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.
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 mi (15 km).
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.
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 mi (15 km).
Situated near the beach, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Highlands Links, Franey Mountain, and Middle Head Trailhead. Cape Smokey and Cape Smokey Provincial Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated by the ocean, this historic vacation home is 11.2 mi (18 km) from Cape Smokey Provincial Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of Cape Smokey and North River Provincial Park. Munroe Point Lighthouse and Highlands Links are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Situated on the beach, this cottage is within 20 mi (32 km) of North River Provincial Park, Cape Smokey Provincial Park, and Munroe Point Lighthouse. Cape Smokey and St. Anns Provincial Park are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Situated on the beach, this cabin is 10.2 mi (16.4 km) from North River Provincial Park and within 20 mi (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 mi (32 km).