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Whether you are touring the Cabot Trail, the Bell Museum, Louisburg Fortress, hiking the Cape Breton Highland National Park, coming for Celtic Colours or just trying to chill and rest, Bayside Haven Vacation Home can be your home base. Set on a slope overlooking the Bras d'or Lake, it is the perfect base for exploring the various attractions on the island. It is 5 minutes' drive to Baddeck town center and the Bell Museum; around 100KM from Ingonish Beach and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park to the north; 110KM from the Fortress of Louisbourg to the east, and 90KM from Cheticamp to the west.


Cabot Trail is one of the most scenic loop drives in North America. It was featured in USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice for Best Motorcycle Trip in 2014. Its northern section passes through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The western and eastern sections follow the rugged coastline, providing spectacular views of the ocean. With its many scenic overlooks, cultural heritage sites, whale watching hiking trails and guided tours on the Cabot Trail, many visitors spend multiple days exploring different sections of the Trail.


History comes alive at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. In the summer months, you can find costumed animators interpreting some of the carefully reconstructed buildings. Louisbourg's inhabitants are happy to share their stories, and can be found working the forge, tending the gardens and running the kitchens. The beat of drums and the chime of the garrison clock order the soldiers' day. The sound of a cannon marks midday. You can even fire a cannon or musket yourself by taking part in our 'Have a Blast' or 'Have a Ball' programs. Music might be heard from a waterfront tavern. Children play games in the streets, while the sentry at the gate challenges those who wish to enter the walled town. A public punishment gathers spectators. Sheep run through the streets, called home by the stable hand. Each hour offers something unique and real. In the Spring and Autumn shoulder seasons, guided tours are available to help visitors appreciate the historic past of this fortress. The Fortress is fascinating for all ages and it can be reached by car from Bayside Haven in 1.5 hours.


This museum tells the story of the renowned inventor Alexander Graham Bell -- his life, his work, and his associates -- in an interesting way. The interactive exhibits and activities makes this site suitable for all ages. The site also commands a panoramic view over the bay.


Ingonish lies at the eastern entrance to Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It boasts a long pink sandy beach. Many visitors have been surprised by how nice the beach is. Surrounded by pristine scenery, with nice wave washing the pink sandy beach with clean water, it is a spot not to be missed for families with young children.

Ingonish was one of the first areas settled on Cape Breton Island, and is home to the Keltic Lodge resort, downhill skiing at Cape Smokey, and a public golf course, the Highlands Links.


Celtic Colours is an experience like no other. For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is alive with music, energy and excitement as people come from far and wide to celebrate our rich culture. From concerts to dances and workshops to community suppers, we offer a full range of events against a gorgeous backdrop of autumn colours.


‘Awe-inspiring’ may be an over-used cliché, but when a whale breaches the ocean’s surface, lunges out of the waves, and re-enters with a loud smack and plume of water, well, it’s awe-inspiring.

Along with 12 species of whales, chances are you’ll see porpoises, seals and seabirds while out on the open water. The best times to go whale watching in Nova Scotia are in the summer and fall months and you're sure to find yourself aboard a whale watching tour with operators offer live commentary, local tales and even a whale sighting guarantee.


Welcome to Bell Bay Golf Club! Overlooking the island’s scenic hub of Baddeck, the 20-year-old Tom McBroom creation offers shutterbugs a strategic vantage point as it zigzags its way up a steady slope above the scenic tourist town, with the twinkling Bras d’Or Lakes beyond.

One of Cape Breton Island’s premier golf courses, Bell Bay overlooks the Bras d’Or Lakes in beautiful Baddeck. This Thomas McBroom masterpiece has incredible views from virtually every hole. The course was sculpted into the natural features of the land to make each hole very distinctive.