It’s a popular spot for boating in the summer and its central location makes it convenient as a base for exploring the island.
Access : Coordinates: 46.1, -60.754167 / Baddeck is on the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 105) about halfway between the causeway to the mainland and Sydney. It is about a five hour drive from Halifax. Get around : Pretty much everything is located on either Shore Road or Chebucto Street. The town stretches out along these two streets, but if you don’t mind walking, everything can be reached on foot.
- Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Chebucto Street (Route 205) . Open from May to Oct, 9AM – 5PM. Opens longer June – mid-Oct. Although the telephone wasn’t invented here, Alexander Graham Bell had a summer home in Baddeck where he did some of his research and experiments. This site has a number of exhibits, photos and videos relating to his life and work. $7.80/$3.90 (adult/child).
Activities : Sail/cruise on the lake. Tours depart daily from the pier in summer.
For the golfer, the Bell Bay Golf Club is close to town.
Go next :Baddeck is a convenient starting and finishing point for a trip around the Cabot Trail, considered to be one of the most scenic drives in Canada. The road is a 300 km loop along the coast and through the Cape Breton Highlands and offers many hiking, camping and scenic turn-off opportunities.
The reconstructed Fortress of Louisbourg, about two hours drive away, is a National Historic Site and offers a glimpse at what life was like in the mid-1700s