Nova Scotia Canada Walking Tour

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
7 days
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  • Visit Baddeck
  • Explore the Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Visit Franey Mountain
  • Discover Ingonish Beach

Short Description

Below the windswept headlands of Cape Breton Island, the iconic Cabot Trail hugs Nova Scotia’s coast in a scrollwork of switchbacks and swooping curves. Beyond it, the Gulf of St. Lawrence is a wash of vivid blue dotted with fishing boats and the occasional breaching whale, all part of this Nova Scotia Canada Walking Tour.

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Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Nova Scotia
End City Nova Scotia

Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts and two dinners (days 2 and 5); beverages not included
  • All accommodations while on tour
  • Car rental reservation service; please note, rental fee not included
  • Distillery tour and tasting
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • 24-hour emergency service

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Day 1: Arrival in Sydney

Accommodation: Baddeck

Arrival in Sydney. Drive to Baddeck: 1 hour.

Your destination today is the lovely town of Baddeck. In the heart of Cape Breton Island, it is the official starting and ending point of the Cabot Trail, the coastal road around the island completed in 1932, and named for the English explorer John Cabot, who first sighted the island in 1497, staking England’s claim in North America. Baddeck is ideally situated on the northern shore of 60- mile-long Bras d’Or Lake. Alexander Graham Bell maintained his cherished summer home here for 37 years, and the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site houses a museum commemorating his work. Upon arrival, you can explore the town and its historical properties and shops, or relax at your charming inn.

Day 2: Baddeck River Trail and Uisge Ban Falls

Accommodation: Glenville

Baddeck River Trail and Uisge Ban Falls; 4.5 miles, easy to moderate, 650-ft. elevation gain and loss. Total driving time: 2 hours.

This morning, a walk just outside Baddeck takes you to Uisge Ban Falls(the name is Gaelic for “white water”). The trail winds through hardwood forest and open fields to the Falls Brook, where the deep stream valley leads to the base of the dramatic 500-foot granite gorge and 50-foot waterfall. Returning to your car at the park entrance, you can meander through the Margaree River Valley, with opportunities to visit its high-quality crafters, stunning coastline and deserted beaches, eat lobster for lunch, or try fly-fishing. Scottish tenant farmers, or crofters, came to Cape Breton Island in the early 1800s, cast out of their highland homes by the English, and brought many of their traditions. Your destination for the evening is North America’s only single-malt whiskey distillery and inn in the small town of Mabou, where you partake in a tour and tasting. The on-site pub offers a daily ceilidh of Cape Breton music and musicians.

Day 3: Acadian Trail

Accommodation: Cheticamp

Acadian Trail; 6 miles, moderate, 980-ft. elevation gain and loss, with some steep sections. Afternoon option: Salmon Pools Trail; 8 miles, easy to moderate, 330-ft. elevation gain and loss. Total driving time: 1 hour.

Nova ScotiaToday you enter the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a truly stunning portion of the winding Cabot Trail. The Acadian Trail begins near the Cheticamp Visitor Center and rises almost 1,000 feet above the Cheticamp River, with panoramic views along the Acadian Coastline, the river valley, and the park’s highland interior. It eventually winds to the top of Burnt Mountain. Among the many blueberry bushes, you may see evidence of bear and moose. After a picnic lunch, you can enjoy an easier walk along the Salmon Pools Trail, which, as its name indicates, follows the cascading Cheticamp River that features a series of still pools in which Atlantic salmon hover in the deepest spots. In the later afternoon, walking along the valley floor, with cliffs towering above, you may hear the “who cooks for you” of the barred owl. Your home for the next two nights is the fishing village of Cheticamp, originally settled by exiled Acadians in the 1760s when Acadia, the French territory further south, was surrendered to the English in the Seven Years War. In this vibrant community that has maintained its cultural roots, you can browse small shops exhibiting the exquisite hooked rugs and crafts of this area. You may also be able to catch a Celtic musical performance.

Day 4: Skyline Trail

Accommodation: Cheticamp

Skyline Trail; 5.5 miles, easy to moderate, 380-ft. elevation gain and loss. Afternoon option: Corney Brook; 5 miles, easy to moderate, 250-ft. elevation gain and loss or whale watching excursion; 2 hours (at your own expense). Total driving time: 1 hour.

This morning’s walking route is the famous Skyline Trail, with its spectacular views from 1,000 feet above sea level. You begin at about 950 feet and reach a maximum of 1,300 feet, so you are not climbing all the way to that elevation. From the dramatic headland cliff, you can trace the Cabot Trail around the mountainsides and, on a very clear day, you may be able to see the French archipelago of Les Iles de la Madeleine in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is not uncommon to sight whales in the water far below, and, along the trail, moose and eagles. After a picnic lunch, you may choose to set off an exciting whalewatching boat tour out of Cheticamp—humpback, minke, pilot, and fin whales are common in this Gulf corridor called the Cape Breton Trough. Alternatively, the Corney Brook trail follows a meandering brook through mixed hardwood forest to a small waterfall—again keep an eye out for moose, birds, and snowshoe hare.

Day 5: Lone Shieling Trail

Accommodation: Ingonish Beach

Lone Shieling Trail; 0.5 miles, easy. White Point Trail; 4.8 miles, easy. Middle Head trail; 2.5 miles, easy. Total driving time: 2 hours.

Cape BretonAn easy and very short warm-up walk this morning on the Lone Shieling trail takes you through one of the largest old-growth forests in the Maritimes, dominated by 350-year-old sugar maple trees. Continuing your drive along the northernmost part of the Cabot Trail, the next stop is the White Point Trail, which provides the most dramatic coastal scenery in Cape Breton. Overlooking Aspy Bay at the end of this windswept grassy point is a cemetery that dates back to the settlement of this area as a French fishing village in the late 1700s. You continue to your day’s destination, the award-winning Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, stunningly located on a peninsula jutting into the Atlantic, with a backdrop view of Cape Smokey. You may choose, upon arrival, to walk from the hotel on the Middle Head Trail that snakes out on the cliff-bound peninsula that divides Ingonish Bay.

Day 6: Franey Mountain

Accommodation: Ingonish Beach

Franey Mountain; 4.6 miles, moderate with a challenging section, 1,150-ft. elevation gain and loss. Warren Lake; 3 miles, easy. Total driving time: 1 hour.

This morning, you may opt for the exhilarating walk up Franey Mountain, which includes a steep and steady ascent into the Acadian forest through a stand of hardwoods. Rising from sea level, the surroundings change to balsam fir, with trailing arbutus and pipsisawa underfoot. At the peak, you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the open sea, with Middle Head and Cape Smokey to the east, Money Point to the south, and the Clyburn Valley below. Another walk available today (either instead of, or in addition to your morning outing), is the path around Warren Lake. This walk provides a chance to spot some of the astonishing variety of birds native to the area: boreal


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A gracious small inn, this is Baddeck’s only waterfront accommodation with a waterside deck with perfect views of Baddeck lighthouse. Spacious guest rooms have elegant English-country and coastal décor, with muted colors and fabric accents. The harbor-view sunroom overlooks Bras d’Or Lake, and a spacious living room with television and self-serve kitchen are also available. The shops, restaurant, and sites of historical Baddeck are within walking distance, as well as outdoor activities such as sailing, kayaking, the Bell Bay 18-hole golf course.


A charming country inn—with a single-malt whiskey distillery on site—in Glenville, a small fishing and farming community. Spacious guest rooms, with classic décor and colors, overlook a lovingly tended courtyard garden and back patios. Walking trails lead from the inn to nearby MacLellan Brook and grounds. Conceived and developed by local businessmen using equipment and know-how from Scotland, the distillery has been in operation since 1989. The restaurant serves locally sourced and inspired fare, and the cozy pub offers a wide selection of single malts in addition to their own.


Located directly on the water in Cheticamp, the center of Acadian culture on Cape Breton Island, this simple, family-run all-suite property offers spacious rooms with harbor views, each with either a balcony or access to the boardwalk. Vibrant Acadian art and weavings accent hardwood floors and muted contemporary décor. Dining out at the inn’s restaurant, or elsewhere in Cheticamp, is highlighted by lobster, maritime salmon, local crab, and Acadianstyle baked cod.

Ingonish Beach

An elegant resort and spa, in operation since 1940, perched on a headland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and boasting extensive grounds, recreational facilities, and amenities. Main lodge guest rooms have been updated with contemporary furnishings and colors, hardwood floors, and luxurious linens. Set amidst the manicured grounds are a heated pool, beaches, a tennis court, a fullservice spa (advance reservation required for treatment), and an 18-hole links golf course. On site are both fine-dining and casual restaurants and an inviting lobby bar, all offering locally inspired and sourced cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood. In the nearby town of Ingonish, numerous activities are available, such as hiking trails, wildlife and bird viewing, artisanal craft shopping, and freshwater fishing.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation, Penalty & Refund Policies:

Should you have to cancel your tour the following terms will apply: Due to the exclusive and small group nature of this adventure, all cancellation requests will incur a $300 per person administrative fee.

For cancellations from 91 -120 Days prior to the trip: deposit is forfeited.

For cancellations from 61 -90 days prior to the trip 40% penalty of the total trip cost.

For Cancellations and no shows 60 days before trip, no refunds.

No refunds will be made for any unused portion of the tour.

All cancellations must be made in writing and delivered to The Walking Connection via e-mail and/or United States Post Office. Your cancellation date is the date your notice is received and confirmed by The Walking Connection, not the postmark date.

Should this trip be cancelled by The Walking Connection: 100% Refund.

Additional Information:

Activity Level:

This tour is one of our Self-Guided Walking Adventures, rated easy to moderate, with an average of 3 to 7 miles per day and options available. The walks have elevation gains and losses up to 1,150 feet. Walking terrain includes dirt roads, gravel paths, and packed earth trails with roots and rocks in some places, mainly in the national park. Cape Breton’s scenery is wild and seemingly untouched, ranging from deep forests to dramatic Atlantic coastal rocky shores with occasional sandy beaches, tiny fishing villages to bustling small towns that have conserved Scottish or Acadian culture. Opportunities for viewing fauna and flora are ubiquitous—including whale-watching cruises out of several harbors or simply looking out to sea from a rocky promontory. Moose, bear, and bald eagles are not uncommon sights on the walks or drives.

Itinerary: Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions, schedules of hosts, or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.

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Trip Excludes

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  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

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All Breakfasts and 2 Dinners (days 2 and 5)

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