Location: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Alexander Graham Bell, Fortress of Louisbourg and St. Peters Canal National Historic Sites, NS
Distance: 615 km roundtrip on Cape Breton Island, NS

Take in spectacular maritime views as you drive along the world-famous Cabot Trail. This 6-day Nova Scotia itinerary will introduce you to the genius of Alexander Graham Bell, and transform you into a resident of the walled city of Louisbourg for a day… and night!


Day 1


Location: Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Baddeck
Distance: 350 km from Halifax, NS or 418 km from Moncton, NB

Your Cabot Trail adventure begins in Baddeck! Visit Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, put on your white gloves and discover the mind of a Canadian genius.


Day 2


Location: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Chéticamp
Distance: 94 km from Baddeck

Marvel at the splendor of an ocean sunset as you walk the Skyline Trail. Admire not only the magnificent view, but also the bald eagles, whales and moose who love to visit the area!


Recommended accommodation: oTENTik, Chéticamp campground


Day 3


Location: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Ingonish
Distance: 108 km from Chéticamp

Travel more than 100 km on the breathtaking Cabot Trail. Ride along rugged, wave-pounded cliffs and sheltered coves— every turn inspires a photo! Challenge your family to complete 10 short hikes in one day. This is definitely the place to do it!

Not tired yet? Go on the magical guided Lantern Walk Through Time or the Seeing in the Dark tour.


Recommended accommodation: oTENTik, Ingonish Beach campground


Day 4


Location: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Ingonish

Start your day off on the right foot as you golf at the famous Highland Links Golf Course, ranked among the top 100 in the world!

Want to take it easy today? Relax and enjoy beautiful Ingonish Beach. Cross the pebble barachois and enjoy the warm water of Freshwater Lake.

After a day of fun at the beach, visit local artisan shops and admire their unique creations. Get some rest and spend the night in a cozy B&B or inn.


Day 5


Location: Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Louisbourg
Distance: 160 km d’Ingonish

Spend the day at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. Fire a canon, taste Fortress™ Rum and savour a delicious meal in an 18th-century tavern. Discover what life was like 300 years ago from authentically-dressed “residents.”

End the evening by camping under the stars within the safety of the fortress walls. Become one of the city’s residents for the night as you camp in a fully-equipped period tent or period-style house!


Recommended accommodation: Historic stay, Fortress of Louisbourg


Day 6


Location: Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

After a good night's sleep, explore the beautiful beach and scenic hiking trails nearby.


Location: St. Peters Canal National Historic Site

On your way back, make a stop at the St. Peters Canal National Historic Site to watch boats navigate through the locks.


Distance: Return to Baddeck, 120 km