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1736 Red River Road near Pleasant Bay Road

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1BR / 0Ba 700ft2 available jun 22

cats are OK - purrr
dogs are OK - wooof
no laundry on site
no smoking
off-street parking

The best part of this place is that once you get here you don't need to get back in your car for a week. Bring all you need, it's all here, peace and quiet, a terrific low tech clifftop perch for watching the whales and seals and seabirds just below, the eagles cruising the clifftops, a mama moose and her calf trundling through the yard. You don't need to go anywhere for amazing sunsets over the ocean, northern lights, and there's nothing like feeling a good storm move over the gulf from the sturdy hurricane-proofed lookout.

The neighbourhood offers a climb down the 75 foot cliff to a private and secluded cobble beach as well as other swimming holes, waterfalls, and trails. Pack a picnic for a sunny afternoon on the beach swimming in the 70ยบ ocean (July and August), sunbathing on the big rocks with a good read, and rinsing the salt off in a freshwater cliffside waterfall before the short hike home. A short walk up the road takes you to the shrines and retreats of Gampo Abbey, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, don't be surprised to meet monks and nuns in robes when you're out for a walk or hiking a neighborhood trail. A short walk down the gravel road is the Pollets Cove trailhead (6 miles intermediate) which many consider the best wilderness hike in all of Cape Breton.

5 miles back toward civilization in Pleasant Bay you'll find a general store, post office, a couple motels, laundry, restaurants, and gift shops. At the harbour you'll find fresh lobster and snow crab in season, colorful characters, and whale tours--the best whale watches in Cape Breton are right here in Pleasant Bay, which is why they put the whale museum here. You have not seen the highland coast until you've seen it from the water. Outside Pleasant Bay in either direction is the Cabot Trail and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, if you need more hikes and scenic vistas and other sites to see. The nearest gas, alcohol, grocery, and bank is about 35 miles of breathtaking seaside mountain switchbacks and the dramatic highland coastline to the Acadian French speaking village of Cheticamp.

The catch? The rustic off-grid lifestyle here isn't for everyone though it's mighty cosy and a perfect getaway for self-reliant singles and couples. But make no mistake, there's no flush toilet (there's a privy), and there's no electricity, TV, or cell service. You might see a rodent, experience biting insects on a still day, or have to change a propane tank. The nearest WiFi hot spot (harbour) is a 5-mile drive and the nearest cell coverage is 20 miles away. There is a landline for emergencies. But if you need to be connected 24/7 you won't be happy. On the other hand if you are looking for a digital detox where you can tune out the zoom zoom zoom, and soak in an accumulation of small wonders, then this is the place.

C$800/week for 1 or 2 people. C$1,000/week for 3 or 4 people.
Weeks run Saturday afternoon 2pm to Saturday morning 11am.
Weeks available, July 20 to 27th, August 10-31, Sept 7th on.
A 50% deposit is required to confirm a booking.
A $250 damage deposit is required for guests bringing pets.

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