15 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

15 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Cape Breton Island journey planner
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Baddeck
— 4 nights
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Ingonish
— 6 nights
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Louisbourg
— 4 nights
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Baddeck — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Baddeck: Inverness Beach Boardwalk (in Inverness), Margaree Salmon Museum (in Margaree Valley) and Indian Brook (Colouratura Art Gallery & Leather Works by Jolene). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, examine the collection at Hall of the Clans, deepen your understanding at The Gaelic College, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, 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. Traveling from Toronto to Baddeck, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Baddeck is little chillier than Toronto - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ingonish.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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Ingonish — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ingonish: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bay St. Lawrence), Coastal Trail (in Neils Harbour) and North Highlands Community Museum (in Cape North). Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Middle Head Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Franey Mountain, make a trip to Christopher Gorey Gallery, and trek along MacIntosh Brook Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ingonish online travel planner.

You can drive from Baddeck to Ingonish in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Louisbourg.
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Louisbourg — 4 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 find plenty of places to visit near Louisbourg: Glace Bay (Glace Bay Heritage Museum, Cape Breton Miners' Museum, &more), Membertou Heritage Park (in Membertou) and Sydney (Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial, The Big Fiddle, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Louisbourg Lighthouse Coastal Trail, see the interesting displays at Sydney & Louisburg Railway Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stella Maris Rectory.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Louisbourg trip planner.

You can drive from Ingonish to Louisbourg in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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