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Summer Is Here: A Long-Awaited Cape Breton Golf Getaway

Summer Is Here: A Long-Awaited Cape Breton Golf Getaway

Despite all of this global chaos, one thing remains a certainty: Golf is essential. For some, golf is an escape. For others, golf is a hobby. But, for many of us, golf is a way of life. There’s just something magical about the way the pale ball sweeps the dew off the green as the sun rises above the Atlantic; the soothing sounds of distant mowers lopping off three days of lush growth; and the feeling one obtains after sinking a 25-foot birdie putt. Golf brings friends closer together. Golf bonds couples. And, of course, golf often serves as a business tactic. Luckily for you, Keltic Lodge at the Highlands’ award-winning links-style course is still here, awaiting the challenge. As one of the top-reviewed Cape Breton golf courses, we’re gleefully expecting an influx of Novan Scotian and jet-setting golfers on June 1 and well beyond. 

Cape Breton Golf: Natural Beauty and Craftsmanship Meld

It’s no secret that summer travelers flock to Keltic Lodge for the world-class Cape Breton golf. While the island’s jagged coastline, dramatic waterfalls, and lush backcountry remain alluring, nothing tops 18 holes of championship golf on a Stanley Thompson-design masterpiece. Cape Breton Highlands Links remains the fourth-best course in Canada; it’s often compared to Pebble Beach’s Cypress Point. Thompson’s unique design laps through dense forestry along rugged Ingonish Bay. The course has everything and more, including peaceful ponds, awe-inspiring ocean views, deep bunkers, towering mountains, firm greens, and those wild, unlevel fairways.

Cape Breton Highlands Links

While not a “true” Scottish links-style course, Thompson was able to masterfully craft a distinctly links-esque landscape amid a prickly, thick forest. There are still plenty of wind-swept sand dunes, rising grounds, open parkland, and dramatic ridges. Covering approximately 6,600 yards of sheer Nova Scotian beauty, golfers of all skill levels are welcome to revel in this classic Cape Breton golf masterpiece. Experienced golfers will find great pleasure in the challenge, while new lovers of the game will appreciate each and every vantage point of this glorious land. As the shoulder season approaches, don’t forget to book tee times to coincide with your upcoming stay.

Award-Winning Nova Scotia Golf Resorts

Unlike most Cabot Trail golf courses, Keltic Lodge also boasts a world-class resort, highlighted by its fine dining, spa facilities, and oceanfront accommodations. Combining a genuinely rejuvenating stay at an award-winning resort with several rounds at one of the best golf courses in Nova Scotia is a no-brainer. Most memorable Cape Breton golf vacations also include an afternoon or two of adventure, as the resort rests along the western edge of Middle Head Trail. A long-awaited, well-deserved Keltic Lodge golf getaway is closer than you think; book now at before prime tee times dry up over the coming weeks.


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Post-Coronavirus Safe Travel to Cape Breton Island

Post-Coronavirus Safe Travel to Cape Breton Island

The Nova Scotia Health Authority, much like surrounding provinces, predicts coronavirus’ peak to be in late April. Due to increased odds of community spread, this date chiefly affects highly-populated areas, mainly Halifax. As of April 7, 2020, 310 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. Less than three percent of all tests, however, returned positive. Thus, there’s growing hope that summer’s arrival will be a new beginning, of sorts, for the province, as life gradually returns to normalcy. Safe travel, post-coronavirus, will be of utmost importance for all, especially as hundreds of thousands of people seek momentary refuge from the city. One of those safe refuges is the Cabot Trail, primarily Keltic Lodge at the Highlands.

Safe Travel to Keltic Lodge

As we inch closer to our long-awaited opening day (June 1, 2020), we continue to diligently monitor the situation while also enhancing our already-stellar cleansing techniques. Safe travel to and from Keltic Lodge at the Highlands is as innate as an Atlantic Ocean sunrise, as our location on Cape Breton Island naturally fosters social distancing through the art of hiking, golf, picnicking, sailing, swimming, and cycling. Families, couples, and even small groups are urged to head north to the Cabot Trail en route to something special—something remote, wide-open, and undeniably beautiful. Because now, more than ever, Nova Scotians need a getaway that’s equally rejuvenating, indulgent, adventurous, and relaxing.

10 Travel Tips

The days, weeks, and months that succeed COVID-19 will look vastly different depending on your location. There’s no doubt that Canadians will continue to wrestle with the thought of safe travel to a bustling city. But, at the moment, city dwellers are aching for an outdoorsy adventure to a remote destination, such as Cape Breton Island’s peaceful east coast. What makes Keltic Lodge at the Highlands so incredibly unique, particularly in comparison to neighbouring Cape Breton resorts, is that we combine the outdoors with sophistication, elegance, and charm. To ensure that your upcoming summertime escape to Keltic Lodge is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled 10 handy safe travel tips.


  1. Continue to practice some level of social distancing as we all adjust to life after coronavirus.
  2. Embark on a variety of outdoor recreational activities, perhaps ones that are foreign to you, such as nature photography, geocaching, or cycling.
  3. Dine during off-hours.
  4. Always carry a travel-sized bottle of hand disinfectant—and use it.
  5. Continue to follow Nova Scotia’s public health advice on safe travel.
  6. Get plenty of REM sleep. It’s a vacation, after all.
  7. Stay hydrated.
  8. Eat a balanced diet. That’s easy, thanks to our award-winning chefs.
  9. Don’t be afraid to consult our masterfully-trained housekeeping staff about special requests. We’re always here to help!
  10. Remember to slow down. Take time to appreciate each other and the natural beauty of Keltic Lodge.

Luxurious Cape Breton Accommodations

Keltic Lodge at the Highlands is proud to be one of the top-reviewed Nova Scotia resorts. Our worldly staff takes great pride in providing the highest quality of hospitality to match our on-site amenities, nearby attractions, and award-winning golf course. To learn more about our luxurious Cape Breton cottages and a potential mid-summer stay, please give us a call today at 902-285-2880.

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Summer Draws Near: A Cape Breton Hiking Guide

Summer Draws Near: A Cape Breton Hiking Guide

As summer casually approaches, thousands of Nova Scotians begin to daydream about putting for birdie at Cape Breton Highlands Links, dining on freshly-netted lobster, and exploring Cape Breton Island’s various landscapes. And, of course, the preferred form of exploration for guests here at Keltic Lodge at the Highlands is a good, old-fashioned hike into the “unknown.” Cape Breton Highlands National Park is revered for its awe-inspiring coastal lookouts, backcountry lakes, and densely-thicketed forests. Thus, a Cape Breton hiking excursion typically sits atop most traveller’s mid-summer Nova Scotia bucket list.

The Top 5 Cape Breton Hiking Trails

After savouring a plate of delicious (and beautifully-plated) eggs benedict, set your sights on the vast wilderness that sways with the wind outside of your suite’s window. To ensure that your mid-summer escape to Keltic Lodge is nothing short of flawless, we’ve compiled five of the most beloved Cape Breton hiking trails, all of which are a short drive (or walk) from the property. So, laces up your boots, fold your map, and trek into the province’s prettiest national park.

Franey Trail

This list has a little bit of everything: waterfalls, beaches, mountain overlooks, and cliffside trails. That being said, none of them can top the sheer beauty of Franey Trail, a 7.2-kilometre loop that rolls along a jagged, breathtaking valley. Franey Trail, as you can imagine, is quite popular during autumn’s peak.

Middle Head Trail

Middle Head TrailGuests can pick up Middle Head Trail on the eastern edge of the property. It’s a mostly flat jaunt, so it draws the attention of nearly every age group. The trail meanders down the heart of the peninsula, but there’s ample opportunity to explore the many coves that line the cliffs. A couple of islands, most notably Steering Island, are visible from the trail.

Jack Pine and Coastal Loop

For those with a special place in their heart for towering oceanic waves, don’t omit the Coastal Loop from your Cape Breton hiking itinerary. This free-flowing, 1.9-kilometre loop features four distinct Atlantic Ocean lookouts, many of which sit atop towering rock formations several feet above the sea.

Mary Ann Falls

A visit to Mary Ann Falls only requires about 20 minutes of your day. However, during the summer months, a lot of thrillseekers saunter into the pristine pool of spring-fed brook water at the base of the fall for a refreshing soak with friends new and old. The waterfall itself is quite beautiful, and, during dry spells, a lot of adventurers climb the fall to its peak.

Lake Warren

The final stop on our self-guided Cape Breton hiking expedition is Lake Warren, a quiet, backcountry hidden gem with the quietest beach on the province. Not a lot of travellers know about this secluded lake or its restorative powers. With minimal elevation gain, Lake Warren is definitely a locale that the whole family can agree upon.

Historic Cape Breton Resorts

Purple Thistle Dining RoomMost guests combine a half-day of Cape Breton hiking with 18 holes on the Links, dinner inside the Purple Thistle Dining Room, and drinks at dusk on a private deck. Keltic Lodge at the Highlands, which opened its doors in 1951, remains one of the top-reviewed Nova Scotia resorts. We pride ourselves in offering a unique blend of luxury, sophistication, and convenience, with a touch of adventure. Book your long-overdue getaway to the Cabot Trail now!

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GolfNorth Announces Extensive Renovation Plan

GolfNorth Announces Extensive Renovation Plan

In recognition of the Resort’s 75th anniversary, GolfNorth is pleased to announce our vision and plan to re-establish Cape Breton’s Keltic Lodge and Cape Breton Highlands Links, as the number #1 destination for food, golf, scenery and hospitality in Canada, with over $2 million in improvements over the next 9 months.

Room RenovationOver the coming winter, we have an ambitious plan to upgrade, renovate and create a variety of accommodations, facilities, golf course and customer service enhancements. Our desire is to radically improve the Keltic experience for visitors, while honouring the history of this iconic landmark. Areas that will see immediate attention include; renovations to Ceilidh Hall and the Atlantic Restaurant, additional rooms, enhancements and modern washrooms in the Inn at Keltic, and the addition of several executive suites for golfers, situated a pitching wedge from the first tee. GolfNorth intends to work with Parks Canada, Destination Cape Breton, and the local community to ensure that these improvements are successful and completed in time for opening in 2016.

Last but certainly not least, are improvements to the Cape Breton Highlands Links golf course. This magnificent piece of golf history has been fighting back in recent years, and will also enjoy several changes this winter. The Clubhouse will be de-modernized and become more reflective of the classic 1941 era. The kitchen will be upgraded to create new opportunities within the food and beverage operation, and additional dining and deck areas will be added. On the golf course itself, we will continue with tree clearing, the leveling of tee decks and drainage improvements; all of which are integral to carrying out the Master Plan created by Parks Canada and architect Ian Andrew through to its completion.

Ceilidh HallEvery Canadian, who has ever travelled the Cabot Trail, knows that Cape Breton is simply a marvel of Canadian wilderness. Keltic Lodge and Cape Breton Highland Links are two remarkable gems, offering some of the most breathtaking views in all of Canada. The fact that these treasures exist at the nexus point between the workaday world, and Cape Breton Highlands National Park, is the stuff of dreams. No planner, developer, or golf course architect could ever hope to repeat what has developed organically on the peninsula. We intend to make the Lodge and Course a point of continuing pride for the people of Ingonish, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Canada⁠—and we are going to invite the world.

GolfNorth Properties is a Golf and Resort management company, based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Founded in 1994, the company has expanded steadily, and is a national leader in the consolidation and management of golf properties.