22 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

22 days in Cape Breton Island Itinerary

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Louisbourg
— 4 nights
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Ingonish
— 5 nights
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Pleasant Bay
— 2 nights
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Inverness
— 3 nights
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Baddeck
— 7 nights
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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. Get out of town with these interesting Louisbourg side-trips: Glace Bay (Glace Bay Heritage Museum, Cape Breton Miners' Museum, &more), Sydney (Coxheath Hills and Trails, Sydney Merchant Mariners Memorial, &more) and Membertou Heritage Park (in Membertou). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, stop by Ed's Books and More, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stella Maris Rectory, and take in the waterfront at Louisbourg Boardwalk Park and Boat Launch.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Louisbourg sightseeing planner.

Toronto to Louisbourg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Toronto to Louisbourg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, things will get a bit cooler in Louisbourg: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ingonish.
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Ingonish — 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Ingonish to Neils Harbour to see Coastal Trail about 30 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Middle Head Trail, kick back and relax at Ingonish Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Brook Beach, and relax in the rural setting at Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ingonish holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Louisbourg to Ingonish takes 2.5 hours. July in Ingonish sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pleasant Bay.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Pleasant Bay — 2 nights

Pleasant Bay is a community on the western coast of Cape Breton Island, on the shore of the Gulf of St. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, examine the collection at St. Paul Island Museum & Lighthouse, then see the interesting displays at North Highlands Community Museum, and finally hike along MacIntosh Brook Trail. On your second day here, stroll through Cheticamp Island Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Peter's Church, and then see the interesting displays at Les Trois Pignons.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pleasant Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Ingonish to Pleasant Bay in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Inverness.
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Inverness — 3 nights

Inverness is a Canadian rural community in Inverness County, Nova Scotia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inverness: Mabou (West Mabou Beach & Ann Schroeder Studio: Fine Art Quilts) and A Great Day Fishing (in Margaree Forks). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Inverness Beach Boardwalk, take in the exciting artwork at Doug Fraser Art Gallery and Sculptural Garden, look for gifts at The Tying Scotsman, and trek along Mabou River Trails.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Inverness travel site.

You can drive from Pleasant Bay to Inverness in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Baddeck.
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Baddeck — 7 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.
Explore Baddeck's surroundings by going to Colouratura Art Gallery (in Indian Brook), North River Provincial Park (in North River Bridge) and Dalem Lake Provincial Park (in Boularderie). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, gain insight at The Gaelic College, stroll around Petersfield Provincial Park, and explore and take pictures at Cabot Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Baddeck trip tool.

Traveling by car from Inverness to Baddeck takes 1.5 hours. In July in Baddeck, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can 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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