36 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

36 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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36 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Black Brook Beach. There's lots more to do: hike along Middle Head Trail, make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, stroll through Cape Smokey Provincial Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Franey Mountain.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ingonish trip maker tool .

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. September in Ingonish sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cheticamp.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Franey Mountain, Lighthouse Ice Cream Parlour
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Black Brook Beach ©
Black Brook Beach

7
days
Cheticamp

Cheticamp ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Saint Peter's Church and Centre de la Mi-careme. Visiting Cabot Trail and Acadian Trail will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Cheticamp side-trips: Margaree Harbour (Egypt Falls, Margaree Harbour Craft & Gift Shop, & more) and Pleasant Bay (The Stupa of Enlightenment, Lone Shieling, & more).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Cheticamp trip planner.

You can drive from Ingonish to Cheticamp in 2 hours. September in Cheticamp sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Cheticamp

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pleasant Bay, Margaree Harbour, Cabot Trail, Centre de la Mi-careme
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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
days
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness is a Canadian rural community in Inverness County, Nova Scotia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Margaree Salmon Museum and MacDonald House Museum. Get in touch with nature at West Mabou Beach and Mabou River Trails. Get out of town with these interesting Inverness side-trips: Port Hood (Chestico Museum & Gift Shop & Port Hood Station Provincial Park), Port Hawkesbury Community Park (in Port Hawkesbury) and Mabou (St. Marys Parish, Mother of Sorrows Pioneer Shrine, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Inverness Beach Boardwalk, tee off at Cabot Cliffs Golf Course, tour the pleasant surroundings at Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, and take a memorable drive along Ceilidh Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Inverness day trip planning website .

Drive from Cheticamp to Inverness in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Baddeck.

Things to do in Inverness

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Mabou, Port Hood, Cape Breton Island, MacDonald House Museum, Margaree Salmon 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

8
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.
Get in touch with nature at Uisge Ban Falls and The Lakes Golf Club. Get some cultural insight at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Highland Village. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baddeck: Battery Provincial Park (in St. Peter's), Dalem Lake Provincial Park (in Boularderie) and Ben Eoin Provincial Park (in Ben Eoin). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Kidston Island Lighthouse, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Spruce Brewing, contemplate the waterfront views at Bras d'Or Lake, and enjoy the sand and surf at Point Michaud Beach Provincial Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Baddeck travel planner.

You can drive from Inverness to Baddeck in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Louisbourg.

Things to do in Baddeck

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Golf

Side Trips

Cape Breton Island, Ben Eoin, Whycocomagh Provincial Park, Hall of the Clans, Dalem Lake Provincial Park
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Highland Village ©
Highland Village
Kidston Island Lighthouse ©
Kidston Island Lighthouse

9
days
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Cape Breton Miners' Museum. Louisbourg Lighthouse and Sydney Waterfront District will appeal to history buffs. Explore Louisbourg's surroundings by going to Sydney (Coxheath Hills and Trails, Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, & more), Two Rivers Wildlife Park (in Huntingtion) and Dominion Beach Provincial Park (in Dominion). There's still lots to do: trek along Skyline Trail, stroll through Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, look for gifts at Ed's Books and More, and examine the collection at Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Louisbourg day trip app .

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Louisbourg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Louisbourg can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Louisbourg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Sydney, Glace Bay, Dominion Beach Provincial Park, Skyline Trail, Two Rivers Wildlife Park
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

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