Things to Do in Baddeck

Credit: Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Famous for being the summer home of Sir Alexander Graham Bell, Baddeck is located on the start and end of the Cabot Trail loop, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

While the Baddeck is home to just over 700 people, it doesn’t feel small in any way. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy whether you are staying in the area, or getting ready to travel around the Cabot Trail.

Here is a list of what to expect and what to do, if you are visiting Baddeck.

How to get to Baddeck:

Getting to Baddeck is fairly easy since it is located just off of the TransCanada Highway 105 in Cape Breton. It is 87 km or just over 1 hour away from the Canso Causeway. Baddeck is approximately 350km from Halifax via Trans-Canada Hwy/NS-104 E.

I. Outdoor Adventures

Baddeck is located on the shore of St. Patrick’s Channel, an inlet of Bras d’Or Lake ( an inland sea), thus providing one opportunities for cruises and exploring the Lake on the various water crafts.

Uisge Ban Falls Provincial Park

Just a short drive from Baddeck is the Uisge Ban (ish-ka-ban) Falls Provincial Park. The park is known for its scenic 1.5km round trip hike that takes you by a 15m waterfall in a granite gorge.

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May to October

715 North Branch Road, Forks Baddeck

Kidston Island

The name Baddeck originated from abadak (place near an island), as Mi’kmaq called the village so, referring to Kidston Island. Kidston Island is home to the Kidston Island Lighthouse. During the summer, the Lions Club operates a ferry to the island and provides lifeguard services for the beach. Take a short hike to the tip of Kidston Island to view the lighthouse and the sights of the bay Alexander Graham Bell’s National Historic Site and Washabuck Peninsula.
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Baddeck Forks Golf Club

Just a short 10-minute drive from Baddeck is the Baddeck Forks 9-hole Golf Course. Challenge your golfing skills on the fantastic greens overlooking the Baddeck River.
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12 Baddeck Forks Extension, Fork Baddeck

Bell Bay Golf Club

The spectacular Bell Bay Golf Course, often called Cape Breton’s true championship golf course, was designed by Thomas McBroom and is challenging but fun for all skill levels. The 18 hole course overlooks the Bras d’Or Lakes.
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761 Highway 205, Baddeck

Jet Ski Baddeck

Explore the Bras d’Or Lake on a jet ski. Just bring your sense of adventure because the staff from Jet Ski Baddeck will provide everything you need to enjoy a day on the water.
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July to August

558 Chebucto Street, Baddeck

$60 – $95

Hikes

Uisge Ban Falls Hike

Just a short drive from Baddeck is the Uisge Ban Falls Provincial Park. The park is known for its scenic 1.5km round trip hike that takes you by a 15m waterfall in a granite gorge.
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715 North Branch Road, Forks Baddeck

North River Falls

This challenging rewards hikers with a breathtaking views of the largest waterfall in the Maritimes. North River Falls are 32 meters tall. The forest is home to a large number of Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterfly’s in June to mid-July.

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Bald Mountain

You may have never held of Bald Mountain, but its visible from St. Anne’s look off on top of Kelly’s Mountain. It is not an officially marked trail, but the trail is a must for any serious hiker.
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New Glen

II. Guided Tours

Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission

Amoeba Sailing Tours

Spend an afternoon sailing on the Bras d’Or Lake aboard schooner Amoeba.
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June to October

Baddeck

$15 – $30

Bannockburn Tours

Discover the Cabot Trail and Cape Breton with Bannockburn Tours. The tours with have your toes tapping to great music. The Cabot Trail tour is a full day trip being 6 to 8 hours long.
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May to October

Baddeck

Cabot Discovery Tours

Cape Discovery tour guides have over 20 years of combined experience of showcasing the Cabot Trail and will take you to areas that only the locals know about. The tour leaves from Baddeck at 9 am and travels the whole Cabot Trail in 8 to 10 hours.
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454 Chebucto Road, Baddeck

From $125

Cape Breton Lobster Adventure Tours

Go fishing while taking pictures of the wonderful views of Cape Breton. Captain Brain Plant leads the tours and has over 20 years of experience. Relax of the Bras d’Or Lakes, or feed the eagles along the way.
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July to September

Baddeck

$35 to $45

III. Museums, Galleries and Other Indoor Attractions

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission

Alexander Graham Bell is known for many for his achievements including inventing the telephone, producing the world’s fastest boat, and designing giant kites. This National Historic Site homes original artifacts, films and photographs of his work. There are hands-on activities and programs to keep you busy.

If you are interested in the life of Alexander Graham Bell, take a behind-the-scenes, White Glove Tour – you get to scrutinize a selection of Bell artifacts.
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May 17 to October 30, 2019 9am to 5pm

559 Chebucto Street

$6.55 to $7.80

Baddeck Farmers’ Market

At the Baddeck Farmers’ Market, you can find some of the best Cape Breton and Nova Scotia sourced products. Local farmers, bakers, crafters, and artisans come together on Wednesdays. Stop in, eat a great lunch and enjoy live local music.
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June to September on Wednesdays from 11am to 2pm

26 Campbell Street, Victoria Highland Civic Centre, Baddeck

Theatre Baddeck

Since 2015, Theatre Baddeck has delighted visitors with high-quality theatrical productions. The theatre hosts multiple shows each season to keep you laughing and crying, and many times laughing so hard that you start crying.
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24 Queen Street, Baddeck

Depends on Show

IV. Annual Festivals & Events

Cabot Trail Relay Race

The Cabot Trail Relay Race starts and ends in Baddeck. The race is 24 hours long and is made up of 17 stages. Relay teams will run the whole Cabot Trail while stopping at many of the small communities along the trail.
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May

Baddeck

Celtic Colours International Festival

Every October, Baddeck celebrates the living Celtic culture on Cape Breton. The nine-day event has grown to become of Canada’s premiere musical events. Surrounding communities also host events during the Celtic Colours International Festival.
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In October – around Thanksgiving Weekend

Baddeck

V. Culinary Experiences

Bell Buoy Restaurant & Supper House

Enjoy fresh seafood that came directly from the ice-cold waters around Cape Breton. If seafood is not your favorite, they also serve hand-cut steaks, pasta, and local wines. The restaurant overlooks the stunningly beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes.
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536 Chebucto Street, Baddeck

Lakeside Restaurant At Inverary Resort

From the spectacular views of the Bras d’Or Lakes to delicious Nova Scotia seafood, local beer and wine, the gorgeous Lakeside Restaurant is like no other. Stay at the Inverary Resort to enjoy breakfast or just come for dinner.
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368 Shore Road, Baddeck

McCurdy’s Dining Room at Silver Dart Lodge

Head to the McCurdy’s Dining Room to enjoy great food and one of the best views in Cape Breton. The menu features local and fresh ingredients from the surrounding land and sea.
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257 Shore Road, Baddeck

Baddeck Lobster Suppers

Baddeck Lobster Suppers is a family-run restaurant that has an all-you-can-eat chowder, mussels, and dessert along with the main dish of lobster, salmon, strip-loin, and snow crab. At this wonderful restaurant, they also offer their dishes a la carte if you are not feeling overly hungry and do not want to have the all-you-can-eat special.
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17 Ross St, Baddeck

The Bite House

The Bite House menu is ever-changing because they focus on using seasonal, organic, locally sourced ingredients. The food is served in small portions throughout a 9-course set menu. Each course is incredibly creative and beautifully presented.
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1471 Westside Baddeck Road, Forks Baddeck

VI. Places to Stay

Ceilidh Country Lodge

Ceilidh Country Lodge is just a short walk from downtown Baddeck. From any of the rooms, there are great views of the Bras d’Or Lakes or you can enjoy the view from the many lawn chairs outside. The Lodge houses the Inverary Spa and the Lakeside Restaurant.
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May to October

357 Shore Road, Baddeck

Silver Dart Lodge

The Silver Dart Lodge overlooks the Bras d’Or Lakes. Pick from accommodations in MacNeil House, the hilltop chalets, and hotel rooms in West, East, and Main lodges. Guest amenities include a Taste of Nova Scotia approved licensed air-conditioned dining room, exercise room, heated outdoor pool and gift shop.
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May to October

257 Shore Road, Baddeck

Telegraph House

The Telegraph House was built in 1861 and once contained the office of the Trans-Oceanic Cable Company. Today, the Victorian house is complete with modern motel units and cabins.
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479 Chebucto Street, Baddeck

 

 

 

 

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