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Cape Smokey

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.


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Skyline Cabins
Skyline Cabins

Skyline Cabins

37759 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 135 reviews
    2.0 out of 5.0

    Situated near the beach, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Highlands Links, Franey Mountain and Middle Head Trailhead. Cape Smokey and Cape Smokey Provincial Park are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Castle Rock Country Inn £83
    Castle Rock Country Inn

    Castle Rock Country Inn

    39339 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach
       
      3.8
      of 5, from 129 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated in Ingonish Beach, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Cape Smokey and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Cape Smokey Provincial Park. Highlands Links and Franey Mountain are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa
      Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa

      Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa

      383 Keltic In Road, Ingonish Beach
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 58 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Ingonish Beach resort is located in a state park, within a 15-minute walk of Middle Head Trailhead and Highlands Links. Franey Mountain is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

        Ingonish Chalets £72
        Ingonish Chalets

        Ingonish Chalets

        36784 Cabot Trail, Ingonish
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 136 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated near the beach, this cottage is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Franey Mountain and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Highlands Links. Middle Head Trailhead and Chutes Mary Ann Falls are also within 9 miles (15 km).

          Total Privacy In Friendly Community. Beaches, Artisan Shops, Beautiful Area
          Total Privacy In Friendly Community. Beaches, Artisan Shops, Beautiful Area

          Total Privacy In Friendly Community. Beaches, Artisan Shops, Beautiful Area

          , Breton Cove
             
            4.9
            of 5, from 27 reviews
            0.0 out of 5.0

            Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is in the same region as Cape Smokey Provincial Park, Cape Smokey and Great Bras d'Or Range Rear Lighthouse.

            Sea Parrot Ocean View Resort
            Sea Parrot Ocean View Resort

            Sea Parrot Ocean View Resort

            45227 Cabot Trail, Englishtown, Indian Brook
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 9 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              This beachfront cottage is located in Indian Brook, where regional attractions include Great Bras d'Or Range Rear Lighthouse, North River Provincial Park and Dalem Lake Provincial Park. Regional attractions also include Munroe Point Lighthouse.

              Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort £79
              Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort

              Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort

              30 Buchanan Dr, Indian Brook
                 
                2.4
                of 5, from 12 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated on the beach, this cabin is 10.2 mi (16.4 km) from North River Provincial Park and within 20 miles (32 km) of Munroe Point Lighthouse and St. Anns Provincial Park. Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts and Cape Smokey Provincial Park are also within 20 miles (32 km).

                Country Home For Rent on Kelly's Mountain
                Country Home For Rent on Kelly's Mountain

                Country Home For Rent on Kelly's Mountain

                , Cape Dauphin
                   
                  4.8
                  of 5, from 6 reviews
                  0.0 out of 5.0