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Cape Breton

Cape Breton Island Explorer

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,785 pp incl. flights


Short description

A 10-day self-drive that explores Cape Breton Island's charm and rugged coastline, perfect before or after visiting the rest of Atlantic Canada

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In Brief

  • 1 Night Halifax
  • 1 Night Pictou
  • 3 Nights Baddeck
  • 1 Night Louisbourg
  • 1 Night Liscomb Mills
  • 1 Night Halifax


Recommended for:
City | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive

This 10-day self-drive makes the most of Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island, with rustic forest, scenic valleys and imposing highlands, Cape Breton boasts some of the most stunning scenery in North America. And while the dramatic landscape will wow travellers who visit the island, there is more to this picturesque area than meandering drives through the countryside. Walk a section of the Cabot Trail with its winding mix of roadway, paths, stairs and stunning beauty that takes you from ocean vistas to quaint fishing villages, or relax with some delicious lobster, washed down with a beer from a Cape Breton craft brewery.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK / Halifax

Relax with included airport lounge access before your flight to Halifax, collect your rental car and head for your overnight accommodation, a trio of heritage townhouses, cleverly combined to create a boutique hotel and downtown retreat in the heart of Halifax.

Explore the city with its bustling hub of art galleries, shops, museums, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and vibrant nightlife centred around the picturesque waterfront. Officially founded in 1749 the history dates back even further, to times of the Mi’kmaq natives, European fishermen and the early Acadians, who came long before the British.

Stay: The Halliburton, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 2
Halifax > Pictou

Depart Halifax and drive north via Truro to the historic town of Pictou - known as the birthplace of New Scotland. It was here that the province's first Scottish Highlanders landed on the ship ‘Hector’ in 1773. Pictou boasts an award-winning waterfront development that includes the Hector Heritage Quay, where a full scale replica of the Hector has been built using traditional ship building techniques.

Stay: Pictou Lodge Resort, Pictou (Superior)

Day 3
Pictou > Baddeck

Depart Pictou and continue on to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway and continue on to Baddeck. This scenic village overlooking the beautiful Bras This morning you can tour Pictou. Depart Pictou and continue to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway and onto Baddeck. This scenic village overlooks the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes and the most notable resident historically was Alexander Graham Bell - you can visit the National Historic Site named after him.

Stay: Lynwood Inn, Baddeck, Cape Breton Island (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 4

This morning depart Baddeck and take time to explore the western shore of Cape Breton Island along the Ceilidh Trail. Highlights include the Provincial Parks at Long Point and Port Hood and Margaree Harbour, where you can take a nature cruise of the area. In the afternoon drive to Cheticamp and enjoy a Whale Watching Tour before returning to Baddeck.

Stay: Lynwood Inn, Baddeck, Cape Breton Island (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 5
Cabot Trail

Today follow the famous Cabot Trail - one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. Follow the route along to the French Acadian community of Cheticamp – which has a distinct Acadian flavour noticeable in the architecture, people, language and music. Continue along the Cabot Trail which winds around the rocky splendour of Cape Breton's northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The park has 26 hiking trails ranging from 20-minute short walks to challenging hikes through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes. Later continue onto Baddeck.

Stay: Lynwood Inn, Baddeck, Cape Breton Island (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 6
Baddeck > Louisbourg

After your final breakfast at the Lynwood Inn depart Baddeck and continue to explore Cape Breton Island. Continue on towards Sydney & Glace Bay. Take time to visit the Miners Museum and Marconi National Historic Site. From Glace Bay follow the Marconi Trail to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America and the town of Louisbourg. Hear the cannons and muskets fire, watch the changing of the guard and meet the villagers at this meticulously preserved and recreated French fortification of over 250 years ago. 

Tonight enjoy the Beggars Banquet, immerse yourself in 18th century tavern life whist enjoying the finest Cape Breton lobster and crab. Stay after dinner to enjoy local music or walk on the beach and enjoy the wonders of the ocean breeze and views of the fortress.

Stay: Louisbourg Harbour Inn, Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island (Superior)

Meals: B D

Day 7
Louisbourg > Liscomb Mills

Depart Louisbourg and continue onto Canso Causeway. From here you will drive along the Eastern Shore and follow the Marine Drive Route to discover nature, history and culture, as well as rugged coasts, tranquil bays and beaches, unspoiled forest fauna and crystal clear lakes and streams. Be sure to visit the communities en route including Guysborough - an inviting neighbourhood with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay and Sherbrooke Village – a typical Nova Scotian Village from the 1860’s where most of the interpreters are dressed in period costume. Continue on to Liscomb Mills where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings. You can choose from many outdoor activities such as sea kayaking, and harbour tours.

Stay: Liscombe Lodge, Liscomb Mills (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 8
Liscomb Mills > Halifax

After breakfast spend more time exploring Liscomb Mills before taking a leisurely drive back to Halifax, enroute visit Musquodoboit Harbour and Valley - a haven for nature lovers, and Martinique Beach, the longest beach in Nova Scotia. Back in  Halifax take time to visit the award winning Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, or the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the waterfront. Your adventures conclude with a final night back in the boutique comfort of The Halliburton.

Stay: The Halliburton, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Superior)

Days 9-10
Halifax > UK

Drop your car back at the airport for your flight back to the UK arriving on Day 10



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,785 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £1,785 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,840 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 9 day car hire - Intermediate class
  • 8 nights accommodation on a B&B basis*
  • Beggars Banquet in Louisbourg
  • Whale watching Zodiac Tour at Cheticamp
  • Document Pack includes; Travel wallet, Full itinerary, driving directions, maps & supporting literature

* Breakfast not included at Pictou Lodge Resort

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Add on a Halifax Bucket List Pass

A great way to explore Halifax's top attractions and activities. Choose between a 24 / 48 or 72 hour 

Including the hop on hop off bus, the pass includes entrance to 

Alexander Keith's Brewery Tour / Halifax Citadel National Historic Site / Maritime Museum of the Atlantic / Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise / Pier 21 Canadian Museum of Immigration / Museum of Natural History / Discovery Centre / Segway Nova Scotia Tour / Coastal Exploring Harbour Cruise / Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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