Western Cabot Trail - Beauty & Culture


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Activity Level



Shore Excursion, Nature and Wildlife, Local Experience, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes. Minimum requirements: Height - 4'9" or Age - 9 yrs (legal requirement to be seated without a booster seat).

By request only: For children who do not meet the minimum requirements, please indicate age and height of each child, therefore I can have the proper seating available.

Friendly: Yes.
Must be able to transfer to the vehicle with little assistance. Walkers or wheelchairs must be collapsible or folding.

Maximum travelers: 5



French (basic), English (fluent)

Dramatic views along the Cabot Trail while exploring an Acadian Fishing Village

Small, coastal, Acadian fishing village of Cheticamp is a 2 hour drive from the Port of Sydney. We travel west on the Trans-Canada Highway passing Baddeck, on our way through the Margarees, and then on to Cheticamp located on the western edge of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Here you can visit Les Trois Pignons, and the "Happy Hookers" (world renowned rug hookers). Absolutely amazing works of art and they are for sale!

This tour includes 6 scheduled photo opportunity stops, travel into the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Stop for Lunch - per request only. Cost for lunch is not included in the tour.


Our day starts in the city of Sydney, where I will pick you up at the designated location.

Travel westward to the Trans-Canada Highway, passing the village of Baddeck (where we will stop on the way back to Sydney if time permits). West of Baddeck we enter the western side of the World Famous Cabot Trail and make our way through a lush landscape to the Margarees. Once we pass through the Margarees, we will make our way to Chéticamp (the largest of the Acadian fishing villages along this route).

Chéticamp is at the western entrance to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where we will venture over French mountain. Turning around at the iconic Skyline Trail. Our decent back into Chéticamp will provide you with the view most photographed along the Cabot Trail.

We will then stop for lunch (optional) or visit Chéticamp Island, where the cows roam free and if it is sunny they may be basking on the beach!

Finally we will make our way back to the city of Sydney.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Cruise passengers: Port of Sydney.
For ships docked at the berth, I will meet you as you exit the security check point.
For ships anchored in our harbour: I will meet you as you exit the tender and pass through the security check point.

Hotel guests: Pick up to be made at the front lobby of your hotel.

All others: Please contact for pick up arrangements.

End location: Cruise passengers: Joan Harris Cruise Pavillion where you can relax, visit the local craft fair, shops, or catch up on emails with the free WiFi.

Hotel guests: Return to front lobby of your hotel.

All others: Drop off arrangements can be made prior to pick up.

Duration: 6 hours 30 min.

The duration of this tour depends greatly on the number of stops and if there is more time for lunch. That said, you can expect anywhere from 6-7 hours with me as I share some of the great areas of Cape Breton Island.


7 passenger 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan. Clean, non-smoking, air-conditioned.

What’s Included

Other: My time and service as your private tour guide. Transportation in a clean and safe 7 passenger vehicle - lots of unobstructed windows for your viewing pleasure. Entrance to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park; and, bottled water and light snacks provided as per guest request.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 CAD - Lunch (optional)

What’s Extra

Other: Lunch (optional)


I do not have any restrictions in regard to my guiding, I can offer a full range of experiences.

A Recent Review of this tour

My family has done nothing but rave about Barbara since the tour. She was funny, extremely knowledgeable and very accommodating. We would book with her again in a heartbeat. Thank you for making several first timers visit to Sydney so memorable.
Beverly Fink

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