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Baddeck
Travel Guide

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.

Inverary Resort
Inverary Resort
3 out of 5
368 Shore Road, Baddeck, NS
The price is £85 per night from 4 Apr to 5 Apr

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 ...

3.7/5Good! (663 reviews)

"The food at the pub was terrible. Over cooked. The waitress put in the wrong order and by the time the right order was put in every one else was done their meal, and still had to pay for the incorrect meal. There were 6of us and only 2 of our group was satisfied with there food. Housekeeping staff ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2021

Inverary Resort
Auberge Gisele's Inn
Auberge Gisele's Inn
4 out of 5
387 Shore Road, Baddeck, NS
The price is £72 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

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. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (247 reviews)

"We were given an upgrade to a lovely queen suite with a fireplace. The room was very nice and very clean. We were greeted personally by the owner upon our arrival which was a lovely touch. We will definitely stay here again when we return to Baddeck."…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021

Auberge Gisele's Inn
Lynwood Inn
Lynwood Inn
2.5 out of 5
441 Shore Road, Baddeck, NS
The price is £86 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

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! (215 reviews)

"In room heater fan very loud. Expedia service was very poor and I will not use Expedia again."…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2020

Lynwood Inn
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.
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 and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (41 reviews)

"It was lovely to listen to the waves at night and to swim in the salt water. As cereal eaters we were disappointed to find one bowl for cereal; on the other hand there was everything else you would need for a cottage stay."…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2020

Boat House Cottage
Golden Pond
Golden Pond
2.5 out of 5
392 Long Hill Rd, Baddeck, NS

This Baddeck cabin is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bras d'Or Lake, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kidston Island Beach Ferry and Bell Bay Golf Course. Bell ...

Golden Pond
 Baddeck Bay: Lakeside Boat Cottage with Dock
Baddeck Bay: Lakeside Boat Cottage with Dock
260 Beinn Bhreagh Rd, Baddeck, NS

This family-friendly Baddeck cottage is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Bras d'Or Lake and MacAulays Hill Nature Reserve. Alexander Graham Bell ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Lovely lakeside location

"Excellent communication with owner and caretaking staff. Cottage spacious and lovely, more rustic than expected, but great for a relaxing group vacation"…"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2020

Baddeck Bay: Lakeside Boat Cottage with 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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