Celtic Trail Self-Drive

7 Days / 6 Nights 

A short self-drive heading into Cape Breton Island to explore the Cabot Trail and the inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.  An itinerary rich with history!

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Day 1 Halifax Arrival Arrive in Halifax, pick up your rental vehicle and explore this true maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital and the largest city in Canada’s maritime provinces.

Day 2 Halifax Sightseeing A full day in Halifax to explore boutiques, pubs and cafes of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties, tour the Bluenose II (see the “tails” side of a Canadian dime for a picture of the Bluenose I). Get a terrific view of the city from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and visit York Redoubt National Historic Site a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour.

Day 3 Halifax to Cape Breton Island (356 km/222 mi) Depart Halifax for your journey to Cape Breton Island, a little piece of Scotland in North America. Arrive in Baddeck at your leisure.

Day 4 Cabot Trail (300 km/187 mi) Explore the fabulous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island for awe inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The route winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There are 28 beautiful hiking trails in the National Park between Cheticamp and Ingonish – the most recommended would be the Skyline Trail located about 15 minutes drive from the park entrance. Along the way visit the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Glenora Distillery, Acadian Cultural Center & Museum (Les Trois Pignons ) or St. Ann’s Gaelic College of Arts & Crafts.

Day 5 Louisbourg Sightseeing (220 km/137 mi return) This morning drive north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. This incredible “living museum,” is the largest historical reconstruction in North America; it is an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1700s, complete with costumed interpreters who re-enact daily life from the French colonial period. You can even sample period food in the restaurant, or take part in a mock battle. Also, don’t miss a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in the village of Baddeck, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man – who spent his summers here on the shores of the Bras d’Or. You may also want to visit the Highland Village Museum in Iona.

Day 6 Baddeck to Halifax (357 km/222 mi) A full day for the return trip to Halifax along the scenic Bras d’Or Lakes. Drive to the Canso Causeway to enter mainland Nova Scotia. At  the community of Antigonish, travel southwest along Marine Drive to Halifax.

Day 7 Halifax Depart Conclude your self-drive by returning your car rental


Package Includes:

  • 7 Day Car Rental including GPS
  • Hotel accommodation including provincial taxes for 6 nights
  • Historic Sites Pass with admission to the following:
    • Alexander Graham Bell
    • Canso Islands
    • Fortress of Louisbourg
    • Halifax Citadel

Not included:

  • Rental Car
  • Road Tolls

Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

  • Halifax – Lord Nelson Hotel (Classic Room)
  • Lunenburg – Boscawen Inn (Standard Room) (breakfast included)
  • Annapolis Royal – Hillsdale House (Standard Room) (breakfast included)
  • Wolfville – Tattingstone Inn (Run of House in Main House) (breakfast included)
  • Charlottetown – The Great George (Traditional Room) (breakfast included)
  • Baddeck – Inverary Resort (Deluxe Room with Fireplace)

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