Keltic Lodge is the place to be in the Cape Breton Highlands

Posted on March 08, 2020 | Atlantic Business Magazine | 0 Comments

Look out any window of one of Keltic Lodge’s three restaurants and don’t be surprised if you see a lobster fisher catching lunch for you. That combination of comfort and outdoor experience is what this historic resort does best.

“We really are the destination point for the outdoor enthusiast,” General Manager Kevin Hurd says. “We have so much for people to see and do, and we cater to all budgets. Bring the kids, bring the dog, bring a beach chair and sand bucket.”

Nestled in the heart of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and steeped in local history, Keltic Lodge is a fantastic spot for a meeting, family gathering, vacation, wedding, or all four. It can easily accommodate every occasion–large or small, corporate or intimate.

Accommodations include 109 guestrooms–divided up among the newly renovated Corson House, the Main Lodge, courtyard suites and cottages–allowing Keltic to cater to all vacation styles and budgets. Other features include an outdoor heated pool, gift shop, full-service spa, and complimentary wireless internet in public areas of the resort.

Meeting rooms are equipped to accommodate from 10 to 175 delegates.

The storybook wedding venue and one of Keltic’s original structures, Ceilidh Hall, has welcomed many guests and performers to her stage. With a cliff side lawn, gazebo and deck overlooking Cape Smokey and South Bay, it provides the perfect backdrop for any Cape Breton event. With an impressive 2,560 square feet and 12-foot ceilings–and floor to ceiling windows–Ceilidh Hall is Keltic’s largest meeting and function room.

Located in the Main Lodge, the upscale Purple Thistle Dining Room–winner of the prestigious Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence–and Highland Sitting Room offer a tasteful, sociable atmosphere and enticing dining and entertaining options. The Arduaine Restaurant presents an exciting array of Cape Breton flavours that showcase the best of Atlantic Canadian fare. Throughout, original fireplaces, moldings, woodwork and beautifully restored hardwood floors serve as a backdrop to the most majestic views of both the North and South Bays, guaranteeing a unique and authentic Nova Scotia repast.

Meanwhile, Keltic’s chef-inspired banquet menus are inspired by local flavours, featuring only the freshest ingredients from land and sea. By request, our Executive Chef will work with diners to create menus that meet the exact needs of any group or function.

Of course, adjacent to the resort is the 18-hole championship Highlands Links Golf Course. As one of Canada’s top-ten links, conceived and constructed under the watchful eye of world-renowned designer Stanley Thompson, it’s not just any golf course; it’s a classic 18-hole, par 72 course carved out of the wildernesses. Thompson is best known for his work on Canadian Railroad hotel courses, like Banff, Jasper, or St. Georges, but most golf historians agree that the Cape Breton Highlands Links course was the best of his best. Even the walks and vista take visitors’ breaths away, with beautiful views around every corner as they play through the Cape Breton National Park.

And it’s not just about golf. Recreational facilities on site and nearby include a heated pool, Aveda Spa, wilderness trails, hiking, whale watching and swimming at the fully lifeguarded Ingonish Beach.

The Spa at Keltic is built on the edge of the cliffs of Middle Head Peninsula. Featuring panoramic views of Cape Smokey and the sandy shores of Ingonish Beach, the serene setting calms and nourishes the spirit. Visitors can relax in the ocean view lounge or on the patio, while sipping herbal tea or spa water, and nibbling on an oatcake or two.

Says Hurd: “For a truly authentic Maritime experience, we are the place to be for everyone.” •

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