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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA

Baddeck is situated on the beautiful Cabot Trail and is the largest community on the Bras D’Or Lakes. It enjoys an international reputation as one of Canada’s finest resort communities.

The population is approximately 1000 persons.

Long associated with inventor, Alexander Graham Bell, who built his summer home here, Baddeck is a full service tourist centre with accommodations, a bank, a hospital, an RCMP detachment, restaurants, a shopping area, a marina, a government wharf, museums, an 18 hole golf course, a library and archives and car rentals. Bus tours around the Cabot Trail can be arranged from Baddeck.

Although United Empire Loyalists settled along the Baddeck River in the 1790’s, the area of the present community remained vacant until 1819. Baddeck takes its name from the Micmac word Abadeck, which means “an island nearby.”

The focal point of the community is the government wharf, where visiting yachts come for supplies and services during the busy summer sailing season. The Bras D’Or Yacht Club has held an annual regatta since 1904 and there are other sailing competitions throughout the summer.

Kidston Island, less than 200 yards from the government wharf, has an excellent supervised beach, and a shuttle boat service is operated free of charge during the summer months by the Baddeck Lions Club.

The Bell Estate, Beinn Bhreagh (pronounced Bin Vree-ah), from the Gaelic for “beautiful mountain”, was built in 1892 and is still occupied by the Bell Family. It can be seen from the roof of the Bell Museum but is not open to the public. Both Dr. Bell and his wife are buried, at their request, at Beinn Bhreagh. They were both active in the local community and, in 1895, Dr. Bell’s wife Mabel, helped to organize the first Home and School Asociation in Canada, at Baddeck.

Chebucto Street is the Main Street that runs through the community and
The Switchboard Property is in the very centre.

The Royal Bank of Canada, Stone’s Drug Store, Baddeck Home Hardware, Baddeck Post Office, and restaurants, are all well within 100 feet of “The Switchboard”.

At Baddeck Forks, some 16 km (10 mi.) inland, is a nine hole golf course, and nearby at Baddeck Bridge a narrow gravel road leads to Uisge Bhann Falls. A well trodden (1 Km. ) hiking trail follows a brook to the falls which drop ( 50 ft. ) Several kilometers distant is the popular Bell Bay Golf Course. One hour away is located the “Cabot Links Golf Course” and the “Cabot Cliffs Golf Course” in Inverness.