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Ingonish Beach

Enjoy stunning mountain scenery, watersports and both sea and freshwater swimming at this beach in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Ingonish Beach is set around a picturesque bay on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. It is a long sweep of fine sand backed by verdant mountains. Here you can swim in both saltwater and freshwater, surf, play sports and enjoy scenic walking trails.

Spend a few moments taking in the views from the beach, which include the rocky peninsula that juts out from the northern end of the bay. Face away from the ocean and marvel at the forest-clad mountains of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. 

On a warm summer day, go for an invigorating swim in the sea. Bring a surfboard with you and ride the waves or just sit on the shore and watch the surfers enjoying the action. Go for a stroll along Ingonish Beach until you reach Dunphys Creek where you will see fishermen casting their lines into the water.

Framing the beach is a wall of smooth cobblestones that separate it from Freshwater Lake. Cross the stones for a swim in the clear body of water. Afterwards, follow the 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) long trail that surrounds part of the lake. Walk through areas of thick forest and look out for local wildlife.

If you are feeling very energetic, take part in some sporting activities. There are tennis courts, a soccer field and a playground for children. Break for refreshments in the picnic areas or head over to the canteen, which is open in July and August.

Ingonish Beach is situated on the northeast coast of Cape Island. The most convenient way to arrive is by car. You will find ample free parking at the north end of the beach. Among the facilities here are public conveniences and changing rooms. Lifeguards patrol the saltwater area in July and August. Note that in the winter the Atlantic Ocean washes the beach away and reforms it in the spring.

Accommodation in Ingonish Beach

Since there is only a small number of Expedia hotels in Ingonish Beach and surroundings, you should book ahead if you plan on staying the night.

The Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa and Castle Rock Country Inn are among the best hotels on the island.

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Skyline Cabins $104
Skyline Cabins

Skyline Cabins

37759 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 139 reviews
    2.0 out of 5.0

    Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cape Breton Highlands National Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Highlands Links and Franey Mountain. Middle Head Trailhead is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

    Castle Rock Country Inn $105
    Castle Rock Country Inn

    Castle Rock Country Inn

    39339 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 139 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated in Ingonish Beach, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Cape Smokey and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cape Smokey Provincial Park and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Highlands Links and Franey Mountain are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa
      Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa

      Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa

      383 Keltic In Road, Ingonish Beach
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 58 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Ingonish Beach resort is located in a state park, just steps from Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Middle Head Trailhead. Highlands Links and Franey Mountain are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort $93
        Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort

        Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort

        30 Buchanan Dr, Indian Brook
           
          2.4
          of 5, from 12 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          This Indian Brook cabin is on the beach, 10.2 mi (16.4 km) from North River Provincial Park, and within 20 mi (32 km) of St. Anns Provincial Park and Cape Smokey Provincial Park. Munroe Point Lighthouse and Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts are also within 20 mi (32 km).

          Ingonish Chalets $99
          Ingonish Chalets

          Ingonish Chalets

          36784 Cabot Trail, Ingonish
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 138 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Franey Mountain, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and Highlands Links. Middle Head Trailhead and Chutes Mary Ann Falls are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Sea Parrot Ocean View Resort
            Sea Parrot Ocean View Resort

            Sea Parrot Ocean View Resort

            45227 Cabot Trail, Englishtown, Indian Brook
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 9 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Nestled on the beach, this Indian Brook cottage is within 20 mi (32 km) of North River Provincial Park, Cape Smokey Provincial Park, and Munroe Point Lighthouse. St. Anns Provincial Park and Cape Smokey are also within 25 mi (40 km).

              Total Privacy In Friendly Community. Beaches, Artisan Shops, Beautiful Area
              Total Privacy In Friendly Community. Beaches, Artisan Shops, Beautiful Area

              Total Privacy In Friendly Community. Beaches, Artisan Shops, Beautiful Area

              , Breton Cove
                 
                4.9
                of 5, from 27 reviews
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Situated by the ocean, this historic vacation home is 11.2 mi (18 km) from Cape Smokey Provincial Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of Cape Smokey and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. North River Provincial Park and Munroe Point Lighthouse are also within 25 mi (40 km).

                Country Home For Rent on Kelly's Mountain
                Country Home For Rent on Kelly's Mountain

                Country Home For Rent on Kelly's Mountain

                , Cape Dauphin
                   
                  4.8
                  of 5, from 6 reviews
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Cape Dauphin, this vacation home is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Bras d'Or Lake and within 20 mi (32 km) of Dalem Lake Provincial Park and Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts. Great Bras d'Or Range Rear Lighthouse and St. Anns Provincial Park are also within 20 mi (32 km).