15 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

15 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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15 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

Start: Winnipeg
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Ingonish
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cheticamp
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Baddeck
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Louisbourg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Winnipeg

4
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.
Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Middle Head Trail, make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, tee off at Highlands Links Golf Course, and take in the awesome beauty at Franey Mountain.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ingonish trip itinerary builder .

Winnipeg to Ingonish is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Winnipeg to Ingonish, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cheticamp.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Black Brook Beach, Franey Mountain
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Highlands Links Golf Course ©
Highlands Links Golf Course

3
nights
Cheticamp

Cheticamp ©
Cheticamp is known for museums, historic sites, trails, shopping, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Cheticamp Island Beach, stroll through Acadian Trail, and tee off at Le Portage Golf Club.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cheticamp trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ingonish to Cheticamp takes 2 hours. September in Cheticamp sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Baddeck.

Things to do in Cheticamp

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Cabot Trail
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Les Trois Pignons ©
Les Trois Pignons
Saint Peter's Church ©
Saint Peter's Church

4
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Baddeck: Dalem Lake Provincial Park (in Boularderie) and Highland Village (in Iona). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, look for gifts at Baadeck Yarns, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Spruce Brewing, and make a trip to Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Baddeck trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cheticamp to Baddeck takes 1.5 hours. In September in Baddeck, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Baddeck

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Highland Village, Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre, Dalem Lake Provincial Park, Hall of the Clans
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Highland Village ©
Highland Village
Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls

3
nights
Louisbourg

Louisbourg ©
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. Get out of town with these interesting Louisbourg side-trips: Sydney (The Big Fiddle & Jost House Museum) and Cape Breton Miners' Museum (in Glace Bay). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, trek along Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, examine the collection at Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum, and visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Louisbourg holiday maker site .

Getting from Baddeck to Louisbourg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Sydney, Cape Breton Miners' Museum, Skyline Trail
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
The Big Fiddle ©
The Big Fiddle

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