It has just 1,000 residents but there’s plenty to keep the passing visitor entertained for anything from a few hours to a few days.
Check out the local restaurants, take in a round of golf, go hiking or hit the water in a kayak.
What to do
Top among Baddeck’s attractions is the Alexander Graham Bell museum. It chronicles the life of the inventor of the telephone with displays that are well thought out and appealing to all ages.
On a nice day, there’s no better activity than a trip to Kidston Island. It’s just a short boat ride from Baddeck with an excellent beach. A free shuttle boat service will take you there and back in July and August.
Where to stay
Budget travellers will want to stop a small distance south of Baddeck at the Bear on the Lake Guesthouse, where they can arrange tours for you and offer plenty of opportunities to relax to water views. (10705 Highway 105, Rural route 4, Aberdeen. Phone: 1-866-718-5253)
The Inverary Resort is at the other end of the scale. On its beautifully maintained grounds, you can play tennis or volleyball, hit the lake for a bit of fishing or relax in the spa. In the summer, they have bonfires on the beach. You’ll find everything here from simple rooms to kitchenettes and there are two restaurants on site. All of this is just a short stroll from the town. Open: May to December Address: Shore Road, Baddeck Phone: 1-800-565-5660 or 1-902-295-3500
Where to eat
Locals flock to the Bell Buoy Restaurant near the water for great seafood and steaks as well as a wonderful view over the Bras d’Or Lakes. Open: Evenings from mid-May through June, then for lunch and dinner from July through to October. Address: 536 Chebucto Street, Baddeck Phone:1-902-295-2581