Our Journey & Our People
Hi, I’m Paul. My wife, Barbara, and I own Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and Retreat. We created our little oasis in Cape Breton as a getaway for adventurers, because we’re adventurers ourselves. This is our playground, and we invite like-minded people to come enjoy it.
Years ago, we were visiting friends in the area and they took us on a hiking trek through the wilderness to Indian Brook Falls. If you haven’t experienced them, it’s a must-see. As we stood on the rocks above the falls and listened to the cascading water, we knew we had found our home.
It wasn’t long before we standing among the trees of 55 acres right on the water of St. Ann’s Bay. We built Whiff’s Lodge (named after my father) as a home for people with a true sense of adventure. From there, we built our beautiful chalets, added the Yurt, and after meeting and being inspired by our native friends, erected a Tipi.
Every day, we love when our guests wake up to watch the sun rise over the Bird Islands, and gasp when bald eagles fly overhead to hunt for fish on our beach. Or they see a log in the river suddenly move only to realize it’s our resident beaver.
Our Playground We Share
Because Barbara and I are very active people, we have filled Cabot Shores with the things we enjoy most. Kayaking and canoeing are a must for us, so we have plenty of kayaks and canoes here ready to go for anyone who wants to use them. A guest introduced us to Stand Up Paddling (SUP) on a Yolo board. We fell in love with it and bought a couple so everyone can discover the same excitement.
We’ve cleared many hiking trails to some very exotic locations you just can’t find anywhere else. A word to the wise: keep an eye out for moose. They’re amazing to see, but please keep your distance.
Also, we’ve struck up some great relationships with our neighbours who offer whale watching tours, and lobster fishing excursions.
Trained as an RN and acupuncturist, Barbara runs Gate of Life, the Healing Arts side of Cabot Shores, providing meditation, Qi Gong and acupuncture to individuals, and educational & retreat groups. She also assists individuals and groups in designing their personalized retreats here. And finally, she is Cabot Shores’ master gardener and designs the Bistro’s vegetarian fare.
Cabot Shores isn’t just a bunch of rooms for rent on the Cabot Trail. It’s a part of us. It reflects who we are, what we stand for, and what we believe in as people. Come and enjoy it with us.
We try to surround our guests with amazing people who share our love of life. Here are some of the wonderful people you’ll meet at Cabot Shores:
Cosmo, Official Greeter
Once you meet our official four-legged greeter, you’ll have a best friend for life. Cosmo is more than happy to join you on a hike, a swim in the river, or paddle on a Yolo board or canoe. He’s also the reason we’re a pet-friendly resort. Because it’s not really a vacation if you have to leave a member of the family behind. In fact, call and say, “pet-friendly Cosmo” and your pet stays free (a savings of $15-$25 a night).
Dominique Sanders, Chef
Dominique was born and raised in Newark, NJ. Developing her long-held interest in culinary and pastry arts, she attended Star Career Academy in Newark and graduated at the top of her class. She completed a 3-month Culinary Arts internship at Cabot Shores in 2012, learning as much as she could. As Dominique puts it: “I am coming back to Cabot Shores, this time as full-time chef, to expand my tasty slow-cooked offerings, and possibly learn more about the local and garden-to-table cuisine. I’m also returning because I had such a wonderful time there before, meeting new people, learning to make new dishes and just being in a beautiful, friendly setting.” We are thrilled to welcome Dominique back!
Madison Greening, Manager of Media Marketing
Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Madison spent the last four years studying and working in Montreal, Quebec. She worked at Cabot Shores over the summer of 2010 where she met Patrick Ruprecht, with whom she is returning to Cabot Shores as Manager of Media Marketing. Madison loves music, theater, culture, adventure, animals and considers herself a bit of a foodie who’s willing to try anything once! She enjoys meeting new people and is known for her “work hard, play hard” attitude towards life! She’s excited to be back at Cabot Shores, establishing a home-base by the ocean, working with an incredible staff and exploring the Cabot Trail.
Weiyu Peng, but please call me Penny
Penny is from Sichuan, a very beautiful province in China. She loves traveling and meeting people from all over the world. She has explored South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Nepal, as well as many exotic locations inside China. In Canada, she is continuing her studies. In her words, “What a great treasure that I can help out at Cabot Shores to share my joy and happiness with everyone of you, I’m here to enjoy this gorgeous land myself and most importantly, to make your stay a wonderful one. I’ll be very happy to see you are happy!”