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Baddeck // Nova Scotia, Canada

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Happy Tuesday friends! I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend and are excited for this week ahead! Today I am excited to share with y'all a little bit about our drive to Baddeck, Nova Scotia while on our cruise with Holland America. After exploring the Port of Sydney (you can read about it HERE) we took our tour with Holland America for a drive to Baddeck.

Baddeck is a village that is located in the Victoria County of Nova Scotia. For those that may remember me talking about about our drive through Nova Scotia that I did a couple of years ago this is much farther north than we were at. Baddeck is situated on the northern shore of Bras d'Or Lake on Cape Breton Island. The drive over to Braddeck was absolutely beautiful. 
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Before this trip I didn't know much about Baddeck specifically but had always wanted to visit Cape Breton area of Nova Scotia and the beautiful Cabot trail. I was so excited that this would be a stop on our cruise with Holland America. Due to the time of year that we were traveling there was not the option of a tour on the Cabot trail, but this is an offering at some points during the year for those that might be interested. 
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Our drive over was so beautiful and our tour guide and bus driver stopped a few times which was very sweet of them to do. 
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I have to admit that my favorite part of our tour was the drive over and our time driving back. It wasn't that I didn't enjoy Baddeck, but I was expecting a charming lake/ocean town and really didn't find that there. We tried going into a couple of different stores and shops, and ended up sitting at a coffee/bakery shop with another person from the cruise and talking for about an hour of our time. It was nice, but just a lot different than what we had expected from the description of our tour. 
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Baddeck is most known for being the home to Alexander Graham Bell and the Alexander Graham Bell National Museum. His home (located in the picture above across from the town) you can see from a distance, but you are not able to visit or tour. I think that if you are very interested in seeing the home from a distance or touring the museum than you will really enjoy this tour but if you aren't then you may want to chose a different tour excursion option for the cruise.

Additionally if you are with someone who struggles with a chronic health issue or pain Baddeck is a bit difficult to navigate due to where the bus needs to park and the steep hills in Baddeck. I was thinking of this when I wandered down to the library in Baddeck (and found several books, of course *smiles*) and was hiking the hill back. A couple of years ago when I was fighting for my health I would not have done well on this excursion. 
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Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read today! Please let me know if you have any questions about Baddeck or our cruise with Holland America! It was simply lovely! You can read about all of our adventures on our cruise with Holland America by clicking HERE!