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1. Posted by travelus88 (Budding Member 20 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

We are planning to spend a few days on Cape Breton Island with Baddeck being our base and we have a few questions.

1 - Does anyone have an opinion of the Bannockburn tour of the island?
2 - Has anyone been on the puffin boat tour?
3 -We have been to Colonial Williamsburg? Is the Fortress of Louisburg much different or a similar type of thing? We are debating if we want to add that to our itinerary.
4 -Is the drive from Baddeck to Dundee worth it and what hiking opportunities exist in Dundee?
5 - If we spend some time on the Cabot Trail on our own, would you recommend enter Cape Breton Highlands National Park from Cheticamp or Ingonish?

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by CapeBreton (Budding Member 8 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

If you are only on Cape Breton for a few days , then you do not need a base , otherwise you'll be repeating road every day. Now , if you don't like a lot of driving , then a base in the middle of the Island makes it even harder to get the best out of your day. The Trail is not hard to drive, not dangerous, not crowded.
1.Never heard of that Tour you mentionned, and again not sure you need to take a tour if you plan to drive the Cabot Trail and go to Louisburg.
2. The Puffin boat tour takes at least 3 hours and leaves from Englishtown. 1 hour out, 1 hour around Island, 1 hour back. You have to check to know when the Puffins are there as there is a date that they do leave , and they all leave. If you are birdwatchers, then told it is excellent. Best take the boat the lady Donelda runs .
3.Luisburg to Williamsburg. Historically ,Apples to Oarnges.
Architecturally :,this a French Fort on the seacaost, quite diofferent, but then a fort is a fort. The Iona Scottish Village and Orangedale Trail station can be just as intertesting but they are a bit off the beaten track, just as the Margaree Hatchery for salmon and trout.
Depending how you lay out your route , you can easily drop Louisburg at the last minute. It is a good 30 minutes from Sydney , you need at least an hour to just walk the main area.
4. Baddeck to Dundee? Not sure what attracts you to Dundee. The best hike is the Skyline Trail ( 3 hours) in the Park on the West side which is why a lot of people stay on the West side, so they hit that trail before noon in case it's a hot day.
5. Drive the Cabot Trail , on your own ? depends on what you want to do if you decide the whole Trail in one day. It can be done, but they'll be little time for stops , hiking, or any side routes. Full circle needs at least 4 hours driving.

3. Posted by CapeBreton (Budding Member 8 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

you know, it would be nice if people closed the loop when they ask for help.

Did you make your trip? Did the advice help ?

No sense us spending time giving advice if there is no sign that people appreciate it

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5777 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Well, he or she shouldn't report after the trip but after your extended reply a thank you would be nice. or at least some more questions which almost always automatically rise after good replies.
There are givers and takers

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