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Travel to Cape Breton
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The best way to explain options to travel to Cape Breton is to look at a map.  Cape Breton Island is located at the north eastern tip of the province of Nova Scotia in the eastern part of Canada.  You can use the + or - signs on the google map below to zoom in or out.


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You can see from the map that it really is an island and is attached to the mainland by a man-made causeway called the Canso Causeway.  There is a swing bridge just before you drive onto the island.  The bridge allows boats to travel through the Stait of Canso on their way to the Bras d'Or Lakes in the interior of the island.

The Canso Causeway in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Options for travel to Cape Breton

By car:

Most visitors travel to Cape Breton by car and, of course, the only entrance point by car is the Canso Causeway. To get to the Canso Causeway, follow the Trans Canada Highway 104 as you enter Nova Scotia in Amherst.

Continue on the 104 and once you reach Truro follow the signage to Cape Breton.  The highway becomes #105 once you cross the causeway onto Cape Breton.  The trip from Amherst to Cape Breton is usually around 3 1/2 hours.

One of the things that you will notice right away is the signage along Cape Breton roads!  Always clearly marked!! This one below indicates Route 19 along the western side of the island and the Ceilidh Trail.

You will notice that there is a Visitor Information Centre at Port Hastings as you as cross the causeway.  Watch for the signs.  The centre will be on your right.

By ferry:

There are 2 ferries that travel to Cape Breton from Newfoundland. There are operated by Marine Atlantic and reservations are absolutely necessary!

The ferry ride from Port-aux-Basques, Nfld takes about 4.5 - 6 hours (4.5 - 8 hours for nighttime crossings) and the ferry from Argentia, Nfld takes 14 - 15 hours. Check out this map to get a good view of the locations.

Both ferries arrive in North Sydney.

A ferry arriving in North Sydney, Cape Breton

By air:

There is only one airport which is located in Sydney. The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport in Sydney is small, however, it is a major gateway to the island with regular flights from Halifax. A flight from Halifax to Sydney takes only about 40 minutes. 

The airport is only 15 minutes from downtown Sydney.This is perfect if you feel the need to rest before starting your Cape Breton vacation.

Airport Car Rentals:

If you do plan to travel to Cape Breton by air you will probably want to rent a car. There are two car rental companies at the Sydney Airport: AVIS and Budget. Check out their webpages and make reservations directly on-line.

Bus Tours:

There are several bus tour companies that travel to Cape Breton as a part of an overall Nova Scotia tour package.

However, there are others that offer specific theme-based excursions or day trips. These can be perfect for someone who simply wants a tour guide for the day.

Bannockburn Tours in Baddeck organizes separate day-trips to the Cabot Trail and the Ceilidh Trail. You only need to sit-back and enjoy the scenery and the entertainment and, of course, the seafood!

Cruise Lines:

Cruise Atlantic Canada is the best place to find a cruise from New York or Boston headed to Cape Breton. Cruises to Nova Scotia are part of the Canada/New England cruise itinerary. Over 20 cruises visit Nova Scotia between April and November each year.

Cruise ships that travel to Cape Breton dock at the port in Sydney and many go to Baddeck as well.

From Sydney or Baddeck, you can take day trips to the Cabot Trail, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum or the Fortress of Louisbourg, just to name a few!

The Big Fiddle at the Sydney dock greets all cruise line visitors!!

The Big Fiddle in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

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