19 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

19 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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Baddeck
— 4 nights
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Cheticamp
— 5 nights
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Ingonish
— 6 nights
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Louisbourg
— 3 nights
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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.
Get outdoors at Ski Tuonela and Bannockburn Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Battery Provincial Park and Mabou River Trails. Explore Baddeck's surroundings by going to St. Barra st Columba Catholic Church (in Iona), Point Michaud Beach (in Point Michaud) and Arichat (LeNoir Forge Museum & Pondville Beach Provincial Park). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Kidston Island Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Catholic Church, take in the waterfront at Baddeck’s Boardwalk, and make a trip to The Water's Edge Gallery of Fine Art & Crafts.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Baddeck route maker app.

Halifax to Baddeck is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Halifax in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Baddeck, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Cheticamp.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 21:

5
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Cheticamp

Cheticamp boasts rich and thriving culture shaped by the descendants of French colonists and indigenous peoples.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Acadian Trail and Gypsum Mine Trail. Get outdoors at Captain Zodiac Whale Cruise and MacIntosh Brook Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Cheticamp side-trips: Inverness (Stella Maris Parish, Doug Fraser Art Gallery and Sculptural Garden, &more), The Tying Scotsman (in Margaree Forks) and Lone Shieling (in Pleasant Bay). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheticamp Island Beach, browse the exhibits of Cape Breton Photography Gallery, examine the collection at Centre de la Mi-careme, and make a trip to Enragee Point Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cheticamp tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Baddeck to Cheticamp in 1.5 hours. In May in Cheticamp, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ingonish.

Things to do in Cheticamp

Outdoors · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 26:

6
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Middle Head Trail and Black Brook Beach. Get outdoors at Ingonish Beach and Franey Mountain. Venture out of the city with trips to Coastal Trail (in Neils Harbour), Dingwall (St. Paul Island Museum & Lighthouse, Arts North, &more) and Cabots Landing Provincial Park (in Cape North). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at White Point Hiking Trail, hike along Bog Trail, see what you can catch with Ingonish Lobster Tales and Scales, and enjoy the sand and surf at North Bay Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ingonish travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cheticamp to Ingonish takes 2 hours. In May in Ingonish, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — Jun 1:

3
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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. Escape the urban bustle at Kennington Cove Beach and Indian Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Louisbourg Old Town Trail and Stella Maris Rectory. Get out of town with these interesting Louisbourg side-trips: Low Point Lighthouse (in New Waterford), Sydney (Fort Petrie Military Museum, Cape Breton Highlanders Museum, &more) and Glace Bay Heritage Museum (in Glace Bay). There's more to do: take in the waterfront at Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch and examine the collection at Sydney & Louisburg Railway Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Louisbourg sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Ingonish to Louisbourg in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.