Veteran's monument
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Discovering Cape Breton

Discovering Canada’s Maritimes

Discovering Cape Breton, NS

Where : Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Suggested Timeline : Full Day +

June 30 – 2018 – Day 6 

Crossing Bridge from PEI back to NB Cape Breton National Park - NS  

Getting to Cape Breton from PEI

Next day we debated whether to take a ferry or the bridge out of PEI.  We contacted the Ferry and found out they charged a full round trip, regardless if you're coming back to the island.  We decided to take the Confederation Bridge, however cheaper was the long route to Cape Breton.  It took us almost 6 hours from PEI to Cape Breton.

Need to know
  • It's only necessary to pay the Confederation Bridge when you leave PEI (roughly $48.00cad)
  • The Ferries will charge you roughly $80 for a round trip (they will not charge only one way)
Steady got us there

We arrived at Cape Breton's National Park late in the afternoon.  We made various stops along the way to check out some of the beautiful scenic points from the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail.  Feel free to review the Celtic Shores link provided: 

Our recommended stops

We highly recommend that you stop at these various points (more here).  Also, feel free to view our picture gallery below.

  • Judique
  • Petit Étang
  • Cheticamp
  • Veteran's Monument
  • Mackenzie Mountain Look off
  • Green Cove
  • Mary Ann Falls
Plan your dates

We highly recommend that you plan your dates in advance, because you will need to pay an entrance fee ticket to drive through and visit the Cape Breton National Park.  It cost us around $15.60cad for the day, we got lucky because the following day was July 1st. We got a two day pass for the price of one, since Canada Day is Free.

You can always check the official websites of Cape Breton as the link below: 

Visit both sides

We travelled the entire Cabot Trail, which makes a kind of  “U” on the map.  We stopped to check out various beaches from both sides of the Island. On one side its the Gulf of St Lawrence and the other side it’s the Atlantic ocean.  Each view point has its charm, amazing views, big waves and windy summits. We totally recommend visiting the park both sides and explore the trials and their beaches that are totally amazing. 

Baddeck hits the mark

We found a nice and cozy Motel located in Baddeck, a roughly 45 minutes drive from the east side of the Cabot Trail.  

Motel recommendation

We recommend the Trailsman Motel in Baddeck since the rooms were clean, with a beautiful lake view and next to the main road with easy access to drive around.  There's a nice green area where you can just eat outside.  We asked permission to make a BBQ and it was granted, so we hit the local grocery store and enjoyed ourselves. 

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Cape Breton entrance
Canadian flag
Judique stop
Celtic shores
Celtic shores
Northern beach
Northern beach and shoreline
Sunbathing at the beach
The big rock
La Bloc
MacKenzie Mountain look-off - The Gulf of St. Lawrence
MacKenzie Mountain look-off - The Gulf of St. Lawrence
MacKenzie Mountain look-off - The Gulf of St. Lawrence
Veteran's monument
The Fishing Cove look-off
Cape Breton
Black Brook Cove Beach
Black Brook Cove Beach
Green Cove
Green Cove
Green Cove
Green Cove
Cabot trail
Cabot trail
Ingonish beach
Mary Ann Falls
Mary Ann Falls
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