In celebration of the 175 years since Alexander Graham Bell's birth and the 100 years since his death, the site pays tribute to his many inventions and innovations, as well as the lasting legacy that he and Mabel left behind in the community of Baddeck. Through special events, exhibits, and programming, visitors are invited to embrace their own spirit of innovation, curiosity, and creativity.

The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is located in the Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere reserve and sits in the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. Explore the world's largest collection of this famous inventor’s mementos, photos, and models. During your visit you’ll learn how Bell invented a method of transmitting sound over light waves over 100 years ago, discover his record-breaking fascination with hydrofoils, and realize that the sky’s the limit when you see the full-size Silver Dart replica. Visit this site to discover and explore his inventions that helped shape our modern world.

This picturesque site also features several ornamental gardens and a new interpretive garden will be dedicated to Mabel's contributions in 2022. Visitors can take home a part of this story with seeds from the museum gift shop, to plant their own garden of inspiration. 

Things to do in Baddeck

The charming village of Baddeck is located in the heart of Cape Breton Island at the beginning of the Cabot Trail, one of the world's most popular tourist attractions. Situated along the shores of the vast Bras d'Or Lake, the village is known for its beautiful scenery, friendly people, and rich history.

If you're looking for a place to relax and rejuvenate, Baddeck has plenty of options, from spas and fine dining to luxurious accommodations. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to love here, as well, with opportunities to hike the beautiful Uisge Ban Falls, golf Bell Bay, and explore Kidston Island, which is known for its lighthouse at the northeast tip and its sandy crescent beach. There are also a variety of delicious restaurants to choose from, serving up everything from fresh seafood to local lobster. If you're looking for a unique shopping experience, you'll want to explore the shops, boutiques, and galleries in Baddeck. And when the evening comes, you can enjoy local entertainment at ceilidhs or concerts held at numerous venues throughout town.

A lighthouse on Kidston Island and a boat in Baddeck Bay with trees and green landscapes in the background
Views of Baddeck Bay
A group of four youth sit at a picnic table in front of a lake with boats
Enjoy a picnic by the Bras d'Or Lake

Local festivals and events

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is excited to be celebrating the 100th commemorative year of Alexander and Mabel and you’re invited to the special events!

June 2022: Artist in Residence – Offered in collaboration with the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design

June 10: Midsummer Music Series

June 11: Baddeck Community Day

June 18 - October 22: Baddeck’s Farmers Market 

July 1: Canada Day – Free admission for all visitors!

July 11: Launch of "Mabel and Alec - Their Lives Through Letters" Exhibit and commemorating their 145th wedding anniversary

July 12: Women in Science and Engineering Day Camp – Offered in collaboration with Cape Breton University and IslandWISE

July 16: Parks Day – Join us for our annual Parks Day celebrations!

August 2 to August 20 (excluding Mondays and Saturday, August 6): The Bells of Baddeck

August 2: Unveiling of Mabel’s Garden

August 2: Alexander Graham Bell Foundation Dinner

August (TBD): Charles Thompson Exhibit unveiling

August 21: Aviation Day

September/October: Virtual Bell Homestead Tour

September 3: Midsummer Music Series

October 11: Celtic Colours International Festival 

Check our calendar page for more details on each festival and event!