Alexander Graham Bell Museum
The Alexander Graham Bell museum is one of Nova Scotia’s finest national historic sites.
Set just a few meters back from the waters of lake Bras d’Or, it commemorates the life and work of the man who created the telephone from his Baddeck home, Beinn Bhreagh, along with a slew of other inventions.
You’ll want at least 2 hours to find out about Bell’s man-carrying kites, a record-breaking hydrofoil and how he taught deaf people to speak.
The museum is particularly good at involving children. There’s a special discovery area for kids, where you’ll often see demonstrations of experiments. Then there’s the chance to dress up in period clothing like Bell and his wife Mabel would have worn.
Kite-making workshops are staged occasionally. Phone ahead to find out when the next one is scheduled.
After your visit to the museum, the surrounding grounds are the perfect place for a picnic or take a stroll along the lake.
Directions: Take Highway 105 east from Port Hawkesbury and leave at Exit 9 for Baddeck. It’s 2km to the site on Chebucto Street and about 1 hour from Port Hawkesbury.
Admission Fees: Adults $7.80, Youth $3.90, Seniors $6.55, Family $19.60
Opening Hours: May, 9am to 5pm; June, 9am to 6pm; July 1 to October 15, 8:30am to 6pm; October 16 to October 31, 9am to 5pm.
Website: Parks Canada Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site