Note: All departure and return points for cruise excursions are from the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, Sydney, Nova Scotia - home of the "Big Fiddle". Our guide will be at the dock upon the ship's arrival and return one hour before the ship's departure.
"Mini" Cabot Trail
The Cabot Trail is the "Crown Jewel" of Cape Breton Island. The 300 kilometre (186 mile) driving route offers spectacular coastal views, unspoiled natural beauty, encounters with wildlife, and warm hospitality in the Celtic and Acadian villages that dot the coastline. Although time constraints don't allow for the entire route to be travelled on a cruise excursion, we offer a "mini" tour that shows some of the best highlights with many look-off stops along the way. Rate $125 pp plus tax.
The picturesque village of Baddeck has been a favorite spot of locals and visitors for many years – so much so, that one famous visitor chose to make his home there on “Beinn Breagh”, gaelic for beautiful mountain. The day begins with a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell museum where you will learn about the extraordinary life and works of Graham Bell and exploring the shops and restaurants that line the main street before returning to your ship. Rate $95 pp plus tax (admission not included).
Fortress of Louisbourg
Step back in time at the site of North America's largest reconstructed fortress. The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site recreates life in the 18th Century during the ongoing battle for control of Nova Scotia between the French and English. Experience life in 1744 during Louisbourg's heyday; view daily demonstrations of music, dancing, cooking, and military drills. Maybe even fire a musket, taste the rum stored in barrels behind the fortress walls, or dine with the peasants at the Beggar's Banquet. Rate $25/hr/pp plus tax (admission not included).
Highland Village Museum
Cape Breton's modern living culture has been heavily influenced by our Scottish Gaelic ancestry. Visitors experience the history of settlement and the unique Gaelic culture of Cape Breton from the mid 1700's to the early 1800's at the Highland Village Museum. See a blacksmith working his forge, crafters spinning, weaving, wool-dying, and farm-hands working with traditional livestock. Feel a connection to our past as you make your way around the site and marvel at the panoramic viewscapes. Rate $25/hr/pp plus tax (admission not included).
Varies by Cruise Ship Schedules
Please contact for further information.
- Local Guide, transportation in
air-conditioned 12 passenger van.
- Meals and gratuities
- Admissions to attractions
- Dress for the weather and be prepared for changing conditions.
- Alternate departure and return points may be arranged. Please email to see if we can accommodate.