Baddeck

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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 $122 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
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. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (427 reviews)
"This is am older but beautiful resort"

Reviewed on Oct. 25, 2021

Auberge Gisele's Inn
Silver Dart Lodge
Silver Dart Lodge
4 out of 5
257 Shore Rd, Baddeck, NS
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (656 reviews)
"Very comfortable and clean. Easy access from car to room. Great view of lakes from balcony. Restaurant not open due to COVID."

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2021

Silver Dart Lodge
Inverary Resort
Inverary Resort
3 out of 5
368 Shore Road, Baddeck, NS
The price is CA $149 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bras d'Or Lake and Gilbert H. Grosvenor Hall. Bras d'Or Lakes and Watershed Interpretive Centre ...
3.8/5 Good! (714 reviews)
"An incredibly beautiful location in the heart of Cape Breton."

Reviewed on Nov. 7, 2021

Inverary Resort
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.
Puffin Pod at Sally's Brook Off-Grid Luxury Cabins
Puffin Pod at Sally's Brook Off-Grid Luxury Cabins
Englishtown, NS
The price is CA $129 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Situated by the sea, this romantic cabin is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Saint Anns Bay and within 9 mi (15 km) of Bras d'Or Lake and Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"This is exactly what they say, off-grid luxury glamping! I enjoyed this entire experience and I can't wait to get back again!"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2021

Puffin Pod at Sally's Brook Off-Grid Luxury Cabins
Hummingbird Pod at Sally's Brook Wilderness Cabins
Hummingbird Pod at Sally's Brook Wilderness Cabins
Englishtown, NS
The price is CA $129 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Situated on the waterfront, this romantic cabin is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Saint Anns Bay and within 9 mi (15 km) of Bras d'Or Lake and Gaelic College of Celtic ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Such a great romantic atmosphere, very cozy and perfect for a romantic getaway!! View was breathtaking and lights going to the cabin were such a special touch!Property manager Lisa was great at communicating before /during and after stay! Only problem was we wish we could of stayed longer to enjoy ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2021

Hummingbird Pod at Sally's Brook Wilderness Cabins
Boat House Cottage
Boat House Cottage
2.5 out of 5
1004 Baddeck Bay Road, Baddeck Bay, NS
Nestled on the beach, this Baddeck Bay 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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (52 reviews)
"Right on the water!"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2021

Boat House Cottage
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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