35 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

35 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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35 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

Start: Halifax
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Ingonish
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cheticamp
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Inverness
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Baddeck
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Louisbourg
— 8 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Halifax

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to St. Paul South West Lighthouse (in Dingwall), Cabots Landing Provincial Park (in Cape North) and Coastal Trail (in Neils Harbour). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Middle Head Trail, take a stroll through Meat Cove, make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, and stroll through Ingonish Beach.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Ingonish trip planner .

Halifax to Ingonish is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Ingonish can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Cheticamp.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Dingwall, Cape Breton Island, Lighthouse Ice Cream Parlour, Cabots Landing Provincial Park, Coastal Trail
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Black Brook Beach ©
Black Brook Beach

7
nights
Cheticamp

Cheticamp ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cheticamp: Pleasant Bay (The Stupa of Enlightenment, Lone Shieling, & more) and Margaree Harbour (Egypt Falls, Margaree Harbour Range Lighthouses, & more).

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cheticamp travel planning site .

Getting from Ingonish to Cheticamp by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Cheticamp

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pleasant Bay, Margaree Harbour, Centre de la Mi-careme, Cabot Trail
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Saint Peter's Church ©
Saint Peter's Church
Le Portage Golf Club ©
Le Portage Golf Club

7
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness is a Canadian rural community in Inverness County, Nova Scotia. Venture out of the city with trips to Mabou (West Mabou Beach, Mother of Sorrows Pioneer Shrine, & more), Port Hastings (Port Hastings Historical Society Museum and Archives, Canso Canal, & more) and Port Hawkesbury Community Park (in Port Hawkesbury). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Margaree Salmon Museum, take a memorable drive along Ceilidh Trail, stroll through Lake O'Law Provincial Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Inverness County Centre for the Arts.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Inverness trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Cheticamp to Inverness in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Baddeck.

Things to do in Inverness

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Golf

Side Trips

Mabou, Port Hastings, Port Hood, The Tying Scotsman, MacDonald House Museum
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Cabot Links Golf Course ©
Cabot Links Golf Course
Margaree Salmon Museum ©
Margaree Salmon Museum
Inverness Beach Boardwalk ©
Inverness Beach Boardwalk

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dalem Lake Provincial Park (in Boularderie), Highland Village (in Iona) and Ben Eoin (The Lakes Golf Club & Ben Eoin Provincial Park). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, explore the activities along Bras d'Or Lake, fly down the slopes at Ski Tuonela, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Baddeck travel route builder .

You can drive from Inverness to Baddeck in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Golf

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Ben Eoin, Dalem Lake Provincial Park, Whycocomagh Provincial Park, Highland Village
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Highland Village ©
Highland Village
Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls

8
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. Explore Louisbourg's surroundings by going to Dominion Beach Provincial Park (in Dominion), Sydney (Fort Petrie Military Museum, Petersfield Provincial Park, & more) and Cape Breton Miners' Museum (in Glace Bay). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Louisbourg Lighthouse, and look for gifts at Ed's Books and More.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Louisbourg travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Baddeck to Louisbourg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Sydney, Dominion Beach Provincial Park, Cape Breton Miners' Museum, Skyline Trail
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
The Big Fiddle ©
The Big Fiddle

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