The Coolest AirBnBs in Atlantic Canada
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What could make your Atlantic Canada staycation more memorable than staying somewhere truly unique?
One of the best things about using AirBnB for your vacation accommodations is that it gives you access to some really unique properties that you just can’t find when staying at a traditional hotel, inn, or B&B.
How would you like to sleep in a lighthouse? Or maybe in a boat? Maybe a tiny house is more your fancy? How about booking a night in a barn? You can do all of that in Atlantic Canada!
We’ve scoured AirBnB looking for the most unique stays in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador that you need to check out this year. They’re booking fast so kick your vacation planning into overdrive to snag one of these beauties.
Nova Scotia AirBnBs
The Blue Heron Dome at Cabot Shores
What could be cooler than sleeping in a geodesic dome on top of an elevated platform in Cape Breton? You’ll especially love the views of Church Pond and the skylight so that you can stargaze while cozied up in bed at night. The dome has no electricity or source of heat, but it’s equipped with double beds, chairs, and solar powered lights. Outhouses are nearby while the shower and bathroom are just a short walk.
Price: from $175/night
Imagine watching the sunset over the Yarmouth harbour from the upper deck, the gentle sound of the waves lulling you to sleep and waking up to the sunrise while enjoying your breakfast. Moored to the dock at Yarmouth marina is this cozy 41 foot motor yacht with aft & forward cabins with ensuite bathrooms with shower for those who want a truly unique experience. Spacious salon with aft deck and dining area. Within walking distance to shops, restaurants, nearby art and cultural events.
Price: from $200/night
Bothan Beag – Tiny House on the Water
You can live those tiny house dreams, if only for a little while at this beautiful property. This tiny house offers a unique and refreshing vacation experience. It is completely off-grid, but with all of the common comforts of any home. It’s a great way to disconnect and unwind. Perched above a stretch of secluded rocky coastline that is easily accessible from a path directly in front of the house, you could spend hours exploring, looking for drift wood, rocks, fossils and sea glass or stroll over to the sandy beach, located a 5 minute walk away – It boasts some of the warmest warmest water north of the Carolinas.
Price: from $170/night
Lighthouse on the Bay
Make some Nova Scotia memories by staying on the Cabot Trail in the decommissioned St. Anns lighthouse. Built in 1905 and in use until 1962, this restored and renovated lighthouse makes for a memorable vacation. Wake up to the ocean waves, have coffee on your front deck, watch the local fisherman haul up their traps, and take a walk on the beach – all possible at this unique AirBnB.
Price: from $188/night
The ZzzzMoose Luxury Camping Cabin
The Dancing Moose is a full-service restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch each day. But did you know that they also have four insulated year-round cozy cabins where you can lay your head? This cabin has its own deck, deck chairs, and picnic table. Along with heat and electricity, it’s equipped with bedside lamps, an electric heater and comfy beds. Cabin #4 is especially cool with its bed loft and spectacular triangular window overlooking the ocean.
Price: from $98/night
New Brunswick AirBnBs
The Dorchester Jail
This just might be the most unique AirBnB listing in all of New Brunswick. How would you like to spend a night in Dorchester Jail? The former jail was built in 1875 and was the site of the province’s last double hanging in 1936. The building hasn’t been restored and includes all original cells, doors, locks, etc. so you’re in for a truly unique experience.
Broadleaf Glamping Lighthouse
If you didn’t visit a lighthouse, were you really in Atlantic Canada? If you didn’t stay in a lighthouse, did you really have the most amazing staycation you could? This lodging option at Broadleaf Ranch is like a lighthouse/tiny house/yurt mash-up. Hiking/Biking/Snowshoeing trails and horseback riding on the property. Close to Fundy National Park, Hopewell Rocks and Cape Enrage.
Price: $200/night, 2-night minimum
Safari Yurt at the Belleisle Bayview Retreat
This secluded and solar-powered seasonal yurt rental offers stunning views of Belleisle Bay—with hiking trails and beach access nearby. Glampers will have their own private deck with outdoor hot shower, compost toilet, wood-stove sauna, and barbecue, which includes all the necessary utensils. You will, however, need to bring your own towels. This spot is perfect for a digital detox since there is no internet or any kind available.
Prince Edward Island AirBnBs
Choo Choo! Wouldn’t you love to spend a vacation in this blue Boston & Maine caboose? Originally from New Hampshire, it now makes its home in PEI. The hosts say its great for those who “enjoy a quiet retreat, clam digging, local lighthouses, golfing, and wine tasting.” The caboose has been coupled with a beautiful wood cabin that gives you lots of space and comfort, while keeping that stunning, unique exterior. The caboose contains the kitchen and tv lounge with a pull out sofa, while the cabin has the queen bedroom and bathroom. Just think of the unique photos you could post to Facebook after staying here!
Price: $165/night, 3-night minimum
This AirBnB is a bonus listing since it’s not currently available to book until November but it was so unique and spectacular that we just had to list it. Our favourite features of this “earthship” is the amount of natural light that it gets from it’s full wall of windows and the indoor garden, irrigated from the home’s grey water. Talk about bringing the outdoors in. This sustainable house feels like the perfect combo of bright, airy treehouse and warm, cozy Hobbit hole. Bookmark this one for sure and check back for future availability.
Price: $175/night, 2-night minimum
Tired of cookie cutter chain hotel rooms? Why not book this 120 year old barn for your next PEI trip? It was renovated in 2019 to provide modern conveniences and comfort, like a full kitchen and Netflix, while maintaining its historic charm. One of the best parts about staying in a barn with strong beams? Hammock chairs! And loft beds. Climb up to the loft for a good night’s sleep on the queen sized bed.
Price: $94/night, 2-night minimum
While not the place for a couple on a budget, if you’re a large family and you want to stay somewhere truly unique and very special, take a look at this five level lighthouse. Be amazed by the breathtaking views from the rooftop deck, the 360-degree watchroom floor and main floor window seats overlooking Rustico Bay and a golf course. You’ll love all the beautiful woodwork and the subtle nautical theme that tastefully runs through the house. The property includes a serviced bunkhouse, a private beach and a large natural playground.
Price: $720/night, 7-night minimum
You’ve heard of rotating restaurants, but how about a rotating house? Every room has the best view in the place, making a full rotation in 45 minutes before rotating back – and all controlled by a phone app. You can also tour the basement to see how the whole thing works. Each of the four suites have a master suite with a king bed, queen-sized Murphy bed in the living room as well as a pull-out couch so the whole family can take part. Be some of the only people this summer to say they’ve slept in a rotating house – but hurry, it’s booking fast!
Price: $209/night, 2-night minimum
Newfoundland and Labrador AirBnBs
On Shore Leave
This quirky accommodation will be one you’ll talk about for ages to come. A refurbished fishing vessel now sits in a private garden setting overlooking the beautiful Bay of Islands. “On Shore Leave” is ideally situated for hiking, bird watching, kayaking and boating. Watch ospreys from your deck or visit the Arctic Tern colony nearby. Finish your evening with a fire in the outdoor chiminea.
Price: from $109/night
The Salt Box Pods
Have you ever dreamt about spending the night in a little Newfoundland house overlooking the ocean? The cute pods are based on the design of the traditional Newfoundland Saltbox House. Modest and minimalistic, these houses have an indescribable quality known to create feelings of warmth, simplicity and comfort.
Price: from $89/night
For those who like the idea of hotel-style accommodations along with the escapism of camping, these pods are for you! These glamping pods are located near the Newfoundland T’Railway, historic Cupids, the rugged shoreline, great fishing, craft breweries, and much more! Bookings start for September!
Price: from $138/night
How would you like to stay in a cabin where you ziplined in and out? Welcome to the Trappers cabin – a 40 year old newly renovated cabin located in the scenic hills of Petty Harbour. Rustic, yet stylish, it has a generator and a wood stove to keep you toasty, and views that just won’t quit.
Price: from $185/night
This romantic and peaceful pod rental is located along the rocky shoreline in the town of Bonavista, Newfoundland. The pod can accommodate up to two guests, perfect for solo adventurers or couples who want a unique retreat into nature. They are eco-friendly, lit by solar lights, and do not have electricity. The pods are small and intimate but hugely comfortable.
Price: from $151/night
Do you know of any super cool Airbnbs in Atlantic Canada that should be on this list? Let me know in the comments below!