The Grand Narrows Hotel
Now under new ownership, The Grand Narrows Hotel will be reopening for the 2020 Fall season. Now accepting direct bookings for individual rooms with no minimum stay requirement, beginning September 1st, 2020.
Dedicated to the former Hotel’s most frequent guest – Alexander Graham Bell. This room was where Bell most often stayed – sometimes alone or with his wife Mabel and their maid. Bell’s famous student Hellen Keller was also a well-known travel companion. Keller was noted for swimming in front of the Hotel with her trusted Golden Retriever. This room has it’s own private bath.
Dedicated to the second owners of the building, Hazel and Clarence MacLennan. They purchased this building in 1956 and used it as a summer home, their daughter Elaine bought the property in the late 90's, and with her husband Terry, began in earnest the remarkable restoration of the old hotel. This room has it’s own private bath.
Dedicate to the original Hotel Manager – Josephine MacNeil. This room was occupied by MacNeil during her career here. She had pipes installed in her room that led directly to the kitchen – this must have been before A. G. Bell invented his telephone! This room has it’s own private bath (the only three-piece bathroom).
Dedicated to the original owner of the building – H. F. MacDougall. MacDougall was a member of the Canadian Parliament, serving under Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald. MacDougall grew up a few minutes down the road in a community called Christmas Island, and quickly built the Hotel after he had lobbied to have the Inter-Colonial Railway run through the Barra Strait. This room has it’s own private bath.
The Grand Narrows Hotel
Standing prominently on the eastern shores of the Barra Strait on the Bras d'Or Lakes, this grand three storey structure (Second Empire) was built as an elegant fifteen bedroom hotel in 1887. With large gathering rooms, two full length verandas, spacious bedrooms, and a grand winding staircase. It features the privacy and space of a hotel with the added touch of a friendly rural B&B. Our location on a large beachfront property ensures that guests can enjoy swimming in the clean, crystal clear waters of Bras d'Or, the largest and most beautiful saltwater lake in the world. Stroll down a quiet country road that hugs the shoreline where two natural marshes provide shelter to an abundance of birds and other wildlife. Watch the eagles soar overhead, and enjoy still summer evenings on the front veranda with breathtaking sunsets over the hills of Iona. The Barra Strait Marina and Wheelhouse Café are only a few steps away, which adds to the charm of Grand Narrows. The Grand Narrows Hotel B&B is conveniently located smack dab in the centre of Cape Breton Island, making it the ideal base for travelling to many of the Island's destinations, such as the Highland Village Museum, The Cabot Trail, Fortress of Louisbourg, numerous golf courses, and more.
Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's Outdoor Pioneer Museum or look up your Cape Breton roots at the Genealogy and Family History Centre. The Highland Village is situated on a beautiful site overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes and is open from May to mid October.