The accommodation providers listed below are longtime supporters of Celtic Colours, providing the festival with the substantial amount of rooms needed to house many of our visiting artists. We encourage you to support these establishments whose location, amenities and expertise will make your Celtic Colours experience much more enjoyable.

For a full list of accommodations on the Island visit

Inverary Resort, Baddeck

Inverary Resort’s old world comfort and charm truly speaks to the spirit of the festival. Enhance your festival experience with a variety of comfortable accommodation choices, great food, Cape Breton entertainment in the Thistledown Pub and nightly shuttle service to the Festival Club. Concerts and workshops are only a short drive away.

Take advantage of our Special Festival Rate. Call toll-free 1.800.565.5660 or visit

Telegraph House, Baddeck

The Telegraph House, built in 1861, is owned and operated by the fourth and fifth generations of the Dunlop Family. As it once contained the office of the first Trans-Oceanic Cable Company, some of the first telegraph messages in North America were sent from the office in the “Telegraph House”.

Check directly with hotel for festival specials. Call toll-free 1.888.263.9840 or visit

Maritime Inn, Port Hawkesbury

Maritime Inn Port Hawkesbury is ideally situated at the gateway to Cape Breton Island and is a perfect choice as a base for your Celtic Colours experience. Seventy four rooms, an indoor pool, fitness centre and excellent Taste of Nova Scotia dining in Miller’s Tap & Grill.

Check directly with hotel for festival specials. Call toll-free 1.888.662.7484 or visit

Silver Dart Lodge, Baddeck

Select Baddeck’s Silver Dart Lodge / MacNeil House Suites for your Celtic Colours vacation get away. Relax and unwind on this 90 acre property over looking the Bras d’or Lakes and select from a variety of accommodations from one and two bedroom suites, cozy chalets, and traditional hotel styled room with terrific views. Ask about some of our newly renovated rooms to make your stay a little more cozy!

Check directly with hotel for festival specials. Call toll-free 1-800-565-VIEW or visit

Cabot Trail Motel, Baddeck

Refresh your body and soul during the Festival with a stay at the Cabot Trail Motel. Centrally located on the outskirts of Baddeck and on the world famous Cabot Trail, the Cabot Trail Motel offers relaxation, comfort and breathtaking views of the famous Bras d’Or Lakes.

Call 1-902-295-2580 to reserve your room today or visit

Hampton Inn by Hilton, Sydney

Hampton Inn by Hilton in Sydney, Nova Scotia is centrally located near Exit 8, off Highway 125, minutes away from downtown, local attractions, restaurants and shopping. Our hotel in Sydney, Nova Scotia is conveniently connected to the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre via a pedestrian walkway. Savor flavors at Kiju’s, one of Sydney’s top restaurants, and enjoy a variety of live entertainment, conferences and special events within the centre.

Call 1-902-564-6555 to reserve your room today or visit Hampton Inn by Hilton

Enterprise is proud to be the Preferred Car Rental provider for Celtic Colours


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Reserve By Phone

  • 800-261-7331  • Toll Free
  • 902-873-4700 • Halifax Airport Office
  • 902-539-1303  • Sydney Airport Office
  • 902-539-6700 • Sydney Office


Nova Scotia has two main airports. The JA Douglas McCurdy Airport is in Sydney (YQY) and The Halifax Stanfield International Airport is near Halifax (YHZ).

Flights to Sydney are direct from Toronto (YYZ) or via Halifax (YHZ). Air Canada and WestJet offer daily non-stop flights from Toronto (approximately 2.5 hours in duration), and there are multiple daily flights to Halifax (approximately 50 minutes in duration). Halifax is an international airport with flights to a number of cities in Canada, the US and overseas.

For more airline information, visit:

JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport – YQY



Halifax Stanfield International Airport


Getting Here

There are several ways you can come to Cape Breton. The most frequently used one is by car. If you are travelling by car, there are two entry points to the Island – the Canso Causeway at Port Hastings and the car ferries from Newfoundland. The car ferries to and from Port-aux-Basques and Argentia, Newfoundland, run from the Marine Atlantic terminal in North Sydney.

You can also take a bus – either a tour bus or a regularly scheduled bus like the Maritime Bus buses which run back and forth from Halifax every day.

If air travel is your choice, Air Canada has five flights daily between JA McCurdy Sydney Airport and Halifax Stanfield International Airport, with connections to major centers in Canada, the United States, and Europe. WestJet also flies direct between Sydney and Toronto 3 to 4 times a week.

Some distances to Cape Breton:

Boston 1352 km 840 mi
Chicago 2910 km 1808 mi
Fredericton 689 km 434 mi
Halifax 423 km 263 mi
New York 1683 km 1046 mi
Ottawa 1772 km 1101 mi
Portland, Me 1181 km 734 mi
Toronto 2108 km 1310 mi
Washington, DC 2058 km 1279 mi
London (U.K.) 4563 km 2852 mi


Climate & Weather

Cape Breton is an Island of many faces…ocean, lakes, highlands, valleys, plateaus, rolling farmland and wilderness forests. Is it any wonder we have trouble predicting the weather?

The fall, however, is the most predictable of our seasons and it is arguably the most consistently pleasant. In October particularly, the skies are almost always clear, sunshine is abundant and the scenery is…well, indescribable. Temperatures in October range from about 5 to15 degrees Celsius in the daytime, depending on where you are (it is, of course cooler near the ocean than it is inland) and it has been known to go below freezing overnight. Warm clothing is strongly advised, and if you plan to camp, you should consider taking along a heater of some sort.

More Information

  • For information on road construction and possible delays visit
  • Lots of great information on the new Cabot Trail website
  • For more information on Cape Breton Island including accommodations, attractions and outdoor activities, check out the Destination Cape Breton website: (Opens new browser window)
  • For more information on Victoria County: Visit Victoria County (Opens new browser window)
  • Take in the colours along the famous Cabot Trail, in Cape Breton Highlands National Park:
  • We encourage you to visit our Partners page and to support our sponsors.