About Us


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


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.!!!!


A comfortable and quiet beds

Line break

$25.22 / night

Private and Family Room

A comfortable and quiet room.

Line break

$52.17 / night

Facilities at the HI-Cabot Trail Hostel, Cape Breton.

Welcome….the hostel is set in Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia, right in the center of the Cabot Trail. We offer 3 private/family rooms, three bathrooms, and a 10 bed bunkhouse. We offer free parking, BBQ, two decks with ample outside seating, 2 self-help kitchens, a herb and veggie garden (in season) free wi/fi, free internet kiosk, TV, board games and outdoor games. We have a book exchange as well as various reference books. We had completed the new horse-shoe pit and a fire pit, we have bike storage, bike repair kits, bike rentals. We can help set you up with a whale watching tour, only a 5 minute walk down to the harbor and beach.

This has got to be one of the best places on god’s earth. Pleasant Bay, the Hostel and staff included. Thanks for making my stay with you memorable.
John W. From the UK.