Ingonish Beach

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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.

Knotty Pine Cottages
Knotty Pine Cottages
3.5 out of 5
39111 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Ferry, NS
The price is $85 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Situated in Ingonish Ferry, this beach motel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Ski Cape Smokey and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Highlands ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (97 reviews)
"Great cottage. Amazing views"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2021

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Skyline Cabins
Skyline Cabins
2 out of 5
37759 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach, NS
Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Cape Breton Highlands National Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Highlands Links and Middle Head Trailhead. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (386 reviews)
"Nice and clean, staff friendly"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

Skyline Cabins
Castle Rock Country Inn
Castle Rock Country Inn
3.5 out of 5
39339 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Ferry, NS
The price is $128 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 11
Situated in Ingonish Ferry, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cape Smokey Provincial Park and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Ski Cape Smokey. Cape Breton Highlands National ...
4/5 Very Good! (296 reviews)
"Wonderful stay"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2021

Castle Rock Country Inn
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Mountainside Cabin along The Cabot Trail #1
Mountainside Cabin along The Cabot Trail #1
Big Intervale Cape North, NS
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Cape Breton Highlands National Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of North Highlands Community Museum ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Highly recommeded
"These accommodations more than surpassed our expectations. Clean, organized, well equipped, beautiful and quiet setting. Close to awesome restaurants, scenic lookouts, hiking trails, and amazing beaches. The owner was very friendly and a great wealth of local knowledge. We have no hesitations recommending ..."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Mountainside Cabin along The Cabot Trail #1
MAPLE RIDGE CABINS
MAPLE RIDGE CABINS
27340 Cabot Trail, Big Intervale Cape North, NS
Situated in Big Intervale Cape North, this cabin is in the same area as North Highlands Community Museum. Regional attractions also include Cape Breton Highlands ...
MAPLE RIDGE CABINS
Blue Bayou Resort
Blue Bayou Resort
2.5 out of 5
25 Old Rd Loop, South Harbour, NS
Situated in South Harbour, this cabin is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Cape Breton Highlands National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of North Highlands Community Museum ...
3.9/5 Good! (18 reviews)
"Great weekend getaway! Perfect for couples. Beautiful spot!"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

Blue Bayou Resort
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