A Suggested Itinerary for your stay in Baddeck
Day 1: Check into your cottage and take some time to unwind on the deck. Let the lake view reconnect you with nature. If you can drag yourself away, take the 5 minute drive into the village of Baddeck. Have a wonderful seafood dinner at any one of our fine dining rooms or restaurants. If there is still time, take the short local hike out to Uisge Ban Falls – double waterfalls in a pristine setting.
Day 2: Early risers can brew up some coffee or tea in the well equipped little kitchen and watch the sunrise on another wonderful Cape Breton morning. Make your own breakfast or stop at one of the local spots, before heading up to the Cabot Trail. Taking in a hike, a whale watch, a swim in the ocean, and several hours of breathtaking scenery will bring you right back to your cottage where you can BBQ and chill for the evening. Still not tired? Take in our local nightly Ceilidh, as close to a Cape Breton kitchen party as you can get.
Day 3: Spend the morning at the local shops in Baddeck, saving a few hours to visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum and learn the genius of this Baddeck icon. On certain days, the local craft brewery, Big Spruce, offers lunch and entertainment and plenty of choice in organic beer. Wednesday is Farmer’s Market day from 11:00-2:00 – so many unique products. Take an afternoon tour of the Brasd’or Lakes aboard the double- masted schooner, Amoeba. All you hear is the wind in the sails. Rent some bicycles and ride around the village in the evening.
Day 4: Hop on the shuttle boat at the Baddeck wharf for the short ride over to the sandy beach at Kidston Island. Soak up the sun, swim in the salt water lake, or hike the trail around the island. Take a Puffin Boat Tour from either Englishtown or Brasd’or. Have supper in the village and afterwards take in some local talent at the Pub.
Day 5: Head further east for the day and visit the Fortress of Louisbourg, a 90 minute drive. The amazing restoration boasts authentic craftsmanship, with bilingual staff dressed in period costumes and going about a typical day in the 1700’s. They are anxious to engage visitors and answer questions. You will experience how people coped with the harsh conditions of life on the norther tip of Cape Breton. If you have an umbrellas and good shoes, this is a great wet day activity, as the fortress comes eerily alive in the rain. When you leave the Fortress, head to Glace Bay, about 40 minutes away, and visit the Miner’s Museum. Go down into a real mine. It’s all about the experience.
Around the Area
- Stunning 18th century recreation at the Fortress of Louisbourg – 90 minute drive.
- Miner’s Museum – Glace Bay – 1 hour drive
- Highland Village and Museum – 50 minute drive
- Rita MacNeil tea room – Big Pond -80 minute drive
- Inverness Beach – 60 minute drive
- Acadian Village of Cheticamp – 80 minute drive
- Artisans Loop in St. Anne’s – starts 20 minutes east of Baddeck
- City of Sydney – one hour drive
- Go on a guided kayaking adventure from Baddeck