With towering headlands overlooking crashing waves, centuries-old hardwood forests, and abundant wildlife, Cape Breton island is teeming with natural wonders. Discover the island’s coastal beauty on a Nova Scotia hiking vacation following the renowned Cabot Trail. Stop to hike the famous Cape Breton Highlands, ascending mountain peaks and crossing into verdant valleys all the while watching for eagles and moose. Along the way, discover the area’s Scottish and Acadian history, traditional cuisine, artists’ studios, and lively ceilidhs. During your journey, you’ll stay in quaint, comfortable lodgings from clapboards inns to a grand ocean-view resort. Set your own schedule on this self-guided Nova Scotia hiking tour, taking time to truly appreciate the stunning scenery and lively culture of this special place.
The Dunlop Inn
A gracious small inn, this is Baddeck’s only waterfront accommodation with a waterside deck with perfect views of Baddeck lighthouse. Spacious, air-conditioned 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, and the Bell Bay 18-hole golf course. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Maison Fiset House
Located on the Cabot Trail with panoramic views of Chéticamp harbor, the town, and surrounding Cape Breton Highlands, this boutique hotel offers eight guestrooms. A meticulously renovated historic home dating from 1895, air-conditioned, individually decorated guestrooms are plush with muted tones. Surrounded by outdoor seating on terraces and several balconies, just a short walk leads to Chéticamp’s craft shops and restaurants specializing in lobster, maritime salmon, local crab, and Acadian-style baked cod. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
The Glenora Inn and Distillery
The Glenora Inn and Distillery is a charming country inn—with a single-malt whiskey distillery on site—in Glenville, a small fishing and farming community. Spacious, air-conditioned 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.
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. Some rooms include air conditioning. Set amidst the manicured grounds are a heated pool, beaches, a tennis court, a full-service 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.
|8 meals: 6 breakfasts and 2 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes and maps|
|Orientation meeting or phone call with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: Cape Breton Highlands National Park Pass and distillery tour and tasting|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|
|Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.|
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