Discover the inventions of Alexander Graham Bell
Learn about the life of the man who invented many things, including the telephone, at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site.
Bell’s Aerial Experiment Association built the
Silver Dart, the craft that made Canada's first controlled powered flight. This remarkable man also built a boat that flew—the HD4 hydrofoil boat. While you’re in Baddeck, check out a full-scale replica of this famous boat as well as many more models, replicas, and photo displays.
Take one of the greatest drives in the world
Baddeck is the gateway of the majestic Cabot Trail—one of most scenic and breathtaking drives on planet Earth. In the fall of the year, the trees show off their amazing autumn foliage and the trail turns from its regular gorgeous greens to even more vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows.
Find yourself catching your breath around every turn with increasingly awe-inspiring views. While you explore the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, be sure to keep an eye out for whales and bald eagles.
Sail the inland sea of the Bras d'Or Lakes
The Cape Breton highlands meet the lowlands in a stunning inland sea offering some of the finest boating in North America. Discover these unique tidal waters and rich ecosystem, home to a bald eagles, ospreys, foxes, and white-tailed deer.
If you enjoy wildlife, grab your camera and binoculars because this is a nature lover's paradise.
Get teed off at Bell Bay Golf Club
Take soame time to play a round at the Bell Bay Golf Club, perched way up above the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes. The views are incredible at this challenging course. In fact, the first fourteen holes are considered practice for
The Final Four. The 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th holes are widely considered to be the best finishing sequence in Canadian golf.
Chat with the locals
There’s enough shopping, history, nature, and dining to keep you busy for your day in beautiful Baddeck, but make a point to chat for awhile with one of the locals. The people who live in Atlantic Canada are the best part of the region. The warmth and kindness of the people you meet will make a strong impression.
Study the Gaelic Culture
Visit the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts—it's the only institution of its kind in North America. Explore the craft centre's more than 200 tartans and kilts. Shop the largest selection of Celtic gifts in Cape Breton. Visit the Hall of the Clans and learn about the relationship between Scotland and Nova Scotia.
Visit the Highland Village Museum
Celebrate Cape Breton’s Gaelic history in a living cultural experience complete with costumed animators, period dwellings, artefacts, and farm animals. Overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes, this 43-acre picturesque hillside village will take your breath away with its splendid beauty.
Hike to a waterfall
Explore a 4km trail through a hardwood forest until you reach the spot where a spectacular 50-foot high Uisge Ban waterfall proudly stands. While you’re in the area, spend some time at the Uisge Ban Falls Park and enjoy a picnic on the grass.
Explore Mi’kmaw culture
Embark on a tour of Cape Breton Island with a Mi'kmaw native as your guide. A truly authentic experience, get a much better sense of the culture and tradition of the aboriginal people of the region.
Enjoy a meal
Like most places in the Maritimes, fabulous food is fresh, local, and in abundance. Choose from one of several great restaurants and order something from the sea!