7 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

7 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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7 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

Start: Charlottetown
Ferry + Drive:  6 h
1
Ingonish
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Cheticamp
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Baddeck
— 1 night
Drive:  17 h 30 min
End: Ottawa

3
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.
Get outdoors at Cape Breton Highlands National Park and North Bay Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Middle Head Trail and Dingwall Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Ingonish Beach, head outdoors with Freshwater Lake Lookoff, hike along Broad Cove Trailhead, and make a trip to Bog Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ingonish trip itinerary planner.

Charlottetown to Ingonish is an approximately 6-hour combination of ferry and car. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Cheticamp.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Dingwall Beach, Freshwater Lake Lookoff
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Ingonish Beach ©
Ingonish Beach
Middle Head Trail ©
Middle Head Trail
Cape Breton Highlands National Park ©
Cape Breton Highlands National Park

1
night
Cheticamp

Cheticamp ©
Cheticamp boasts rich and thriving culture shaped by the descendants of French colonists and indigenous peoples.
On the 29th (Wed), trek along Acadian Trail, then examine the collection at Les Trois Pignons, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Church.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cheticamp online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ingonish to Cheticamp in 2 hours. July in Cheticamp sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Cheticamp

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Acadian Trail ©
Acadian Trail
Saint Peter's Church ©
Saint Peter's Church
Les Trois Pignons ©
Les Trois Pignons

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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 30th (Thu), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Spruce Brewing, then admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls, then stop by Baadeck Yarns, and finally contemplate the long history of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Baddeck trip planner.

You can drive from Cheticamp to Baddeck in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Baddeck

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Big Spruce Brewing
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Uisge Ban Falls ©
Uisge Ban Falls
Big Spruce Brewing ©
Big Spruce Brewing

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