Baddeck is an 1 hour drive from the Canso Causeway - entry point to Cape Breton Island from Mainland Nova Scotia. Baddeck enjoys an international reputation as one of Canada's finest resort communities. Located on the Bras d'Or Lake, Baddeck is a Yachtman's Paradise during the summer months. Baddeck takes it's name from the micmac word "Abadeck" which means "An Island Nearby". This island is "Kidston Island" named after one of the first settlers to the region. Baddeck provides an ideal location from which to visit the many attractions listed below. Activities are numerous in and around the Baddeck area.