A boutique wilderness hotel in Nova Scotia that the Canadian Tourism Commission has called “wilderness chic” appears to have captured the attention of its neighbour across the Atlantic Ocean. It started in early 2009 when out of the blue The Guardian suggested for its readers a vacation in the Tobeatic Wilderness:
A vast tract of forest, rivers and lakes, Nova Scotia’s Tobeatic Wilderness Area has been called the “wild soul” of the Maritimes. It’s home to black bear, bobcat, moose, river otter and the odd US draft dodger, and when people paddle into it, they can vanish for days.
Then the glossy London Sunday Times travel magazine put Trout Point Lodge amongst its coverage of Canada’s 16 best independent hotels. The Guardian followed in October, 2010, with a travel feature that set the scene:
Built from eastern white spruce, the lodge is a log cabin on a grand scale. Thick trunks form the walls and hummingbirds buzz around the veranda; it feels instantly homely – only with posher linen and better food.
Now within the past few months the Independent chose Trout Point for its “Stay the Night” series, publishing in late October, 2011. Accomplished travel author Sarah Barrell termed the Lodge a “plush and pioneering Canadian retreat.” The beautiful surroundings satisfied a desire to experience pristine wilderness: “It could not be more seductively set, deep in old growth Atlantic forest on the confluence of two, boulder-strewn rivers that are coloured deep amber with peat,” writes Barrell. She also enjoyed the cuisine, noting “Trout Point’s gastronomy looms large on the North American culinary scene.”
In January, 2012, acclaimed writer Nigel Richardson–Deputy Travel Editor at the Telegraph for over a decade and author of 5 books–called the Trout Point “a wilderness lodge with a difference, memorably designed and serving food not to fill your hiking boots but to tickle your palate.” The critical hotel review for his old employer gave the Lodge an overall 8/10 score and honed in on the setting and the food for scores of 9/10. Richardson said of the cuisine: “An innovatory mix of Cajun, Creole and Acadian (French Nova Scotian) dishes using local seafood, plants, mushrooms and herbs from the garden, and homemade cheeses and breads.” He also noted that “light pollution is minimal, making the (organised) stargazing sensational.” Guided star gazing and sky safaris have been a new offering at Trout Point in 2011, which will continue this year.
“Just to be mentioned in the Telegraph‘s series of highly critical hotel reviews is an honour,” said Lodge chef/proprietor Vaughan Perret, adding, “we seem to be the only accommodation in Atlantic Canada the papers has recommended. We also thought that Sarah Barrell’s coverage was great. It’s rewarding with experienced outside reviewers really appreciate what we have to offer.”
Trout Point Lodge is also the only hotel in Atlantic Canada selected for the United Kingdom-based Conde Nast Johansens guide to luxury hotels and spas. Johansens independently inspects each property included in the guide every year.