Gary is a 4th generation Cape Bretoner, while I (Donna-Lynn) am originally from Ontario. We met, worked and raised our family in Montreal. I enjoyed my careers with a major airline and (later) in the telecom industry, while Gary had a successful management career in aerospace. But all the while, we harboured a longstanding dream of living in beautiful Cape Breton.
With every visit to Cape Breton, the dream became bigger. A visit in 2000 culminated in an ethereal experience in Iona, enjoying an open air concert as the Tall Ships sailed past on the Bras D’Or Lakes. I turned to Gary and said, “Pinch me, I can’t believe this beauty – I really, really want to live here!”
In 2016, we finally traded long hours in the corporate world for the relaxed pace of Cape Breton
It took two years of searching before we found our beautiful home and business, our dream of Luckenbooth. It truly was fate that brought us to her door: we’ve always opted for the quaint ferry ride when travelling the Cabot Trail, but one casual trip in 2018 found us re-routed via a different entrance… past the Gaelic College… past a fallen real estate sign by the side of the road… WAIT!
Without hesitation, we knocked on the door – and with one look, we knew we were home. Better yet, this building was purpose-built to be a Bed & Breakfast; and since we weren’t quite ready to retire, we were “all in” with an opportunity to run our own business on the beautiful island we’d chosen as our home.
Your hosts Gary and Donna-Lynn are waiting to welcome you to beautiful Cape Breton with a heaping helping of “Caper Hospitality”. Wake up to your choice of the “Wee Nibble” or “Full Monty” breakfasts prepared by Donna-Lynn with local baked goods. Gary loves to share his local “Caper Insights” and can help you find all the best local eateries, artisans, beaches, hiking trails, and maybe even a hidden waterfall or swimming hole!
The Luckenbooth was purpose-built to be a Bed & Breakfast, and as such offers majestically spacious accommodations in four unique guest rooms, each outfitted with luxurious linens, amenities, and private bathrooms, and each with its own story and inspiring ocean views of the Atlantic and St. Ann’s Bay. The Luckenbooth is proud to be the only Canada Select 4.5 Star Bed & Breakfast on the Cabot Trail.
After a day of discovery and adventure out on The Trail, you can relax with a good book and get lost in the expansive view out across the ocean from the comfort of the upstairs Luckenbooth Library, or plan your next adventure on the ground floor Explorer’s room. And no stay at The Luckenbooth is complete without a visit to Evangeline’s Beach; over a thousand feet of private pebbled beach is yours to enjoy, just steps from your room. Finally, lounge on our large exterior decks or explore the grounds and watch for the many birds and the fox (and perhaps even a fairy!) that also call The Luckenbooth home.
We look forward to hosting you at The Luckenbooth and we wish you safe travels….always!
Come visit us today!
Relax your heart, and experience all Cape Breton has to offer.
The “Luckenbooth” is one of the most romantic and most distinctive Scottish jewellery designs. It dates back to a love story between Mary Queen of Scots and the Dauphin of France in the 17th century, with a brooch designed as a betrothal gift to Mary. The design features a heart and crown fashioned from gold or silver (for good luck, of course) made into a brooch and bestowed as a token of affection and friendship. As the legend goes, the Luckenbooth has a particular power to ward off mischievous fairies and keep you safe along your travels.
We feel that the Luckenbooth symbol is fitting for our story, combining our Scottish and French heritages via our love for each other and for our royally beautiful Cape Breton Island home.
Let our Luckenbooth be your safe haven for your travels along the Cabot Trail. We’ll be your home base, affectionately waiting for you while you adventure throughout our Island. Shop with local artisans, enjoy a sailing trip in Baddeck, embark on a whale tour in Pleasant Bay, lunch at the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou, immerse yourself in cultural experiences at the Gaelic College or Highland Village Museum in Iona, or go back in time and visit the Fortress of Louisbourg – and at the end of the day, come back to us and relax!