When are you coming??? (month) Do you dock at 8 am and leave at 5 or 6pm??? You could have a car waiting there for you and go around the Cabot Trail. It could be done BUT if you are coming anytime soon...construction may not allow you to do this.
Hi there SGF, my name is Dayna and I work for Nova Scotia tourism.
You can do quite a few things such as tour the Sydney area, go to Baddeck, or even to Louisbourg. A great resource to find what's to see in each area is going to www.novascoita.com and clicking on the what to do tab at the top. Then put in the area you are interested in and it will list what you can do there.
Hope this helps!
Can you please elaborate on the construction you mentioned? We are driving the Cabot Trail Sept 1st and 2nd and would like to know what delays to expect.
If you have the time, and you've already been to Baddeck, then you need to decide if you want to try to travel the Cabot Trail or to our Western shores, or down to an area called Iona to see the Scottish farm Village ???
Really need some exact times here of when you arrive and when you depart , assuming you can get to a car within an hour .
We will arrive at 8am so I am hoping to have the car by 8:30am and we want to return the car by 3pm but no later than 3:30pm since we want to be back on board the ship by 4pm since we sail at 5pm.
I also would like to know more about the construction and when it will be until?
We won't be visiting until the last week of October so a lot of the places like Highland Village and the fort are closed or not operating at full mode. Would have loved to visit the Highland Village. Our ship does offer a tour but it is really too expensive, especially since we would need 4 tickets for our family.
well, seems like we are working with a time frame from 9 am to 3 pm, so 6 hours. So, your farthest point really can't be farther than 2 hours away. You could also do a 5 hour travelling loop and since you are here in late October, there will likely not be much of the fall colours left, but could be some.
Other than that you could travel to Louisburg and simply return to the Mira River area and around the coastline all the way counterclockwise back to sydney.
There are TA's who live in that area that might be able to offer better advice .
With 6 hours you really would be pressed for time to travel teh whole Cabot Trail, but an option might be to Travel the Trail by taking the Englishtown ferry, up to Ingonish to Neil's Harbour and return.
Late October is well beyond the end of tourist season, so the roads will not have much for traffic.
Yes, we are planning on about 6 hours. We are leaning towards driving to Iona taking the Little Narrows Ferry across and heading towards Baddeck and then returning to Sydney. The other option is like to mentioned we were thinking of taking the Englishtown Ferry to Ingonish and then heading back. Both seem like nice drives and I'm sure scenic.
We still have time to decide and who knows we may even decide last minute to take the ship's tour to Iona and see the Highland Village as it will be open for the ships tours.
Hello there, myself and my family just drove the Cabot Trail yesterday and we only came upon 2 short (1min stops) for construction. It was in Wreck Cove and right after Wreck Cove area. We didnt think they would be working on a Sat. but there they were. Didnt hamper our wonderful day at all until we arrived in Cheticamp and it started to rain. All in all only a few min. wasted. By October, I am sure everything there will be done. Have a grteat drive wherever you decide to go. If you take the Englishtown Ferry over to Ingonish it is 5 dollars one way. Stop at the Wreck Cove General Store (on your left) and get your ticket for your return trip...it is alot cheaper.
We were on a Holland-America cruise that stopped in
Sydney on Sept. 2. and faced with the same dilemma. Tried to rent a minivan in Sydney but to no avail. Then we came across a private tour operator (Tartan Tours) and arranged a 6-hour tour which turned out great. She (Diane) picked us up at the pier at 9:30 and we drove to Iona to tour the Highland Village which was very interesting and inexpensive. Then we drove to Baddeck for lunch and a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell museum. The drive out and back gave us beautiful views of the Bras d'Or inland sea. And the price was significantly lower than the ship's bus tour. You can reach Tartan Tours on-line at email@example.com. Diane, the owner, is very easy to work with and you can take a longer tour if your ship doesn't depart until late (ours changed departure times unexpectedly so we had to scrub going to Fortress Louisbourg). Good luck!
Thanks for sharing your day in Sydney. Sounds like you had a great time. That's exactly what we have planned except we are renting a car and driving to some of those places ourselves. We have been to Sydney and Baddeck before as well as touring the Graham Bell Museum. We wanted to visit the Highland Village and the Fortress Louisbourg this time but unfortunately both of those places close mid October (just prior to our arrival)so we will miss them. I will get in touch with the tour operator you suggested to hear the cost of her trip and compare. The Highland Village and Fortress Louisbourg are open to ship tours but they are way over priced!