Cape Breton Island
Set out to explore the nautical history, English and Scottish heritage, and picturesque landscapes which characterize Nova Scotia, a jewel of the Canadian Maritimes. From the capital, Halifax, enjoy a private guided tour detailing the city's historical link with the Titanic, and its role in rescue efforts. Then take the reigns as you embark on a discovery of Nova Scotia all to yourself, with your own rental car, accommodations, and optional agendas. Visit Citadel Hill, and the old fort of Halifax, or drive out to Peggy's Cove, an inspiring natural landscape along the coast, renowned for its lighthouse, sleepy fishing village persona, and incredible scenery. Drive the beautiful Cabot Trail loop in the Cape Breton Highlands, or explore the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Do some hiking through unspoiled wilderness, as you make your way to Sydney, the urban heart of Cape Breton Island, dating back to its founding in 1785 by the British. Bountiful options, and no wrong choices, this is your Nova Scotia adventure.
Meet your professional driver for a private airport transfer.
Built in 1928, The Lord Nelson is Halifax’s most historic hotel. Its elegance, charm and Maritime hospitality attracts guest from all over the world. This legendary landmark hotel has been the choice of royalty, politicians and celebrities.
2012 is the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Departing from your hotel, today's private tour with driver and guide encompasses all aspects of Halifax's connection to the sinking of the Titanic, including the historic pier from which cable ships were dispatched to pick up victims, the churches, temporary morgue sites, and Fairview Cemetery, where rows of gravestones mark the final resting place of 121 victims. Immerse yourself in history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which houses an excellent permanent exhibit on the disaster, including photographs, wooden artifacts and the only intact Titanic deck chair in the world. Compare the details of this devastating event to the Halifax Explosion which occurred just five years later. The result of a collision between the Imo and the Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, the explosion leveled the north end of Halifax, and killed or injured thousands. But most importantly, learn of the compassionate relief effort displayed by the world to help this city and its inhabitants overcome their instant and tragic loss, and rebuild their lives. Your tour concludes with a transfer back to your hotel.
Tap into your sense of adventure with the flexibility of your own weekly rental vehicle. Included in your rental is up to 1400km per week (additional charge applies for excess kilometres).
This morning travel from the commercial downtown area of Halifax, through the residential districts before leaving town via the Northwest Arm. Travel along the Lighthouse Route, to take in the picture-perfect scenery of the South Shore. You will arrive approximately 45 minutes later at Peggy’s Cove, which has been an artists’ and explorers’ paradise for well over 150 years. This village is located right on the rugged Atlantic shoreline, standing on solid rock above the crashing surf. The coastline is famous for pirates, shipwrecks, rum running and sunsets. Walk through moody cove and village, featuring the weatherworn fishing shacks (complete with colourful buoys and lobster traps) still used by local fishermen, and awe-inspiring rock formations that have been carved out by the glaciers of the last Ice Age. You will also view the famous sculpture created by local resident William deGarthe, a beautiful granite carving which depicts the life and people of the area. Afterwards have time to wander the rocks, before the return trip to Halifax.
Today you will drive from Halifax to Baddeck. The drive will take you over 3.5 hours approximately. Enjoy a leisurely drive along the trans-canada highway from Halifax to Baddeck. You’ll cross the “Canso Causeway”, the only link between Cape Breton Island and the Mainland.
Cape Breton Island’s town Baddeck offers visitors numerous options for half-day or full day excursions. Situated at both the start and end of the Cabot Trail loop, Baddeck is a gateway to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, with its rugged coastline and ocean vistas. The village also houses the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, commemorating in museum-form the legacy of former resident Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone. Harbor cruises are available for anyone wishing to get a different perspective of Cape Breton, while you scan the skies along the coast of the Bras D’Or Lake for bald eagles. Kayaking options are also available for the more active adventurer. You can visit the small shops, galleries and restaurants along the waterfront or simply relax in the comfort of this friendly town.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Only the Inverary Resort offers accommodations and cottages right on the waterfront of Baddeck. Originally built in 1850, this 11-acre Nova Scotia vacation resort sits on the shores of Cape Breton's glorious Bras d'Or Lakes, and offers a breathtaking view, beautiful landscape and a variety of accommodations, including cottages. Bask in the sun on the expansive waterfront boardwalk, spend a day at the spa or relax by the indoor pool.
This morning drive over to the Fortress of Louisbourg. Once there, you will discover an 18th century adventure nestled on the edge of a continent – a place where muskets and mortars, women in hoop skirts and men in wigs, town criers and the 'iron collar' are a part of everyday life. There's lots to see and do – plan to spend the whole day! Your first stop is the Visitor Centre, just beyond the modern town of Louisbourg. You’ll take a 7-minute bus ride from the Visitor Centre to the Fortress. Remember to bring your camera, comfy shoes and warm clothing! Hours of operation: 9:30am-5:00pm
The Drive time from Baddeck to the Fortress is approximately 1hr 45mins (non stop) while the drive time to Keltic Lodge: approximately 2hrs 45 mins (non stop).
Keltic Lodge is located on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, situated high on a cliff surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. This resort features a main lodge with wheelchair accessible accommodations. There are a total of 105 rooms and 3 restaurants offering international and Nova Scotia inspired cuisine. Other facilities offered by this lodge include a bar, heated outdoor pool, sauna, hot tub, spa, and golf course.
Today experience a trip around the historic Cabot Trail! You can stop at various locations for picture taking and visits. One stop could be a visit “Les Trois Pigeons”, a Museum featuring art made of wool, which features the works of Elizabeth LeForte. Or, visit famous Bog Trail where you can walk on the bog and feel like you are walking on a sponge! Or, stop to hike along some of the most beautiful trails on Cape Breton Island The day is filled with exploration!
After breakfast, you have a free morning to explore (on your own) more hiking trails along the Cabot Trail before making your way back to Sydney to drop off the car.
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