Ingonish, on the world famous Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
Welcome to the rugged headlands, sandy beaches, lush green valleys and wild, open barrens... a destination point for all ages in all seasons and the starting point for your adventure into the Cape Breton Highlands.
The area known as Ingonish is actually a cluster of five small communities on the Cabot Trail, nestled between the National Park, Highlands and Atlantic Ocean. It consists of Ingonish Ferry in the South followed by Ingonish Harbour, Ingonish Beach, Ingonish Centre, and ends with Ingonish in the North. From start to finish the area covers only 16 kilometers, so no matter where you stay in Ingonish, you are only minutes away from all recreation and services. Much of the Ingonish area borders the 950 square km Cape Breton Highlands National Park which contains campgrounds, look-offs, picnic sites, beaches and hiking trails.
The area offers both saltwater and freshwater fishing with ocean charters available. The multitude of lakes, ponds and rivers provide excellent salmon and trout fishing from June 1st thru early October.
In the Spotlight
- Ingonish lets you choose your preference... salt water or fresh water! There is a refreshing selection of both types of beaches. Some, such as Ingonish Beach, even let you enjoy both at the same time! Swim in the sea, then rinse off in the fresh water without leaving the beach. Be sure to check out the long list of our superb beaches at the Cape Breton Highlands website.
- The trail follows a long, narrow peninsula separating two ocean bays, ending on headland cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Smokey and Ingonish Island. There are opportunities to see seabirds, seals, whales and eagles, as well as fishing boats in the early summer.
- “The first sighting of the ocean comes right at the first tee, with North Bay providing a cutting wind and stunning view. Those views – whether they be of water or mountains or both – never stop.” Bob Weeks, Editorial Director of SCOREGolf, and one of the most recognized golf personalities in Canada.
- Cape Breton Highlands National Park is known for its spectacular highlands and ocean scenery. The Cape Breton Highlands are the most striking feature of northern Cape Breton. Steep cliffs and deep river canyons carve into a forested plateau bordering the Atlantic Ocean. One third of the Cabot trail, a world-famous scenic highway, runs through the national park along the coasts and over the highlands.