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

Halifax
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
Louisbourg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Baddeck
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Cheticamp
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Ingonish
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Halifax

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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. On the 13th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Louisbourg road trip planner.

Halifax to Louisbourg is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Halifax in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in Louisbourg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Baddeck.

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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 14th (Mon), stop by Baadeck Yarns, enjoy the sea views from Kidston Island Lighthouse, then take an in-depth tour of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Uisge Ban Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Baddeck online attractions planner .

You can drive from Louisbourg to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in Baddeck are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Cheticamp.

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Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls
Kidston Island Lighthouse ©
Kidston Island Lighthouse

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Cheticamp

Cheticamp ©
On the 15th (Tue), hike along Skyline Trail and then play a few rounds at Le Portage Golf Club.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cheticamp road trip planner .

You can drive from Baddeck to Cheticamp in 1.5 hours. In May in Cheticamp, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ingonish.

Things to do in Cheticamp

#Outdoors, #Golf, #Trails

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Skyline Trail
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Le Portage Golf Club ©
Le Portage Golf Club

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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 16th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, trek along Middle Head Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Cabot Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ingonish trip website .

You can drive from Cheticamp to Ingonish in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Ingonish are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ingonish

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

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Cabot Trail
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Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cabot Trail ©
Cabot Trail
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail

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