The name Baddeck, according to some historians, is derived from the Mi’kmaq ‘Abadak’ meaning place with an island near. That island, just offshore is Kidston Island, know for its lighthouse at the north east tip and its sandy crescent beach complete with lifeguard. A free shuttle boat daily transports visitors and locals alike the mere 300 meters over to the island from July I to Labour Day. Operated by the local Lions Club, it leaves at regular intervals from the community wharf.
Besides taking the short hike to the tip of Kidston sland to view the lighthouse, one can take the path to the other side where there are wonderful views across the bay toward Alexander Graham Bell’s summer home Beinn Bhreagh and the lovely Washabuck Peninsula. Relax on a bench and thrill to the sight of bald eagles soaring and yachts in full sail cruising the lake.
How to get to Kidston Island: Turn into Baddeck and down to the waterfront where you can catch the shuttle next to the wharf.