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

Start: Toronto
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Louisbourg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Baddeck
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Inverness
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Pleasant Bay
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Ingonish
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
End: Toronto


5
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. Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Louisbourg Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Skyline Trail and White Point Hiking Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Dominion Beach Provincial Park (in Dominion), Cape Breton Miners' Museum (in Glace Bay) and Sydney (The Big Fiddle, Sydney Waterfront District, & more). There's much more to do: hike along Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Kennington Cove Beach, stop by Ed's Books and More, and stroll through Baille Ard Nature Trail.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Louisbourg online vacation planner .

Toronto to Louisbourg is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Louisbourg is 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Louisbourg when traveling from Toronto in August, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Baddeck.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Cape Breton Miners' Museum, Dominion Beach Provincial Park
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Cape Breton Miners' Museum ©
Cape Breton Miners' Museum
Louisbourg Lighthouse ©
Louisbourg Lighthouse

8
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.
Visit Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Highland Village for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Uisge Ban Falls and Point Michaud Beach Provincial Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baddeck: Dalem Lake Provincial Park (in Boularderie), Battery Provincial Park (in St. Peter's) and Ben Eoin (The Lakes Golf Club & Ben Eoin Provincial Park). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Bras d'Or Lake, tee off at Baddeck Forks Golf Course, tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Anns Provincial Park, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Antiques Boutique.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Baddeck online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Louisbourg to Baddeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inverness.

Things to do in Baddeck

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Ben Eoin, Cape Breton Island, Battery Provincial Park, Hall of the Clans, Dalem Lake Provincial Park
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Highland Village ©
Highland Village
Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls

7
nights
Inverness

Inverness ©
Inverness is a Canadian rural community in Inverness County, Nova Scotia. Get outdoors at Mabou River Trails and West Mabou Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inverness: Margaree Salmon Museum (in Margaree Valley), Two Macs Gallery (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, make a trip to St. Marys Parish, get engrossed in the history at MacDonald House Museum, and stroll through Port Hood Station Provincial Park.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Inverness trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Baddeck to Inverness in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pleasant Bay.

Things to do in Inverness

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Mabou, Port Hood, Cape Breton Island, MacDonald House Museum, Canso Canal
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Cabot Links Golf Course ©
Cabot Links Golf Course
Glenora Inn and Distillery ©
Glenora Inn and Distillery
Inverness Beach Boardwalk ©
Inverness Beach Boardwalk

8
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. Take a break from the city and head to Cabot Trail and Franey Mountain. Get out of town with these interesting Pleasant Bay side-trips: Cheticamp (Les Trois Pignons, Enragee Point Lighthouse, & more), Cape North (Freshwater Lake Lookoff & Cabots Landing Provincial Park) and Centre de la Mi-careme (in Grand Etang). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Meat Cove, make a trip to The Stupa of Enlightenment, enjoy the sea views from St. Paul South West Lighthouse, and take in the exciting artwork at Arts North.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pleasant Bay trip builder website .

Drive from Inverness to Pleasant Bay in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Pleasant Bay are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Pleasant Bay

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cheticamp, Dingwall, Cape North, Cape Breton Island, Centre de la Mi-careme
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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Saint Peter's Church ©
Saint Peter's Church
Dolphin & Whale Watching

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Black Brook Beach and Ingonish Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Ingonish side-trips: Glass Artisans Gallery (in North Shore), Coastal Trail (in Neils Harbour) and Indian Brook (Leather Works by Jolene, Piper Pewter Inc., & more). Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Middle Head Trail, savor the flavors at Lighthouse Ice Cream Parlour, look for gifts at Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company, and play a few rounds at Highlands Links Golf Course.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ingonish trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Pleasant Bay to Ingonish in an hour. Traveling from Pleasant Bay in September, you will find days in Ingonish are a bit warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Indian Brook, Cape Breton Island, Coastal Trail, Glass Artisans Gallery
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Ingonish Beach ©
Ingonish Beach

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