Baddeck

Travel Guide
Baddeck showing a small town or village and street scenes

This lakeside village appeals with its scenery, history and outdoor pursuits. Kayak to an island, ski through forests and visit the home of the inventor of the telephone. 

Baddeck is an attractive village on the shores of Bras d'Or Lake, a place of scenic beauty and adventure. Try different outdoor pursuits and wildlife watching and drive or cycle along a coastal route that winds through mountains and villages.

The unhurried, leafy streets of Baddeck are pleasant to explore on foot. Check out the colorful clapboard houses, many of which double up as guesthouses, hotels, cafés and restaurants. Browse the antique stores, boutiques, independent galleries and jewelry shops. Make your way over to the east edge of the village to visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Explore the museum to discover more about the inventor of the telephone, who made Baddeck his summer home. Learn about his experiments with boats and planes and see replica models.

Go to the waterfront and enjoy a relaxed stroll around Baddeck Harbour and the northern shores of Bras d’Or Lake. Spot luxury yachts and old fishing boats moored in the water and admire the views across the lake to nearby islands.

The harbor is a great base for watersports activities such as waterskiing and Jet Skiing. Join a kayaking tour or catch the shuttle boat to Kidston Island for its beaches, walking trails, lighthouse and bald eagles. Kayak tours also explore more of Bras d’Or Lake and St. Ann’s Bay.

A short drive from Baddeck are more opportunities for outdoor adventures amid the region’s natural beauty. Hike along the trails of Usige Ban Falls Provincial Park to a striking 50-feet (16-meter) tall waterfall. Drive or bike along the Cabot Trail, which passes beaches, lakes, mountains and villages. When the winter snow arrives go cross-country skiing at Ski Tuonela.

Baddeck is about a 4-hour drive from Halifax and reachable via intercity buses. Rent a car and visit other areas of Cape Breton Island, including Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site. Both are approximately 90 minutes away by car along scenic routes.

Auberge Gisele's Inn
Auberge Gisele's Inn
4 out of 5
387 Shore Road, Baddeck, NS
The price is CA $135 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated near the beach, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Bras d'Or Lake, Gilbert H. Grosvenor Hall, and Bras d'Or Lakes and Watershed Interpretive Centre. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (316 reviews)
"Authentic, charming Inn. Staff was wonderful and helpful"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2021

Auberge Gisele's Inn
Lynwood Inn
Lynwood Inn
2.5 out of 5
441 Shore Road, Baddeck, NS
The price is CA $155 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Situated in Baddeck, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kidston Island Beach Ferry, Kidston Island Lighthouse, and Alexander Graham Bell National Historic ...
4.3/5Excellent! (239 reviews)
"Centrally located with very comfortable room & beds."

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2021

Lynwood Inn
Silver Dart Lodge
Silver Dart Lodge
4 out of 5
257 Shore Rd, Baddeck, NS
The price is CA $149 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
This family-friendly Baddeck hotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bras d'Or Lake, Bras d'Or Lakes and Watershed Interpretive Centre, and Kidston ...
4.2/5Excellent! (614 reviews)
"The room was very clean and spacious. The view was spectacular. Lots of outdoor seating throughout the grounds. Love that there were 4 bikes and helmets for guests to enjoy. Staff was super friendly as well."

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2021

Silver Dart Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Luxury Golf Retreat - Unlimited Golf for 4
Luxury Golf Retreat - Unlimited Golf for 4
Baddeck, NS
The price is CA $450 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
Located next to a golf course, this Baddeck vacation home offers ski-in/ski-out access within 1 mi (2 km) of Bras d'Or Lake, Bras d'Or Lakes and Watershed Interpretive ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Loved this beautiful home on Bell Bay golf course
"Beautiful home, very clean, comfortable, located on Bell Bay golf course. We loved the unlimited golf with carts included. Would recommend this home to friends and family. Easy, convenient check in. We will be returning! Thank you!"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

Luxury Golf Retreat - Unlimited Golf for 4
Boat House Cottage
Boat House Cottage
2.5 out of 5
1004 Baddeck Bay Road, Baddeck, NS
Nestled on the beach, this Baddeck cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bras d'Or Lake, Bell Bay Golf Course, and Bell Bay Golf Club. Kidston Island Beach Ferry ...
4.2/5Very Good! (48 reviews)
"Adorable cottage right on the water! This is not a hotel. this is a cottage on someone’s property and the owner was sooo nice! We only stayed one night but wish we could have stayed longer. It was very clean and the Wifi was good enough to watch Netflix on our laptop. the cottage has everything you ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 6, 2021

Boat House Cottage
 Baddeck: Waterfront Cottage & Guest House w/ Private Dock
Baddeck: Waterfront Cottage & Guest House w/ Private Dock
Baddeck, NS
This family-friendly Baddeck cottage is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Bras d'Or Lake, Bell Bay Golf Course, and Bell Bay Golf Club. Bras ...
5/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Wow! A extremely unique rental.
"This property was well suited to our vacation needs close to the town of Baddeck. Kitchen had loads of extras, beds were comfy and lots of space to hang out on the covered deck. Everyone loved the outside shower! Our family and friends enjoyed dinners around the large dining table. The listing was ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2021

Baddeck: Waterfront Cottage & Guest House w/ Private Dock
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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