7 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

7 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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7 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Drive:  5​h
1
Baddeck
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Ingonish
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ben Eoin
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Toronto

2
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.
Baddeck is known for historic sites, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Spruce Brewing, pause for some serene contemplation at Greenwood United Church, and explore the activities along Bras d'Or Lake.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Baddeck online tour planner .

Toronto to Baddeck is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Baddeck when traveling from Toronto in February, with lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Cape Breton Island
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
St. Michael's Catholic Church ©
St. Michael's Catholic Church

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): walk around Cape Smokey Provincial Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Chutes Mary Ann Falls, then experience rural life at Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company, and then trek along Middle Head Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ingonish trip planner.

Drive from Baddeck to Ingonish in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Baddeck in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ingonish, with lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ben Eoin.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Nature Trails
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Cape Smokey Provincial Park ©
Cape Smokey Provincial Park

2
nights
Ben Eoin

Ben Eoin ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): tee off at The Lakes at Ben Eoin Golf Club & Resort and then steep yourself in history at Highland Village.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ben Eoin road trip planner .

Getting from Ingonish to Ben Eoin by car takes about 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -11°C. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ben Eoin

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Highland Village, Ski Ben Eoin
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Ski Ben Eoin ©
Ski Ben Eoin
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

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