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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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Castle Rock Country Inn

Castle Rock Country Inn

39339 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach
3.8
of 5, from 126 reviews
4.0 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).

Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa

Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa

383 Keltic In Road, Ingonish Beach
3.8
of 5, from 58 reviews
4.5 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.

Skyline Cabins

Skyline Cabins

37759 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach
4.4
of 5, from 134 reviews
2.5 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).

Ingonish Chalets

Ingonish Chalets

36784 Cabot Trail, Ingonish
4.2
of 5, from 132 reviews
3.5 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).

$114
Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort

Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort

30 Buchanan Dr, Indian Brook
2.4
of 5, from 12 reviews
3.5 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

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

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

Country Home For Rent on Kelly's Mountain

Country Home For Rent on Kelly's Mountain

2578 New Campbellton Rd, Cape Dauphin
4.8
of 5, from 6 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0
Total Privacy In Friendly Community. Beaches, Artisan Shops, Beautiful Area

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

43780 Cabot Trail, Breton Cove
4.9
of 5, from 27 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

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