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: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  6​h
1
Ingonish
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cheticamp
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Baddeck
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Louisbourg
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Black Brook Beach and Ingonish Beach. Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Middle Head Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company, make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, and play a few rounds at Highlands Links Golf Course.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ingonish trip itinerary maker tool .

Toronto to Ingonish is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Ingonish due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect Ingonish to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Cheticamp.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Black Brook Beach
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Black Brook Beach ©
Black Brook Beach
Ingonish Beach ©
Ingonish Beach
Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©

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Cheticamp

Cheticamp ©
Museum-lovers will get to explore Margaree Salmon Museum and Centre de la Mi-careme. Step out of Cheticamp to go to Pleasant Bay and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 44 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Cheticamp trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Ingonish to Cheticamp in 2 hours. In August in Cheticamp, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Baddeck.

Things to do in Cheticamp

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Cabot Trail, Centre de la Mi-careme, Margaree Salmon Museum
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Saint Peter's Church ©
Saint Peter's Church
Margaree Salmon Museum ©
Margaree Salmon Museum

4
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Highland Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baddeck: Mabou (West Mabou Beach & Mabou Harbour Lighthouse), MacDonald House Museum (in East Lake Ainslie) and Ben Eoin Provincial Park (in Ben Eoin). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Kidston Island Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Bras d'Or Lake, play a few rounds at Bell Bay Golf Club, and stop by Baadeck Yarns.

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You can drive from Cheticamp to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Baddeck are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mabou, Ben Eoin Provincial Park, Bras d'Or Lake, Highland Village, MacDonald House Museum
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Highland Village ©
Highland Village
Kidston Island Lighthouse ©
Kidston Island Lighthouse

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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. Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Louisbourg Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Explore Louisbourg's surroundings by going to Cape Breton Miners' Museum (in Glace Bay), Dominion Beach Provincial Park (in Dominion) and Sydney (Centre 200, The Big Fiddle, & more). There's much more to do: hike along Skyline Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Kennington Cove Beach, and stop by Ed's Books and More.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Louisbourg trip maker app .

You can drive from Baddeck to Louisbourg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Sydney, Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Miners' Museum, Dominion Beach Provincial Park
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

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