As a whole country, Canada is not exactly lacking scenic views and things to try your hand at. But could Baddeck be the best of them all? Stretching along the shorelines of Bras d’Or Lakes, Baddeck has found the optimum balance between a hotspot for energetic tourists and a quaint community showcasing the epitome of glorious Nova Scotian living.
Baddeck has the situational advantage of being located on perhaps Canada’s prettiest shore. And luckily for us, North River Kayak Day Tours offer the perfect chance to make the best of nature’s statements. They offer a range of tours, but perhaps none is more striking than the Full Day version. Your kayak will take you round caves, eagles’ nests, lighthouses, beaches and waterfalls, covering about 7.5 miles. It’s breathtaking! Staff treat you like friends and even provide homemade lunches. Of course, food isn’t the absolute highlight– but still, we’re forever hungry people.
Watch out for – Munroe Point. We won’t spoil it for you but it’s probably the most special spot.
Canada is a country with a diverse position in history. Want proof? Look no further than the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, in, you guessed it – Baddeck! It breaks the myth that Bell, who spent much of his life in Nova Scotia, only invented the telephone (although that in itself is pretty impressive!), further teaching about him being an aviation pioneer as well as the rest of his notable resume. With beautiful grounds including lake views, the location from which you’ll come away brimming with newfound knowledge is definitely prettier than the classroom.
Watch out for – The interactive examples, including film clips
Not meaning to be presumptuous, but if you’re in Canada, we can presume you’re into traveling, simply because of the breathtaking views simply span across the entirety of the nation.. A hiking trail and waterfall, Uisage Ban Falls provide all the scenery you could possibly need, while being accommodating to the less fit among us (we blame all of Baddeck’s irresistible cafés for this fact). Some easy hikes are only about a mile, so they’re definitely doable, while also giving easy access to snap the landscape around you.
Watch out for – The general beauty of Nova Scotia Provincial Park
Again, this may be our lack-of-Canadian citizenship, but we can’t deny Canada always reminds us of snow. Perhaps a sweeping generalization, but Ski Tuonela definitely adheres to this stereotype. The snowboarding opportunities are rife, while intense cross-country skiers will be in their element, zooming across the well-maintained trails and cozy cabins with all their warmth. Plus, after all this activity, you’ll be pleased to know the rooms are luxurious spaces in which to replenish with a hot chocolate.
Expect to be greeted by both friendly guides and gorgeous waters. With these flawless ingredients, you can have a fun-filled day with a difference in Baddeck. Choose between a 2′ hour kayak tour to start the day in style, mid-day discovery around lunchtime, or Kidston Explorer Tour as the day begins to draw to a close. Three perfect trips mean gently paddling round the lake, so it’s engineered with beginners in mind. It’s even been described as the highlight of many tourists’ entire trips to the area.
Want to learn about the lakes and preserve their nature simultaneously? How did they get there? What’s the science behind them? What’s their contents? Whether you’re a budding Einstein of the lakes or just want to enjoy them and soak up the scenery, Bras d’Or Lakes and Watershed Interpretive Centre is the place to be. They work with projects such as protecting Maskell Bay, an area of intense beauty, so you’re being productive in helping the environment while enjoying yourself.
Watch out for – Really feeling you’re making a difference
Another great place to make yourself known with the Canadian culture that’s so prevalent within Baddeck, and in fact Cape Breton as a whole, is the Rocking Horse Ranch. Myriad friendly animals will welcome you into this gorgeous location slotted within the Highland’s foothills. Enjoy peaceful strolls and even experience Horse Assisted Therapy, tailored to children and adults with special educational needs. A lovely feature not found many places elsewhere.
Watch out for – Their animal protection achievements. The ranch recently saved horses from slaughter in New Jersey.
Amble along the stunning shore while keeping an eye out for an eagle or two –yes, they make quite common appearances high above Baddeck – but fortunately still visible enough to be seen. Definitely a wildlife wonder that zoos and safari parks, no matter how good they are, simply can’t offer. Picnic tables are available in this small, green park, so make sure you make a change from the sometimes fast pace of Baddeck by enjoying a leisurely al fresco lunch at St Ann’s.
Watch out for – The animals that might come and say hello
All the hidden craftsmen and -women out there, and we know you exist – make sure to integrate this fine arts center into part of your trip. In a dazzling location, this individual gallery provides you with the full artistic experience – diverse collections, mostly depicting the surrounding sea, roaming environment, and maritime wonders, speak for themselves. A perfect way to spend an afternoon and uncover artistic enjoyment you perhaps didn’t even know you had.
Watch out for – All the art being of such high quality
Last but not least, indulge in some drama. Drama is best when enjoyed in a venue that combines atmosphere and intimacy, so Theatre Baddeck is definitely the real deal. The Young Ladies of Baddeck Club are among the theater’s most promising groups, so make sure you catch them in a show from 2016. One of the nicest elements of this vibrant town, Theatre Baddeck was originally the handiwork of a mother-daughter dynamic duo, and it’s proved the test of time.
Watch out for – Being so engrossed you never want to leave