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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:

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 Lakes

  •  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.l

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Hiking and Walking Trails

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

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Port Hood

Take a stroll along the Port Hood Boardwalk and its miles of sandy swimming beaches

10 min away

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Eqypt Falls

Hike into and make a splash at Egypt falls near Margararee 

45 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



Take an evening walk along the  picturesque Inverness beach boardwalk

~30 to 40 min away


Skyline Trail

Hike along many trails in Cape Breton Highlands National Park

1.5 hours away

Port Hood Beaches and West Mabou Beaches

Nearby Port Hood is known as the Beach Capital of Cape Breton, with its five sandy swimming beaches and warm swimming waters which often reach 22 degrees Celcius in the summer -- the warmest waters north of the Carolinas  

Port Hood's beach portfolio includes:   Lawrences' Beach, The Boardwalk Beach, The Wharf Beach, The Lifeguard Beach and Murphy's Pond Beach. 

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Kite surfing at Port Hood

Nearby West Mabou Beach Provincial Park is a natural environment park with a giant picturesque sandy beach and dune system

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Restaurants and Fine Dining

Nearby Port Hood features 3 casual restaurants including:


  • The Clove Hitch Bar & Bistro, which sometimes features live music

  • Sandeannie's Bakery and Tea Room

  • The Admiral Beverage & Grill

The nearby Mabou area is home to:

  • The Red Shoe Pub (which features live music nightly)

  • The Shining Waters Bakery

  • The Glenora Distillery,  which offers fine dining experiences at its on-site restaurant  

On the way to and from the Cabot Trail:

Route 19 Brewery in nearby Inverness offers an extensive selection of local craft beers and a wide menu which includes  locally sourced lobster dinners, fish and chips,  pubfare and  International cuisine..

Woodroad Restaurant, a boutinque cliffside restaurant offer unique, 2-hour fixed menu, fine dining “experience” with locally-inspired dishes served on its cliff-top, oceanside property. The coastal views and sunsets are sensational. 

Celtic Music and Entertainment

Enjoy a Scottish Ceilidh

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

Listen to Live Music at the Red Shoe Pub

Enjoy some great home-cooked local food while taking in some live fiddle, guitar, bagpipes and/or piano at the Red Shoe Pub, 15 minutes away at 11573 Route 19, Mabou. Tel: +1-902-945-2996

Live music is on tap between 5-7 pm Mon/Tues/Wed and then in the evenings Thurs/Fri/Sat. Best to check the link below for the latest schedule and lineup.

Have some fun at West Mabou Step Dance

A cultural treasure of the area is step dancing, a highly energentic, 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

Saturday nights
10:00pm - 1:00am (May-Oct) 
9:00pm-12:00am (Nov- April)

All ages welcome at West Mabou Hall, 2399 West Mabou Road. 



Celtic Colours International Music Festival

For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is alive with music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate our rich culture. The festival features 50+ concerts across the 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
+1 (888) 355-7744

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, 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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Book Your Stay Now

You can also book by phone on +1 778-994-9255 or  through the chat  box 

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