Middle River, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
September 4, 2013
The Cabot Trail Motorcycle Retreat regrets to announce our closing at our current location. We will not be open for 2014.
The Cabot Trail Motorcycle Retreat would like to announce our closing. Since the summer of 2008 we have provided a home away from home for riders visiting Cape Breton. We have met many great people over the years and have garnered lasting new friendships from all over North America which we cherish.
The decision to close was a very difficult one. We thought long and hard about continuing the B&B as we have since its inception but the reality of the short tourism season for riders, our road condition which the province of Nova Scotia refuses to fix and the costs of running a very seasonal small business are too much for us to bear anymore. The road to the Retreat is becoming too dangerous for motorcycle riders and the refusal of the Province to fix the road played the largest part of why we are closing. Although a 2008 petition with close to 400 signatures was submitted to the Department of Transportation and presented to council for the re-paving of West Side Middle River, the road was answered with a sign that reads “Rough Section, next 18 KMS”. Middle River West Road made CAA’s Worst Road list for Atlantic Canada as well.
We announced our closing to Victoria County and we also sent correspondence to our MLA’s last week ahead of announcing to the public. The road is much more dangerous than in 2008 and only now that we are closing is the government listening. We have had a visit from our local councillor from Victoria County and council sent a letter to the Premier of Nova Scotia about us closing and the road condition. The MLA’s for our County have also responded since we announced our closing. Aside from Victoria County who can only communicate on our behalf with the province, why does it take a business closing for any response?
With that said however, we are still in the business of being the best motorcycle travel destination in Cape Breton providing top notch accommodation and support for all riders, but sadly it will not be at our location of choice in Middle River. A larger facility that will attract bigger groups, host events and live up to what travelers expect when touring a world famous destination will be our immediate goal. This will all be accomplished providing there are reasonable opportunities existing on the market within the next year and if Nova Scotia’s tourist funding organizations can back up their glossy printed brochures and see the unlimited potential of such a motorcycle themed resort along the Cabot Trail.
To all our past guests: We THANK YOU for staying with us and sharing the enthusiasm of such a passionate and friendly mode of travel, please keep in touch! If you didn’t get a chance to stay with us, keep watching us, we may pop up again one day soon… bigger and better!
Patrick & Angela
P.S. – If you like to contact the MLA’s in our region to let them know how good roads are required for motorcyclists visiting Cape Breton and Nova Scotia, We and ALL motorcyclists would appreciate it!
Nova Scotia Transportation: email@example.com
Keith Bain – PC, – Victoria-The Lakes
Pamela Eyking – Liberal – Victoria-The Lakes
John Frank Toney – NDP – Victoria-The Lakes
Athol Grant – Municipal Councillor, Victoria County, District #2
Bruce Morrison – Warden, Victoria County
The Cabot Trail Motorcycle Retreat was the first accommodations business to cater specifically to motorcyclists in Atlantic Canada.