Today, Baddeck functions as a service centre for
the sparsely populated county and hosts a well-equipped volunteer
fire department, a consolidated school serving grades Primary-12,
as well as a public library, provincial government offices, a hospital
and a nursing home.
The village's economy is driven by tourism during
the summer and fall months; it has been estimated by provincial
tourism officials that the village experiences almost as many tourists
as the provincial capital Halifax. Baddeck has managed to maintain
public access to much of its attractive waterfront while preventing
aesthetically unpleasing developments. It hosts a yacht club which
is the focal point for cruising on Bras d'Or Lake, as well as a
world-class golf course, a lake-front resort and numerous hotels/motels
and restaurants and shopping establishments.