6 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

6 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Baddeck
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ingonish
— 2 nights
Ferry to Englishtown, NS, Fly to Toronto

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Baddeck

— 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.
Bring the kids along to Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Ski Tuonela. Change things up with these side-trips from Baddeck: Louisbourg (Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch & Stella Maris Rectory). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Catholic Church, admire all the interesting features of Cabot Trail, and play a few rounds at Baddeck Forks Golf Course.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Baddeck trip planner.

Toronto to Baddeck is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Baddeck due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in March: high temperatures in Baddeck hover around 0°C and lows are around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Ingonish

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): hike along Middle Head Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Black Brook Beach, then hike along Bog Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Franey Mountain.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ingonish trip planner.

Traveling by car from Baddeck to Ingonish takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Baddeck in March since evenings lows in Ingonish dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Cape Breton Island travel guide

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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.