Note: All departure and return points for cruise excursions are from the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, Sydney, Nova Scotia - home of the "Big Fiddle".

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Departure and Return Times: Port dock times vary by ship and our tours are designed to make the most of your time in port. Your guide will be waiting upon your scheduled arrival and will return you to your ship one hour prior to your departure. We ask that guests make their way off the ship as soon as reasonably possible so that your tour can get underway. 

"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 - 8 hours (estimated)              

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.)

Keltic Lodge, Ingonish


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 - 8 hours (estimated)

Group Rates: 1 - 5 Persons $475 plus HST; 6 - 10 people $950 plus HST


Kidston Lighthouse, Baddeck


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)

Fly Fishing - Margaree River


Best of Cape Breton Helicopter Tour

See all the top highlights in the least amount of time by air!

See what makes Cape Breton Island consistently rank in the top island destinations in the world. Soar over the Cabot Trail and see historic landmarks such as the Fortress of Louisbourg and Beinn Breagh, home of Alexander Graham Bell. Tour includes transportation to airport, flight preparation, one hour helicopter tour of Cape Breton Island, and finish the day with a trip to Breton Brewing for a tasting of some of Cape Breton's finest ales.  

Note: This tour has a maximum of four participants.


  • Canadian Air Force trained pilot

Duration: 4 hours

Group Rates: $2,000 (Group of 4 Best Value)

View towards Cheticamp from the air.



  • 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.


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