31 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

31 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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31 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

Fredericton
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Baddeck
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Inverness
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
Pleasant Bay
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
Ingonish
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Glace Bay
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Fredericton

5
days
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Highland Village. Visiting Uisge Ban Falls and Baddeck Forks Golf Course will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baddeck: Ben Eoin (Ben Eoin Provincial Park & The Lakes Golf Club) and Dalem Lake Provincial Park (in Boularderie). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Baadeck Yarns, explore and take pictures at The Gaelic College, hit the slopes at Ski Tuonela, and visit a coastal fixture at Kidston Island Lighthouse.

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Fredericton to Baddeck is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Fredericton in May, things will get little chillier in Baddeck: highs are around 15°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Golf

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Ben Eoin, Highland Village, Dalem Lake Provincial Park
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Baadeck Yarns ©
Baadeck Yarns
Highland Village ©
Highland Village

6
days
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness is a Canadian rural community in Inverness County, Nova Scotia. Take a break from the city and head to West Mabou Beach Provincial Park and Mabou River Trails. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Margaree Salmon Museum (in Margaree Valley), Two Macs Gallery (in North East Margaree) and Mabou (Bellemeade Farm Shoppe, St. Marys Parish, & more). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Inverness Beach Boardwalk, view the masterpieces at Doug Fraser Art Gallery and Sculptural Garden, take an in-depth tour of MacDonald House Museum, and examine the collection at Chestico Museum & Gift Shop.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Inverness travel website .

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Inverness takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pleasant Bay.

Things to do in Inverness

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Golf

Side Trips

Mabou, Cape Breton Island, MacDonald House Museum, Two Macs Gallery, Chestico Museum & Gift Shop
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Cabot Links Golf Course ©
Cabot Links Golf Course
Margaree Salmon Museum ©
Margaree Salmon Museum
Inverness Beach Boardwalk ©
Inverness Beach Boardwalk

6
days
Pleasant Bay

Pleasant Bay ©
Pleasant Bay is a community on the western coast of Cape Breton Island, on the shore of the Gulf of St. Take a break from the city and head to Cabot Trail and Cheticamp Island Beach. Explore Pleasant Bay's surroundings by going to Cheticamp (Gallery La Bella Mona Lisa, Saint Peter's Church, & more), Centre de la Mi-careme (in Grand Etang) and Cape North (Freshwater Lake Lookoff & Cabots Landing Provincial Park). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Franey Mountain, see the interesting displays at North Highlands Community Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and contemplate the long history of Lone Shieling.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pleasant Bay road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Inverness to Pleasant Bay takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Pleasant Bay are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Pleasant Bay

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Cheticamp, Cape North, Dingwall, Cabot Trail, Centre de la Mi-careme
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Saint Peter's Church ©
Saint Peter's Church
Franey Mountain ©
Franey Mountain

7
days
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.
Head to Piper Pewter Inc. and Glass Artisans Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Middle Head Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Ingonish: Coastal Trail (in Neils Harbour) and Indian Brook (Leather Works by Jolene & Colouratura Art Gallery). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Black Brook Beach, hike along Broad Cove Trailhead, make a trip to Bog Trail, and stroll through Ingonish Beach.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ingonish day trip site .

Getting from Pleasant Bay to Ingonish by car takes about an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Ingonish can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Glace Bay.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Indian Brook, Lighthouse Ice Cream Parlour, Glass Artisans Gallery, Coastal Trail, Black Brook Beach
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Black Brook Beach ©
Black Brook Beach

6
days
Glace Bay

Glace Bay ©
Glace Bay is a community in the eastern part of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia, Canada. Step out of the city life by going to Skyline Trail and Dominion Beach Provincial Park. Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Louisbourg Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Glace Bay side-trips: Sydney (United Heritage Church, Wentworth Park, & more). There's much more to do: stop by Ed's Books and More, browse the exhibits of Cape Breton Miners' Museum, take a memorable drive along Nova Scotia Route 255, and view the masterpieces at Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Glace Bay vacation planner.

Getting from Ingonish to Glace Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glace Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sydney, 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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