8 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

8 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cape Breton Island trip itinerary planner

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Louisbourg
— 2 nights
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Ingonish
— 2 nights
Drive
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Baddeck
— 3 nights
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Louisbourg

— 2 nights
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. The harbour had been used by European mariners since at least the 1590s, when it was known as English Port and Havre à l'Anglois. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and Louisbourg Lighthouse. Explore Louisbourg's surroundings by going to Sydney (Petersfield Provincial Park, Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial, &more) and Cape Breton Miners' Museum (in Glace Bay). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Stella Maris Rectory, take a leisurely stroll along Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch, and kick back and relax at Kennington Cove Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Louisbourg trip itinerary builder.

Toronto to Louisbourg is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Louisbourg is 1 hour. Traveling from Toronto in May, things will get little chillier in Louisbourg: highs are around 15°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ingonish.

Things to do in Louisbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Green Cove Trail, then tee off at Highlands Links Golf Course, and finally hike along Middle Head Trail.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ingonish route planner.

Getting from Louisbourg to Ingonish by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Baddeck.

Things to do in Ingonish

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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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.
Attractions like Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site and Ski Tuonela make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baddeck: Bird Island Boat Tours (in Big Bras d'Or) and Colouratura Art Gallery (in Indian Brook). There's still lots to do: cruise along Cabot Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Kidston Island Lighthouse, stop by Baadeck Yarns, and admire the sheer force of Uisge Ban Falls.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Baddeck trip maker site.

Getting from Ingonish to Baddeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Baddeck

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

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.