Note: All departure and return points for cruise excursions are from the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, Sydney, Nova Scotia - home of the "Big Fiddle".
Departure and Return Times: We try to make the best use of your time in port, which varies by ship. We ask passengers to proceed to the dock upon the ship's arrival and we will 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.
Private guided scenic tour from Sydney to either Ingonish or Cheticamp
Photo opportunities at St. Ann's Bay and Kelly's Mountain
Top rated scenic look-off points and "off the beaten path" locations
Break for Lunch
Duration: 5 - 6 hours
Group Rates: 1 - 5 Persons $500 plus HST; 6 - 10 people $1,125 plus HST
(Also offered on an individual basis on our Shared “Mini” Cabot Trail Tour.)
Bras D’Or Lakes
A name can be deceiving. Described as “Islands within a sea within an island”, the Bras D’Or Lake is not a lake at all, but Canada’s Largest Inland Sea.
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.
Guided scenic tour from Sydney to Baddeck
Photo opportunities at St. Ann's Bay, Bras D'Or Lakes, and Kidston Lighthouse
Tour the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
Tour of the historic Village of Baddeck
Break for lunch
Duration: 5 - 6 hours
Group Rates: 1 - 5 Persons $475 plus HST; 6 - 10 people $950 plus HST
Fly Fishing on the Margaree
From June to October, fly fishers flock to the Margaree in hopes of landing the large adult salmon for which the river is famous. Designated a Canadian Heritage River, the Margaree is Cape Breton’s largest watershed, flowing from the Highlands to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This cold, clear river is home to Atlantic salmon, gaspereau and sea trout. Its shores and steep glacial valleys are home to rare birds and mammals, including bald eagles, osprey, and the Gaspé shrew.
Note: This tour has a maximum of four participants.
Experienced fishing guide for 1/2 day fishing
Rods, reels, flies, waders, and license provided
Beginner to expert levels welcome
Picnic lunch on the banks of the river (optional)
Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Group Rates: From $780 to $1,095 (Group of 4 Best Value)
Made in Cape Breton
..A tour to highlight producers on Cape Breton.
More to come….
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.