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Things to Do Nearby

For those keen to explore what has been praised as "one of the world's best islands", our location makes a great Base Camp which offers easy access to most of the island's near-magical attractions:

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World-Class Golf

Cape Breton is home to 7 spectacular golf courses. All courses are  easily accessible from Colindale Beach Villas

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Approximate Driving Times from Colindale Beach Villas:



Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links, Inverness

  •  Roughly 1/2 hour scenic drive

Dundee Golf Club, Bras D'Or Lake

  •  1 hour drive

Bell Bay Golf Club, Baddeck

  • 1 hour driveell

Le Portage Golf Club, Cheticamp

  • 1.5 hours drive

The Lakes Golf Club, Ben Eoin (Bras D'Or Lake) 

  • 2 hour drive

Highland Links, Ingonish Beach

  • 2.5 hours drive


Its no wonder that Forbes Magazine has called Cape Breton "The Hottest Island In Golf"

The Cabot Trail

Discover the breath-taking views and natural beauty of the world-famous Cabot Trail. The starting point is an easy one hour drive.

Click the note in the lower right corner of the video to hear Celtic music along the Cabot Trail

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Hiking, Cycling and Walking Trails

The area features some great beachwalks, boardwalks and breathtaking hikes with stunning coastal views 

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Port Hood Beaches

Take a stroll on the Port Hood Boardwalk or along the shores of its 5 sandy swimming beaches known for sea glass hunting. 

10 min away

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Cape Mabou

Take a hike in Cape Mabou Highands which has an extenisve network of intermediate trails with stunning vistas

20 min away


Gypsum Trail

Hike into a secluded lake near an abandoned Gypsum mine

80 min away

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Celtic Shores Trail

Trek or cycle parts of this easy, flat and scenic trail which follows the coastline 40 km south to Port Hastings and north to Inverness.

10 min away



Take an evening walk along the  picturesque Inverness beach boardwalk

30 min away


Acadian Trail

Enjoy panoramic views of the Acadian coastline from this 8 km  moderate difficulty trail

85 min away

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E-Bike Rentals

Mike's E Bikes in nearby Mabou offers 3 hour rentals allowing for a scenic ride along the Mabou River

12 min away

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Eqypt Falls

Hike into and make a splash at Egypt falls near Margararee 

45 min away


Skyline Trail

Take in incredible views of Cape Breton's rugged coastline from this easy, famous and mostly flat hike

90 min away

Beaches, Beaches and Sea Glass Too!
Port Hood Beaches:  5-7  Minutes Away

Port Hood is known as the "Beach Capital of Cape Breton", with some of the best beaches in Cape Breton. Here you will find 5 sandy swimming beaches and the warmest waters north of the Carolinas with summertime temperatures reaching a comfortable  22-24 degrees Celcius. 

Go for a swim, take a stroll in the fresh air or hunt for sea glass along the beaches of Port Hood or Mabou (as Port Hood beaches and West Mabou beach are well known for sea glass).

Kite surfing at Port Hood

West Mabou Beach: 5 Minutes Away

West Mabou Beach is home to a mile of sand, warm swimming waters and a brilliant green dunes -- a "Must See". West Mabou Beach has seaglass too.

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Restaurants and Fine Dining

Nearby Port Hood (5 minutes away) features a handful of casual restaurants and take-away places:

  • The Clove Hitch Bar & Bistro  - seafood, locally inspired dishes and tasty pubfare in a scenic seaside setting

  • Sandeannie's Bakery and Tea Room  - a favourite among locals for a hearty, sit-down breakfast

  • The Admiral Beverage Room & Grill  - serves great burgers, fish and chips, nachos in a pub setting

  • MacDonald's Ice Cream Bar

  • HelloJoe's Takeout Canteen  

The nearby village of Mabou (10-15 minutes away) is home to:

  • The Red Shoe Pub is renowned for its excellent food, live music and good times

  • Beaton's Delight Espresso - A local pit stop for great takeaway coffees, muffins and ice cream (no seating)

On the way to the Cabot Trail:

The Glenora Distillery ( ~20 minutes away en route to inverness) offers fine dining experiences at its on-site restaurant. There is often great live music during the summer and fall. 

Route 19 Brewery in nearby Inverness (30 minutes away) offers an extensive selection of local craft beers and a wide menu which includes  locally sourced lobster dinners, fish and chips,  pub fare and international cuisine.

The Annex Restaurant in Inverness is a popular new restaurant offering great food, drink and live music.

Woodroad Restaurant (one hour to the north) -- Treat yourself to a truly impressionable,  fixed menu, 2-hour, fine dining “experience”. Enjoy locally-inspired dishes served at this cliffside, boutique 25-seat restaurant with breathtaking views.  See below images of WoodRoad Restaurant  (from

Celtic Music & Entertainment

Enjoy a traditional Scottish "Ceilidh"

The communities up and down our “Musical Coast” are known for their Scottish-roots musical  parties known as Ceilidhs (pronounced “kay-lees”). Here fiddle music, step dance and story telling take center stage.  For generations and generations, these fun-filled musical celebrations have  local folks survive the area’s harsh winters and trying times.

Live Music at the Red Shoe Pub - 12 min away

Enjoy some great home-cooked local food while taking in live fiddle, guitar, bagpipes and/or piano at the always popular Red Shoe Pub. 

Saturday Night Step Dance at West Mabou Hall -12 min away

A cultural treasure of the area is step dancing, a highly energenic, percussive form of dance inspired by fiddle music.  Dive into the culture, join others on the dance floor, listen and let the music take hold  and guide you. 


 KitchenFest - June 26 to July 6th, 2024

This annual ten-day celebration gives locals and visitors insights into the distinct and vibrant living Gaelic culture of the island, bringing the kitchen-céilidh feel to the forefront. This festival features an array of concerts and céilidhs, pub nights and square dances at a range of locations.

Tickets & Info can be found at:


Celtic Colours International Music Festival - October 11-19, 2024

For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is alive with Celtic music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate our rich culture. The festival features 50+ concerts across Cape Breton island plus dances, workshops and community suppers, This is an action-packed set of cultural events against a gorgeous backdrop of autumn colour.

Tickets & Info can be found at:

Glenora Distillery - Fine Whisky Tasting,  Distillery Tours and Restaurant

Take a walking tour of North America's first single-malt whisky distillery. Learn about the history, traditions and fine art of making award-winning single-malt whiskey. Visitors can also enjoy fine dining and/or a drink at the Distillery's charming on-site pub and restaurant.

Boat Tours, Sailing, Fishing, Whale Watching, and Sea Kayaking
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It's Now or Never Tuna Charters

Fish for some of the world's largest bluefin tuna with an experienced crew and comfortable boat in Port Hood. Let us help you book a memorable fishing expedition, a boat tour or a whale watching experience.

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Enjoy a private tour on Great Bras D'Or Lake with Cape Breton Sailing Charters

Witness Cape Breton's natural beauty  from another angle! Enjoy a hands-on sailing experience with highly knowledgable Captain Greg and your private party of up to 6 people on Cape Breton’s renknowned inland sea --  the Bras D’Or Lake.

Full and half-day sailing tours from St. Peter’s, about an hour’s drive from Colindale Beach Villas.

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Whale watching with Eagle Eye Outfitters

Hop on board the "Seas the Breeze" touring vessel in nearby Inverness and take an excursion around Sea Wolf Island. Search for pilot whales and seals while taking in fresh sea air and views of the coastline. The company also offers deep-sea fishing charters and private lobster boils.

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Experience Unforgettable Fly Fishing with "A Great Day Fishing"

Head out into the wilderness and enjoy an awesome day of fly fishing on the Margaree river, Cheticamp river or Middle river with licensed fly fishing experts Jimmie Pedersen and Jim Logan. Their company "A Great Day Fishing"  will hook you up with modern equipment and deliver a first-class salmon fishing experiences at some of Cape Breton's best fishing spots.

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You can also text us on  +1 778-994-9255 

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World Class Golf
Celtic Music, Ceilidhs and Step Dancing Venues

Click on underlined text below for more info and latest schedules:

Mabou - 12 minutes away

Judique - 20 minutes away​

Inverness - 30 minutes away

Port Hawkesbury - 45 minutes away

You can also view event schedules for the next two weeks at the locations below, courtesy of Music Cape

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