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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.


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Skyline Cabins
Skyline Cabins

Skyline Cabins

37759 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 135 reviews
    2.0 out of 5.0

    Situated near the beach, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Highlands Links, Franey Mountain, and Middle Head Trailhead. Cape Smokey and Cape Smokey Provincial Park 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, within a 15-minute walk of Middle Head Trailhead and Highlands Links. Franey Mountain is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

      Castle Rock Country Inn $118
      Castle Rock Country Inn

      Castle Rock Country Inn

      39339 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 129 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in Ingonish Beach, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Cape Smokey and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Cape Smokey Provincial Park. Highlands Links and Franey Mountain are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort $113
        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

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

            This beachfront cottage is located in Indian Brook, where regional attractions include Great Bras d'Or Range Rear Lighthouse, North River Provincial Park, and Dalem Lake Provincial Park. Regional attractions also include Munroe Point Lighthouse.

            Rent a Room at Cabot Shores - We are on the Cabot Trail
            Rent a Room at Cabot Shores - We are on the Cabot Trail

            Rent a Room at Cabot Shores - We are on the Cabot Trail

            , Englishtown
               
              0.0 out of 5.0
              Ingonish Chalets $102
              Ingonish Chalets

              Ingonish Chalets

              36784 Cabot Trail, Ingonish
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 136 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated near the beach, this cottage is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Franey Mountain and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Highlands Links. Middle Head Trailhead and Chutes Mary Ann Falls are also within 9 mi (15 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 vacation home is in the same region as Cape Smokey Provincial Park, Cape Smokey, and Great Bras d'Or Range Rear Lighthouse.