Ingonish, on the world famous Cabot Trail, is literally the gateway to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and covers miles of breathtaking Atlantic coastline, so if you enjoy nature, water, and the great outdoors you’ll find plenty to do within minutes of Ingonish Chalets.
- Whale Watching – Whale watch tour operators are located right in Ingonish. Besides minke and pilot whales you’ll also delight in spotting seals, sunfish, sharks and a variety of birds including bald eagles.
- Hiking – 26 popular hiking trails start within minutes of Ingonish Chalets, ranging from easy strolls to challenging climbs—all leading to panoramic views of canyons, highlands, or seacoasts…such as the Skyline Trail (pictured above). Middle Head Peninsula; Franey; Broad Cove Mountain…are a few more of the most popular hikes.
- Beaches – Black Brook beach is only one of many beautiful beaches nearby. Bordered by a gentle waterfall on one end and intersected by a freshwater brook. A few of the other beaches are Broad Cove Beach, Ingonish Beach, and Freshwater Lake Beach, North Bay Beach, Warren Lake Beach, and Kings Point Beach.
Then, of course, there is the lovely sandy beach right across the road from Ingonish Chalets.
- Golfing – “The Cape Breton Highlands Links, opened in 1941, is constantly ranked in the Top 10 Best Courses in Canada and in the Top 100 Best Courses in the World. Located in the heart of one of North America’s most beautiful national parks (Cape Breton Highlands), this 18-hole journey showcases breathtaking mountain views and ocean vistas.”
- Kayaking– The Ingonish area affords many opportunities for sea kayaking adventures either with a tour operator or on your own. Exceptional natural beauty, the endless areas for exploration and the nature viewing including whale watching make it a superb area for paddlers. A popular spot to put in is at South Ingonish Harbour.
- Traditional Music –Every year the popularity of Cape Breton’s Traditional music is growing. A few local venues offer nightly or weekend entertainment: The Highland Sitting Room at Keltic Lodge; Saturday Night Ceilidhs at St. John’s Hall; Glenghorm’s Thirsty Hiker Pub; and Coastal Waters Restaurant.
- Fall colors – Many choose mid-October to drive the Cabot Trail when the hills and valleys are adorned in their most majestic attire. The fall colours here are spectacular!