Where is Pleasant Bay located?
Pleasant Bay is located on the northwest coast of Cape Breton Island, bordered by the Cape Breton Highlands National Park at both entry points. It is located 41 km north of the Acadian village Cheticamp, and 64km south of Ingonish. Click here for map.
Can we hike in Pleasant Bay?
Yes. There are many places to hike – whether you simply want to take a stroll along the dirt road, test your endurance on a trek to Pollett’s Cove (19km return), or head into the park and try one of their 25 trails, you will find many places to hike in and around Pleasant Bay.
Do we need to buy a park pass to stay at Cliff Waters?
No. You do not actually need a park pass to travel through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. However if you would like to stop at any of the lookouts or check out some of the hiking trails, you will need a park pass to do so. You can purchase a pass at both entry points to the park at Cheticamp or Ingonish, or at the Whale Interpretation Centre in Pleasant Bay.
What is your booking and Cancellation Policy?
At the time of booking, we require a 50% deposit cheque and a $250 damage deposit cheque to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance (in Canadian funds) is due upon arrival. Should your vacation plans change, we will gladly refund your deposit with six weeks cancellation notice. As we are a small business in a very remote area of the world, we do not offer refunds with less than six weeks notice. If you make a booking within six weeks of your arrival date, your 50% deposit is non-refundable. Upon receipt of your deposit cheques, we will confirm your booking by email. Check in time is 4:00pm, check out time is 10:00am.
Can you buy fresh seafood in Pleasant Bay?
Yes, you can buy lobster and crab right off the boats during the fishing season (May/June for lobster, July/August for crab, Monday – Saturday) at around noon when the fishing boats come in to shore. There is a cooler, cooking pot and outdoor propane cooker at the cottage for your use.
Where is the best place to buy groceries and provisions?
In Cheticamp you will find a large Co-op with a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a growing variety of organic produce and products as well. In Cheticamp, you’ll also find a pharmacy, hospital, Royal Bank, Credit Union, Nova Scotia Liquor Commission, and several gas stations. There is no Sunday shopping. We recommend that you stock up on groceries, gas, beverages and a small amount of cash before arriving at Cliff Waters as these services are not offered in Pleasant Bay, except for at the Timmons General Store, where you can restock all of the essentials like milk, butter, eggs, bread and munchies.
Can you provide a list of amenities at the cottage?
Yes. Click here for an extensive list of the cottage amenities.
Is there a beach nearby?
Yes. There are five beaches to swim at in Pleasant Bay. The closest beach is Red River beach, secluded, and located at the bottom of the hill close to the cottage. It offers both ocean and river swimming.
Is this the same cottage that was featured on ‘Getaway’ Australia?
No. We used to rent our current home as a Cliff Waters cottage, and while we were operating, the travel show ‘Getaway’ Australia did a feature on our property as one of the places to stay along the Cabot Trail. Shortly after our 15 minutes of fame, we started a family and Cliff Waters came to a screeching halt! We have since made the original cottage our home, but after recently purchasing 89 acres and a cottage oddly similar to the original one, we decided to start up Cliff Waters again, this time just up the road. To see the feature, visit:
Can we stay at Cliff Waters for just one night?
No, we have a three night minimum stay. We do recommend that you stay for a week as there is so much to see and do in this area. Basing yourself in one spot allows you to settle down, and gives you a chance to experience the lifestyle of the area.