I am Dawn, Shane’s manager at the HI-Cabot Trail. Originally from England i lived and worked in Vancouver, British Columbia for a few years, before making my way from the “West Coast to the Best Coast!” After a summer working in Baddeck, I moved to Pleasant Bay in the fall of 2001. I worked as a whale tour guide and captain for a few years before starting at the Hostel under it’s previous owner. Shane kind of inherited me when he bought the place last year and i couldn’t be happier. I love this little town and the peace and tranquility it offers. I am looking forward to meeting you and helping you get the best out of your stay with us.
See you soon.!!!!
Hello, my name is Shane Pizzariello. I have been hostelling for over 23 years now. My first experience with hostels was in Australia and New Zealand in 1994 and from the first hostel…..WHAM!!!! I was hooked!!!!! My dad is from Cape Breton (Reserve Mines) and since my first stay at a hostel, it has been a dream of mine to have my own hostel in Cape Breton. I moved to Wentworth, Nova Scotia in 1999 from Jasper, Alberta, where I had been working at the HI-Jasper Hostel and all the chain hostels in the Jasper National Park for 10 years. I had a 5 year plan to have my own hostel, 14 years later my dream finally came true!!!! In July of 2013, I took over the HI-Cabot Trail Hostel in Cape Breton. Dawn is fantastic and without her I couldn’t have done this. I am now the Executive Director of Hostelling International for the Atlantic Region in Canada and work out of the HI-Halifax Hostel. I absolutely love the diversity of hostels and the people that I have the opportunity to meet from all over the world as well as Nova Scotia. I know that you will love our little hostel. It is cozy, friendly and nestled into the Beautiful area of Pleasant Bay………Can’t wait to meet ya
Thanks Dawn for making us feel so welcome and comfortable. The Hostel is set up very well, but your personal efforts and interest have made our time here very special. Thanks for the Herbs (great idea!!) and all the tips/info re local area. Pleased we confirmed that ‘Muskrat picture’. This was our first experience in hostelling after 30 years of travelling. But now we will definitely do it again sooner.
Jocelyn and Duncan. Australia