11 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

11 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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Baddeck
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ingonish
— 3 nights
Drive
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Louisbourg
— 3 nights
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Baddeck

— 4 nights
For most visitors on holiday in Baddeck, the town represents the beginning and the end of the world-famous Cabot Trail, a scenic roadway looping around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island.
Change things up with these side-trips from Baddeck: Margaree Salmon Museum (in Margaree Valley), St. James Presbyterian Church (in Big Bras d'Or) and Mabou (Mabou River Trails & St. Marys Parish). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Greenwood United Church, stroll through Ski Tuonela, and see the interesting displays at Hall of the Clans.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Baddeck online trip builder.

Vancouver to Baddeck is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in March, expect Baddeck to be cooler, temps between 0°C and -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

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Ingonish

— 3 nights
Nestled on a cozy harbor surrounded by green forests, the coastal town of Ingonish serves as the perfect coastal retreat for those after a quiet getaway.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ingonish: St. Paul Island Museum & Lighthouse (in Dingwall) and North Highlands Community Museum (in Cape North). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Breton Highlands National Park, don't miss a visit to Christopher Gorey Gallery, hike along Green Cove Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Bog Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ingonish trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Ingonish takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Baddeck in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -9°C in Ingonish. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Louisbourg

— 3 nights
Louisbourg is an unincorporated community and former town located in Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Regional Municipality.HistoryThe French military founded the Fortress of Louisbourg in 1713 and its fortified seaport on the southwest part of the harbour, naming it in honour of Louis XIV. Change things up with these side-trips from Louisbourg: Sydney (Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial, Cape Breton Regional Library, &more) and Glace Bay (Cape Breton Miners' Museum & Glace Bay Heritage Museum). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, stroll through Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, hike along Baille Ard Nature Trail, and look for gifts at Ed's Books and More.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Louisbourg planner.

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Louisbourg takes 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Louisbourg can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Cape Breton Island travel guide

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Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Hiking Trails
Encompassing a fifth of Nova Scotia's land area, Cape Breton Island supports a thriving tourism sector with its blend of cultural, historical, and natural attractions. In addition to several small towns with a strong sense of community, popular places to visit on Cape Breton Island include the largest national park in the Maritime provinces. Sheltering many iconic Canadian animals, the park contains the scenic Cabot Trail, drawing nearly half a million annual cyclists, walkers, and drivers. Epic natural scenery keeps most visitors outdoors during their Cape Breton Island vacation, but this destination also boasts several major indoor attractions, like a world-famous whiskey distillery and a reconstructed 18th-century fortress.