11 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

11 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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11 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  32​h
1
Baddeck
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Cheticamp
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ingonish
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Glace Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Baddeck

Baddeck ©
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.
On the 21st (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Uisge Ban Falls, then take an in-depth tour of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, and then enjoy the sea views from Kidston Island Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Ski Tuonela, then steep yourself in history at Highland Village, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Baddeck tour builder website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Baddeck is an approximately 32-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Baddeck, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in November, expect Baddeck to be much colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cheticamp.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Highland Village
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Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

1
night
Cheticamp

Cheticamp ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Cheticamp Island Beach and then take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cheticamp itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Baddeck to Cheticamp by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, Cheticamp is a bit warmer than Baddeck - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Cheticamp

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Cabot Trail
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail

3
nights
Ingonish

Ingonish ©
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.
Get outdoors at Ingonish Beach and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Brook Beach, hike along Middle Head Trail, make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, and tee off at Highlands Links Golf Course.

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Getting from Cheticamp to Ingonish by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Glace Bay.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Black Brook Beach
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Ingonish Beach ©
Ingonish Beach

3
nights
Glace Bay

Glace Bay ©
Glace Bay is a community in the eastern part of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia, Canada. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stella Maris Rectory, and then enjoy the sea views from Louisbourg Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dominion Beach Provincial Park, hike along Skyline Trail, and then see the interesting displays at Cape Breton Miners' Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Glace Bay route maker tool .

You can drive from Ingonish to Glace Bay in 2.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in Glace Bay

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Louisbourg, Dominion Beach Provincial Park, Skyline Trail
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Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse
Dominion Beach Provincial Park ©
Dominion Beach Provincial Park

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