It wasn't until McIntosh was off the bus that he realized there wasn't a hotel there.
"There were two other guys who got off, too, one going to Eskasoni. I went into the restaurant and didn't see him again so I assume he started walking."
McIntosh said the restaurant was closing in 15 minutes, and the only other option was he could have stood inside the variety store of the business all night. However, he said all he wanted to do was get home, so at about 10:15 p.m., he began walking.
"I walked to the outside of the parking lot and dropped my bag of clothes in the snowbank because it was too heavy to carry, and started walking up the highway."
He said the blizzard only got worse.
"It was whiteout conditions, the wind was blowing snow so hard in my face I could hardly keep my head up to see where I was going," he said.
"There's not many street lights on the highway up there, it was dark and kind of scary at times."
McIntosh said he was on a mission to get home to see his sick father, so he put his head down and kept going.
He only remembers one car going by but doesn't know if they saw him.
About four hours later, McIntosh said he lost hope. He said he sat in a snowbank under a sign on Highway 105 in Lexington, and sent a text to his wife telling her he couldn't go any further.
"She called my uncle here and he called the Mounties."
The RCMP then called McIntosh. His phone was low on power and he could barely move his fingers.
"As I was talking to the RCMP, a snowplow went by and buried me in the snow. I was too cold to even dust the snow off. I just stayed there buried in snow until the RCMP got there."
The RCMP arrived in a truck.
"If the Mounties hadn't come, I would be dead now. I was too cold to even stand up."
The RCMP had also called for an ambulance.
"I was shivering, could hardly talk. They really did save my life."
The Cape Breton Post contacted the Port Hawkesbury detachment of the RCMP who confirmed it was Const. John Hopkins and Const. John Donaldson who responded to assist McIntosh.
After paramedics checked McIntosh, RCMP drove him back to Aulds Cove, retrieved his bag of clothes, then took him to a hotel in Port Hawkesbury.
"The bus was there, it was the same hotel where the bus driver was."
McIntosh said he was told the next morning the hotel called at 6 a.m. to say the bus was leaving but he didn't hear the phone. He said he was grateful as the company changed his ticket and he took the 1 p.m. bus.
McIntosh said he's not upset with the bus driver or company.
"It kind of sucked to be in that situation but I'm not upset with anyone, it might have just been a misunderstanding on my part. I'm just glad to be home."
Wenda Pitre, director of business services with Maritime Bus, said they have a protocol and process in place that is followed when a storm warning is issued.
"We're all about customer service — first and foremost is passenger safety."
She said Maritime Bus posts all storm warnings on its websites so people know they travel at their own risk.
She said they had been warning passengers of Saturday’s pending storm for three days.
She said during any storm it's ultimately up to the driver if they go any further.
The driver in question on Saturday had 11 passengers when he left New Glasgow.
"The driver had given everyone a card, everyone was travelling under storm warning."
She said at 9:36 p.m. the driver notified the company he would not be finishing the route due to bad weather.
She said the driver reported three people got off at Aulds Cove. Although the restaurant isn’t open 24 hours, she said the truck stop is.
"One of the passengers stayed there in the truckers lounge we think another got a drive," she said.
The driver then took the passengers wanting to stay in a hotel to Port Haweksbury."
Pitre said although they sympathize with what McIntosh went through, the driver did his job.
"The driver made sure the passengers had gotten to a hotel or somewhere safe for the night."
In the morning the driver went back to Aulds Cove to pick up any passengers, and after finding out about MacIntosh being taken to the hotel, tried to contact him.
"The driver went over and above, even backtracking to any of the passengers he had to leave behind."