I have been to Baddeck many times since I was a child and today was the first time I ventured to Kidston Island. I sailed around it many times and always wanted to see what was there and today curiosity got the better of me. The shuttle boat, which is a small pontoon boat that holds about a dozen people travels back and forth to the island throughout the day during the summer months. The crossing from the main docks in Baddeck to the island only takes about five minutes. It is free but because the service does run on donations, it is a good idea to donate as much as you wish in order to keep the service running. On the island, there is a supervised beach, washrooms and change rooms, picnic tables and a walking trail. The walking trail is in three sections which can all be done at once or you can just do one or two parts. The longest route possible is just over 2 kilometers so it doesn't take very long to circle to entire island and you will see two lighthouses, a scenic rest area and Bald Eagles. The island was nearly deserted when I was there so it made for a wonderful relaxing along the shore with my book, away from the crowds of busy Baddeck!
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