Organization Description:

Spend Spring/Summer 2020 in beautiful Ingonish working at Salty Rose’s and the Periwinkle Cafe.

Salty Rose’s and the Periwinkle Cafe is a dynamic and unique tourism and hospitality based small business located on the world-famous Cabot Trail.  Our mandate is to support local whenever and wherever possible.  Our curated Craft Shop sells the work of over 40 Nova Scotian artisans and our Cafe uses the products of Cape Breton and then Nova Scotian farmers and producers whenever possible.

We also have a beautiful and bright 4 room hotel located above our craft shop and cafe.  Here we have the pleasure of hosting hundreds of guests from all over the world each season.  We pride ourselves on providing a peaceful yet interactive experience and are very highly rated and reviewed.  We aim to provide our guests with a fresh and clean place to rest as well as fuel (in the form of delicious and nourishing food) from our cafe and locals knowledge and recommendations for their trip around the Cabot Trail.

Our business is located in a beautifully restored Victorian-style farmhouse directly on the Cabot Trail.  We offer an open and inclusive work environment that fosters creativity and fun.  Both owner/operators are at the business daily to oversee operations and offer a hands-on approach to training staff and managing the business. An added perk of the position is being able to spend the Spring/Summer season in Ingonish, just moments from all the Cape Breton Highlands National Park has to offer and a short walk/drive to many beautiful beaches, waterfalls and lakes.  

Please feel free to visit our website or instagram @periwinklecafe to see our business for yourself.

Job Description:

Responsible for maintaining the four bright and clean guest rooms in our small inn. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Cleaning and maintenance of bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Washing and organizing bedding and towels.
  • Ensuring our high standards of cleanliness and customer satisfaction are upheld.
  • To assist with the cleaning chores of our busy and fast paced on-site cafe, for example: clearing tables, doing dishes, running food and assisting with opening/closing duties.
  • Other activities may include answering customer questions and watering our gardens.

Job Qualifications:

  • Candidate must be positive, friendly, willing to learn and motivated.
  • Attention to detail is of very high importance.
  • Able to work efficiently, to multi-task and be comfortable in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to operate housekeeping equipment and use cleaning chemicals safely.
  • Able to lift light to moderate weight items (laundry baskets, mattresses, etc.)
  • Have the ability to adapt to various situations and environments.
  • Customer Service experience or training is beneficial but not required.

Additional information:

  • Because our business is in a more rural area we highly recommend having a car or a bicycle.
  • We will assist candidate with finding housing in the area and are even willing to help with relocating if necessary.
  • Our location is wonderful for nature lovers as time off can be spent hiking and exploring the area.
  • Because we are a small hands-on business all our employees have the opportunity to work with us and learn how to foster a high level of hospitality in the growing tourism industry on Cape Breton island.   

Wage: $12 – $14/hour, 40 hours/week.

Position open to any BHTM student looking for a Summer 2020 Internship working May – October 2020.

To apply please email resume and cover letter to