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Ingonish Beach
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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 £74 per night from 9 May to 9 May
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 ...
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Castle Rock Country Inn
Castle Rock Country Inn
3.5 out of 5
39339 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach, NS
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Situated in Ingonish Beach, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Cape Smokey Provincial Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Cape Breton Highlands National Park and ...
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Skyline Cabins
Skyline Cabins
2 out of 5
37759 Cabot Trail, Ingonish Beach, NS
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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! (340 reviews)
"I enjoyed that the whole cabin was to ourself. It was very spacious and comfortable. The staff was very nice and helpful. The whole cabin was very clean."

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2020

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Micro Boutique Living Wolfville
Micro Boutique Living Wolfville
3.5 out of 5
336 Main Street, Wolfville, NS
The price is £79 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Located in the heart of Wolfville, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Randall House Museum, Robie Tufts Nature Centre and Wolfville Farmers ...
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"Perfect for a quick stay in Wolfville, especially with Covid restrictions as everything was contact free."

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Smith Rock Chalets & Retreat
Smith Rock Chalets & Retreat
3 out of 5
310 Fitzpatrick Mountain Road, Scotsburn, NS
The price is £67 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Located in the mountains, this Scotsburn cabin offers ski-in/ski-out access within 9 mi (15 km) of Loch Broom Log Church, Magic Valley Fun Park and Green Hill ...
Smith Rock Chalets & Retreat
Millyard Recreation Riverfront Cottages
Millyard Recreation Riverfront Cottages
2.5 out of 5
1145 River Road, Bear River, NS
The price is £29 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Situated on the waterfront, this cottage is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Bear River First Nation Heritage & Cultural Centre, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bear River Lighthouse ...
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