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Cabot Cape Breton celebrates 10th anniversary

Over the past decade, the golf resort has transformed a former coal mining town into an award-winning destination.

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Cabot Cape Breton, located on the coast of Cape Breton Island, N.S., was realized a decade ago with the opening of Cabot Links. 

Cabot CEO and co-founder Ben Cowan-Dewar took an interest in the former mining town 17 years ago. With the help of a dedicated team, he turned the remote stretch of land into one of the premier golf destinations in the world. Cabot Cape Breton includes a 72-room lodge, various real estate offerings, three restaurants and 46 holes of golf. 

The resort has generated a record-setting visitor number of visitors in 2022, with the golf courses at capacity most days and the hotel sold out for the entire season.

It’s incredible to reflect on everything that Cabot has accomplished in the past 10 years, and one of the greatest rewards has been seeing the profound economic impact the development has created in the region,” said Ben Cowan-Dewar, CEO and co-founder of Cabot. Thanks to our committed team, the gracious hospitality and personalized service that visitors first experienced a decade ago still holds true today, and we remain committed to creating memorable experiences and magical moments for our guests.”

Over the past 10 years, Cabot Cape Breton has appeared on the covers of the most esteemed golf publications across the globe and tops the charts for having the best courses in the world by every golf ranking system. Recently, Cabot Cliffs was ranked No. 1 and Cabot Links No. 5 in SCOREGolf’s Top 100 courses in Canada. Golf Digest named Cabot Cliffs the No. 1 golf course in Canada and No. 10 in the world and Cabot Links was ranked No. 6 in Canada and No. 39 in the world. In addition, Cabot Cliffs and Cabot Links were highlighted in LINKS Magazine’s 21 Best Holes of the 21st Century and Cape Breton Island was once again voted the best island in Canada by Travel + Leisure readers in the 2022 World’s Best Awards.

Beyond the hospitality and golf, guests have access to land and sea excursions, with some visitors requesting permanent lodging. Cabot Cape Breton has seen tremendous success with its real estate offerings, planning thoughtful and beautiful homes that coexist with the natural surroundings. Fifty-five homes have been sold across four phases of real estate, with the latest phases selling out within hours of launching.

One of Cabot’s guiding principles since opening its first course 10 years ago has been to support the communities in which it operates. Beyond employing over 560 people, the resort supports a variety of local organizations including United Way Cape Breton, the Inverness Development Association, the Nova Scotia Community College and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. By donating rounds of golf and offering hospitality training and scholarships to students, Cabot is an active partner in the community, bringing positive change to the lives of the people who call Cape Breton home. In addition, Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs have both been designated as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. To achieve the designation, courses must undergo a rigorous certification program and maintain a high standard of environmental stewardship.

The success of Cabot Cape Breton has led to the international expansion of The Cabot Collection, which now includes Cabot Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, Cabot Revelstoke in British Columbia, Cabot Citrus Farms in Central West Florida and Cabot Highlands in Scotland.