32 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

32 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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32 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

Start: Fort McMurray
Fly:  15​h
1
Louisbourg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Baddeck
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Inverness
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cheticamp
— 5 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Pleasant Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Ingonish
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Fort McMurray

4
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Louisbourg Lighthouse and Petersfield Provincial Park. Explore Louisbourg's surroundings by going to Sydney (Saint Theresa's Church, Cape Breton Regional Library, & more) and Cape Breton Miners' Museum (in Glace Bay). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, stop by Ed's Books and More, stroll through Skyline Trail, and hike along White Point Hiking Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Louisbourg day trip planning site .

Fort McMurray to Louisbourg is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort McMurray to Louisbourg is 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Louisbourg are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:
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Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse
Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail ©

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Highland Village and The Gaelic College. Explore Baddeck's surroundings by going to Ben Eoin Provincial Park (in Ben Eoin) and Orangedale Railway Station Museum (in Orangedale). And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to The Water's Edge Gallery of Fine Art & Crafts, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Antiques Boutique, and get engrossed in the history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Baddeck trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Louisbourg to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Baddeck

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Orangedale Railway Station Museum, Ben Eoin Provincial Park, Highland Village
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 26:
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Highland Village ©
Highland Village
Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls

5
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness is a Canadian rural community in Inverness County, Nova Scotia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glenora Inn and Distillery and Cabot Links Golf Course. Change things up with these side-trips from Inverness: Chestico Museum & Gift Shop (in Port Hood), Lake O'Law Provincial Park (in North East Margaree) and The Tying Scotsman (in Margaree Forks). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Inverness Beach Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Inverness County Centre for the Arts, kick back and relax at West Mabou Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mabou River Trails.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Inverness tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Baddeck to Inverness in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Cheticamp.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Mabou, Lake O'Law Provincial Park, The Tying Scotsman, Chestico Museum, Celtic Shores Coastal Trail
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 31:
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Cabot Links Golf Course ©
Cabot Links Golf Course
Inverness Beach Boardwalk ©
Inverness Beach Boardwalk
Lake O'Law Provincial Park ©
Lake O'Law Provincial Park

5
nights
Cheticamp

Cheticamp ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saint Peter's Church and Cheticamp Island Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Margaree Harbour (Margaree Harbour Craft & Gift Shop, Egypt Falls, & more).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cheticamp trip maker site .

You can drive from Inverness to Cheticamp in an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pleasant Bay.

Things to do in Cheticamp

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Margaree Harbour, Centre de la Mi-careme
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 5:
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Acadian Trail ©
Acadian Trail
Saint Peter's Church ©
Saint Peter's Church
Les Trois Pignons ©
Les Trois Pignons

5
nights
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and St. Paul Island Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pleasant Bay: Dingwall (Franey Mountain & St. Paul South West Lighthouse) and Cabots Landing Provincial Park (in Cape North). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail, contemplate the long history of Lone Shieling, examine the collection at North Highlands Community Museum, and meet the residents at Whale Interpretive Centre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pleasant Bay journey planner.

Getting from Cheticamp to Pleasant Bay by car takes about an hour. In August, daytime highs in Pleasant Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Pleasant Bay

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Dingwall, Cape North, Cape Breton Island, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Franey Mountain ©
Franey Mountain

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Middle Head Trail and Ingonish Beach. Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Black Brook Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Smokey Provincial Park, savor the flavors at Lighthouse Ice Cream Parlour, and don't miss a visit to Christopher Gorey Gallery.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ingonish trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Pleasant Bay to Ingonish by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Pleasant Bay in August, expect nights in Ingonish to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lighthouse Ice Cream Parlour, Black Brook Beach
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 15:
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Ingonish Beach ©
Ingonish Beach

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