The route in the map mentioned above is one I have done and recommended many times. The scenery is great, particularly in the Iona area. http://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=Syd...ra=ls&t=m&z=10Hi Maryann, just curious, how many Ferries will we be on, on this route and what is the cost to take the ferry. I have booked the ship excursion and a rental car so I can cancel one or the other. Still trying to decide the best way. So far I am finding out that the cost of the rental car will be half of the ship excursion. That includes all the entrance fees and gas. If we drive ourself how much time would you allow at the Bell Museum and at the Highland Village? We are there on June 8th from 8 - 5 so want to be back in plenty of time to drop off rental car and get back to the ship by 4:30. Thank you so much for all your helpful info. Also, any stops you can recommend on your route to stop and see beside Alexander Graham Bell Museum and Highland Village. We love scenery. Thanks again.
Toms Port guides are excellent, but not perfect. The ferry he mentions was closed a few years ago for repairs, but runs fine now.
It is very frustrating that ships will not stay in Sydney long enough for people to drive around the Cabot Trail. However they don't so you really have two options for a great day.
One is to go to Baddeck and Iona and renting a car is the best way to do this.
The second is to go to Fortress Louisbourg. Renting a car also works for this, and depending upon the time you are in port and how long you spend at Louisbourg, you may also have time to go to the Glace Bay Miner's Museum, where you can be taken down into an old coal mine and learn about the life of a miner from a retired coal miner.
Louisbourg is only fully open from June 15 to October 15 so keep that in mind. When it is open, you are immersed into the life of the fortified town in the year 1744, with live animators (people playing the roles of actual people) and restaurants, pubs, etc.
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