6 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

6 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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Ferry to Englishtown, NS, Fly to Halifax



— 3 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baddeck: Ski Ben Eoin (in East Bay), Sydney (Breton Brewing Co & The Big Fiddle) and Louisbourg (Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch, Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, examine the collection at Cape Breton Miners' Museum, stop by Baadeck Yarns, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Catholic Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Baddeck online journey planner.

Halifax to Baddeck is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Baddeck, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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— 2 nights
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.
On the 23rd (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Christopher Gorey Gallery, look for gifts at Salty Rose's and the Periwinkle Cafe, and then hike along Middle Head Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ingonish trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Ingonish takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Baddeck in April, you will find days in Ingonish are somewhat warmer (7°C), and nights are about the same (-2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Trails
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Cape Breton Island travel guide

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Hiking Trails
Encompassing a fifth of Nova Scotia's land area, Cape Breton Island supports a thriving tourism sector with its blend of cultural, historical, and natural attractions. In addition to several small towns with a strong sense of community, popular places to visit on Cape Breton Island include the largest national park in the Maritime provinces. Sheltering many iconic Canadian animals, the park contains the scenic Cabot Trail, drawing nearly half a million annual cyclists, walkers, and drivers. Epic natural scenery keeps most visitors outdoors during their Cape Breton Island vacation, but this destination also boasts several major indoor attractions, like a world-famous whiskey distillery and a reconstructed 18th-century fortress.