One of the best authentic experiences in Canada!
Keltic Lodge at the Highlands is widely regarded as the premier resort in the Maritimes! It delivers the perfect getaway you’re looking for, with 120 rooms, multiple styles of accommodations, and a price point for every budget.
The Main Lodge
a throwback to bygone days
The classic Keltic Lodge, which was opened in 1951, is a throwback to the era of railroad hotels present in other National Parks.
The Main Lodge offers 32 guest rooms and two luxury two-bedroom suites, featuring beautiful craftsmanship with crown moldings, old growth hardwood floors and luxurious linens. Four of our guest rooms transform into Junior Suites, which offer an additional sitting room with a pull-out couch. Rooms are complemented with contemporary furnishings and stunning views of the pristine surroundings.
Within the Lodge’s peaks are housed a pair of two-bedroom Executive Suites, with large sitting areas and dining tables. They are designed to accentuate the views of the stunning North Bay from the bedrooms while highlighting beautiful views of the South Bay and Cape Smokey from the living rooms. Guests in these suites enjoy two bedrooms, two and a half baths, spacious living and dining rooms, with look-out lofts. Each suite has one room with a king size bed, and one room with either 1, or 2, queen size beds.
The Purple Thistle Dining Room, the Highland Sitting Room, and the Gift Shop are all on the main floor and accessible from the Lobby.
The Corson House
formally known as The Keltic Inn
At the Corson House, otherwise known as Taigh Corson, you’ll feel right at home in one of our 40 air-conditioned guestrooms that include a range of thoughtful amenities for a relaxing stay. Completely renovated in 2016, the Corson House is conveniently located beside The Spa at Keltic, and steps from the Arduaine Restaurant.
There are a mix of large rooms with two double beds, and equally large rooms with king size beds. All rooms boast generous windows, to capture incredible views from the Middle Head Peninsula, but the most breathtaking vistas are of Cape Smokey in the Ocean View rooms. All ground floor rooms have outdoor patios, accessible from each room. Brand new suites were added during the renovation—four two-bed loft suites, and two studio suites with king beds and a pull-out couch.
Taigh Corson is named in honour of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Corson (friends of Alexander Graham Bell) who bought this wondrous piece of property, and built the original Keltic Lodge in 1910 as a summer retreat from the hustle of the city.
The Stanley Thompson House
an homage to our architect
This building—built in the 50's—was the house of the original Property Maintenance Manager of Keltic Lodge, and more recently the General Manager. These suites are named in honour of the late Stanley Thompson, Canada’s greatest Golf Course Architect, and designer of Cape Breton Highlands Links—consistently rated one of the top five public courses in the country (his statue stands at the nearby 1st tee). In 2016 the residence was re-imagined as Taigh Thompson, and offers two one bedroom luxury suites overlooking the first tee. The lower suite includes the use of a private fenced, backyard, while the upper suite boasts a deck with panoramic views of Cape Smokey, Ingonish Beach, Mount Franey, and Cape Breton Highlands Golf Course. The Sunset from this deck is certainly something to write home about.
The Courtyard Suites
the ol' Boys' Residence
These 1950's buildings, were originally known as the Boys' Residence, as summer staff often live on site at Keltic Lodge. Among the thousands of former Keltic staff, is world renowned songstress Anne Murray, who stayed in the nearby Girls' Residence, which is still in use for staff. No one would recognize these buildings today, as they were also completely renovated in 2016.
The suites have now been reimagined as Argyle and Montrose. They feature four modern suites, each with one private bedroom, a spacious living room and a private deck, as well as four individual rooms, each with a king bed and modern private bathroom. If you have the choice, the view of North Bay from the north suites is a vacation all by itself.
a truly unique Cape Breton experience
Located between the Main Lodge, and the Middle Head hiking trail, the cottages are located oceanside. Our two and four-bedroom pet-friendly cottages combine style and semi-privacy for your personal retreat. Enjoy the scenery from your veranda or cozy up to the fireplace for a relaxing evening in your shared living room.
The cottages are perfect for families, groups, and those who want a "glamping" cabin experience.
Keltic Lodge at the Highlands offers two types of shared cottages. Each of our five two-bedroom cottages and five four-bedroom cottages include spacious shared living rooms, cozy fireplaces, with private guest rooms including private ensuite bathrooms. All cottages feature ocean views on the Middle Head Peninsula with a rustic feel that provides all the comforts of a home away from home. Naturally air cooled, these cottages do not have air conditioning in them and allow for our guests to experience true ocean style freshness.
Our executive cottage offers the sound of crashing waves and world-renowned views. Guests can enjoy three bedrooms and two full bathrooms with a private cliff-side backyard. Entertain in the comforts of your own suite with spacious living and dining rooms. Plus, the full kitchen gives you all the space and utensils you need to prepare a fresh, locally-caught seafood dinner. Or you can have our Culinary Team prepare and serve it for you.