A Magnificent 4.5-Star Destination Along Cape Breton's Cabot Trail

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Three Day / Four Night Itinerary

So much to see and so little time… but this is your vacation and you want the best advice on what to see and do and make the most of your visit and still allow time to unwind and experience that calmness you long for. So here is a suggested itinerary that guests have loved. One couple from Maine made a point of following it to the letter and had an absolutely fabulous time! But there is still lots of room for those individual choices and for whim to have its fancy.

Those who don’t allow themselves enough time on the trail always say, “If only I had known…”

Arrival Date

Check in after 3pm. Walk along the beach. Relax and sip wine beside the lake.

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Day One

Enjoy a marvelous English breakfast after which Penny can point out the best places to stop along the trail! Travel North to Ingonish and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

To order your Park ticket(s) please call 1-902-285-2692 for the Ingonish Park Office and they will take care of your order and mail it out to you. If you are an overseas guest, please contact us
directly and we will take care of this for you if you wish.

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Pick up a take away lunch at the Main Street Café or Clucking Hen Cafe. Middlehead Peninsula walk (easy walk, spectacular views). Travel north, stopping at some wonderful places along the roadside where you can choose a place to eat your picnic. Take the scenic route around Neil’s Harbour stopping at White Point. Dine at the Atlantic Restaurant or Coastal Waters Restaurant or Main Street Cafe in Ingonish. Relax, soak in the tub, read a book, enjoy the peace and quiet upon your return to your beautiful room.

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Day Two

A breakfast full of treats, sharing your adventure stories from the day before. Travel around the Southern part of the Trail through the Margaree Valley. Stop for lunch and shops along the way and in Cheticamp. Stop at the Highlands National Park Bookstore. Don’t miss the spectacular 2-3 hour hike on the Skyline Trail. Travel on to Pleasant Bay – spectacular scenery. Visit the Whale Interpretive Centre. Take a Whale Boat Tour. Return to English Country Garden Bed & Breakfast, stopping at Lobster Galley at exit 11 for dinner. Finish off that bottle of wine while relaxing at the B&B.

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Day Three

Shopping the Artisans’ Route – 13 Top Quality Artisans Studios – all within 15 minutes of the B&B. Puffin Boat Tours from Englishtown Ferry Wharf
OR Sea Adventures Whale Tour on a Schooner from Ingonish Ferry OR walk to Indian Brook Falls (difficult – 6 hours) or Barachois River Walk (easy – 2 hours) OR an evening of talking, relaxing, soaking and lounging.

Departure Date

More adventure stories to tell over another awesome breakfast that will keep you going for the better part of the day! Leave your name for posterity in the guest book, say our good-byes and see you soon.

Penny’s Picks

Penny is a 53 year old, who enjoys the great outdoors and loves all wild animals and her two West Highland Terriers! Always on the move, she also enjoys her job teaching Art. You will see her out in her canoe most mornings in the summer soaking up the incredible atmosphere of the lake. She has also purchased an old church and opened Colouratura Fine Art Gallery just down the road!

Middle Head Peninsula Hiking Trail

A fantastic Walk high above the ocean shore. Easy level (except the big hill on the way back – but there are benches!) The view from the end – it’s like standing in the middle of the Ocean without leaving land! You can do the hike in an hour and a half, then stop in at the Atlantic Takeout Window for ICE CREAM!

The Skyline Trail

Perhaps the top hiking Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Three hours round trip allows you a breath taking view from the boardwalk and the end of the trail. Depending on the weather you might chance upon a moose munching away beside the path!

White Point (Near Neil’s harbour)

Off the Cabot Trail – take the Alternate Scenic Route at Neil’s harbour staying to the right. Beautiful boats and a small village and then just rugged coast line. Take the turn off to White Point and pull into the makeshift gravel parking lot. Take a walk along the rocky hills that over look Aspy Bay – incredible views. There is a hiking trail there for the adventurer. I just like to watch the birds and the play of water and sun.

Whale Cove Look-off

My other favourite spot is again off the Cabot Trail at Whale Cove – just below Margaree Harbour. While travelling the Cabot Trail south of Belle Cote take a turn onto the road beside the Duck Cove Motel and head to Whale Cove. On your left you will pass an old holiday village and to your right up on a hill you will see a Cemetery and bluff. That is where you are heading. Look for a small wooden cemetery sign on your right beside a dirt road. Turn onto the dirt road and follow it up onto the bluff. Amazing view…

Ian’s Picks

Ian is a 64 year old, father of three grown children, grandfather of 7, who enjoys the finer things in life, is heavily involved in the tourism industry and enjoys the Arts, especially theatre and classical music. Since there are few offerings here he is responsible for the Classical Concerts at the Colouratura Fine Art Gallery.

The Red Island Trail

Relatively easy and takes you down to the ocean and pebbly beach to a pristine unspoiled spot which makes you feel like you are on a deserted island. This trail is located at the St. Ann’s Bay United Church about 10 minutes from our house.

St. Ann’s Bay Look off

Accessible from the TransCanada about a mile up the road from exit 12 (going toward Sydney)  on a Clear day you can see for miles! There is a lot of history in the St. Ann’s Bay area.

The Fortress of Louisbourg

I believe this is one Historic place NOT to be missed on a trip to Cape Breton! A huge reconstruction of the original 1700′s site is most exciting on a misty day when it seems to appear from nowhere as you enter the area.

Driving through the St. Peter’s/ Arichat area

Can be very rewarding with amazing pastoral scenery, fishing villages and the famous Locks at St. Peter’s – the very first ever built in Canada.

Fall Colours in Cape Breton

Perhaps because I am British and we do not have quite the spectacular array of colours with the Canadian Maple in the UK, but the season is a highlight with week after week of increasing beauty.  And while the temperatures dip I’m still holding on to thoughts of summer!

Kate’s Picks

Kate is a 21 year old young woman who enjoys the waters of Cape Breton for half of the year and the mountains of British Colombia for the other. She loves the waves, sand and sun of the local beaches. Reveling in the rich and diverse art and music talent of the island she makes these suggestions.

Little River Beach

Turn left as you are leaving the driveway, head north for about 10-15 min. Turn right at Little River Wharf, keep to your right as you come to the buildings. On the right hand side of the breakwater is a beautiful sandy beach. Perfect for an evening of roasting marshmallows over a bonfire or an afternoon of roasting yourself in the sunshine.

Black Brook Beach

Head north as you leave the driveway, driving towards Ingonish. It will take you about 1hr to reach Black Brook, look for a sign on your right after Ingonish Beach. It is a wonderful beach surrounded by cliffs and a river. Bring a picnic or go body surfing in the waves.

Uisage Ban Falls

Turn Right out of the driveway, head towards Baddeck on the 105. At the second exit to Baddeck turn left, keep on this road for 10km (it is a bit rough). Turn onto improved paved road and follow the signs. There are picnic tables at the trail entrance. Its a lovely, easy trail that leads you to a rushing waterfall. Take a seat on a rock by the pool and listen to the thundering water. It takes about 2.5 hr.

Point Michaud

Head right out of the driveway towards Sydney. Turn left onto HWY-105. Merge onto Hwy 125 E/NS-125 E via the ramp to Glace Bay/Sydney. Continue on HWY 125. Merge onto Hwy 125 E. Take exit 6W. Merge onto Kings Rd. Continue on E Bay Hwy. Continue on Bras d’Or Lakes Dr/HWY 4. Slight left at Salmon River Rd. Turn left to stay on Salmon River Rd. Turn left at Hwy 247. It will take you about 2 hr 30min to reach this exceptional 3-km sandy beach, backed by marram-covered sand dunes and large cranberry bogs. Learn to surf in the rolling waves here or build a sand castle on the coast line.

Bunkers Celtic Pub

Located above Governors restaurant on the Esplanade in Sydney, Bunkers is the perfect place to bunker down with a pint of beer or a glass of wine and enjoy the musical styling of the local talent.

Cape Breton Center for Craft and Design

Located on Charlotte St. in downtown Sydney, the Center displays work from around 50 Cape Breton artisans. So much talent concentrated into one building.

 
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Directions

45478 Cabot Trail
Indian Brook, Cape Breton
Nova Scotia
B0C 1H0 Canada

GPS Location: 46.397890,-60.495830

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Professional Inn Keepers Penny S. Steele and Ian A. Green

ian-pennyenglish-country-garden-bb-penny-ianIan, born in Yorkshire, England, and Penny, born in Ontario, Canada, have lived and worked in places as far reaching as Russia, West Africa, England, India, Kuwait, Manila, America and of course Canada.

Ian and Penny actually met at the Anglican Church in Moscow when Penny was teaching at the International School situated inside the American Embassy and Ian was working for an Irish company with clients in Moscow. Consequently the B&B has original artworks from all these places and antiques from England. The 1850 broad wood Drawing Room grand that was once in the parlour is now in the Colouratura Fine Art gallery where classical music concerts are held.

Ian’s training in the hotel industry has included Downton Abbey-like English stately homes and the Savoy and Claridges Hotels as well as hotel school and University. Penny, who has a Masters in Fine Art, has taught English, drama and art as a well as designing costumes for opera, ballet and drama. They are both passionate about community theatre and the performing arts. Looking after guests takes centre stage of the B&B, giving the best in food, service and attention to detail as they possibly can.