The beautiful Canadian Maritime Atlantic province of Nova Scotia offers a lot for travelers who will find everything from seaside villages and idyllic beaches to soaring mountains and vineyards. Of course, with so much coastline, fresh seafood, including mouthwatering lobster, is a given. To make the most of it all, consider a stay in one of these fabulous Airbnbs.
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The three-bedroom Lake House accommodates up to eight guests with seven beds. It boasts a huge wall of glass that provides a spectacular view of Brad d’Or lake while surrounded by lush Cape Breton forest. The main space is has an open concept layout with a well equipped kitchen that includes a dishwasher, a dining room table that comfortably seats 10, a lounging area with a fireplace and a large, comfy sectional couch. Guests also have access to a private dock and three kayaks, a double, single and one for a child. There’s a propane BBQ for grilling and a fire pit with wood supplied, a fabulous spot to gather with the family after dark.
Located 35 minutes from Halifax, this extra-spacious three-bedroom waterfront home accommodates up to six, set along a tranquil bay with an extra-wide pier providing deepwater anchorage for boaters. There’s a gravel beach just steps from the door, popular for swimming in the crystal-clear water. Enjoy stunning ocean views, inside or out, an open concept main floor with a propane fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, including a gas range. The expansive multi-tiered deck provides access to the beach and dock. The house also includes a seasonal hot tub and outdoor shower, free Wi-Fi and an Android box for watching TV.
Another outstanding Halifax option, this two-bedroom modern condo suite accommodates up to five guests and includes a patio with sea and harbor views. You’ll be within a short walk along the waterfront to downtown amenities, and just steps from a coffee shop, sushi restaurant and cocktail lounge in the neighboring building. A water taxi is available seasonally too. There’s an open concept kitchen with high-end stainless steel appliances, a gas fireplace, gym, seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub too.
The Explorer’s Cottage sits across 150 wooded acres which include a private beach, a Japanese meditation garden, a park-like forest and a hiking path with great bird watching. Ideal for a large family or friends traveling together, it accommodates up to 10 guests in four bedrooms and comes with a canoe, paddleboard and fishing gear, along with three outdoor grills and two outdoor picnic tables. You’ll have free Wi-Fi, a kitchenette with a refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee beans and tea, and a separate washer and dryer.
This secluded three-bedroom cottage accommodating up to four guests, is located 40 minutes from Halifax and Peggy’s Cove, overlooking the ocean in St. Margaret’s Bay. There’s a white sandy beach just 250 yards away, and you can enjoy a full water view from the large windows in the great room. Enjoy the same view from the deck where you can relax with the sounds of the gentle waves and cozy up to the warmth of a firepit. Dog friendly, it includes free Wi-Fi, an indoor fireplace, full kitchen and washer/dryer. Your host can also prepare fine dining meals or a barbecue.
Located in Nova Scotia’s fourth-largest urban area, New Glasgow, Stolen View Lighthouse has been voted among the very best places in all of Canada to stay. Step in the shoes of a lighthouse keeper, enjoying breathtaking views from the rooftop deck as well as the 360-degree view watch room floor and the main floor with window seats overlooking Rustico Bay and a golf course. It includes three bedrooms, accommodating up to eight guests, a full kitchen and laundry facilities, along with a private beach and a large natural playground.
This cozy three-bedroom cottage is located along the Cabot Trail providing beautiful views over Ingonish Harbour and lush, green mountains. You’ll be just over a half-mile from Cape Breton Highlands National Park where you can enjoy Ingonish Beach and endless scenic hiking trails along with a world-class golf course. From the large deck, watch the sailboats and lobster boats cruise in and out of the harbor, grill on the BBQ and gather around the firepit. A full kitchen, cable TV and free Wi-Fi is included a well.
Less than a half-hour’s drive from Sydney in Grand Mira North, this two-bedroom waterfront home accommodates up to five guests and offers stunning views of the Mira River from the two large decks and the living room. Watch colorful sunrises from the lower deck and then kayak down the river (two kayaks and lifejackets included), fish, swim or explore Cape Breton. There’s a gazebo, hammock and firepit for relaxing after a day of play, along with BBQs, a fully-equipped kitchen and a living room with a 27″ flat-screen TV, Ruku box with Netflix and Wi-Fi.
The Sleeping Moose Cottage is located on Cape Breton Island’s north shore, providing beach access and from the deck, you can watch for whales and seals, lots of sea birds and a bald eagle who likes to fly around a couple of times a day. You can look forward to enjoying the view from the pebble beach, fantastic stargazing from the deck after dark, and cozying up to a fire in the woodstove. It includes free Wi-Fi, a TV and a full kitchen. You’ll be on the same property as the Dancing Moose Cafe for enjoying delicious breakfasts and lunches focused around Dutch Pannekoeken (stuffed pancakes) and other made-from-scratch items.
This two-bedroom house in Dominion accommodates up to six and offers a fabulous ocean view along with a great outdoor space that includes a large patio and firepit with firewood. There are huge windows where you can watch for hawks, eagles and the occasional fox or deer, with binoculars and a spotting scope included. There’s a modern kitchen with everything you need to cook up your own meals, a dining table seating six comfortably, and laundry facilities too.
This two-bedroom cabin accommodates four guests, just steps from the waterfront on Bras d’Or Lake, an inland saltwater sea in the center of Cape Breton Island popular for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking, with warmer water than what you’ll find in the Atlantic. You’ll have a beautiful view, your own private beach area and wrap-around deck. Inside there’s a full kitchen that includes a dishwasher, a washer/driver, SmartTV with satellite channels and free Wi-Fi.
Located along a beautiful stretch of west coast on Cape Breton, this one-bedroom home accommodates up to five guests with three beds and has its own private deck that sits over a private dock along the waterfront. You’ll be within walking distance to the most popular restaurants and bars, and right on the boardwalk, ideal for a morning stroll. It includes a full kitchen, free Wi-Fi, TV and washer/dryer.
This Airbnb offers a unique stay in a 1905 lighthouse that was a working lighthouse until 1962. It’s centrally located for enjoying beautiful Cape Breton, right along the scenic Cabot Trail. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of St. Ann’s Bay during the day and fantastic stargazing at night. It accommodates up to two guests in one bedroom, providing the perfect romantic retreat, and comes with a well-stocked kitchen that includes coffee, tea and complimentary treats, as well as a canoe and kayak for paddling out in the bay.
If you want to enjoy the attractions in Halifax, this lovely historic two-bedroom flat accommodating up to two guests sits right across from the naval museum. Enjoy historic 1850’s charm and beautiful views of the bridge and naval yards from the balcony and front windows. Recently renovated, it has an amazing six-foot soaker tub and original floors, with plenty of modern amenities, including a full kitchen, free Wi-Fi and lots of special extras from your welcoming hosts.
The one-bedroom Driftwood Cottage offers a tranquil escape in Northwest Cove, accomodating up to three guests with one bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor dining, a BBQ and washing machine. There’s a sunny deck, an indoor fireplace and a well-equipped kitchen. Ideal for disconnecting from the computer screen, there is no Wi-Fi but you will have a TV and a well stock library with a variety of popular DVDs providing something for everyone to enjoy after a day of exploring, with five local beaches nearby.