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Ingonish Beach

Travel Guide
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 Beach, NS
The price is CA $115 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
Situated in Ingonish Beach, 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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (70 reviews)
"Amazing views and a wonderful place to stay. It had all the amenities of home. If you were staying for a week or so you may want to bring another frying pan. The beds were comfortable."

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2021

Knotty Pine Cottages
Skyline Cabins
Skyline Cabins
2 out of 5
37759 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach, NS
The price is CA $139 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
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. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (347 reviews)
"Cute deck on the front! Communal BBQ on the property as well. Great spot, cozy comfy and modern!!"

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2021

Skyline Cabins
Castle Rock Country Inn
Castle Rock Country Inn
3.5 out of 5
39339 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach, NS
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $130 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
Situated in Ingonish Beach, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Cape Smokey Provincial Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Ski ...
4/5Very Good! (277 reviews)
"This stunning, exceptionally clean and fresh property has an unbelievable view with breathtaking sunrises. The food and staff are top notch and I can’t say enough about how much we loved it. Great, friendly hospitality, wished we could have stayed longer."

Reviewed on Jul. 17, 2021

Castle Rock Country Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Mountainside Cabin Along The Cabot Trail #1
Mountainside Cabin Along The Cabot Trail #1
Red River, NS
The price is CA $200 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
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 ...
5/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
"The resort was beautiful, quiet and clean The location was perfect. Right on the Cabot Trail"

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2021

Mountainside Cabin Along The Cabot Trail #1
Blue Bayou Resort
Blue Bayou Resort
2.5 out of 5
25 Old Rd Loop, South Harbour, NS
Situated in Victoria Subd. A, 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 ...
3.8/5Good! (16 reviews)
"Great weekend getaway! Perfect for couples. Beautiful spot!"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

Blue Bayou Resort
Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort
Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort
3 out of 5
30 Buchanan Dr, Indian Brook, NS
Nestled on the beach, this Indian Brook cabin is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Saint Anns Bay and 10.2 mi (16.4 km) from North River Provincial Park. St. Anns Provincial ...
3.1/5 (30 reviews)
"It has a back to nature vibe with several unique abodes. The bistro wasn’t open for dinner and there are no eating establishments for quite a distance, so make sure you make plans ahead of time to eat before arriving or pick something up. For the price we would have liked a tv and a coffeemaker in ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2020

Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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