Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa Resort, Ingonish, Nova Scotia – 4 Star
The Keltic Lodge is widely regarded as the premier resort in the Maritimes, and among the best authentic experiences in Canada. It delivers the perfect getaway you’re looking for, with 120 rooms, multiple styles of accommodations, and a price point for every budget. The historic 1950’s Main Lodge is a throwback to bygone days, Taigh Corson (Corson House in Gaelic), offers beautiful newly renovated guestrooms, and comfortable loft suites. The four Courtyard Suites (Argyle and Montrose) each feature two private bedrooms, a spacious living room and a private deck. Taigh Thompson offers two luxury one bedroom suites overlooking the first tee. Our two and four – bedroom cottages feature cozy fireplaces and spacious private verandas with fantastic views.
The Main Lodge
The classic Keltic Lodge, which was opened in 1951, is a throwback to the era of railroad hotels present in other National Parks. All twenty-eight recently renovated rooms, feature the original hardwood floors and a King size bed. There are four Junior Suites, which offer an additional sitting room with pull out couch. Within the Lodge’s peaks, are a pair of two bedroom Executive Suites, with large sitting areas and dining tables. The Purple Thistle Dining Room, the Highland Sitting Room, and the Gift Shop are all on the main floor and accessible from the Lobby.
The Main Lodge offers 32 guestrooms and two luxury two-bedroom suites, featuring beautiful craftsmanship, with crown moldings, old growth hardwood floors and luxurious linens. Rooms are complemented with contemporary furnishings and stunning views of the pristine surroundings. Four of our guestrooms transform into junior suites.
Our authentic two luxury two-bedroom suites are designed to accentuate the views of the stunning North Bay from the bedrooms while enjoying beautiful views of the South Bay and Cape Smokey from the living rooms. Guests in these suites enjoy two bedrooms with king size beds, two and a half baths, spacious living and dining rooms, with look-out lofts.
The Corson House
Formerly known as The Keltic Inn, this building was completely modernized and renovated in 2016. Conveniently located beside the Spa, and steps from the Arduaine Restaurant, there are a mix of large rooms with two queen size beds, and equally large rooms with king size beds. All rooms boast generous windows, to capture incredible views, but the most breathtaking vistas are of Cape Smokey in the Ocean View rooms. All ground floor rooms have private patios, accessible from each room. Brand new suites were added during the renovation – four two bed loft suites, and two studio suites with King beds and pull out couch.
Taigh Corson is named in honour of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Corson, who were friends of Alexander Graham Bell, who bought this wondrous piece of property, and built the original Keltic Lodge(circa 1910) as a summer retreat from the heat of the city.
At the Corson House, you’ll feel right at home in one of our 40 air-conditioned guestrooms that include a range of thoughtful amenities for a relaxing stay. The contemporary design of the Corson House is conveniently located near our spa, the Arduaine Restaurant and the Highlands Links Golf Course. Each spacious guestroom captures the views from the Middle Head Peninsula.
For a truly unique Cape Breton experience, there are a collection of two and four bedroom cottages available. Located between the Main Lodge, and the Middle Head hiking trail, the cottages command some of the best views on the property. The buildings are rustic, but the beds and furnishings match all the other rooms on the property. All cottages have shared fireplace sitting rooms, and verandahs. The cottages are perfect for families, groups, and those who want a glamping cabin experience.
Our two and four-bedroom pet-friendly cottages combine style and semi-privacy for your personal retreat. Enjoy the scenery from your veranda or cozy up to the fireplace for a relaxing evening in your shared living room.
Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa offers two types of shared cottages. Each of our five two-bedroom cottages and five four-bedroom cottages include spacious shared living rooms, cozy fireplaces, with private guest rooms including private ensuite bathrooms. All cottages feature ocean views on the Middle Head Peninsula with a rustic feel that provides all the comforts of a home away from home.
Our executive cottage offers the sound of crashing waves and world-renowned views. Guests can enjoy three bedrooms and two full bathrooms with a private cliff-side backyard. Entertain in the comforts of your own suite with spacious living and dining rooms. Plus, the full kitchen gives you all the space and utensils you need to prepare a fresh, locally-caught seafood dinner. Or you can have our Culinary Team prepare and serve it for you.
THE STANLEY THOMPSON HOUSE
This building – built in the 50s – was the house of the original property maintenance manager of the Keltic Lodge, and more recently the Lodge General Manager. These suites are named in honour of the late Stanley Thompson, Canada’s greatest Golf Course Architect, and designer of Cape Breton Highlands Links – consistently rated one of the top five public courses in the country (his statue stands at the nearby 1st tee). In 2016 the residence was re-imagined as Taigh Thompson, and offers two one bedroom luxury suites overlooking the first tee. The lower suite includes the use of a private, fenced, backyard, while the upper suite boasts a deck with panoramic views of Cape Smokey, Ingonish Beach, Mount Franey, and Cape Breton Highlands Links Golf Course. The Sunset from this deck is certainly something to write home about.
THE COURTYARD SUITES
These 1950s buildings, were originally known as “The Boys Residence”, as summer staff often live on site at the Keltic Lodge. Among the thousands of former Keltic staff, is world reknowned songstress Anne Murray, who stayed in the nearby Girls Residence, which is still in use for staff. No one would recognize these buildings today, as they were also completely renovated in 2016. Argyle and Montrose feature four modern suites, each with two private bedrooms, a spacious living room and a private deck. If you have the choice, the view of North Bay from the north suites is a vacation all by itself.
Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa offers a variety of meetings, function and special event space for up to 200 persons. Our on-site amenities and spectacular vistas offer a retreat setting perfect for the most intimate of gatherings or the most lavish celebrations.
Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa has four meeting rooms with seating capacity for 10-200 guests in a theatre-style configuration and seating capacity for 10-150 in a banquet-style configuration.
Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa has four function rooms with seating capacity for up to 225 guests, or 150 guests for a banquet-style configuration.
Our storybook wedding venue and one of Keltic’s original structures, Ceilidh Hall has welcomed many guests and performers to her stage. With a cliff side lawn, gazebo and deck overlooking Cape Smokey and South Bay, Ceilidh Hall provides the perfect backdrop for your Cape Breton event. With an impressive 2,560 square feet and 12ft ceiling height at peak, Ceilidh Hall is our largest meeting and function room.
ON-SITE DINING OPTIONS
Located in the Main Lodge, our upscale Purple Thistle Dining Room and Highland Sitting Room offer enticing dining and entertaining options. Original fireplaces, moldings, woodwork and beautifully restored hardwood floors serve as a backdrop to the most majestic views of both the North and South Bay’s. Minimum requirements are in place to rent these rooms.
CUISINE AND CATERING
Our Chef inspired banquet menus are inspired by local flavours, featuring only the freshest ingredients from land and sea. By request, our Executive Chef Daryl Mac Donnell will work with you to create menus that meet the precise needs of your group or function.
THE PURPLE THISTLE DINING ROOM
Recently earning the prestigious Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, the Purple Thistle Dining Room guarantees a unique and authentic Nova Scotia dining experience. Whether it’s cutting fresh herbs from our gardens, picking dandelions to create delicious local oils or working with local vineyards and wineries, Keltic Lodge offers a culinary experience like no other.
The stunning views and sophisticated flavours give this upscale restaurant its exceptional reputation. Our succulent menu features fresh lobster from South Bay–a beautiful inlet you can view from the dining room. While feasting on our superb breakfast buffet or a Maritime inspired entrée from our dinner menu, the surrounding views of the Atlantic Ocean and the majestic Highlands will provide a feast for your eyes.
So dress up a little and treat yourself to a unique Nova Scotia dining experience – you’re on vacation, after all.
THE ARDUAINE RESTAURANT
Dine al fresco at the Arduaine Restaurant while visiting the Keltic Lodge this season. Executive Chef Daryl Mac Donnell has inspired an experience that is unique to our region that will excite your palate! The Arduaine Restaurant’s architectural design offers an open concept dining room showcasing exposed beams and cathedral ceiling delivering uninterrupted views of North Bay.
Chef Daryl Mac Donnell and his skilled culinary team have created an exciting array of Cape Breton flavors that showcase the best of Atlantic Canada’s proteins, fish and seasonal produce. Sample a seasonal assortment with the Arduaine Restaurant Dinner during your time in Ingonish!
THE HIGHLAND SITTING ROOM
The Highland Sitting Room offers a tasteful, sociable atmosphere to unwind with your favourite beverage after a round of golf or day at the beach. With a seafood-inspired, light pub fare menu and nightly entertainment with a Celtic flair, the Highland Sitting Room delivers the true Cape Breton experience you’re looking for during your stay.
From our newly built patio you can enjoy remarkable ocean views while enjoying the gentle ocean breeze.
The Cape Breton Highlands Golf Course is one of a kind. Conceived and constructed under the watchful eye of world-renowned designer Stanley Thompson, it is a classic 18-hole, par 72 course carved out of one of Canada’s most pristine wildernesses. Come experience golfing in a way you never have before! Our course has beautiful views around every corner, as well as nature being all around you while playing through the Cape Breton National Park.
ENJOY A WAVE OF RELAXATION AT THIS SERENE SEASIDE SPA IN THE HIGHLANDS OF NOVA SCOTIA
The Spa at Keltic, is built on the edge of the cliffs of Middle Head Peninsula. Featuring panoramic views of Cape Smokey and the sandy shores of Ingonish Beach, our serene setting will calm and nourish your spirit. Relax in our ocean view lounge or patio, while sipping herbal tea or spa water, and nibbling on an oatcake or two.
Our passionate and professional team of spa associates will deliver you from the cares of the day, with treatments that will bring harmony and happiness to your body, mind and soul.
Services and Amenities
Our selection of services are sure to delight. We offer the classic treatments with a Keltic flair.
- Hair Styling
- Body Treatments
- Manicures and Pedicures
- Registered Massage Therapy
- Saunas and Steam Showers
- Fitness Area
- Indoor & Outdoor Hot Tub
- Ocean-view Lounge