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 were 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 Yurts, 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 $10 a night).