6 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

6 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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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.
Bring the kids along to Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Middle Head Trail. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ingonish Beach, trek along Green Cove Trail, grab your bike and head to Warren Lake Trail, and cast your line with Ingonish Lobster Tales and Scales.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ingonish itinerary planner.

Fredericton to Ingonish is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In July in Ingonish, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Cabot Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Breton Miners' Museum (in Glace Bay), Louisbourg (Stella Maris Rectory & Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch) and Colouratura Art Gallery (in Indian Brook). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Catholic Church, and stop by Baadeck Yarns.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Baddeck trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Ingonish to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Baddeck can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Baddeck

Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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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.