Ski Cape Smokey

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Cape Smokey featuring general coastal views

Scenic drives, hiking trails, skiing and wildlife await visitors to this mountain on Cape Breton Island’s northeast coast.

Cape Smokey is a place for year-round outdoor activities and adventure. The tall mountain peak sits on Cape Breton Island’s northeast coastline, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Hike, ski and snowboard across the terrain and revel in the gorgeous scenery and wildlife.

Arrive by taking a scenic drive along the Cabot Trail, the 186-mile (300-kilometer) long road that passes through the highlands of Cape Breton. The southern approach to the mountain cuts through sheer tree-clad cliffs that roll down to the sea.

At the summit of the mountain is Cape Smokey Provincial Park, where you will find hiking trails, picnic areas and lookout points. Follow the 6-mile (10-kilometer) loop trail, which travels across cliff tops and looks out across the ocean.

During your trek you will pass through forests of birch, pine and spruce and may see wildlife such as bald eagles, hawks and moose. At the northern end of the trail is a lookout with views of Ingonish Beach and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Look down at the water below for seals and dolphins. From July to October, there are good opportunities to see migrating whales.

From December to April, ski and snowboard down the slopes of the Ski Cape Smokey resort. Discover 300 acres (121 hectares) of skiable terrain, with 16 alpine runs suitable for all levels of skiers. The resort has a rental shop, and beginners can take lessons with qualified ski instructors. There’s also a lounge bar and a café, which is open to both skiers and the general public.

Cape Smokey is about a 20-minute drive south of the community of Ingonish. The walking trails and picnic areas are open throughout the year and free parking is available at the start of the routes.

If you are in the area for fun on the slopes, visit the ski resort’s official website for information about opening hours, lift passes, equipment rental and lessons.

Top Hotels Close to Ski Cape Smokey

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 1 to Dec 1
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! (96 reviews)
"Great cottage. Amazing views"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2021

Knotty Pine Cottages
Castle Rock Country Inn
Castle Rock Country Inn
3.5 out of 5
39339 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Ferry, NS
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The price is $129 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
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! (295 reviews)
"Wonderful stay"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2021

Castle Rock Country Inn
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! (383 reviews)
"Nice and clean, staff friendly"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

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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 1 to Dec 1
Knotty Pine Cottages
Castle Rock Country Inn
Castle Rock Country Inn
3.5 out of 5
39339 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Ferry, NS
The price is $129 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
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Skyline Cabins
Skyline Cabins
2 out of 5
37759 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach, NS
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Ingonish Chalets
Ingonish Chalets
3 out of 5
36784 Cabot Trail, Ingonish, NS
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Glenghorm Beach Resort
Glenghorm Beach Resort
2.5 out of 5
36743 Cabot Trail, Ingonish, NS
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Sea Parrot Ocean View Resort
Sea Parrot Ocean View Resort
4 out of 5
45227 Cabot Trail, Englishtown, North Shore, NS
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Big Intervale Cape North, NS
The price is $156 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
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MAPLE RIDGE CABINS
MAPLE RIDGE CABINS
27340 Cabot Trail, Big Intervale Cape North, NS
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