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Innkeeper Nancy MacDonald moved to Pictou Island over three decades ago with her husband, Al MacDonald, and children and have been full time residents of the island ever since. 

Nancy homeschooled all three of her children until they left the island to finish grades 11 and 12 at a local high school.  As their youngest child graduated high school, they began to work on a dream they had ever since moving to the island - building a new home for themselves.

In 2011, they opened the doors to the house they designed themselves as Pictou Island's first Bed & Breakfast, Inned of the Rainbow.

As there are no power lines or garbage facilities on Pictou Island, Inned of the Rainbow recycles and composts as well as uses solar power for most of their electricity needs. Each bathroom is also fitted with a double-flush toilet to lessen water consumption. Laundry is dried in the fresh air and sunshine.

Nancy and Al MacDonald taking a break from working on their house

Pictou Island is approximately 9.6 km long and surrounded by sandstone bluffs, rocky points and beautiful, sandy beaches. There is one major gravel road that goes from one end of the island to the other, ending at the water. The John MacCallum Memorial Park is less than one kilometer away from the Inn at the East End, one the of the loveliest beaches on the island, where you can have a romantic picnic or simply stroll along the shoreline. The historic Dance Hall located mid-island which local events and wedding dances are still held to this day. Just a bit further up the road is the Pictou Island Church which was built in 1910 and still has it's original tin ceiling and walls. Recently purchased, it is now owned and operated by the residents of Pictou Island as a non-sectarian distinctive venue that hosts various events.

For more information, please check out the Pictou Island Community Website which also contains a map showing other places of interest just a bike ride away.