What to do and see in Baddeck, Canada: The Best Places and Tips

July 27, 2017 Merry Kessler

Baddeck, on Cape Breton Island, is a great base for the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Louisbourg’s fortress. Easily explored on foot, Baddeck’s sole street offers an appealing array of accommodations, restaurants and stores and lovely views of Bras d’Or Lake. Take a kayak tour on the North River, visit Kidston Lighthouse or hike the national park’s trails, cliffs and coves. Back in the town, don’t miss the museum devoted to famed inventor Alexander Graham Bell.
Restaurants in Baddeck

1. Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

559 Chebucto Street, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada +1 902-295-2069
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

This museum chronicles the life and career of Alexander Graham Bell with its rich collection of artifacts and documents accumulated by Dr. Bell and his family during their time in Nova Scotia.

Reviewed By parrottdize - Dyer, Indiana

We were on a ships excursion and only made a photo stop at the statue. It is a nice statue set in a lovely area overlooking the water.

2. Uisge Ban Falls

North Branch Road, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada +1 902-798-6700
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4.5 based on 267 reviews

Uisge Ban Falls

Reviewed By Cat M

I visited these falls in both summer and winter and was pleased on both occasions, although I think my winter snowshoe visit was a bit more adventurous. In winter , surrounded by fresh snow, it proved to be quite a marvellous trek. In summer, the exposure of foliage and beautiful trees was pituresque as well. Not a difficult or long hike depending on how long you decide to stay at this pretty spot. The falls didn't have a strong flow on either occasion , but was still worth it. My next visit will be in spring.

3. Kidston Island Lighthouse

Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Kidston Island Lighthouse

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

I had fun looking to take pictures of the Kidston Island Lighthouse, in different places, to see this lighthouse from different perspectives.
The first time I saw it, was from a window from the Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site. I immediately was attracted to it.
While driving near the Bras d'Or, we saw it again.
The third time was when we walked on the new boardwalk. We knew we would see it clearly. It is painted in white. Its door is painted in red, as well as its top. It has a window. It's quite attractive and worthwhile to see!

4. Rocking Horse Ranch

RR # 1 Baddeck Forks, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada +1 902-295-2743
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4 based on 5 reviews

Rocking Horse Ranch

Reviewed By local_ns793 - Halifax, Canada

I made a reservation via e-mail with the owner a month in advance of our visit. I followed up via email in the week leading up to our visit and all was booked and ready to go. On the day of our visit we arrived 15 minutes early to find that the barn was empty (of people) but full of animals. Horses, Dogs, Chickens, etc. We walked around the barn and hung around for 45 minutes after our scheduled appointment. After 45 minutes of waiting we decided to leave. I emailed the owner that day and the following week to ask what had happened and to let her know we had been there and no one showed up, but she never did get back to me. I was very disappointed as we had heard very good things about this ranch.

5. St. Anns Provincial Park

51475 Cabot Trail, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada +1 902-662-3030
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3.5 based on 7 reviews

St. Anns Provincial Park

Reviewed By Akhil B - New Delhi

The North River has a perfect picture-postcard setting. On way from town driving north towards the National Park stop at the parking just after the bridge and take photos from both sides of the bridge. Be extremely careful of traffic. Don't allow children to go with you. Very scenic. Specially in autumn.

6. Ski Tuonela

Rr4, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada +1 902-295-7694
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5 based on 3 reviews

Ski Tuonela

Reviewed By DLee350 - Sydney, Canada

A perfect spot to improve your cross country skiing techniques, learn how to Telly ski or enjoy the quiet by snow shoeing around the many groomed trails. Well equipped cabins for overnight stays, or just to warm up and share a cup of hot soup. Chris and Annie Law and their staff are your most gracious hosts.

7. Baddeck’s Boardwalk

Water Street, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Baddeck’s Boardwalk

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

What a great idea to have a wooden boardwalk to enjoy the views and the views are spectacular. We can see a lighthouse and many gorgeous boats.
They offer information about Baddeck on an information board. How people used to live there. They even posted some pictures.
There were picnic tables and a wooden bench, which is occupied by a metal man and a metal woman. I was able to sit on one of them, for fun.
I enjoyed this boardwalk. It’s worthwhile to see!

8. St. Michael's Catholic Church

511 Chebucto Street, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada +1 904-794-2741
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5 based on 1 reviews

St. Michael's Catholic Church

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

This church is quite attractive. It is painted in white and it has a tower and on the top is the cross.
Underneath the cross, there is a round window. It stands out. This church must be filled on Sundays. Worthwhile to see!
I like admiring churches like this one. Wow!

9. Baddecks Welcome Centre

454 Chebucto Street, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada +1 902-295-1911
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5 based on 1 reviews

Baddecks Welcome Centre

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

This yellow welcome Center was a great place for information. There were two of them, helping us. They were friendly and they had all the pamphlets to help us.
They encouraged us to go that night to the Ceildh. That was cool!
They gave us a map of town, which helped us immensely.
They had ample parking places.

10. Victoria County Court House

495 Chebucto Street, Baddeck, Nova Scotia B0E 1B0, Canada +1 902-295-3231
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5 based on 1 reviews

Victoria County Court House

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

As I was walking near the Court House, I was immediately attracted to this edifice. It was truly beautiful! First of all, it had numerous flowers, making it even more attractive.
There was a reminder that it was here that the first aeroplane occurred over the British empire.
This Court House was built in 1889. It is a historic court house. It is quite old and still attractive.
Worthwhile to see!

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