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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2016
What to do and what to see!  (4 Answers)

Hi all!

My girlfriend and I will be touring Cape Breton on the 1st weekend on September. We are in our mid (ahem...late) 20s.

We would appreciate any kind of local insight into some of the trails, restaurants and music that makes Cape Breton what it is.

We are not looking for the most touristy spots but rather little towns and restaurants...unknown gems if you will. We love camping, hiking, birding, FOOD, local music and of course a few adult beverages here and there.

We plan to camp and use airbnb while we stay.

I look forward to having you assist us with our planning!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 09, 2016
Toronto to Nova Scotia Road Trip!  (3 Answers)

Planning a Road trip from Toronto to Nova Scotia.
Crew - 2 Couples in early 30's.
Duration - 9 Days.
Time - May end - June mid
I definitely want to visit and explore Cabot trail so that's a must. If someone has done a similar trip and can share their Trip planner/itinerary that would be great. Some advise on Weather/Places to stay?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 19, 2015
Staying in West Mabou....  (1 Answer)

Suggestions on things to do and see. Most of the tips are for things that are at least an hour away.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2014
Trip Route  (1 Answer)

we are planning a trip fromToronto and would like to drive to Maine and then to ST John's catche the ferry and land in Dibgy Nova Scotia--From the drive to the cabot trial-Is this even possible to do in 2 weeks?? Thanks for any adivise u may pass along--Is there a quicker or better route to do??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2014
first trip to cape breton  (1 Answer)

we are planning a trip to cape breton mid july and no idea where to start-that can be good or bad! looking for some advice as to low key, but nice bed and breakfast spots-we are two couples that enjoy people, music and the outdoors.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2014
3-4 days in Cape Breton: stay in a single accommodation or break it up into 2 places?  (2 Answers)

We will be driving around Cape Breton for a few days in August. The idea is to come in from Halifax and then leave on the ferry from Sydney (to Argentia, NF). We definitely want to do the Cabot Trail and visit the golf course in Inverness--beyond that I don't know what we'll end up doing.

My question: should we park ourselves in one accommodation on Cape Breton for the duration, or stay in more than one place? The distances do not seem too large, but I am guessing that the driving will be pretty slow. Any recommendations on location(s) for accommodation?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 29, 2013
travel advice wanted  (2 Answers)

we are coming from australia to nova scotia. i am thinking i want to do halifax, the highest tide at fundy, cape breton and perhaps the celtic trail by push bike. how would be best to go about this and what else must i see.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 25, 2013
late fall foliage  (1 Answer)

Are the leaves still on the trees in the cabot trail? Was going to go tomorrow, October 26.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 09, 2013
Fall in cabot trail  (3 Answers)

I'm planning to visit cabot trail this friday the 11th of october. did the trees leaves get coloured or it's still green? and what is the best time to see the coloured trees?

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 30, 2013
New Years in Cape Breton  (1 Answer)

Two couples, love upscale charming, few days and nights in Cape Breton, January 1-4, 21013, any ideas?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2010
Hotels in Cape Breton

What can you tell me about The Silver Dart Lodge and The Normaway Inn?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2010
Going Green--How to get around the Cabot Trail without a Car and no bikes  (4 Answers)

We are coming by train and are travelling with 4 kids. We can't bike the Cabot Trail and don't want to rent a car. Our plan is tocamp at Brodcove near Ingonish in the National Park and bike around enjoy the beaches and hiking trails then pack-up after a week and hit another camping location near a beach.

We can't bike the trail with the kids or lug all our camping equipment on the bikes. We need to get from Thuro to Ingonish with 6 bikes, our bags, tent and camping gear. Ha! Going green is not easy.

I expected the Cabot Trail to have daily "Shuttles" or at least taxi service from point A to point B. I can't even get to Inongish! A ferry from Sydney to Inongish would be great but there is none despite there being a town called Ingonish Ferry (Google that and wonder why there is no schedule posted!)

Any insight? We plan to leave in a few days. Renting a van doesn't even solve the problem because we can't bring 6 bikes in the van unless we add roof racks and back racks.

Thank you,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2010
Need help with two more things for my itinerary.  (3 Answers)

This is my iternary so far:

Arrive at Halifax airport on Thurs Aug 12...overnight At Sea Kindly B & B in New Glascow

Friday Aug around Cape George and then cross to CBI and go up Rt 19 to Maragree Harbor Area.
Overnight on Aug 13, 14 and 15 at Ocean Haven B & B in Maragree area.
While in this area...enjoy the music!!!, whale watch, hike, kayak hopefully....

Monday...August 16th....trying to decide where to go...area from Neil's Harbor to St. Ann's possibly??? How is the kayaking and hiking on this side????

Tuesday...Fortress of Lousiburg and the show that night. Stay at the Stacey House

Wed..return to main island by route #4....overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn near the airport.

Thurs home.

Would appreciate suggestions on where to stay on the 16th of Aug...and also...anything we should NOT miss on that last day we are returning to the main island...along the way down Rt #4.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2010
stop over in maritimes too expensive  (2 Answers)

Can anyone advise me on the cheapest way to stop over and visit the maritimes for a week or two on the way back from visiting relatives in Vancouver late August September? Looking at multitrips with Air Canada is coming out at £1656.00!!!!!!
If I fly London to Vancouver and break the return journey in Toronto it is only £665.00! Can you help with the best internal flights or other travel that will be cheaper and also would it be best to get to Halifax or St John's or any where else? Any travel advice much appreciated. We love to visit Canada and have been to BC several times but have never ventured into Eastern Canada

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2009
Camping- Chéticamp vs Broad Cove / Ingonish  (2 Answers)

My wife & I are planning to camp 2 nights in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in early August and are trying to decide which of the 2 areas above would be best.

We would prefer to stay on the west coast (Cheticamp), but want a campsite on/near the coastline (Ingonish).

We want the best location for stunning scenery & a good selection of hiking trails. A good beach would be a bonus. Also, would the water be warmer on the Gulf side rather than the Atlantic side ?

Can anyone suggest one "side" over the other ?

Thanks !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2009
Little Black Flies That Bite!  (2 Answers)


We recently purchased a home on Cape Breton Island and will be moving there next year. We are spending the summer this year and my husband is already there. He is working on the acreage and has experienced those little black flies that bite! Does anyone know if there is a way to #1 reduce the numbers on a property and #2 Is there a bug spray or other kind of repellent that actually works against these little buggers?? ouch! Any help you could give would be really great! Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2008
Most efficient way to drive to Cape Breton  (2 Answers)

This question is about the most efficient way to travel to Cape Breton Island by automobile. My son has moved to the island and I would like him to have his car.

From the research I've done today, it seems that I could save time by taking a ferry from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia rather than driving the entire way.

I would greatly appreciate other considerations or advice you may have. Thanks very much in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 07, 2008
Cape Breton Questions  (6 Answers)

Hi there,

I am interested in exploring Cape Breton Island, and wanted to ask these very basic questions:

a) What is the best time(s) of year to check out Cape Breton?
b) What is the most optimal number of days to allot for exploring the Island (to get a decent fill of what it has to offer)? For example, could I get a good grasp of what the island has to offer in an extended weekend (4-day) trip, or should it be a minimum of one week, etc.?
c) What in your opinion are the not-to-be-missed places on the Island?


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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2008
Want to visit Cape Breton 2008 and I need HELP!  (4 Answers)

We are traveling to Bar Harbour ME from NJ. From there we are taking the ferry " The Cat ". to Nova Scotia. We would like to visit Cape Breton.
1. Bar Harbor- any ideas of where to stay by the water. Restaurants?
2. Anybody go on " The Cat"? How was it?
3. Cape Breton. Where to stay, restaurants to go to . Good lobster places to eat?
4. ANY INFO is a great help! I have never been to any of the above places and I don't have a lot of$$$$$. Pls reply.
Thank you.......

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 19, 2008
Where is "The Barn" ??  (3 Answers)

I'm an Irish/Celtic musician planning a trip to Cape Breton and have heard a lot about The Barn but can't find any info about the location. Where is it?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 02, 2007
Looking for Ghost Walks along the Cabot Trail- Information?  (1 Answer)

We are planning a weekend get-away on the weekend of October 12th and was wondering if anyone might know of any ghost-walks happening anywhere along the trail? Perhaps in Cheticamp or St. Ann's? Or maybe known stories of places in the area said to be haunted? Any info in this area would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2007
driving to Cape Breton from Portland, Maine...  (3 Answers)

My boyfriend and i are going to drive to Cape Breton for a week's worth of backcountry camping. mapquest says that it takes 11 hours to get that true? if so, where is a good spot to camp halfway from portland to say..baddeck?? we dont have to camp on the way up, any suggestions of a nice town/city to stay in would be awesome! and if anyone knows any amazing backcountry hikes in CB i would greatly appreciate it!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 24, 2007
hiker needs tips  (1 Answer)

hi, iam planning on goin to north river water falls in north river
provincial park. I hear the trail is long and hard. My sister and our
husbands are going.I was woundring if you knew anything we should bring
with us,tips or just stuff we should be aware of.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 19, 2006
Fiddle Tune  (2 Answers)

Oye, it's good to have finally found a Cape Breton forum.

I have a music question for ANYBODY who's seen a TV commercial recently aired in the U.S... it's a vacation commercial with a fiddle tune playing in the background that I can't seem to find anywhere. I've been sifting through disk after disk of music from Nova Scotia online and at my local library, and I keep drawing blanks. In the commercial, you see the fiddler and friends playing for a few seconds - the fiddler, I believe, is a lad, and he's wearing a blue shirt.

If anybody has a clue what I'm talking about and/or knows the title of the song, I'd be much obliged if you'd pass it along.
Thanks Friends!

~ Siobhan

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 10, 2005
Places to stay  (3 Answers)

I would like to rent a cottage/house type of place next summer on Cape Breton. If anyone has advice on this, please let me know. I am looking for information on best town, location, preferably by the beach or lake. Should accomodate 4 people and can be up to 2000 CDN for a week. I am thinking of late August too, and would like to know what time of year is the best to visit Cape Breton.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2005
Can you recommend a campground?  (3 Answers)

I am looking for a campground in Cape Breton, near Cabot Trail, for 3 days in July (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights). Can you suggest a campground? Ideally we want to stay near Margaree Forks or Dunvegan. I can't find pictures for any campsites in these areas. I saw some nice campgrounds in Cheticamp, but this is a little further north than where we wanted to base our camp. Does Cheticamp have the best campgrounds? We are looking for nice, scenic, quiet sites, and want to stay away from the "family-oriented" campgrounds that have playgrounds and pools, and recreation centers. We don't need a campground with so many services and amenities -- just potable water and flush toilets! Please recommend a campground! Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 29, 2005
Cape Breton Island or the Lighthouse tour  (5 Answers)

If you only have one week, where should I spend my time? I enjoy hiking, the coast and historical buildings. I do love lighthouses but definitely want to avoid really touristy areas. Don't want to follow a tour bus around while on vacation and don't want to have the views blocked by condos and big hotels. I prefer outdoor activities to the the city nightlife. Any suggestions on what to do and where to stay? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 30, 2004
Traveling from Maine  (1 Answer)

Hi there~ My boyfriend and I are headed to Ingonish on Cape Breton Island for a week's vacation. We'll be leaving from Bar Harbor, Maine, and were wondering how long the journey would be. Any ideas? Also, we plan on skiing while we're up there, but we're open to any other suggested activities for this time of year. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 06, 2004
Bring My Guitar?  (2 Answers)

I'll be in Cape Breton this summer. I am a fairly good guitar player. If I bring my guitar will someone show me some Cape Breton licks?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2004
Cape Breton Highlands Opening Date  (1 Answer)

Does anybody know when the camping season in the Cape Breton National Highlands begins? I was wanting to plan a camping trip this May long weekend and wanted to know if I can do so. Any information would be appreciated.

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