The lighthouse on Kidston Island is the focal point of Baddeck Harbour. Built in 1875 to aid shipping traffic in the area, it immediately catches the eye whenever it comes into view. This view is to the north, with Kidston Island at the right of the photo behind the moored sail boats. Baddeck Bay and Beinn Bhreagh are both behind the lighthouse.
Baddeck is the county seat of Victoria County; its site is beautiful, nestled between the mountains and the inland sea. It is a busy town in the summer time, with lots of tourists flocking to the Alexander Graham Bell museum, to the resorts, to the gift and souvenir shops, and to the restaurants and cafés in the area. Each night in the summer, the Baddeck Gathering Cèilidhs take place in St Michael’s Parish Hall in the centre of town; Nancy MacLean presents excellent Cape Breton traditional musicians and succeeds admirably in introducing Cape Breton’s traditional Scottish music and dance to the audience. Take in one of these cèilidhs after a day of sightseeing in the area and be sure to get there early as they are often jammed. See her web site for history, photos, and artist information.