Private Bras d’Or & Its Heartland

Private Bras d’Or & Its Heartland

Private Bras d’Or & Its Heartland

Tour along the scenic shoreline of the Bras d’ Or Lakes, called by many Canada’s Inland Sea, journeying through historic communities.

We'll travel to Boisdale, Christmas Island, and Iona (home of the Nova Scotia Highland Village - a recreation of a typical Scottish Highlander’s village, circa 1800 - a visit to this historic and interesting site may be included if you wish.

Little Narrows Ferry

This itinerary takes you through the scenic center of Cape Breton Island, touring to Estmere and then on to the Little Narrows Ferry, our gateway to the Trans Canada Highway,


We’ll make a brief stop at the village of Baddeck with time for a walk along the waterfront. Then it is, back to Sydney, and your cruise ship,

But, we’ll stop for photo ops at both the Saint Ann’s & Bras d’ Or look-offs on Kelly’s Mountain.

Please note with this itinerary can add one hour +/- visits to both the Nova Scotia Highland Village and the Bell Museum.

Highland Village Museum - Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

A Gaelic welcome to the "Highland Heart of Nova Scotia" awaits you in Iona, Cape Breton Island. You’ll experience Nova Scotia's Gaelic culture at the Highland Village’s outdoor pioneer museum. View some of the most breathtaking sceneries that this province has to offer on the shores of the mighty Bras d'Or. The Iona Peninsula is well worth the visit.

The Iona Peninsula is located in the centre of Cape Breton Island, almost completely surrounded by the magnificent Bras d'Or Lakes - Canada's Only Inland Sea. The Bras d'Or is a 1,165 km2 (450 sq. mi.) basin that is one of the finest sailing and boating venues in the world. They separate Cape Breton's Highlands and Lowlands. The Bras d'Or coastline abounds with wildlife and is particularly noted as a breeding area of the magnificent bald eagle.

It’s a living history museum and cultural centre that presents, interprets and celebrates Gaelic Nova Scotia. During the 1700s and 1800s, thousands of Gaelic speaking emigrants from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland settled in eastern Nova Scotia. The Highland Village follows the rural experience of these early settlers and their descendants, on a journey into the early years of the twentieth century. The site features Gaelic language and related cultural activities, traditional crafts and chores, costumed animators, farm animals, thousands of artifacts and 11 period buildings.

Let the Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach make Nova Scotia's Scottish Gaelic culture a part of your group's Cape Breton experience. Scottish traditions and demonstrations are part of daily life at the village. The arts of weaving, quilting, rug hooking, and others are showcased throughout the Village.

Alexander Graham Bell Museum:

This national historic site communicates the story of Alexander Graham Bell's wide-ranging interests and inventive work, much of it undertaken here at Baddeck, Nova Scotia. The site's 10 hectares overlook Baddeck Bay, on Bras d' Or Lake, and Beinn Bhreagh, Bell's summer home, where Bell pursued much of his scientific work. The museum commemorates and interprets the work of Alexander Graham Bell and his associates. The exhibit complex functions as a centre for the study of Bell's scientific and humanitarian work as illustrated by the artifacts and documents preserved there.

Maximum of 6 passengers on this tour.

   No Days Available.


  • Fully-narrated private tour
  • Transportation
  • Ferry Toll


Remember to bring your camera. Time will be available for lunch on your own during the tour.

Departure Location

At the cruise ship pier. The specific meeting location at the pier will be listed in your confirmation email and voucher for this shore excursion. See the 'Redemption and Voucher Details' section below.

Redemption and Voucher Details

  1. After you complete your booking, your credit card will be charged and our expert Shore Excursion Concierge agents will 'hand'-review your shore excursion selections against your cruise itinerary to confirm compatibility. Your credit card statement will list the merchant for the charges as Port Promo Cruise Tours.
  2. You will receive an email within 72 hours of booking from which confirms your booking and contains the vouchers required for your shore excursions. Please print these vouchers and bring them with you on your cruise. You will be required to turn the voucher(s) in to the corresponding shore excursion supplier(s). The vouchers feature information regarding how to meet up with the tour leader upon arrival to a port and other important details.
  3. Your tour is completely refundable if your ship is unable to get into port or due to weather cancellations. See our terms and conditions for complete details.
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