We are open tomorrow from 9:00 am. Call 020 7590 0635
Cape Breton

Nova Scotia & Cape Breton Island

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,890 pp incl. flights


Short description

A 11-day self-drive that explores Cape Breton Island's charm and rugged coastline, perfect before or after visiting the rest of Atlantic Canada

In Brief

  • 1 Night Halifax
  • 1 Night New Glasgow
  • 2 Nights Baddeck
  • 2 Nights Ingonish Beach
  • 1 Night Louisbourg
  • 1 Night Liscomb Mills
  • 1 Night Halifax


Recommended for:
City | History & culture | Natural world | Off the beaten track | Self-drive

This curated self-drive explores the highlights of Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island, from its verdant forests to scenic valleys and imposing highland. Indeed, it boast some of the most stunning scenery in eastern Canada. And while the dramatic landscape will wow travellers who visit the island, there is more to this picturesque area than meandering drives through the countryside. Walk a section of the Cabot Trail with its winding mix of roadway, paths, stairs and stunning beauty that takes you from ocean vistas to quaint fishing villages, or relax with some delicious lobster, washed down with a beer from a Cape Breton craft brewery.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK / Halifax

Relax with included airport lounge access before your flight to Halifax, collect your rental car and head for your overnight accommodation, a trio of heritage townhouses, cleverly combined to create a boutique hotel and downtown retreat in the heart of Halifax.

Explore the city with its bustling hub of art galleries, shops, museums, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and vibrant nightlife centred around the picturesque waterfront. Officially founded in 1749 the history dates back even further, to times of the Mi’kmaq natives, European fishermen and the early Acadians, who came long before the British.

Stay: The Halliburton, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Superior)

Day 2
Halifax > Pictou

Depart Halifax and drive north via Truro to the historic town of Pictou - known as the birthplace of New Scotland. It was here that the province's first Scottish Highlanders landed on the ship ‘Hector’ in 1773. Pictou boasts an award-winning waterfront development that includes the Hector Heritage Quay, where a full scale replica of the Hector has been built using traditional ship building techniques. You will stay tonight in nearby New Glasgow.

Stay: Riverside Inn, New Glasgow

Meals: B

Day 3
Pictou > Baddeck

Depart Pictou and continue to Cape Breton via the Canso Causeway and onto Baddeck. This scenic village overlooks the beautiful Bras d'Or Lakes and the most notable resident historically was Alexander Graham Bell - you can visit the National Historic Site named after him.

Stay: Inverary Resort, Baddeck, Cape Breton Island (Superior)

Day 4

This morning depart Baddeck and take time to explore the western shore of Cape Breton Island along the Ceilidh Trail. Highlights include the Provincial Parks at Long Point and Port Hood and Margaree Harbour, where you can take a nature cruise of the area. In the afternoon drive to Cheticamp and enjoy a Whale Watching Tour before returning to Baddeck.

Stay: Inverary Resort, Baddeck, Cape Breton Island (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 5-6
Cabot Trail & Ingonish

Today follow the famous Cabot Trail - one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada. Follow the route along to the French Acadian community of Cheticamp – which has a distinct Acadian flavour noticeable in the architecture, people, language and music. Continue along the Cabot Trail which winds around the rocky splendour of Cape Breton's northern shore, ascending to the incredible plateaus of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The park has 26 hiking trails ranging from 20-minute short walks to challenging hikes through stunning mountain and coastal landscapes. Later continue onto Ingonish, your base for the next two nights.

Stay: Keltic Lodge Resort & Spa, Ingonish, Cape Breton Island (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 7
Ingonish > Louisbourg

Depart Baddeck and continue to explore Cape Breton Island. Continue on towards Sydney & Glace Bay. Take time to visit the Miners Museum and Marconi National Historic Site. From Glace Bay follow the Marconi Trail to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the largest historical reconstruction in North America and the town of Louisbourg. Hear the cannons and muskets fire, watch the changing of the guard and meet the villagers at this meticulously preserved and recreated French fortification of over 250 years ago. 

Stay: Louisbourg Harbour Inn, Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island (Superior)

Day 8
Louisbourg > Liscomb Mills

Depart Louisbourg and continue onto Canso Causeway. From here you will drive along the Eastern Shore and follow the Marine Drive Route to discover nature, history and culture, as well as rugged coasts, tranquil bays and beaches, unspoiled forest fauna and crystal clear lakes and streams. Be sure to visit the communities en route including Guysborough - an inviting neighbourhood with distinctive architecture overlooking Chedabucto Bay and Sherbrooke Village – a typical Nova Scotian Village from the 1860’s where most of the interpreters are dressed in period costume. Continue on to Liscomb Mills where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings. You can choose from many outdoor activities such as sea kayaking, and harbour tours.

Stay: Liscombe Lodge, Liscomb Mills (Superior)

Day 9
Liscomb Mills > Halifax

After breakfast spend more time exploring Liscomb Mills before taking a leisurely drive back to Halifax, enroute visit Musquodoboit Harbour and Valley - a haven for nature lovers, and Martinique Beach, the longest beach in Nova Scotia. Back in  Halifax take time to visit the award winning Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, or the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the waterfront. Your adventures conclude with a final night back in the boutique comfort of The Halliburton.

Stay: The Halliburton, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Superior)

Days 10-11
Halifax > UK

Drop your car back at the airport for your flight back to the UK arriving on Day 10



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

11-day tailor-made self-drive
from £1,890 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £1,890 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £2,230 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 11 day car hire - Intermediate class
  • 10 nights accommodation (BB where stated - Riverside Inn, New Glasgow and Inverary Resort, Baddeck only)
  • Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 admission

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

Meet our experts

Speak to a tailor-made specialist on 020 7590 0635

Meet the team

Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0635 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

Learn why Wexas is the leader in creating luxury holidays. What is tailor-made travel?

Expert advice & support

Visit us in our London office

Let our travel specialists curate the perfect holiday:

  • Inspirational ideas based on experience
  • Established for over 50 years
  • Tailor a holiday to your precise requirements
  • Personalised quotes and documentation

Every step of the way

Every step of the way

Our services are with you from start to finish:

  • Dedicated personal consultants
  • Free airport lounges on qualifying bookings
  • Care and guidance pre, post and during holiday
  • Full financial security: ABTA & ATOL protected