Summer is a fantastic time to visit Brier Island – when the whale watching is at its best, seafood at its freshest, and the weather is the warmest. Summertime draws the most tourists, and Brier Island accommodations can fill up fast.
An overnight stay on Brier Island gives you a chance to see the major attractions, and allows for time to soak up the ambiance of Westport village (Brier Island’s only community).
Choose from: a lodge, a motel, a guesthouses, two B&B’s, an apartment, and a hostel (see important notice for hostel below). No matter what you choose you’ll feel welcome. Just don’t leave your booking until the last minute.
Call or reserve online for these Brier Island accommodations.
Brier Island Lodge
Perched on top of a hill outside town, Brier Island Lodge is the largest accommodation on the island. Turn right after exiting the ferry, drive up the dirt road towards North Lighthouse and you’ll see the lodge on top of the hill. Enter at the far entrance and drive around back to the office.
The view from the lodge is stunning. Looking out, you have an unobstructed view of Grand Passage, the ferry coming and going from Freeport across the water, and Peter’s Island and lighthouse.
Be sure to ask for a room with an ocean and/or lighthouse view. If you’re worn out from Brier Island’s hiking trails consider splurging on a jacuzzi room. All rooms include free Wi-Fi.
Although the lodge’s Welcome Aboard Whale Watching Tours ceased operations, whale watching can be arranged with through Brier Island’s other two whale watching companies (see Whale Watching on Brier Island to learn more). The front desk of the lodge also doubles as a tourist information booth for the island.
The restaurant at this Brier Island accommodation is open for breakfast and supper only (no lunch) and is worth a visit just for the view. Just before sunset, you might see the resident goat and sheep “mowing” the lawn outside.
tel 1-902-839-2300 or toll-free 1-800-662-8355
557 Water Street, Westport
Bay of Fundy Inn and Guesthouse
If you’d like to stay right in Westport and get in touch with Brier Island’s history, head to the Bay of Fundy Inn and Guesthouse. Two separate buildings, the inn and the guesthouse both belong to the Graham family (Brier Island residents for generations). The Inn and Guesthouse are within walking distance of the ferry wharf.
The 4-room inn is over 100 years old, and takes you back in time with antique furniture and décor in each room, so you can feel what Brier Island was like years ago. Continental breakfast is included in your stay at the inn.
Next door at the guesthouse, you can have an entire separate living space all to yourself. All linens and kitchen utensils are included, and you can enjoy the view of the harbour as you BBQ on the deck. Choose from renting just three or all four bedrooms, nightly and weekly rates available.
The Bay of Fundy Inn and Guesthouse is partnered with Mariner Cruises Whale Watching Tours, providing discount packages for whale watching and accommodation.
Dock & Doze Motel
One of the first buildings you see as you arrive at Brier Island on the ferry, this three-room motel’s location makes it ideal for visitors with or without a vehicle.
At the Dock & Doze, each room comes with a fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker.
Plenty of parking is available, and the location is only a short walk or drive to the Lighthouse Café or Robicheau’s General Store.
353 Water St, Westport
Brier Island Hostel
The Brier Island Hostel closed its doors permanently on October 31st, 2015
Hooking by the Sea
A B&B, rughooking studio, and farm give Hooking by the Sea both character and history.
Over 200 years old, the B&B was used as Brier Island’s first schoolhouse, before the property became a dairy farm. Much of the wood and many of the light fixtures in the house are original, giving it a nostalgic feel.
The B&B has three bedrooms: two share a bathroom, the third comes with ensuite bathroom. Pets are welcome to stay with guests who book the third room. A hot breakfast is included in your stay, and all rooms come with free Wi-Fi. A fridge, firepit, and BBQ are available for guests to use.
The owner (Victoria) runs the B&B as well as the farm, and makes hooked rug crafts by hand starting right from shearing her sheep. Sign up for a retreat to learn about her craft and try your hand at rug-hooking while you stay at the B&B.
Paradise on Brier Accommodation
The owners of this waterfront apartment live on the second floor, while renting the first floor apartment to visitors.
With a separate entrance, living room, kitchen, outdoor patio (with BBQ), and two bedrooms the apartment can accommodate up to 6 adults. Free Wi-Fi included with the accommodation.
Located on Westport’s main street, the house looks out over Grand Passage. Robicheau’s General Store the ferry wharf, and whale watching tours are within walking distance.
There is a three-night minimum stay; weekly rates are available. Paradise on Brier has received four stars from Canada Select.
389 Water Street, Westport
R. E. Robicheau Apartments
Across from the General Store, you’ll find a wooden building with two apartments for rent, with daily or weekly rates. Right in the middle of town, the apartments are conveniently located beside the Lighthouse Café (the only restaurant on the island open for breakfast, lunch, and supper). If cooking your own meals is more your style, the General Store with vegetables, BBQ meats, supplies, and other groceries is steps away.
Both apartments are fully furnished, with their own separate bathrooms, kitchenettes, and living spaces. The lower apartment is a one-bedroom, the upper is a two-bedroom (with fantastic view of the Grand Passage). Coin-operated laundry machines are available in the bottom floor of the apartment building.
For information on rates and availability, contact the owners (who also manage the General Store, Ice House Gift Shop, and The Lighthouse Café).
225 Water St, Westport
There are day-use areas on Brier Island but unfortunately there are no campgrounds. The closest official camping is at Whale Cove Campground on Digby Neck, 30km (18.5mi) away from Brier Island.
At Whale Cove RV and tenting sites are available, and there’s also a cottage for rent. There are water and electrical hookups, a playground, hot showers, free Wi-Fi, a coin laundry, and flush toilets. Whale Cove is also pet-friendly.
RV’s are welcome on the ferries to Brier Island and RV parking is available.
Once you’ve chosen your Brier Island accommodation, make your reservation early and beat the summer tourist crowds.
And don’t forget about booking Whale Watching on Brier Island , one of the best places to see whales in the Maritimes.