5 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

5 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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5 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

Start: Winnipeg
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
Ingonish
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Baddeck
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Louisbourg
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Winnipeg

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Brook Beach and then take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ingonish day trip planner.

Winnipeg to Ingonish is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Ingonish can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Baddeck.

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Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Black Brook Beach ©
Black Brook Beach

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Mon), stop by Baadeck Yarns, then don't miss a visit to The Water's Edge Gallery of Fine Art & Crafts, then enjoy the sea views from Kidston Island Lighthouse, and finally explore the galleries of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Baddeck trip planner .

You can drive from Ingonish to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Ingonish in April, plan for little chillier days in Baddeck, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Louisbourg.

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Kidston Island Lighthouse ©
Kidston Island Lighthouse
Baadeck Yarns ©
Baadeck Yarns

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hours
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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum and then contemplate the long history of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Louisbourg trip planner .

You can drive from Baddeck to Louisbourg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Baddeck in April: highs in Louisbourg hover around 6°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

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