Things to do in Ingonish

In any Season Ingonish is a Great Vacation Getaway!

In the summer, Ski Cape Smokey offers scenic lift rides to the top of its summit, providing a gorgeous panoramic view of the Highlands and the ocean.

Autumn in Ingonish is an artist's and photographer's delight; a time when days are crisp and clear and the highlands are blanketed with brilliant reds, oranges and golds. It is also a good time of year for sighting moose and other wildlife.

Freshly caught lobster are available from mid-May until mid-July, followed by the snow crab season which usually lasts until mid-August. During these times, local service clubs host delicious lobster suppers along with various craft and bake sales. In addition, throughout the year, you will find Ceilidhs and other traditional Cape Breton entertainment.

Ingonish Beach

In the summer visitors can choose between a comfortable swim in fresh water lakes or a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Scenic cruises and whale watching are also available during the summer.

Highlands Links Golf Course

From late May through mid-October the challenging Highlands Links Golf Course is open. One of the top courses in North America, it offers a breathtaking vista from each tee box.

Breathtaking Cross Country Ski Trails

Winter in Ingonish offers a whole new array of experiences to the visitor including downhill skiing at Ski Cape Smokey. With a vertical drop of 1,000 feet, it is one of the finest ski slopes in the Maritimes and was the Alpine venue for the 1987 Canada Winter Games. The hill has a quad chairlift and surface lift, and the season normally runs from Christmas thru the end of March.

Ingonish also offers a number of groomed cross country ski trails and serves as a jumping off point for an extensive complex of trail farther north.