Hello Friends of Grand Narrows,

My name is David Strang, I'm one in a long line of repatriated Maritimers, having recently returned to Cape Breton from Calgary, where I've been residing for the past twenty years. With my recent purchase of the historic Grand Narrows Hotel, I'm delighted to announce that this wonderful piece of Canadian history will once again be hosting travellers, as we reopen as a Bed and Breakfast accommodation for the months of September and October 2020. Beginning November 1st, we will revert to full house rentals again with weekend packages available for the winter months.

We're exited here at The Grand Narrows Hotel in anticipation of  many initiatives we will begin implementing over the coming years as we continue the restoration and upgrading of this magnificent building, which commenced in 1997 and was largely completed by former long time owners, Elaine and Terry MacNeil.


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 in Central Cape Breton, 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.


  • There will be hot and cold breakfast served between 7:30 and 10 am daily

  • Lite daily housekeeping

  • Shared use of Lower Verandah and garden area as well as two large entertainment salons

  • Use of private beach in front of Hotel with fire pit and beach chairs

  • Hi Definition wall projector with 10 foot screen. Streaming capable wireless internet throughout building

  • Bicycles and a tandem Kayak  available for use free of charge

  • Licensed Wheelhouse Cafe (very good food!) is right across the road!

  • Barra Straight Marina - boat launch, laundry, showers