generous. The dorms are clean and comfortable! I recommend the place!

Here’s what Aadil wrote

Bricin and Patricia are great hosts - lively, funny, knowledgeable, and full of great suggestions to help you make the most of your time in Cape Breton. You’ll feel welcomed at the highlands hostel and won’t regret choosing him and Patricia to host you. As well, when you’re there make sure to get the breakfast sandwich (with double eggs) at the Cabot Trail Food Market just a stone’s throw away from the hostel - they really should rename the double egg after Bricin 😁😂

Here’s what Blair wrote

For anyone who wanna get a nice warm welcome stay I will highly recommend this place! Everything is beyond our expectation it was an excellent experience and thanks for all Bricin!

Here’s what Susie Y wrote

Our second stay at the Highlands Hostel and loved it again. Patricia and Bricin and family are warm and welcoming. Everything is clean and bright. The other guests friendly. We slept well and wished we could have stayed longer. A great base for hiking or relaxing - would highly recommend a visit.

Here’s what Donna wrote

Our stay at Highlands Hostel was a highlight of our trip. Our room was cozy and clean. Patricia and Bricin made us feel welcome and comfortable. Would recommend!

Here’s what Vishal wrote

Great host, nice and clean place, great family very friendly. Bricin was fantastic, he has great stories from his travels. Did camp fire at night. Planned for one night, ended up staying for two.


Here’s what Kevin wrote

Bricin’s place is just mind blowing. It is more beautiful than what you see in the pictures. You’re going to have a great conversation, memories, and explore a bit of cultures and traditions here. There are 2 amazing restaurants nearby (where you will also find veg options) and there is food market where you will find mostly everything you need. So many trails and beaches nearby.

Here’s what Selina wrote

A lovely lovely hostel!! Patricia, Bricin and their family are so kind and welcoming. It’s a great location, has a cool vibe being an old converted church and had a lovely ambience. Very clean and comfortable too! Would absolutely recommend staying here if you’re travelling around Cape Breton 🙂


Here’s what Virginia W wrote

Terrific place. Extremely clean. Well-designed retrofit of a former church. Everything, from bedding to towels, is high quality and comfortable. There are many thoughtful touches that helped give me the best sleep I'd had in weeks: extra blankets, a comfortable mattress, a shelf with plug-in sockets and a reading lamp at the head of each bed, ear plugs on each shelf and by the door, and a bus/lounge outside where people who wanted to stay up late were encouraged to congregate. The hosts are quite helpful, and, even though I was much older than most of the guests, I felt deeply welcomed. Great value for the money, and I wish I could have stayed longer. In the warm months, don't miss a swim or at least a long beach walk at nearby Cabots Landing park. And Arts North has high-quality Cape Breton crafts, including pottery, hooked rugs, woolen goods, and jewelry -- some of the best I saw in Nova Scotia. The Coastal Loop off the Cabot Trail, especially during the evening golden light, is well worth exploring.


Here’s what Gp wrote

You will not find friendlier folks than Bricin, Patricia and family along the coastline. Welcoming, clean, comfy place Best bang for the buck


Here’s what Viraj wrote

Stayed here for two nights, one of best place in the Cape Breton Island, host family are cool and nice.


Here’s what Kevin wrote

Absolutely beautiful place to stay.

Here’s what Chelsea wrote

Such a cool place to stay and in a beautiful location! They are super welcoming and have great suggestions for things to do! Felt like home :)

Here’s what Robert wrote

Can’t say enough good things. Bricin and his family were very welcoming and helpful hosts. There’s much left to do in NS and I would definitely stay here again.

Here’s what Sam wrote

If there's one spot worth supporting on the Cabot Trail, it's this one. One of the most clean and comfortable hostels I've ever stayed at, only a short drive away from some of the best hikes in the Highlands, and Bricin, Patricia, and family are the kindest and most friendly people you will ever meet.

Here’s what Carol wrote

Greated by the owner, super nice and friendly. The accommodations were clean and the location was awesome. My only regret was being too tired to sit around and visit, obviously not a reflection on the place. Would recommend, and would definitely stay there again.

Here’s what Rashmi wrote

A unique and pleasant stay at the church/hostel with a sweet and fun family. The bell tower is the perfect icing on the top! Plenty of outdoor space to hang out and meet cool people.

Here’s what Paulo wrote

Patricia and Bricin are outstanding hosts, and did an amazing job converting a hundred year old church into a hostel. Additionally, the location is perfect to hit the best hiking trails in the park. I loved the experience and recommend it!

Here’s what Patricia wrote

Our family of 4 stayed at Highlands Hostel for an overnight. I could not possibly describe in words the amazing and peaceful vibe that permeated throughout the hostel and the surrounding area. Clean, spacious, comfortable, fun, relaxing, uber COOL!, great music space both acoustic and electronic, bell tower is fabulous! Lots of beauty (hikes/beaches/St Paul's Museum to name but a couple!) within a short drive as well as great spots to access food to cook onsite or restaurants to feed you! As with pretty much everyone.........we wish we had booked for more than one night! We will definitely return soon!

Here’s what Jeff wrote

I don’t use airbnb much. However, i can say that it’ll be hard to beat this experience for the rest of my life. The hosts and on-site residents are incredibly friendly and the facilities are top-notch and clean. There’s so much history in the chapel and the location is perfect for anyone driving the cabot trail and looking for a night to crash before continuing the journey. You’ll hate leaving once you’re here - it almost feels like a second home rather an airbnb. Kudos to these hosts for what they do.

 Here’s what Oscar wrote

I booked three nights and by the end I wish I could've stayed at least a couple more weeks! Ideal location right in the middle of the national park, perfect to do a whole day east and a whole day west, or just to drive the loop for a night. Close to stores and restaurants, beaches, hikes, everything. The Cape Breton style repurposed church is amazing, the grounds are excellent, everything is laid out to make guests comfortable, from solo travelers like myself to entire families with children. But the best part is the people. Bricin, his family and his hostel family are not only welcoming and accommodating, but just cool people. Ask them for advice on what to see during your stay, or just share a night next to the fire or playing the piano. I cannot recommend enough that you stay here as long as you can! I look forward to back soon.

ere’s what Irene wrote

Probably the most charming and home-like hostel I have ever stayed in. You can feel the welcoming atmosphere as soon as you walk in. Everything was spotless, well organized and comfortable. My favourite part was just sitting in the common space spending time with the hosts, they are all lovely and exuberant people.

10/10 would definitely recommend and stay again. Patricia, Bricin, Billie and Cash, you guys really have created a special home, and thank you for sharing it with all of us!

ere’s what Cynthia wrote

We were a group of 4 women age 40’s-65 in the area for the Three Peaks Challenge. We stayed for 3 nights, and could not have been happier with our stay. One night is definitely not enough to enjoy everything this hostel has to offer. We chose the 11 bunk room, and loved it. The hostel is spotless, and everything in it makes perfect sense!
We made use of the indoor and outdoor kitchen. We met some great people, enjoyed wonderful free live music one night, and were made to feel so at home. Bricin, Patricia, Billie and Cash are the most beautiful family with an amazing vision. Be sure to visit Billie’s gallery, and purchase some of her and Cash’s artwork.

ere’s what Joe wrote

Host are perfect, room is clean. Tbh I wasnt planning on staying in an hostel but finaly it was the best night of my trip. Incredible place would go back anytime. Much love.

ere’s what Ryan wrote

Honestly one of the cleanest nicest Hostels I have ever been in. Friendly staff and very comfortable. It was my wife’s first experience in one, and it was very positive, both my kids loved the bunk beds.

ere’s what Maureen wrote

This hostel is a family's home, which was unexpected but fine. our room was clean & cool. the grounds are beautiful. Bricin is a master at recommending cool local picturesque spots. let him pin spots on your phone & seize the moment!

ere’s what Sharat wrote

A church renovated / converted into a home stay!!
Halfway the Cabot trail, and right by the road. Close to some magnificent sunrise/sunset points!! Amazing hosts, super cute kitty....and even the other guests were really considerate and warm!

ere’s what Nikki wrote

Very cute and cozy hostel in an old church building which added a nice touch of character. The host family was very welcoming and fun to hang out with. The beds were comfy and clean, bathrooms spacious with all the essentials you need (towel, soap) and access to the kitchen. Would definitely stay here again!

ere’s what Gregory wrote

I enjoyed my quick trip & stay. Friendly, clean, and I liked the location. I hope to one day return to explore some more of the area. Thanks for hosting me!

ere’s what Michaela wrote

This is a fun and unique setting. I was so sad that we didn’t stay another day as the entire family was so warm welcoming and friendly and the building itself and the property is so fun and inviting. Highly recommended.

 ere’s what Yvan wrote

Super endroit. Un bijoux

Great place. A jewel

ere’s what Alex wrote

This was such an amazing spot, only wish I could have stayed longer!! The hosts, Bricin and Patricia, were super helpful and friendly. See you next time!

ere’s what Chris wrote

Staying with Patricia, Bricin, and the kids was like stopping off to spend a night with family. I was motorcycling the Cabot Trail but what I’ll remember most is the warm welcome, the fun family atmosphere, and the restful sleep. You will wish you had more time to spend with these folks in their beautiful establishment.

ere’s what Melanie wrote

Beautiful location and amazing hosts!

Here’s what Rabea wrote

The hosts are AMAZING yassss 💙 So warm hearted and the place is perfect and clean. There is also laundromat to clean your clothes so that's awesome

Here’s what Susan wrote

This Hostel is so unique. We stayed in lower dorm room that have very comfortable bunk beds. Extremely clean. Patricia and Bricin are excellent hosts. We truly feel like we are part of the family. Bricin made a huge bonfire and a group of us sat around to enjoy. I have already recommended this Hostel to people I know.

Here’s what Manon wrote

Mon séjour fut excellent ! Bricin et sa famille ont été d’un accueil formidable, le fait de dormir dans une église est très atypique, j’ai adoré et surtout très très bien dormi, c’est un lieu extrêmement reposant ! L’emplacement est aussi parfait pour visiter la région ! Je recommande !

My stay was excellent! Bricin and his family were of a wonderful welcome, sleeping in a church is very atypical, I loved it and above all slept very very well, it is an extremely relaxing place! The location is also perfect for visiting the region! I recommend !

Here’s what Shankar wrote

Stayed here two nights with my wife in the 11 people dormitory. The dorm is really nice and clean with reading light and an outlet. There were two washrooms to use which was great. The rest of the hostel was pretty awesome too with a kitchen to cook food and lots of places to hang out in the front yard and inside like the clock tower. Bricin and Patricia were really welcoming and gave tips on places to see. You can easily stay in this place for a long time!

Here’s what Maya wrote

I visited a few hostels and this one is so nice! It's super clean, warm and original! Everything is so cool there and the host gave us nice tips for the cabot trail! Thanks again!

Here’s what Ayesha wrote

wonderful atmosphere and lots to do!

Here’s what Caitlin Y wrote

This hostel was incredibly cozy and clean, with everything needed for a comfortable stay. Moreover, the host family and staff were so friendly and helpful I immediately felt at ease. They even sat down with me to pin lots of great hikes/lookout points/restaurants in the area on maps for me. In the evenings we would sit by the fire, watch movies, chat, or listen to other guests play on some of the many musical instruments in the living room.

I'm so glad I stayed here while visiting Cape Breton! Made my stay absolutely wonderful!

Here’s what Graham wrote

 Quite possibly the most hospitable people I have ever met. You would be insane not to stay here. Made some friends, saw some wild views, watched some hockey, sat by a raging fire and blasted tunes, climbed a literal mountain. Thanks Bricin and Patricia. I hope you’re ready to meet all my friends cause I’m sending them your way. Graham

Here’s what Shriraj wrote

Amazing accommodation with more than what you need ! Great location which makes it easy for breath taking landscapes. highly recommended.

Here’s what Meaghan wrote

Very welcoming! Cute church with beautiful wood arch ceiling and comfortable space. Easy to access right off highway. Thanks for having us!

Here’s what Mel wrote

THE best place to stay at in Cape Breton (maybe even the world?? 🤔) Bricin and his family are so welcoming and the hostel is clean and well kept. The location is perfect with many things to do and see in the area, and Bricin will tell you where all the best places are! Plus the views from the infamous bell tower are out of this world!! Stay at Highlands Hostel, I promise it will be incredible!

Here’s what Typhaine wrote

Sooooooo greeaaat !!! I will come back, FOR SURE !
Thanks for the warm welcome, all services, so comfortable bedrooms/beds, very clean areas, beautiful building, wonderful giant woodfire, EVERYTHING ! See you soon !

Here’s what Stephane wrote

WOW , WOW, WOW , Hats Off to the hosts Patricia,Bricin,Billie,Cash and Yum Yum (The Cat) to make this place a heavenly and Happy place to stay !

Here’s what Debz wrote

Brilliant place to stay. A really quirky building with a clock tower where you can view the surrounds. Super clean and very comfortable. Bricin, Patricia, Billie and Cash were really welcoming and very knowledgeable on the area. Billie and Cash are amazing children and Yum yum (the cat) was beautiful, albeit a little standoffish! It really was a marvellous place to stay, I would thoroughly recommend it and would love to visit again

Here’s what Peter wrote

We've had a wonderful time at this unique Hostel. The family is so welcoming and thoughtful. If you book just one place on Cabot trail, it must be this one. Wish you all the best and see you. 🤘

Here’s what Melina wrote

Not only is the hostel great, but the hosts (the whole family) are the best! You're part of the family from the moment you call them! Fun times, movie/jam/bonfire nights, easy going ambiance. I would go back there anytime! I booked 2 nights and stayed for 4!

Here’s what Eric wrote

WOW what an awesome place! Great views of the highlands from the bell tower, and great hiking...

Here’s what Catherine wrote

Everything was perfect! Surely my favorite place to stay in Cape Breton, I look forward to come back for my third time. The place is clean, the people are awesome and the vibe is cozy and fun. Thank you for everything!

Here’s what Brodie wrote

What a comfy, welcoming stay, and a great Canadian hospitality and hostel setting that Bricin and Patricia and their kids have created. These are great peoples. I only stayed a night as a solo traveller, and right when I walked in was greeted by four happy folks and immediately felt welcomed. They helped me order food at a local resturant and had hidden gem hikes pinned on my map! Wanted to share these two just to show how they go above and beyond to make the stay comfortable. For anyone traveling solo or with friends this is the only place you should stay when traveling the Cabot Trail, even if you've never stayed at a hotel before this would be a great experience!

Here’s what Hui Min Seng wrote

Amazing stay, and host family was super lovely and helpful! Had a 4.5h shuttle to Halifax airport cancel on me and the host family did as much as possible to help me find a way to catch my flight! Super super grateful :")


Here’s what Therese wrote

A MUST stay while visiting Cape Breton! The perfect location for day trips and hikes on the Cabot trail. Super clean, cozy and comfortable! The picture do not do this place justice and the hostel is a work of art! Patricia and Bricin really make it feel like a home away from home for their guests. Hands down my favourite hostel! Will be back! Thank you!

Here’s what Philippe wrote

Fantastic atmosphere, so warm and welcoming and helpful, felt part of the family. I was sad to go after three days. The highlight of our three-week road trip in the Maritimes!


Here’s what Vance wrote

I could go on and on about how great this place is. But instead I'll say this. Bricin and his family are the most welcoming hosts I've met. Besides being extremely nice, Bricin showed me all of the places I should check out while there. I'll definitely be back to stay again.


Here’s what Mackenzie wrote

First time in a hostel and I had a great time! They where very helpful and nice people! I would highly recommend!


Here’s what Ruari wrote

About as great a place you can find. Clean modern and welcoming accommodations in a picturesque location with top notch hosts. Perfect for solo travel or groups. I visited in winter and took advantage of the nearby skiing. In summer there are plenty of beaches as well as waterfalls to visit and world class hiking. I’ll definitely be back!


Here’s what Angelo wrote

My wife and I tried to get up there for a Ski at North Highlands Nordic so we booked with Bricin and Patricia. We had to change our booking due to storms on both dates we booked. They were kind and accommodating. In the end we did not stay there but I have in the past and can say that the experience you receive at Highlands Hostel is second to none. Funky space and funky people. Highly recommended!!

Here’s what Nilly wrote

I don't usually review places but this place is absolutely insane. Bricin and Patricia and their kids are the most welcoming family I've met. They will make you feel like an extension of their family. Insanely clean and welcoming environment. I'd drop everything and live here if I could. Calling it a unique experience would be an understatement. Amazing location, the price is amazing too, these people deserve your business, please support them. Bricin and Patricia, love what you're doing with your lives and love how you're raising your kids. I'll absolutely be back and spreading the word. A+++ 💕

Here’s what Taylor wrote

Best place to stay in all of Cape Breton! Bricin, Patricia and the kids are always so welcoming. They will make you feel like part of the family as you go out and climb/bike/run/hike/ski all the mountains around you! The absolute perfect location for the adventurous traveler. Bricin is known for his huge camp fires that will keep you snug after a long day, even in the winter! Can't recommend it enough.

Here’s what Melanie wrote

Wonderful place to stay, had everything we needed and hosts are very welcoming and nice to talk to. Rooms were clean and comfortable, definitely a place I’d like to come back to again!


Here’s what Hunter wrote

Super cool spot! Clean, fun, welcoming and a cool cat! Patricia and Bricin are wonderful. Had I not left to avoid a massive snow storm, I would have stayed a few more days. Loved it!

Here’s what Heidi And Nik wrote

This is an awesome place to stay. Its an interesting building that has been converted into a very cool hostel. Patricia, Bricin and family were lovely. We enjoyed being able to buy some of the kids’ art too! The location so close to Aspy Bay is also incredible. What an amazing part of the world!

Here’s what Aaron wrote

This is the perfect accommodation for travelling the Cabot trail, it’s warm, welcoming and extremely clean with everything you need and more. I've had the chance to stay here a few times for work related travel but will certainly be coming back in the future to relax in good company.

Here’s what Jerome wrote

The best hostel I ever want to. The owners are so nice and the place is beautiful and clean. Definitely a most if you go to Cape Breton.

Here’s what Nicholas wrote

i didn't stay for long but i felt welcome in no time! clean beds and bathrooms with awesome company. the host family are super friendly and i cant forget about YUM YUM!! you guys are the best! ill be sure to visit again and bring along some friends!

Here’s what Nicholas wrote

First stay of hopefully many at cool hostels like this one. Super friendly host family makes you feel very welcome. Comfortable stay and a fun time! I suggest anyone travelling to check this place out!

Here’s what Jerome wrote

The best hostel I ever went to. The owners are so nice and the place is beautiful and clean. Definitely a must if you go to Cape Breton.

Here’s what Mariah wrote

Incredible stay!!! Such a strong community bond - haven’t had an experience like this in a hostel within Canada ever! Also- photos DONT do this place justice - super clean and well kept! Will come back FOR SURE!


Here’s what Sabrina wrote

One of the best hostels I have ever been to! So comfy, so cute, nice and helpful hosts. Everything is super clean. The garden with chickens and hammocks is amazing! Would always come again.

Here’s what Anthony wrote

EASILY one of the highlights on my trip to Nova Scotia. Hostel is clean and beautiful. Bricin and his family are incredible. Amazing atmosphere, friendly people, late night campfires and music, you really couldn't ask for more. Let's put it this way, I would go back to Nova Scotia just to stay at this hostel again! If you're in Cape Breton and need a place to stay, you've found it :)

Here’s what Darshil wrote

Amazing place. Good people. Clean accommodations. I am already planning to come back here again.

I Stayed with my partner in the private room and we had a phenomenal time. Firstly the layout of the hostel is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen, which includes an amazing view from the church bell tower. Secondly the host family was extremely welcoming and knowledgeable about the community as well as recommending the best hikes and activities. We were able to have the best of both worlds from early, peaceful nights to late night partying, karaoke, and drinks at the campfire. I would 100% return to the hostel.

. I've stayed in many hostels and yours is by far the coolest I've experience and definitely has the most character.

What an amazing experience at Highlands with Bricin and Patricia. They are just two lovely authentic people who do their absolute best to maintain a beautiful and clean hostel for their many guests. I have stayed in many hostels across the world and this must be one of the best. It feels like home and I can give no higher praise than that! Our family stayed in the family room with my elderly mother and our friend’s young daughter and we all loved the place. Thank you Bricin and Patricia for our wonderful stay with you!

I based our trip to Cape Breton on the staying here because it looked so cool! I called Patricia to ask about availability and suitability for our family of two adults and one 9-year-old over Thanksgiving. We stayed for two nights but wished for longer. We did all of the suggested hikes which are off the beaten path and amazing, they aren’t on any maps! Campfires, tunes and karaoke, great company! The people that stay here know they have lucked out. We will be back! 

I don’t even know where to start about the experience you will have at this hostel, The entire family is beyond friendly, kind and pleasant. Extremely clean, beds are comfortable and the hospitality is out of this world!! Highly recommend,

Had a fantastic stay here back in the summer. Bricin's and Patricia's warm hospitality starts well-before you even arrive. When I told Patricia we were hoping to explore the area in the morning before check-in she sent back a super helpful email full of tips and suggestions. When we walked in the door Bricin immediately loaded up my phone's map with local sites that we used throughout our visit and I know I'll be looking at each time I'm in the area. Evening hospitality was top-notch good times.... cozy bonfire with great tunes, fun games and lots of laughs. Can't wait for the next stay!

Found this hostel by chance as I was planning a hunting trip. The owners are awesome and the rooms were spotless ! They really took care of us - so much so I booked another trip! Can’t wait to get there again.

Don’t even think about staying anywhere else when you come to Cape Breton, this is where you want to be. I would say it’s worth a trip to Cape Breton just to stay here. Absolutely phenomenal place. The owners are just the sweetest coolest people and the building is super cool. Whether you’re looking for a quiet nature getaway or to sing some karaoke: there’s such an amazing atmosphere here that and you’re nearly guaranteed to have the experience you want and to meet some very kind and interesting people. Thank you for a great stay and a memorable birthday.

visited the island as a nova scotian local for the hikes and of course to witness the spectacular autumn colors! For location: this hostel was very close to lots of trailheads we had planned to hike Truly one of the most unique hostels I've ever seen, the family and staff has put a great amount of work into repurposing the church, while adopting sustainable living habits, and adding a great taste of personality too! The family was very welcoming and kind. Lots of entertainment and activities to keep busy around the property, from watching the chicken scratch around the property in the mornings to the exchanging stories around the campfires. Very memorable experience. Can't wait to come back for another experience!

Here’s what Shauna wrote

The entire vibe was awesome great trail recommendations and really cool place. just an overall good group of people with the same energy!

Here’s what Clayton wrote

Stayed 1 night with my 65 year old mother. We both had a wonderful time, and met some great people. I’d recommend this place to anyone who wants to sprinkle in some food conversation to their trip around trail. Bricin also puts on a nightly bonfire that you won’t want to miss.

Here’s what Laurie wrote

A very nice place and atmosphere. Very chill and clean and well designed. Bricin and his family were very nice. A nice place to stay if you want to meet new people

Here’s what Fiona wrote

Such a lovely set up. This family are wonderful hosts and made us feel so welcome. Gave us amazing places to hike and we did everything Bricin suggested. Sooo clean and organized. Interesting and stimulating! Would definitely stay again!

Here’s what Kloé wrote

Let me just start off with a WOW. As soon as you get there you feel right at home. Bricin, Patricia and the kids are simply amazing hosts. Big bonfire every night, game nights, travel tips, must sees, this place has it all. It is located near multiple hiking trails, beaches, whale watching tours, etc! I was supposed to be there 1 day ended up staying 3 nights. You must stop here on your trip on the Cabot trail. It also has great wifi (good place for people working on the road) and it is super clean. Thank you so much for everything guys, hope to see you again soon :)

We had such a pleasant stay at Highlands Hostel. It was our first stop on our cycling trip around the Cabot trail and they were very accomodating. Had a spot to lock our bikes, quiet hours were respected so we could get some rest, little notes with instructions were left everywhere so everything was easy to find, and we had a shelf full of board games to keep us busy during our stay. One of us had even forgotten our phone charger, and they lent us one for the rest of the trip, which we mailed back to them once we got back home. Can't recommend this place enough!

Here’s what Véronique wrote

Wow!!! Quel endroit formidable chez Bricin et sa famille! Des gens tellement chaleureux, un bel havre de paix et de joie très propre, où l'on manque de rien, où l'on peut se reposer dans les hamacs, dans le clocher, jouer de la musique, passer une soirée autour d'un feux de camp où dans la légendaire caravane de Bricin!!! Une expérience mémorable !!!!

Wow !!! What a great place for Bricin and his family! Such warm people, a beautiful haven of peace and very clean joy, where you lack nothing, where you can rest in the hammocks, in the bell tower, play music, spend an evening around a campfire or in the legendary caravan of Bricin !!! A memorable experience !!!!

Here’s what Yusuf wrote

Highlands hostel is just excellent, and I highly recommend you stay here. The minute I arrived I felt so welcome - Bricin is just lovely and full of energy and greeted me like I was an old pal. The place has a solid community with bonfires and game nights. I loved it so much that I actually ended up extending my stay! The accommodation itself is wonderful - VERY clean and comfortable with almost every amenity you need. There's lots to do near by and Bricin is an expert of the area - he took the time to go on Google Maps on my phone and mark areas based on what I wanted to. Overall great experience and would recommend in a heartbeat!

Here’s what Zachary wrote

what a great place to stay in at Cape Breton! Amazing hospitality, service, and people!! highly recommend!

Here’s what Nicholas wrote

I had such a good stay at the Highlands Hostel! This was the midway point on my cycle tour around the Cabot Trail and was such a good respite. This is a really special space, and there was so much attention paid to the details. Will definitely be staying here again when I’m back in Cape Breton.

Here’s what Vadim wrote

Had a pleasure staying here for 3 days. This is probably the cleanest hostel I ever stayed at. It's located right next to many cool spots and hikes which are all less than 30 min away. Hosts were very welcoming and accomodating. Will miss chilling by the bongfire with music and beers)).

Here’s what Adam wrote

100th Google 5 star review!!! This was a very comfortable place to stay and perfect starting point for the best hikes In Cape Breton!! Thank you!

Here’s what Sue wrote

A wonderful place to stay! So warm and inviting. Had everything we needed for a last minute stay. Best hostel experience I have ever had. I brought my children and I would bring them again!

Here’s what Roch - Alexandre wrote

Des hôtes et un endroit incroyable ! Bricinnet Patricia nous avceuil chez eux dans la chapelle comme si on faisait parti de la famille. Un endroit propre et calme avec des bunks à l'étage ou au sous-sol par une entrée indépendente. Les feux de camps y sont de tradition tout les soir et n'hésitez pas à demander pour les spots secrets de Cape North. Vous ne serez pas décus !

Hosts and an amazing place! Bricin and Patricia brought us home in the chapel as if we were part of the family. A clean and quiet place with bunks upstairs or in the basement with a separate entrance. Campfires are a tradition there every night and don't hesitate to ask for the secret spots of Cape North. You will not be disappointed !

Here’s what Rose wrote

Amazing stay all the way! The best accommodation in Cape Breton, so original, and the view is stunning Don’t miss the campfire and have a chat with the amazing hosts, they will give you the best hidden gem of Cap Breton! We will be back

Here’s what Valery wrote

Un excellent accueil et climat en général ! Cette famille est extrêmement chaleureuse et le lieu est impeccable. En plus, c'est très bien situé (proche de plages, montagnes, épicerie). Je recommande !

An excellent welcome and climate in general! This family is extremely warm and the place is impeccable. In addition, it is very well located (close to beaches, mountains, grocery store). I recommend !

Here’s what Mariah wrote

So happy with our stay. I wish I could add photos of how HUGE and CLEAN the bathrooms and sleeping rooms are - not to mention how modern the sleeping rooms are!!! They have an AMAZING space- can't wait to come back!!! 10/10 experience :)

Here’s what Randy wrote

The family was amazingly receptive, and you felt like you were home! Bricin, his wife, and the children were truly accommodating. Won't be my last visit! Thanks so much!

Here’s what Barb wrote

We had a wonderful time at this stay. The hosts were very accommodating and their family were all very friendly, what a great place! We had coffee in the bell tower; amazing!

Here’s what Josh wrote

AMAZING EXPERIENCE. Would recommend to any of my friends. You won't find better hospitality on the island–felt welcomed and looked after from the moment we arrived. Received amazing local recommendations and it really made our experience in Cape North one to remember–we will be coming back!

Here’s what Diane wrote

Bricin, Patricia, Billie Rose and Cash are great hosts! Sure enjoyed our time there.

Here’s what Rianne wrote

Absolutely amazing place to stay! Great atmosphere and people :)

Here’s what Ryan wrote

Awesome hostel and hosts! This place has everything you need and is really well kept. Would definitely recommend to anyone exploring the area

Here’s what Teri wrote

This is such a special place with the sweetest hosts- everyone in the family was so welcoming! We (2 adults and 2 kids) stayed in the private room with the bunk bed and had a lovely time. The girls loved the art station. Only wish we could’ve stayed in the area longer.

Here’s what Chalmers wrote

Love this place! Really clean and comfortable. The people are super fun , friendly, and interesting. We reluctantly left and have already booked our next visit.

Here’s what Bonnie wrote

“Patricia and Bricin were amazing hosts… their place is truly unique - the location, perfect! I highly recommend… it’s clean, affordable and has everything you could possibly need. I will def be back for my next CB hiking adventure!”

Here’s what Tom wrote

THE place to stay to access all the best terrain in the North Highlands!! Don’t miss the Bell Tower views!!

Here’s what Aditya wrote

Bricin and Patricia are warm and thoughtful. They are very organized and have decorated their Church house just like a vintage home. Most importantly, they are flexible, easy to talk to and knowledgeable. There are ample resources unlike other AirBnBs. Their kids are lovely and the whole vibe in their place is magical. Thank you for hosting me and spending time to guide me about Cape Breton and the unseen.

Here’s what Susan wrote

I have never stayed at this hostel , but I will in the future. I follow them on Instagram and it is always very entertaining. The owners always engage in chats with me and are very helpful. It looks like an amazing place, very laid back and a fun place to hang out !!! It used to be an church , so good omens there for sure!! Highly recommend to follow on instagram and to arrange to stay in the future.

Here’s what Tara wrote

Hands down the highlight of my Cabot Trail trip. From riding in the truck to collect wood, to seeing one of the most magical beaches of my life, to playing weird hammer games by the fire - this was the best (& most fun) hostel experience I have ever had. Every request we may have had Bricin & his family went above and beyond - like taking us down to the ocean to collect salt water (for lobster cooking) or playing our favourite tunes looking at the stars. Very clean, SO cool, and fantastic location.

Here’s what Adam wrote

The hostel is always a magically wonderful experience. It’s family friendly and located in one if the most beautiful spots in the world. Spotless, peaceful and a must to check out.

Here’s what Jake wrote

“Ohhh my gosh where to begin..! First off you have to go! Meet the family and hope for a draft , for they will remedy with a cup of warm tea and such and a wood fire to boot... Smiles all around , clean spaces and good people with which to commune with. They also provide cleanliness and comforts and privacy!! Best place I have found around the Cabot Trail thus far!”

Here’s what Brian wrote

“Great place and awesome experience. Everyone very welcoming. Building and room we stayed in were perfectly clean. Truly an experience, and not just somewhere to stay. View from the bell-tower is great and one of the highlights. The other highlight was the night-time hangout around the fire, with the guitar/saxophone jam session. Too cool. Definitely the first place we will seek out to stay for our next Cabot trip.”

Here’s what Salman wrote

It’s was a great time @highlands hostel I recommend everyone who is going to Cabot trail should stay at this place Thanks Brucin and Patricia for the hospitality.

Here’s what Adam wrote

Only stopped in for a visit, but beautiful spot ans great people , can't wait to stay up there !

Here’s what Char wrote

We LOVED this place!! So clean and beautiful and unique! Tons of gorgeous beaches and sites super close. The drive up was incredible and totally worth it ! We can't wait to visit again ❤

Here’s what Omair wrote

Bricin and Patricia are an amazing couple and their family is so sweet! What an amazing time we had over there. We called last minute and they were so accommodating. You have to check this place out there are so many cool nooks to check out and sleep at in the hostel. The hard wood trim, the home like feel, the comfortable beds, the awesome woodstove, the whole place is so charming and the hosts make the experience even that much better. This is an experience you will not forget. We will come back for more

Here’s what Connor wrote

“We split the ride around Cabot trail into a couple days and stayed at the hostel. The space was super clean and our host was friendly and accommodating. Can't wait to make it back!”

Here’s what Chloe wrote

“Such an amazing stay!”

Here’s what Andre wrote

Well had a great visit to the Hostel the third week of September – Bricin, Patricia and family made me feel at home – hiked/scouted for wildlife each day and fished each evening and into the late hours – caught lots of fish – Bricin cooked fresh fish on the hot coals at the fire each night and it was delicious, it was enjoyed by several house guests – recommend this place to anyone – here is a quick video I put together to show the Hostel and the area around Cape North and Dingwall, NS - https://youtu.be/Q8TeHUZUusA

Here’s what Stéphane wrote

“This place is amazing! Such warmth and hospitality, very cozy feeling inside. I can’t wait to stay here again! :) 20/10 would recommend!”

Here’s what Allison wrote

“We loved our stay at the Highlands Hostel! The owners were so welcoming and gave us everything we needed to have a great stay! They provided a really great atmosphere and we will definitely be going back!”

Here’s what Danielle wrote

Probably the most unique hostel you’ll ever stay at - in the best way possible. We called super last minute and they were so accommodating. We had a bonfire in the evening and got to hangout with the other guests and Bricin (the host) was so entertaining and hilarious. Made for a very fun night. The house and yard itself is so beautiful - hammocks, games, and a slack line! Couldn’t recommend this place more.

Here’s what Val wrote

“This is not just a place to stay...this is an experience! A must do in Cape North!”

Here’s what Evan wrote

“The church is awesome, everything is pristine, the beds are really comfy and it's super close to the national park. But more importantly, the owners are really nice and just awesome in general.”

Here’s what Renée wrote

“This was my second stay at the Highland Hostel. It was wonderful before, but even better this time around. The whole family is lovely and I cannot wait to be back to visit and explore some more by the perfect location!”

Here’s what Chris wrote

The host family is extremely friendly and hospitable. The hostel is an old church that has been renovated beautifully and is kept clean and tidy. Definitely a worthwhile stop to make a Cape Breton trip memorable.

Here’s what Becky wrote

“This place and this family is so amazing! They went out of their way to make us feel at home. He knows all the cool places to visit in the area. There was an art station for the kids. The church is so neat inside! We felt like we were visiting old friends and we will definitely be back! An amazing experience to add onto your vacation!.”

Here’s what Shashwat wrote

Highlands Hostels was one of the best hostels I've ever been to! The place was very homey, clean and enjoyable. Felt very safe being here despite COVID times cause of safe measures considered by the hosts. Bricin, Patricia and the kids were very warm and welcoming. Bricin provided some great suggestions to explore the Cabot Trail during the day and jammed some great music at the night time! Came here in a group of 5 friends, everyone loved the place, ended up staying couple extra days and will surely come back again!

Here’s what Lisa wrote

The best hostel ever! The owners were amazing, the building and facilities were very clean and it's in the perfect location along the Cabot Trail. The owner was super knowledgeable about the area and helped fill our days with hidden gems. Can't wait to go back!

Here’s what Samantha wrote

You won’t be disappointed. The facility and grounds are beautiful and spotless. Ideally located near the best beaches and hikes on the Island. Bricin and Patricia go out of their way to make you feel at home. Can’t wait to come back.

Here’s what Damian wrote

My then pregnant wife and I stayed here Spring 2019 during a snow squall. Bricin and Patricia were very accommodating and put us up in the private room to ensure we had a good sleep. The next day Bricin took us on a snow show hike and then we came back to cook dinner. I’d highly recommend staying here throughout the year. It’s a great base camp for anyone wanting to see the Cabot Trail and all that it has to offer.

Here’s what Anne-Francoise wrote

“J'ai beaucoup aimé mon séjour dans cette auberge, Bricin et sa famille sont très acceuillante et connaissent les bons endroits à découvrir. J'ai beaucoup aimé leur maison et la soirée au coin du feu”

“I really enjoyed my stay in this hostel, Bricin and his family are very welcoming and know the good places to discover. I really liked their house and the evening by the fire ”

Here’s what DMINking wrote

I've stayed here at least 5 different times. Everything is more then youd expect.,from the welcoming atmosphere to the accommodations themselves. The family will make you feel like family,now 3 years later we truly are. Striker is a belly of laughs and will show you the best of what the area has to offer,from swimming spots,food,hiking trails to his wood stash's.i cant say enough,just go!!!

Here’s what Richard wrote

My stay at the Highlands Hostel was Perfect! Bricin, Patricia, Peter, Billie, and Cash invite you in to be part of the family as soon as you arrive. Really great wholesome family vibe, but also with a wild side. There weren't many guests staying at the Hostel given the Covid pandemic, and I was even the only guest for most of my stay, but Bricin went the extra mile to make sure I had a good time. The first night I arrived Bricin took us on a moonlit dip. Every night was a great time, and Bricin even helped me get acquainted with the locals ;), and got me an invite to a "quaint" Cape Breton kitchen party. It was such a great time. On the day I was supposed to leave I was having some serious car troubles and Peter went above and beyond. He drove me to Sydney and back to fix the issue! He took 6+ hours out of his day to help me get out of a tricky situation. I couldn't be more thankful! YOU GUYS ROCK! Special shootout to Daniel. Rock on, Brother!!

Here’s what Carol wrote

One of the best hostels I have stayed in. Bricin and Patricia are warm, funky and so generous with their time.The place is gorgeous and comfortable, it feels like home! You can count on Bricin to find all the secrets that the Cabot Trail has to offer. My only regret is that I only spent two nights there. I highly recommend this Nova Scotian jewel! From Quebec with love <3

Here’s what Neal wrote

Highly. Recommend. Had a fantastic stay. Hosts treat guests like family and spare no expense. Area is a fantastic place to find many warm, beautiful lakes, soft sandy beaches, and long gorgeous hikes nearby. Perfect 5/7.

Here’s what Julia Bzh wrote

“I had a great stay. Bricin, Patricia and their kids are lovely!”

Here’s what Hendrik wrote

“I had a perfect stay at the highlands hostel! The whole family is so helpful, nice and very welcoming. It was a pleasure to stay there. I would definitely come back! I also got super tips for outdoor activities. It's the perfect spot to stay when visiting the National park”

Here’s what Josie wrote

I went up with two friends for Tibbs (Tipsy) eve. It was such a beautiful atmosphere. The view from atop the bell tower is fantastic. Bricin was such a good host, and got right into the holiday party spirit. He treated us like one of the locals, took us to a local dance and took us caroling. We had a bonfire to ring in the holidays as well. The drive up the Cabot trail in winter can be tough drive, but it's worth it. The Cabot trail in winter is just a different kind of beautiful.

Here’s what Travis wrote

Bricin and Patricia were very accommodating of our large group. They provided us with local recommendations and provided a really fun and comfortable experience for everyone as well. Will probably be back again!

Here’s what Rose wrote

“Amazing location, beautiful building, and incredibly welcoming hosts! They will go through 10+ of their favorite local spots and give you all the information about them. Super laid back hosts, very kind, and we will definitely stay again :)”

Here’s what Brian wrote

“By far the most AMAZING place to stay! I usually never stay in hostels because I'd rather have my own private room, but boy was this the best first hostel experience ever. Bricin, and his family are amazing! They're the most laid-back, friendliest people I've ever met, and anyone who stays here won't regret it. 100% would stay again!”

Here’s what Virginie wrote

“Un très bel endroit que je recommande! Cette auberge de jeunesse est la maison des propriétaires, et il s’agit d’une ancienne église très bien transformée. Bricin et sa famille sont vraiment gentils. L’endroit est propre et la literie confortable. Vous serez en plein milieu du parc du Cape-Breton, localisation idéale.”

"A very nice place that I recommend! This hostel is the home of the owners, and it is an old church very well transformed. Bricin and his family are really nice. The place is clean and the bedding comfortable. You will be right in the middle of Cape Breton Park, ideal location. "

Here’s what Sarah wrote

“This place is amazing! Seriously a home away from home :) would highly recommend!”

Here’s what Valérie wrote

“C'était ma première fois que je vivais cette experiences de partager un logement avec des inconnus et j'ai adoré ! Bricin Patricia et leurs enfants sont des hôtes parfaits. Belle accueil chaleureux et très attentionnés 😆 Ce fut un plaisir de partager tous ses beaux moments avec eux et leurs visiteurs ! !!!! Merci 😊”

"It was my first time that I lived this experiences of sharing accommodation with strangers and I loved it! Bricin Patricia and their children are perfect hosts. Nice warm welcome and very attentive 😆 It was a pleasure to share all her beautiful moments with them and their visitors! !!!! Thank you 😊 "

Here’s what Alex wrote

“Great hostel , excellent location directly on the Cabot Trail close to many hikes .. Nice and friendly staff and just a good environment all around , next time on the Cabot definitely will stay here again!”

Here’s what Katherine wrote

“This hostel was really great. Clean, warm, welcoming. Bricin gave me some fantastic tips on where to explore while I was in the area. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone.”

Here’s what Josh wrote

“Bricin and Patricia have created something special with the Highlands Hostel. The space is beautiful, clean, and has an air of warmth. The location is great with many hikes within a short drive. Make sure to ask them to tag your phone with some of their favorite ones. My stay here was exactly the kind of time I needed, and I didn’t even know it.”

Here’s what Ashley wrote

It was an absolute treat to get to stay in this eclectic renovated 1928 church. Bricin and Patricia are welcoming as ever, cheering us in as we rode up on bikes in the night. It is clean and well appointed, and a fresh pot of coffee awaits you when you wake up in the morning. Don’t forget to leave your shoes at the front door! Our hostel mates were not so kind and tracked dirt through the shared space

Here’s what Keelan wrote

“Great place to stay with very friendly people. Would definitely recommend to anyone doing the Cabot trail.”

Here’s what Katharina wrote

“It is such a great and unique place! The hosts are so lovely and make you feel like you are part of the family. They also know the area so well. Bricin took the time to mark our map on where to go and which areas to explore. I would love to come back for a longer stay.”

Here’s what Andrea wrote

What a great experience. This was my first hostel stay and I was really impressed. The owners are so friendly and helpful and everything was clean. I can recommend it strongly for anyone looking for a stay on the Cabot trail. It is the perfect location to visit all the great spots around, from the skyline trail to white point to Meat Cove and many others. Enjoy a great hostel experience!

Here’s what Jane wrote

“As a solo traveler in my 60s, I was a little concerned that I would feel uncomfortable and out of place. Not a concern at all! Such a friendly and welcoming space. The hosts are so lovely that their energy and positivity seems to be shared by the guests. Loved the presence of children as well as the facility is shared with the family. Great advice on itinerary which I appreciated. Although this is a shared space, lots of good touches to add comfort - bookshelves and books of course, wonderful common spaces, bed side lamps etc. Great location as well! A real gift for travellers!”

Here’s what Holly And Yoshi wrote

“A very unique and cozy place to stay! It has a lot of charm! I felt like I was visiting at a good friend’s home as the owners and other guests were all so friendly. Enjoyed the bonfire and the games available to play in the common space.”

Here’s what Frede wrote

“Nice Place to stay out on your Trip around the Carbot Tail.”

Here’s what Cody wrote

“Great atmosphere, great people! Cozy and very relaxing accommodation in one of the most beautiful places!”

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 Anas wrote

“Je me suis senti comme chez-moi . Un super accueil un moment de partage très enrichissant. Tout le monde a été très sociables accueillants et à l’écoute (malgré mon Anglais). Les conseils de Bricin sur les sites à visiter sont extras et à faire sans aucune hésitation ! Je reviendrai sans hésiter Merci”

"I felt like home. A great welcome a moment of sharing very rewarding. Everyone was very social friendly and attentive (despite my English). The advice of Bricin on the sites to visit are extras and to do without any hesitation! I will come back without hesitation Thank you "

Here’s what Tanis wrote

“Friendly, helpful travel tips and very welcoming. Thank you!”

Here’s what Brendan wrote

A church turned Hostel. This place is the definition of cozy, with the beautiful hard wood floors, hot coffee and comfy couches.

Here’s what David wrote

“Amazing stay, amazing people! Open concept & shared space. Couldn’t have asked for a better stay!”

Here’s what John wrote

“Thank you for hosting me! I had a great time at the Highlands Hostel and on the Cabot Trail!”

Here’s what Florian wrote

“That's maybe one of my favourite Airbnb so far ! Bricin and his family are so friendly and they gave me many tips. The church is amazing and clean. I recommend!!”

Here’s what Sarah wrote

“Great place to stay! Bricin and Patricia made me feel welcome and gave me loads of tips on where to go and what to do. Would definitely book again!”

Here’s what Joshua wrote

“This place is amazing. Beautiful location, incredibly friendly hosts and amazing hostel. Clean, comfortable, and unique...if you're travelling 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 Sarah wrote

“Stayed here twice now and would stay again! Amazing hosts, atmosphere and location :)”

Here’s what Keisha wrote

“What a great family! So welcoming :)”

Here’s what Katrin wrote

“Thank you for a truly unique hostel experience and all the great recommendations. I wish we‘d had more time to explore the area—but now we have a reason to come back!”

Here’s what Sam wrote

“Such a cool set up running out of an old church this place felt so comfortable and the team make sure your well equipped with inside knowledge on what do do & where to go. So much more interesting as the whole family live there adding to the atmosphere. Super clean & well equipped kitchen in the beautiful Cabot Trail. 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 Ariane wrote

“J’ai dormi 2 nuits dans cette auberge familiale. L’endroit est très bien, très propre et reposant. J’ai bien aimé le look chaleureux de la chapelle. Le couple qui tient l’endroit est très accueillant et accommodant. La communication s’est fait facilement et rapidement. Il y a un frigo et congélateur disponible pour les clients, ce qui est très utile. La cuisine est très bien équipée. J’ai bien aimé le feu à l’extérieur le soir. Je crois qu’il est possible de réserver autrement que par Airbnb, ce qui peut économiser quelques frais. Assurément si je reviens dans le coin, j’y retournerai!”

"I stayed 2 nights in this family inn. The place is very good, very clean and relaxing. I liked the warm look of the chapel. The couple who holds the place is very welcoming and accommodating. Communication was easy and fast. There is a fridge and freezer available for guests, which is very helpful. The kitchen is very well equipped. I enjoyed the fire outside at night. I think it is possible to book other than Airbnb, which can save some fees. Surely if I come back to the area, I will return! "

Here’s what Chad wrote(2)

“Definitely recommend this place!! I will go miles out of my way to stay here again. Excellent people, perfect location, warm welcome, and great value!”

Here’s what Chad wrote

“The perfect place, and location . Very friendly and welcoming hosts. They know the area very well, and had lots of tips for everyone. I will definitely go out of my way to stay here again.”

Here’s what Jessica wrote

Das Hostel wird von einer jungen Familie geführt und ist sehr liebevoll hergerichtet. Die ehemalige Kirche ist eine tolle Unterkunft in der man verweilen kann. Die Lage im Nationalpark ist sehr zentral und alles ist gut erreichbar. Es ist alles da, was man braucht und es ist blitzsauber. Wir würden jederzeit wiederkommen. Vielen Dank für den tollen Aufenthalt! Patrick&Jessica aus Deutschland

The hostel is run by a young family and is lovingly decorated. The former church is a great place to stay. The location in the national park is very central and everything is easily accessible. It's all there, what you need and it is spotless. We would come back anytime. Thank you for the great stay! Patrick & Jessica from Germany

Here’s what Rui wrote

“Cheerful, warm and fun place to stay, you’ll find people from all origins with great mentality and judgement free! The bonfire was a great moment to share stories and meet new people. While we stayed here we felt like we were part of a family. I really would like to comeback one day!”

Here’s what Mike wrote

What a fun time. It was refreshing to sit by a campfire and have some amazing conversations with fellow travelers of the world. I needed this to charge up my energy for the rest of my trip.

Here’s what Reda wrote

“Bricin and Patricia are amazing hosts. They've created a unique experience thanks to a blend of their generous personalities, entrepreneurial flair and love for Cape Breton. I will definitely be staying there again! Thank you :-)”

Here’s what Joost wrote

Toller, bequemer Ort mit tollen Gastgebern, welche die besten Tipps für Reisende haben.

Great, comfortable place with great hosts, which have the best tips for travelers.

Here’s what Nicole wrote

“Cute hostel with several nice touches (towels, personal bed lamps, earplugs, etc). Tower was cool to climb up. Got great directions to a beach. Your typical hostel experience - shared space in a loft. They were great at keeping noise down after 10pm ish.”

Here’s what Rosalinda wrote

“Highlands Hostel is a true gem. It is well located in Cape North , surrounded by tones of hiking / amazing lookouts . The space totally fantastic with great amenities ( used to be a Church!) and the hosts have wonderful local recommendations . I definitely plan on coming back again ! Would 10/10 recommend”

Here’s what Micaela wrote

Patricia & Bricin have an amazing and welcoming hostel up in gorgeous Cape North. The hostel is cozy, clean, comfortable and you could not ask for better people! Our only complaint was to ourselves for not staying here longer! Thanks again to Patricia and Bricin for hosting us, and for letting us in on all the best local spots for swimming, hikes and great views. Can't wait until we make it back out to Cape Breton again!

Here’s what Ida wrote

Such a nice hostel! Friends, cool and clean. Amazing family that runs the hostel.

Here’s what Jessica wrote

“Great space, close to tons of great trails! Everyone was very friendly and accommodating. The loft space is super cozy!”

Here’s what Russell wrote

“Best bang for your buck ! These folks know what they are doing and even IF they weren't situated somewhere so beautiful, it would have been the best stay ever. Nonetheless, the location is perfect for beaches, food, community and all else you could ask for. I don't even have words for the love I felt here -- if you are looking for a genuine and hospitabal stay on CB, this is it.”

Here’s what Stacey wrote

“Cool space, great hosts and amazing location. Bricin and Patricia are the real deal, and it's reflected in their accommodations. I felt welcome and comfortable from the moment I arrived. I would definitely return when visiting Cape Breton!”

Here’s what Justine wrote

“Want a fun night with the locals, stay at Highlands Hostel! A true Cape Breton experience!!”

Here’s what Sophie wrote

“My stay was amazing ! The hostel is incredible and the hosts are the best So much fun over there ! I definitely recommend it !”

Here’s what Nadia wrote

“Endroit tout simplement unique. La famille est accueillante, on se sent à l’aise d’aller et venir dans les diverses pièces de la maison dès notre arrivée. Pour ceux qui aime le style hostel c’est l’endroit idéal pour vous arrêter pendant votre séjour.”

"Simply unique place. The family is welcoming, we feel comfortable to come and go in the various rooms of the house upon our arrival. For those who like the hostel style this is the perfect place to stop during your stay. "

Here’s what Susan wrote

“This is a really nice hostel made from a great old church. Be prepared to climb stairs. The hosts are really friendly and helpful. The private room we had was Very comfortable and will sleep four.”

Here’s what Chase wrote

“I had a great stay at the Highlands Hostel, Patricia and Bricin are the best! The location is right in the middle of some of the best and most beautiful terrain of the Cape Breton Highlands and they know all the best, unknown spots to check out for anyone who loves scenic hiking. 5 stars easily!”

Here’s what Saumya wrote

“We had an amazing stay at the Highlands Hostel and thoroughly recommend the place! We were travelling in a group of three and booked the private room which was ideal for us. The hostel was super clean and we received a very warm welcome! Highlights of our stay included a session in the bell tower jam room, listening to Indian songs around the campfire and receiving some great tips for places to visit (beaches, hikes, photo spots etc.) to visit in the local area! We stayed for one night and wished it was longer!”

Here's what Albert wrote

meilleur hostel de tout la nouvelle ecosse! j'ai meme eu l'occasion d'apprendre un nouveau jeu, nails ;)

Best hostel in all of Nova Scotia I even had the opportunity to learn a new game, nails;)

Here's what Nicolas wrote

"great place & hosts"

Here's what Kate wrote

"The suggestions offered for places to explore were wonderful. Great hospitality and a great place to stay"

Here’s what Robyn wrote

These folks will make you feel like part of the gang! The place is spotless and SO well organized. They provide great tips for checking out the area. I stayed here for 3 nights- it was a great home base. Right in the middle of everything


Here’s what Birgit wrote

“Staying at the highlands hostel was the best decision ever. Starting from great conversations by the fire to getting every help we needed with our laundry and tips for the best trails and beaches, everything was perfect. We slept really well and it was a great experience that we will fondly remember for the rest of our lives. We were really sad to leave. Bricin and his family and friends are such fun and lovely hosts.”

Here’s what Robyn wrote

“These folks will make you feel like part of the gang! The place is spotless and SO well organized. They provide great tips for checking out the area. I stayed here for 3 nights- it was a great home base. Right in the middle of everything.”

Here’s what Claude wrote

“Tres bel endroit et tres tranquille pour une auberge de jeunesse et des hotes formidables j y retournerais sans aucun doute rapport qualite prix tres bien merci a Patricia et Bricin.”

"Very nice place and very quiet for a hostel and great hosts I would definitely return the value for money very well thank you to Patricia and Bricin."

Here’s what Gherardo wrote

“Alloggio molto carino e particolare, gestito con cura da una giovane coppia molto gentile”

"Very nice and particular accommodation, carefully managed by a very kind young couple"

Here’s what Geoffrey wrote

We decided on going on a road trip with our dog and also had to find a place to rest along the cabot trail that was dog friendly, we didn't mind the extra charge, we expected it. Bricin and his family were wonderful! My dog just loved it there. I could go on for hours on the great time we had. We certainly tell everyone we know about them, we can't praise them enough. Brice took it on him to make sure we got the most out of our short stay in the area, he definitely knows his neck of the woods, provided maps and recommended, showed us and drew on the map :) , the best trails for us to hike, for the time we had, and we're so glad, having met him and his family definitely made it the best part of our trip, we hiked many lovely trails with great views and there's so much we realize we couldn't do, we're anxious to drop by again next time, but this time in summer. And by the cozy fire, he has many interesting stories to tell, we all wish we could've stayed longer.

Here’s what Tiffany wrote

“Such nice hosts! If I come back, I’m definitely staying here again! The place was gorgeous, clean, and conveniently located on the Cabot Trail! Highly recommend staying here!”

Here’s what Diana wrote

“A must stay when going to NS to visit Cape Breton! Bricin and his family is very knowledgeable about the area and provided fantastic tips on where to go! The church turned into a hostel is so charming and very nicely laid out. I cannot rave about this place enough! Highly recommend!!! 😆”

Here’s what Kyle wrote

“Amazing place & location. Hosts were incredibly nice people.”

Here’s what Alexandra wrote

“This was an amazing spot with such a friendly, fun crew! We felt right at home and welcome. Super clean and in a great location. Highly recommend!”

Here’s what Carol wrote

“Easy access to the Cabot Trail! The hosts are most gracious, willing to spend some time and provide local tips. Spotless accommodations!”

Here’s what Fadi wrote

“Bricin, Patricia and their beautiful family are wonderful hosts. It was a great experience that I would highly recommend!”

Here’s what Nicolas wrote

“A unique place! And such a beautiful region to visit.”

Here’s what Michelle wrote

“We loved staying here. We had the private room, which was quiet and comfortable. The best thing about this place, though, was the fun people and personality of the place. Bricin was also great about giving us local tips on places to go and things to see. Would stay here again in a heartbeat!”

Here’s what Maxime wrote

“Lovely place to stay, directly on the Cabot trail. Patricia and her family are great hosts. I totally recommend!”

Here’s what Simone wrote

“What a fun vibe! The hosts were wonderful and welcoming- offered local tips on what to do based on your likes and interests!!”

Here’s what Marian wrote

“Beautiful set up in a private home with many coming and going. Sound travels a bit and public spaces adjoin sleeping spaces, so that was a bit of a challenge for the early to bed crowd. Very responsive and organized. Authentic fishing village nearby was an added benefit.”

Here’s what Dominick wrote

“Patricia et Bricin, son deux personnes vraiment accueillante ! L’installation est vraiment bien et les lits son très confortable même en dortoir . Très près d’une petite épicerie et de plusieurs hike ainsi qu’à 20-25 min de black brook beach une petite plage qui lorsque les conditions son présente on peut surfer .”

Patricia and Bricin, his two people really welcoming! The facility is really good and the beds are very comfortable even in dormitory. Very close to a small grocery store and several hike and 20-25 min from black brook beach a small beach that when conditions are present we can surf. "

Here’s what Mark wrote

“Bricin's hospitality is second to none - wouldn't hesitate to refer.”

Here’s what Katrine wrote

Je voyage beaucoup, et cette hostel est un de mes top 3 en ce qui touche la propreté, et l’hospitalité! Je recommande fortement! En plus,vous êtes tout près du parc naturel du Cabot Trail

(I travel a lot, and this hostel is one of my top 3 in terms of cleanliness and hospitality! I highly recommend! In addition, you are close to the Cabot Trail Nature Park)

Here’s what Melissa wrote

“We had a great stay at the hostel. It was the perfect spot to explore the Highlands from and we’d stay there again in a heartbeat. Amazing hospitality from everyone on site and a cool place to stay.”

Here’s what Gabriel wrote

“Amazing restored church into a hostel. The hosts lives there with their family and are the nicest people ever! There’s plenty to do around and the hosts will give you great advices on all the attractions around. They have a great setup outside with hammock and games. They made a campfire at night and made us feel at home. I highly recommend if you’re exploring the area!”

Here’s what Maggie wrote

“I had a great stay. The hosts are very knowledgeable about the area and willing to point you in the right direction. A great and welcoming environment. Highly recommend!”

Here’s what Kaitlyn wrote

“I highly recommend the Highland Hostel to anyone needing a resting spot along the Cabot Trail! I didn’t have a chance to meet Bricin, but Patricia and the kids were such warm and welcoming hosts. The hostel itself is so beautifully restored, with ample space, comfy beds and all the amenities you could ever need. The nightly fires are also a great touch! Such a great spot... I can’t wait to come back!”

Here’s what Ysamae wrote

“Bricin, Patricia, their 2 children, Peter, Jordan, and the other guests staying at this Airbnb made my trip very memorable! This Airbnb was a church that has been converted into an amazing hostel ran by an amazing family. It has a comfy cabin feel with a great touch of character -there is nothing like it! Right from the beginning I was welcomed with open arms. Bricin was a great host, he gave me and the other guests some local tips about where to go and what to see (Places that are a gem in Cape Breton), and he always had an invitation to entertain everyone with a fire at night. Patricia and the children were very sweet and welcoming. Peter, which is Patricia's father, was a great person to talk to as well! He was very kind and showed me their future plans for the hostel! I cannot wait to see how it will look in the future. The location is close to a store and restaurant and many hiking trails and beaches. This hostel seem to attract some very nice and wholesome guests because that's what I've experienced during my time, and what I notice is that they keep coming back as well! This family run Airbnb tucked in the north side of Cape Breton will make you feel like you are home away from home. I definitely recommend everyone to stay here, and I hope one day to come back!”

Here’s what Quentin wrote

“Bricin and his family was very welcoming and friendly! We loved our stay at their church! It's a lovely and surprising spot! I definitely recommend!”

Here’s what Sarah wrote

“Staying at this hostel was amazing. It’s clean, well run, organized and very welcoming. You have everything you need available. We had bonfires every night it didn’t rain, and there’s a store just down the road. The hosts are so welcoming, easy going and relaxed...it’s like staying with old friends that you just haven’t met yet. Very highly recommended!!”

Here’s what Gaurang wrote

Bricin and Patricia were absolutely fabulous hosts. They were so warm and welcoming. We stayed with them on a cold and rainy night, and Bricin had a nice warm fire up and running in no time. Their two kids and their cat YumYum were also so friendly! The experience of staying in a converted church was also very interesting. Bricin and Patricia's knowledge of the area is tremendous, and Bricin was able to drop pins of "insider-hidden-gem" locations for me on Google maps. These were very accurate and I had next to no trouble in finding them. We stayed in the private room and all the bedding and towels were very clean. Patricia was also very quick to respond to emails and was able to confirm our reservation within a day of me inquiring. Their kitchen has everything you need to cook, and Patricia was very gracious in offering us coffee the next morning. I would recommend staying here 100% and would love to be back.

Here’s what Courtney wrote

“Loved our stay! We just booked another night for August to do more hiking! Great location and close to all amenities. Very clean and great communication. Thank you for a great weekend!!”

Here’s what Chelsea wrote

“This hostel is one of a kind, both the environment and the people you'll find in it. I highly recommend it as a place to stay on a trip to Cape Breton Island. You will not be disappointed!”

Here’s what Jonah wrote

“Without a doubt the coolest hostel experience I’ve had. Bricin is amazing when it comes to local tips and he can recommend some amazing trails that you won’t find on any other map”

Here’s what Yannick wrote

“This is the place to stay in Cape Breton Highlands! It's a church so perfectly renovated that it looked brand new from the inside! Bricin and his family are very welcoming, friendly, plus you will really get the traditional hostel atmosphere! Bricin and his wife gave me lots of tips about the places to visit around. The Hostel is perfectly located from many trails and nice spots like meat cove 15-20 mins drive and white point the same for example! don't hesitate !”

Here’s what Johnathan wrote

“Bricin's hostel is an amazing gem in Cape North. Very close to the local stores and restaurant. Perfect if you're doing a cycling tour of the Cabot Trail. Plenty of good tips and great stories in this location. This was our favorite stop on our tour!”

Here’s what Joe wrote

“Bricin and Patricia are great hosts who make sure you have the best stay possible”

Here’s what Abhisekh Patra wrote

Love the warm stay... would recommend this highly if you love some adventure stay....:)

Here’s what Paula wrote

“This place is great, and the hosts even greater! Don't hesitate to book with them, you won't be disappointed :)”

Here’s what Brendan wrote

Stayed here while Cycling the Cabot trail. The owners were very nice, and the stay here was very good. The beds are comfortable and the prices are very good if you are traveling in small groups or if you are traveling alone. There is a grocery store fairly close and a restaurant just next door, so plenty of options to restock your supplies. This is a great place to stop if you are doing the trail and want to take a jaunt out to Meat Cove.

Here’s what Karston wrote

“Superb hospitality all around, plus great hiking and travelling recommendations”

Here’s what Wuyang wrote

“Bricin and Patricia's hostel is amazing! Beautiful interior, nice layout that presents a really warming stay in the mountain. He is also very helpful in giving traveling tips in Cape Breton. Many places he suggested is much better than the park's guide. Lovely stay, would definitely come again”

Here’s what Victor wrote

“The only word to describe it is AWESOME! If you want a calm night or a cool camp fire with some really awesome stories this is the place. Bricin is a very nice dude that will share with you awesome tips on places to go or some world class twisties for motorcycles.”

Here’s what Emilia wrote

“This place was absolutely amazing. I felt at home, welcomed, taken care of, i will be going back again for sure and i hope you chose this beautiful place and get to experience their amazing hospitality.”

Here’s what Jeremy wrote

“My only regret is to not had more time to spend at Bricin's place than one night. His family and church (!) is an oasis of coolness in the middle of the woods. I'd recommand anybody (who's nice) to stop there!”

Here’s what Ami wrote

“Such great hospitality! Bricin and Patricia were great.”

Here’s what Sarah wrote

“Patricia and Bricin are kick ass hosts/hostel owners!! They are genuine people - super welcoming, friendly and helpful. They would check in with me often to see how I was doing and just to chat! Bricin mapped out some sweet hikes and spots to check out in the Cape Breton highlands, which I wouldn't have known about otherwise. And had a campfire going in the back each night :) if you're looking for a place to stay in Cape North, I recommend Highlands hostel!”

Here’s what Marie wrote

“Great place. Lots of friendly guest. The hosts were very welcoming and friendly, and helped us cook local lobster! Recommend staying here if you have the chance!”

Here’s what Cally wrote

“Bricin and Patricia along with their beautiful children welcomed us with open arms. They are such kind hearted hosts that want you to have the best experience. Their converted church is beautiful, clean and spacious with a fun energy. Bricin took us to the local beach for sunset and it was breathtaking- a local hidden treasure. Thank you for everything!”

Here’s what Jenna wrote

“If you're exploring CBHNP this spot is a must. There are exceptional beaches around and top quality hiking, the hostel is perfect, and the route to get there would have itself been a reason to go.”

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 Maria wrote

“Bricin and. Patricia were incredible hosts!! They have an awesome space! I would definitely recomend staying here if you find yourself on the Cabot trail! Bricin even took my phone and pinned cool places to go and how to get there and where to park! They were beyond awesome :)”

Here’s what Cori wrote

“What a awesome place! A lovely family which bought a church and made a nice house out of it. It’s an open loft with six beds. Quiet in the night though. Perfect equipped kitchen and bathroom”

Here’s what Rachel wrote

“I loved my stay here! The whole family are so friendly and really interesting people! Their hostel is unique and homey, and super comfortable! And loads of local tips on amazing sights to see! Whether you need a break from the city or are just passing through, make sure to stay here!”

Here’s what Neil wrote

“Absolutely a gem in the woods. Amazing location, place to stay and most of all the hospitality. Amazing family that gave my stay a warm and perfect trip. Great hiking trips, local knowledge and stunning places to visit. Recommend HIGHLY. 10/10”

Here’s what Nicolas wrote

“Bricin and Patricia are enthusiastic hosts and we had a beautiful and very authentic stay ! We definitely recommend sleeping in their church..”

Here’s what Kelly wrote

“Perfect location and perfect hosts! I would definitively stop again here for a next trip in Cape Breton Island. Bricin, Patricia, their two kids and Yum Yum (the cat) are a fantastic family and great hosts. Very helpful in every thing, sharing their best spots to experience the real Cape North outdoors... Come and establish your camp here to hike or ski around.”

Here’s what Ben wrote

“The best place I've ever stayed at, and definitely the best place to make base camp if driving and hiking the Cabot Trail! Bricin and Patricia are two of the kindest, most helpful, and overall best people I've met. And the church is a super awesome destination in itself on the trail! Lots to do literally right outside the door, and a great place to hang out inside if you're beat from the trails or the weather turns. I'll make this place a base-camp for a summer trip to CBI!”

Here's what Cross Country Nova Scotia wrote

"Hey There Bricin, Patricia & Kids #HighlandsHostel. Thank-you for the fantastic accommodations and personality. Your place is as clean and tidy (or tidier) than my Grandmother's home. What a lovely family, that's chosen Cape North over many places traveled the world over.

Loved your tale of generosity on your first Christmas in Cape North. Back when Bricin was 15 years old, his Mother asked him to dress up as Santa... to lift the spirits of some folks who were finding their way within a care home, where she was working.

The 2017 Christmas was Bricin's first Christmas in Cape North. He put on his Santa Suit and visited a home for mentally challenged adults just up the street. Bricin filled his sack with wrapped apples. "Why apples", I said? "Because it's all I had to give", He said.

Keep an eye folks, this guy has the laugh and heart of Santa. For all of you parents out there wondering how to teach your kids the value of "doing the right thing", give them the opportunity to do the right thing. Sure worked for this guy at Christmas.

Job well done to Bricin's Mother. Hope to see you again soon Bricin & Family. Highlands Hostel"

Here’s what Kate wrote

“Really unique renovation of an old church and great location for a midpoint stay along the Cabot Trail!”

Here’s what Nathan wrote

“The Highland hostel is a great place for those who want to explore Cape Breton. It's near many incredible places to visit (hikes and sights) and has terrific hosts. Bryce and Patricia are super nice and keep the church really cozy and friendly.”

Here’s what Aidan wrote

“Bricin and Patricia were great! They were super helpful in mapping out an entire days worth of hikes, sites, look-offs and restaurants to see. His enthusiasm for Cape Breton was unbeatable! And the hostel itself had everything you could need! The bell tower has a great 360 degree view and they were very accommodating for any of our needs, even when the power was out for the whole region. Would certainly stay there again!”

Here’s what Dominic wrote

Awesome place! I will definitely stay there again. Like the bunks and the fact, that you stay in a former church. Checkout the tower;) The owner family is so charming and nice. thanks for everything!

Here’s what Brendan wrote

“‘‘Twas everything they promised and more.”

Here's what Jade wrote

"Very well placed to discover the Cabot Trail. Patricia was very friendly, welcoming and flexible. The house is amazing, it was the first time I slept in an (old) church :) "

Here’s what Lijun wrote

“Highly recommended”

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!”

Here’s what Patrick wrote

“A neat spot. Check out the view from the clock tower!”

Here’s what Barbara wrote

“This hostel offers the expected communal ambiance of a hostel in a unique building with great location. The private room was well set up, kitchen accessible and well organized. great place to stay!”

Here’s what En Ying wrote

“Wonderful cosy hostel, hosted by a charming family. The hostel was clean, comfortable, and our hosts gave us recommendations for hiking and food that make our trip all the better! The effort they made to make the guests feel at home (including chatting to us and making up a fire to chat around at night) and genuine interest in hearing about us and sharing their stories stood out. Would highly recommend.”

Here’s what Jonathan wrote

"Super friendly. Great accommodation - clear recommendation! "

Here’s what Faraz wrote

“Bricin is an awesome host. We had a huge bonfire and his suggestions on where to go for the best views were awesome, Highly recommend staying here if you are doing the Cabot trail. I’ll be back for sure.”

Here’s what 다영 wrote

“It was so shame that I booked this place only for one night. The place itself was freaking awesome with the fire place and spacy yard. It was dark enough to see the stars at night. Also The hosts gave me so much tips to go around and they were really welcoming too. The bonfire was amazing in the evening. I would definitely come back Cape Breton to stay and hang out here.”

Here’s what Sally wrote

“Highlands Hostel completely restored my faith in hostels! The family atmosphere is key to a great hostel experience and Bricin and Patricia do it up right! Very helpful hosts in all respects and generous with sharing local knowledge of trails, restaurants and events. All fellow hostelers were respectful and interesting and that helps too. Thank you!”

Here’s what Brenna wrote

“This hostel was amazing. Super cool how it's an 100 year old church converted into something extraordinary. The owners Patricia and Bricin are very sweet and welcoming. If you need to know anything about the area, Bricin is the guy to ask and will give you awesome directions. If you're travelling alone or with one pal i recommend the bell tower. You're in your own nook and you have a beautiful window to look out of. It is in close proximity to the bathroom but you can just hang up a sheet for a bit of privacy!( not to mention the there's a cool view at the top too!) It's super clean. and cozy too! they also give you ear plugs if your sensitive to noise which i thought was a nice touch.”

Here’s what Renée wrote

“Such a special and welcoming home. — So much character and heart! Patricia and Bricin (and Peter, and Cash and Billie and YumYum) are super hosts. Go here!”

Here’s what David wrote

“Bricin and co. will offer you the best tips about what to see around. They live right in the middle of the Cape Breton's highlands and know things only locals ever heard about. Don't miss it! :)”

Here’s what Babu wrote

“Nice place and homely reception. Very good”

Here’s what Jasmine wrote

“LITERALLY THE BEST HOSTEL I HAVE EVER STAYED IN!!! I've been quite a few places in this wild world and i can confidently say that my stay at Highlands Hostel made my trip around Canada one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had. i was travelling solo and stayed five nights here and sort of arrived not knowing what i was going to get up to. No worries though, as Bricin filled my maps with little pins of the best hidden spots around the island and cool mountains to explore. The hostel is such a fun place to meet other people and hear some great stories. Bricin usually has a fire going most nights and if you're lucky he might even get the f-bomb going for a midnight beach run :D You can't beat the warm and inviting hospitality of this place and Bricin and Patricia! Thank you so much for such a great stay! I'm hoping I'll be back someday!!!!”

Here's what Audrey wrote

I am giving a 5 star review because Bricin and Patricia are very welcoming and were very helpful to me, providing me a place to stay at this time of year (long weekend in October) where everything is overbooked! The former church is super charming and I really felt at home for the few hours I stayed. The view from the former bell tower is worth ''the climb''. They really want you to enjoy the hostel and the region as well. It's also a good location to stay while travelling the Cap-Breton Park.

Here’s what Brittani wrote

“Great value! Very friendly hosts. Perfect location. Can’t beat this price :)”

Here’s what Sydney wrote

“bricin and his family are incredibly sweet and welcoming. the home itself is soooo neat. the space is cozy and the beds are very comfortable. everything you need! we loved our stay here, and they really make you feel at home. thanks for a great visit Bricin & Patricia!”

Here's what Eric wrote

This hostel is located in the middle of Cape north. It's basically church turned into house so host family live on 1st floor and all the bunk bed and private room is on 2nd floor. Host family was so kind and try to make us like home.

Here’s what Sydney wrote

“Bricin and Patricia (and their sweet kids&cat) are amazing hosts. The building is super unique and SO cozy. You feel instantly at home. Such a unique space too, and the beds were very comfortable. We would highly recommend staying here! We loved it! 😀”

Here’s what Lisa wrote

“Bricin, Patricia and her father were wonderful hosts, so warm, sincere and welcoming!!! Their home is really quite amazing, very comfortable, cool and great history and you still can find your own quiet spot if needed! Met some lovely people and enjoyed great evening fire!!! Can't say enough about their hospitality and amazing local suggestions! Thank you!”

Here’s what Lucy wrote

“This was my first time staying at a hostel and I am so impressed with this experience! Bricin and Patricia are amazing hosts. Amazing tips on what to do locally and a passion for Cape Breton make this an ideal place for travellers. The amenities such as being able to cook and store food was a great bonus. Definitely recommend!”

Here’s what Mandy wrote

“The hospitality and inclusiveness of this hostel and especially the hosts, outshone expectations. Definitely recommend for your Cabot Trail adventure.”

Here’s what Michelle wrote

“Bricin and Patricia are operating a cool AF, unique spot for a great price. Amazing vibe. Beds were comfy, place was very clean. Met lots of great people and the host family was lovely. You will not regret staying here.”

Here’s what Tony wrote

“Spent an 2 nights at Bricin and Patricia's awesome hostel. The place is a converted wooden church - super clean and cosy. The hosts were fantastic, very welcoming and full of great tips you only get by talking to a local. Would 100% recommend”

Here’s what Lucie wrote

“Really good location and good recommendation from Bricin to visit the area”

Here’s what David wrote

“Perfect perfect perfect. Amazing host family. Cool building.”

Here’s what Lauren wrote

“Stay here for a dose of fun and hospitality in the middle of Cape Breton's splendor. Bricin and his family are full of hospitality, stories, and much knowledge/local tips of the area. I appreciated the one-of-a-kind stop during my bicycle tour of the province, and will make a point to be back.”

Here’s what Calvin wrote

“Had a great stay here, I would highly recommend. Hosts were helpful with local tips, friendly, and passionate about what they do. Accommodations were great- very cool repurposed church with nice touches all around”

Here’s what Kathleen wrote

“Had a fantastic stay at highlands hostel. A very welcoming stay with a great atmosphere!”

Here’s what Ana-Maria wrote

“This place was such a fun place to stay! Lots to explore inside and out. I would recommend staying here if you like people because there are plenty. Bricin gave us lots of tips on places to explore in the area and the hospitality overall was amazing!”

Here's what Monika wrote

What a fantastic and unique experience! Lovely hosts with great recommendations!

Here’s what Remie wrote

“De old church looks beautiful and it is so much bigger inside then it looks from the outside. The beds are comfortable and they are very welcoming.”

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 info 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!”

Here’s what Manon wrote

“The Highlands Hostel is a perfect place to stay if you are travelling on the Cabot trail. In the middle of the loop, the hostel (an old church) was ideal for us. We spent a very nice time with Patricia and her family.”

Here's what Olivia wrote

I only stayed one night but it was an amazing experience! The family that runs it is incredibly friendly and will tell you all about the hidden local gems to go visit. I would 100% go back! Also on a boring but important note, the loft dorm and bathroom was very clean. Also, there is an adorable and friendly cat there.

Here’s what Jessica wrote

“WONDERFUL folks that have created a fantastic hostel on the very top of Cape Breton. Don't miss spot if you are a budget traveller and like adventure you have come to the right spot. These guys will send you in the right direction for all and they keep the hostel clean and tidy and welcoming. Often there is a fire going at night so you can catch some local stories and share your own! I will be back! xoxo”

Here’s what Barbara wrote

“one of the best Hostels i Stayed at! it's a home away from home! hammocks, Good Vibes, recommendations for the perfect Spots to See the real Cape Breton, and Not to Forget the campfire! Bring time, You Don't want to leave :-)”

Here’s what Trent wrote

“Bricin is probably the coolest dude in the world. He's got amazing tips on cool spots to check out in the area. His family is awesome, and his place is super comfy. You're definitely going to wanna stay at his place.”

Here’s what Dan wrote

“A little oasis in the middle of the gorgeous and sweeping Canadian forestland. I slept tremendously well, the shower was great, the hosts were helpful, and the people there were friendly and fun. Will definitely return! ”

Here’s what Kevin wrote

“Patricia and Bricin were exceptional hosts. The location is amazing, and the old converted church is a very nice building. There is a lot to see and do on the property, let alone the surrounding area. Also, at the rate listed there isn't a better choice for the hostel type accommodations. Would highly recommend to anyone.”

Here’s what Erin wrote

“Bricin was super welcoming and helped me find some beautiful sites. Hostel was clean, easy to find, and well decorated. ”

Here’s what Vanessa wrote

“Highlands Hostel is one of the most unique places we have ever stayed - love the bell tower! Bricin and Patricia are great, friendly hosts. We particularly loved the evening campfire. A great experience!”

Here is what Emily wrote

I had planned three nights at Highlands Hostel ("the Church"), and ended up staying for ten nights!! Bricin, Patricia, Peter, and the kids are a kind and welcoming family, creating an amazing experience in a beautiful place. This is a well-functioning hostel in all the traditional senses-- clean and spacious, a useful and stocked kitchen, comfortable beds and linens, common spaces, and lots of suggestions for things to do in the area. But Highlands Hostel goes beyond the standard experience-- it is located in a truly spectacular part of Nova Scotia, near amazing hikes and beaches. Bricin and Patricia suggested really fabulous local spots that I might have missed otherwise, and the sense of camaraderie at the hostel was much warmer than at a lot of places. I had a great time, but it is not a "party" scene-- I definitely slept well!! But there was a great vibe and lots of music and interesting conversation, especially around the campfire! I met some very down-to-earth, interesting, and kind travellers and locals. More than anything, I am really grateful for the hospitality of Bricin, Patricia, and their family. I hope to return in winter!! This is the place to stay in Cape Breton!

Here’s what Christina wrote

“Go for it! You'll love it! I had an amazing time,the hostel is unique. Bricin and Patricia are great hosts,they do know so much about which is best to do and they are so kind and friendly,you just have to feel at home and want to stay longer. The hostel was very clean,too. I loved staying there and would always go again! ”

Here’s what Ines wrote

“Such an amazing space - perfect to meet fellow people on the trail, and an extremely relaxed atmosphere considering how open the entire space is ! Very well equipped kitchen and nearby local supplies . A must for any traveler who enjoys a good hostel.”

Here’s what Arnauld wrote

“Absolutely a brilliant place to spend a couple of days while you are traveling on the trail. Great People Serious with Open Hearts - creative.. honest! ”

Here’s what Janelle wrote

“Good value, close to many activities and friendly hosts! ”

Here’s what Bob wrote

“Accurate description quaint home style place with VERY hospitable owners”

Here’s what Emma wrote

“This is a must-stay-at place. It is a beautiful and welcoming space that offers travellers the opportunity to have a home base while exploring the Cabot Trail. Patricia and Bricin are amazing hosts who provide excellent recommendations for hikes and local exploring that is off the main tourist route. Would stay here again and will be recommending to any one I know travelling the Cabot Trail! ”

Here’s what Terri wrote

“Google Maps may lead you astray, so keep your eyes out for the old church and trailer covered in decals! The hostel is very unique - it is a renovated church and the co-ed dorm is an open space on the 2nd floor. There are 1.5 bathrooms, and there was never an issue with waiting. During the day, it is a quieter spot because most people are out exploring the trail. At night, the place is very social - there is a patio to hang out on and usually a bonfire. The hostel is located within walking distance of a restaurant and grocery store with a small take-out kitchen. Bricin and Patricia are very sweet, friendly, and helpful. They are very accommodating to requests and your needs. i would definitely stay here again!”

Here's what Julie wrote

"A beautiful place in northern Cape Breton! The hosts are anxious to see that we have what we need and what we need to visit in the area! Open air space for the beds (6 on one side and 2 on the other), in addition to 2 small closed rooms. Comfortable mattress. Air conditioning. The host makes fires at night, super nice! "

Here’s what Jacob wrote

“Friendly hosts and an amazing place to stay”

Here’s what Joe wrote

“Great stay along the Cabot Trail. Quiet cozy place. Very comforting place after long day's drive. Lots of games to play. Bonfire. See sky full of stars on a clear night. Relaxing and nice people. Bathrooms, hot water , plumbing all excellent. The place works well.”

Here’s what Gabriel wrote

“Awesome place and awesome dude! Bricin was super friendly upon arrival even though I came in super late. Only downside was I couldn't stay longer! ”

Here’s what Jimi wrote

“One of the most fun experiences I've had during my 8 years of using Airbnb! Bricin & Patricia are the embodiment of what Airbnb is all about. Their listing does not do justice as it does not display the experience of the warmth and love that they have for their home and guests. When you step into their home, you will be immersed into an experience that you may have not experienced anywhere else in the world. The renovated church which is now a hostel is beautifully well constructed and decorated. You are minutes away from the beautiful trails and beaches that Cape Breton has in store. Thank you again for such a memorable experience and I will be back again! Much love!”

Here’s what Bryce wrote

“My stay was there was great. Bricin and Patricia didn’t just invite me into their home, they invited me into their family and genuinely cared my stay in the highlands was everything I wanted and did everything to make it that. ”

Here's what Tasha wrote

We stayed at Patricia and Bricin's hostel for three nights in July. We booked the private room for our family of three, plus my mother-in-law. Their place was a great landing spot for our day trips. One day we did a long hike, and my MIL stayed at the hostel. Bricin took her for a short road trip that ended up being several hours watching the lobster boats (they picked up a fresh lobster for my dinner!). If you like to chat with people, this is the place for you! And if you are quieter, there are nice spots for you too. We attended a farmer's market that weekend, which was a good source of local baked goods. The provided linens were clean, as were our room and the bathrooms. The private did not have a window (apparently it is coming), but we actually enjoyed the darkness a lot and slept really well. They are building 6 bunk beds in the lower level, and we already have plans to go back with friends and their kids. It was a great place to stay and it is only going to get better!

Here’s what Chris wrote

“It was a pleasure staying at the hostel. As a family of five we were able to book the private room which accommodates four, as described. Bricin was able to provide an extra cot for nominal fee. We arrived late after a long day of sight seeing, which was no issue. The shared spaces, washroom, family room etc. were interesting and comfortable for a hostel. Better than expected. Bricin, Patricia and kids were very pleasant. We only stayed one night but could have easily stayed longer. ”

Here’s what Joshua wrote

“Bricin and his family were excellent hosts. Highland hostel has a great vibe and some of the spots Bricin recommended we visit were highlights of our trip. ”

Here’s what Dylan wrote

“Good vibes and fun times. Made us feel very welcome and went the extra mile for my girlfriend's birthday! Couldn't have asked for better hosts! Great halfway point if you're driving the Cabot Trail.”

Here’s what Cristian wrote

“A very cool place in a wonderful place with fantastic hosts”

Here’s what Friedemann wrote

“It‘s such a nice place that I highly recommend!! Many beautiful spots are close and Bricin will give you great tips where you should go!! You should ask for his advice. If I ever have the opportunity to come back to Cape Breton, I’ll go to that hostel again!”

Here’s what Jessica wrote

“Great place, friendly hosts. Perfect location to explore the North!”

Here’s what Katelyn wrote

“Such a neat place to stay! Great location, in the middle of our journey on the Cabot trail. ”

Here’s what Francis Cote-Tremblay wrote:

You need to go there. Beaches hikes and authentic people

Here’s what Percy wrote

“This was easily the best experience at an Airbnb that I've ever had! The Church itself is in a great location just outside of Highlands National Park, so many amazing spots. And if you're in need of help finding these spots or things to see our do... Bricin (the most Charismatic person you will ever meet) has a deep appreciation for Cape Breton and is more than happy to share his knowledge of the area to make sure you walk away having the best time possible. Really, Bricin and Patricia are both welcoming hosts that will make you feeling like you're staying with old friends rather than a typical hostel. The inside of the church is a beautiful open concept design, but still retains a very cozy feeling. I had some of the most comfortable sleeps I've had away from home. Earplugs are provided for guests, but I found it to be pretty quiet in the evening. If you do feel inclined to chat and connect with other travellers late into the evening, there's usually a fire pit out back that Bricin has going all night. I was originally only planning to stay one evening but, enjoyed it so much I ended up staying another night. The second night, they even brought in a local fiddle player for some live entertainment. Cape Breton ended up being the highlight of my Atlantic Canada visit. This was large in part to Bricin, Patricia, their family, and community at the Highlands Hostel. ”

Here’s what Alfie wrote

“Very unique place up at Cape Breton Highlands! Fantastic social atmosphere while I was there - everyone’s super friendly and we hangout by the campfire at night. The building and interiors are really nice - has a very warm cottage vibe and well kept. Hosts were really friendly and welcoming. ”

Here’s what Tatjana wrote

“Bricin's place was amazing. The family that ran the airbnb was so kind and welcoming. The place was clean and had everything that you could need. The night we stayed, everyone started playing music instruments, singing, and laughing (until around 10 so that everyone could also enjoy a good night's sleep). If we go back to Cape Breton, we are staying here again!”

Here’s what Nina wrote

“Patricia and Bricin have created a unique hostel in this converted church. Thanks to their hard work, it is not only unique, but also very comfortable (with air conditioning), spotlessly clean and supplied with lovely linens. The church is a shared, convivial environment (our room was private though) since they are basically welcoming you into their home. It is also a perfect location for exploring the North end of the island and we used it as a base for sea kayaking, river swimming, hiking as far north as meat cove - all within easy range. We'd love to return some time in the future. ”

Here’s what Elizabeth wrote

“Highly recommend if you need a place to stay in Cape North!”

Here’s what Ashley wrote

“A true gem along the Cabot Trail. Unique, hospitable, and the kind of place you want to stay in for a good while. Amazing they are open year round. We hope to stop again soon, and that they've expanded next time we are there! ”

Here’s what Rodney wrote

“Bricins Church... is the name I have coined for this place. Its a beautiful church perched atop a mountain in Cape Breton's Cabot Trail with panoramic views. Inside its a hostel with bunk beds but they also have a private room for a family with kids. Patricia his wife, will make you comfortable and give you anything you need even if its unusual request. Bricin is an encyclopedia of Cape Breton island, give him your phone and he will drop pins on your map to spectacular places that your friends who have visited before will be jealous with envy. We had a amazing evening around the bonfire connecting with fellow travellers, sharing stories, experiences, and hearing Bricins speed skateboarding escapades that brought him to Cape Breton Island. All with beautiful Scottish highland music in the background to complete a memorable evening. I highly recommend this place for a wonderful stay on the Cabot Trail. Bricin and Patricia .. thanks for your hospitality. Rodney and Rucha ”

Here's what Marco Tunnele wrote

Best place ever to stay on Cabot Trail.

GREATEST HOST YOU'LL FIND! if you're lucky enough to stay in this hospitable hostel you meet a welcoming amazing family that will be quick to make you feel welcome and give the best suggestions on how to make the most of you're stay. At night you'll meet other travellers who are always very nice and talkative. more often than not there will be live music by either your fellow traveler or some locals. (Ask Bricin about his band) bricin and Patricia have cr3ated something quite special!

Here’s what Lei wrote

“We had a great stay! Convenient location, a grocery store nearby. Lovely families n friends. Love the night life in the hostel. ”

Here’s what Chris wrote

“Highlands Hostel is a magical place at the top of the Cabot Trail. Both nights I stayed, travellers gather with Bricin around the campfire, chatted, chilled, and enjoyed the beautiful location. If you want a unique, somewhat social home base from which to explore Cape Breton Highlands National Park and other area beaches and hikes, Highlands Hostel is perfect.”

Here’s what Katelyn wrote

“Beautiful place! Perfect stop in the middle of our Cabot trail adventures. ”

Here's what Anna wrote:

"Very nice family always ready for a campfire evening. Very nice converted church with everything you need. "

Here’s what Shuze wrote

“We had great time here!”

Here’s what Amanda wrote

“This old converted church was a neat place to stay and the hosts where very welcoming.”

Here’s what Kerry wrote

“Our stay was brief but comfortable. We loved the unique experience of staying in a former church. The narrow ladder to the lookout area is a nice feature. We hope to stay longer next time.”

Here’s what Mélanie wrote

“Bricin and Patricia are sooo nice ! They live in the hostel with their two lovely kids (which never disturbed us by the way) and their cat! Even though the hostel is quite a new thing they handle it perfectly! You can cook outside on the bbq, enjoy a really cool campfire and if your lucky you’ll get some awesome popcorn cooked right on the campfire! The hostel is really close to many beautiful beaches and even some trail if you prefer to go hiking! The views are spectacular! We had so much fun! I recommend the hostel and I want to go back for sure! ”

Here’s what Rick wrote

“Worth stopping half way around the Cabot , you will have a good time , ”

Here’s what Danielle wrote

“Great hostel right on the Cabot trail, beaches and hiking trails nearby, food market and restaurant next door, outdoor fire pit... and the people I met were so kind and friendly! Bricin, Patricia and the kids were amazing! Thanks again for being wonderful hosts!”

Here’s what Morgane wrote

“This place is really amazing ! An old church beautifully renovated. They also gave me tips to go see the whales. Great place ”

Here’s what Melanie wrote

“Patricia and Bricin were extremely welcoming! They made you feel like a friend rather than a guest. The hostel was spotless and everything was labeled so all needs/amenities were easily accessible. Although, the shared room is in an open loft, it was very quiet and the bed was very comfortable. They provide ear plugs on every pillow. The location was perfect because it fell almost right in the middle of all the hiking trails, beaches, etc.- you can go any distance and find many things to keep you busy within an hour. Patricia and Bricin offered suggestions on where to go and things to see- including some local, unknown spots, like the swimming hole. I can’t praise their hospitality enough and highly recommend staying with them! ”

Here’s what Alexandre wrote

“Great people, helped us with organizing some late hour snacks. Place is cool and clean. ”

Here’s what Jakob wrote

“I had a very unique stay at the highlandshostel. Its a very nice place to stay a while and enjoy the north of cape breton, very close to the national park aswell. The family is very friendly I enjoyed good company and chats! The inside looks really nice and there is much more planned! Im excited for the next time.”

Here's what Davide Peloso wrote

One of the best hostels I've ever been, clean, cosy, very nice owners, absolutely nothing to complain!!! Thank you for everything

Here’s what Selina wrote

“I booked 5 of the 6 loft bunks for my group of friends and it was by far one of the best hostel experiences we’ve ever had. It was nicely located in the middle of the Cabot Trail and such a fun experience to stay inside an old church. They did a great job converting it - the space was clean, comfortable, fun, and had everything you needed. Bricin is a great host and you can tell he loves what he does. He even made us the freshest lobsters and snow crabs for a great price. You cannot get better value than this! ”

“Such a unique space, and amazingly friendly hosts. Beds were clean and comfortable, and the common areas were large and spacious. Had the freshest lobsters of my whole trip in Bricin's kitchen. Would not hesitate to come back or recommend to my friends. ”

Here’s what Dan wrote

“I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Highlands Hostel. Patricia was an incredible host, very welcoming and hospitable. This hostel is like home, very unique, but incredibly cozy and cool. Not only its location is very convenient to what Cabot Trail and Cape North have to offer, but it creates a fascinating meeting point for interesting travellers and guests. I would without a doubt stay there again and can recommend Patricia and Bricin's home as a must stay place on your trip around Cabot Trail. ”


Hi Patricia, thank you for being a wonderful host! Unfortunately, I had a flight to catch and could not stay longer. The place is amazing and so were people I met there. Had a great ride with Marketa and Magnus. Hope to see you again.

Here’s what Danika wrote

“Really cool converted church. Lovely family. Staying there was really great. ”

Here’s what Ann wrote

“The hostel is a very special place. It is in an old church. You can climb all the way up to the bell tower! Inside, there is a living room, a shared bunk beds gallery upstairs, and a separate room for a family to stay. The bathroom upstairs is shared, but we had no problems with privacy at all. Besides, the floor and the doors are painted with flowers and other ornaments. Really cool! Patricia is actually in the process of making a second bathroom so future guests will have an even more private use. We used the family's kitchen, which is completely stuffed with everything one might need. The house is right on Cabot Trail, very easily accessible, and the grocery store is 2 houses away. We had a quiet, relaxing and pleasant time!”

Here’s what Inga wrote

“Nice hostel in the middle of beautiful nature and sceneries. The old church is charming and the people welcoming.”

Here’s what Natalie wrote

“Only one night, but a perfect stay there. Beautiful Hostel and friendly hosts. I highly recommend this place to everyone who travel along the Cabot Trail.”

Here’s what Mylène wrote

“amazing ”

Amanda  Wrote

Hello Patricia,

I just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful stay. You have a really neat space and I really enjoyed hearing about your efforts to turn the church into a hostel while preserving the church as best as possible.
Thanks again,

Norbert J  - Wrote

This hostel is just super great. The idea that a church is transformed into a hostel is superb. The entire vibe is great. You meet a lot of people who came to hike all around Cape Breton Highlands. The location is perfect because any direction you go you get to hiking trails. The beds are comfy. The owner are just awesome, so much fun. If you ask for it they get fresh lobster they cook at night for a certain price. They have kitchen with fridge you can use. There is a convenient store and a restaurant just like 5 mins walk away. The loft is a good place to socialize after a long hike. This hostel... Just go for it!

Here’s what Cemile Nurdan wrote

“Great budget accommodation in Cape Breton. Hostel style. Very clean shared bathroom. We stayed in a private room without windows, ac present. Comfortable beds. Guests have access to the kitchen and living room. The building is a previous church remodeled as a house. Walls appear to be thin but we didn't have issues with noise; other guests were quiet. Host kindly provides ear plugs if you need. Towels and bedding also provided. Patricia was very kind and friendly and had suggestions for our trip. Recommended for budget travellers.”

Here’s what Sally wrote

“Had a FABULOUS stay here at the Highlands Hostel. We were warmly greeted by our hosts Bricin and Patricia and given lots of helpful tips during our three day stay. There is soooooo much to see on the Cabot Trail and this is the perfect location to explore both the east and the west sides. I gladly give my highest recommendations to the Cape North Highlands Hostel.”

Here’s what Sally wrote

“You will not regret staying at the Highlands Hostel. We arrived late, but were warmly greeted by our hosts. The beds are very comfortable and the hosts thoughtfully provide earplugs for each guest during their stay. As described, the house is a converted church and is a beautiful warm space. As for Patricia and Bricin, you may come as guests, but you will leave feeling more like family! I gladly give my highest recommendations to the Cape North Highlands Hostel.”

Here’s what Jude wrote

“We stayed at Bricin's place for one night during our tour of Cape Breton. His repurposed church was situated exactly halfway around the trail which was really convenient, and close to the whale watching in Bay St Lawrence and Meat Cove. There is a lovely little general store just down the road serving the BEST breakfast sandwiches we've ever had! Bricin and his wife Patricia were very hospitable and kind, and they stayed up with us and the other guests telling stories over the campfire. Their kids were also home for the summer, which was nice. My only note is that the private bedroom has no window (which was okay for sleeping). Overall a great half-way point on the Cabot Trail!”

Here’s what Candice wrote

“Clean, comfortable and welcoming. Bricin and Patricia are both excellent hosts and do their best to ensure that you enjoy your time. I enjoyed a couple of fires and great lobster on the beach. It was quiet at night and my bed was very comfortable. The space was Sparkling clean and it had everything I needed. I would recommend this place to anyone and I can’t wait to go back ! ”

Here’s what Izzy wrote

“Bricin and his family were absolutely incredible hosts. Wonderful and hospitable family. One of the warmest and most unique stays I've had in an beautiful old church converted into a hostel. Will 100% come back here again and recommend friends to visit. Super central on the Cabot trail. Thank you all so much! Wish we should stay longer!”

Here's what Dany wrote

"Great welcome !!! Bricin and Patricia are very welcoming, they also gave me lots of places to visit in the area! My only regret is not being able to stay 2-3 nights !!! "

Here’s what Michele wrote

“There aren't a lot of places to stay in Cape North and this is an interesting spot - a 100-year-old church turned into a hostel - the place wasn't full so it wasn't too noisy - be aware that there isn't any signage yet - good value”

Colton Moon

First and foremost, greatest hostel on the planet. The owner, Bricin “Striker” Lyons is a warm-hearted bro who welcomed us with open arms. He’s got amazing hospitality and told us of the best spots to check out around the area. The 100 year old church is very cozy and has a stunning view from the bell tower. It’s currently being renovated to increase capacity so it can only get more amazing. Even if you’re just passing through I highly recommend stopping by and checking it out. 11/10 would stay again. 11/10 would recommend to absolutely anyone. Striker, if you’re reading this I love you buddy and I’ll never forget you!

Here’s what Liesbeth wrote

“I would definitely recommend staying at this hostel, really cool what they've done with this place. Cozy, very clean and nice atmosphere. ”

Here’s what Iona wrote

“Bricin, Patricia and their gorgeous children are wonderful hosts. The hostel is incredible, a beautiful converted church, and Bricin regularly has campfires where guests can learn to cook lobster and get to know eachother. Thanks so much!”

Here’s what Remy wrote

"A great welcome from Bricin and Patricia. We feel at home right at the door. Great hosts to discover without hesitation. "


Here’s what Andrew wrote


“Booked this place before I purchased plane tickets. Location and price is unbeatable- there are restaurants and groceries a few steps away. Bricin and his wife were amazing hosts, never a dull moment. I always looked forward to returning back to the hostel after a long day of hiking to continue the fun. Bricin will keep you entertained and also runs delicious lobster boils. The most unique and positive hostel experience. ”

Grant Skinner

My wife and I stayed at the Highlands Hostel on our trip around the Cabot Trail. We loved the place so much we made a point to stay an extra night. As soon as we walked in we felt so welcomed and at home. The hostel is in a small old church building that has been carefully and lovingly renovated. You can still go in the bell tower which gives you a great 360 view of the surroundings. If you chose to stay here, the hosts will ensure you have a time you’ll never forget. During our time, Bricin took us and a few other guests in his old RV to the nearby beach and we had a lobster cookout on the beach. It’s these special moments, and their desire to give their guests that make this place so unforgettable. If we get so lucky to travel Cape Breton again, we would go out of our way to stay at this hostel again. I can’t emphasize anymore how enjoyable of an experience this was, and how lucky I feel to have been able to experience it for even a short amount of time! Thanks so much for the hospitality!

Natalie Merrick

Awesome people! Awesome place! Stay here now!

Had such a great stay at this hostel! The place is cosy, warm and clean and the hosting family make you feel at home right away. And, we got to eat Fresh Lobster! Which was soooo good. Also it is located in a beautiful area with all the hiking trails just around the corner. Highly recommended!!

Sara De Boer

"I've had some great experiences with airbnb and hostels, but this has definitely been the best. I highly recommend anyone touring Cabot trail to stay here. Absolutely amazing experience. Had a lobster cookout over the campfire and got to meet some other travellers from around Canada. Our hosts were the friendliest people and the beds were clean and comfy. 100% would come back again:)"

~Jadyn Shand

Here’s what Doug wrote

“Bricin and Patricia were both outstanding and did everything to make sure that I had a great experience. It was a pleasure staying at this hostel.”

 Great hospitality and value. Awesome find after two days in the cold when cycling the trail. Huge wood burning stove, warm, cosy, clean and comfortable beds. Thanks a lot guys.

Here’s what Dominique wrote

“The location is amazing, close to stores and gas stations but also surrounded by incredible views and awesome hikes. If you like being outside and having camp fires, this is the place to be. I couldn’t say anything negative about our stay. The hosts were an absolute delight and the hostel is definitely one to see.”

Here’s what David wrote

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


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!”


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.)



“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 ·




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 ·



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

The user didn't write a review, and has left just a rating.


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