This beautiful sand and cobblestone beach is consistently rated one of the best beaches in Nova Scotia. Ingonish Beach has everything you need for a day relaxing on the soft, white sands including a change house, washrooms, and a hiking trail on site. During the summer months, the water is clear and blue, hedged by rolling green hills that end right at the water’s edge. If you tire of the saltwater, hop over to Freshwater Lake just a few steps away across the barachois connecting the two areas.
If you are coming from Halifax, you can get to Ingonish Beach in a little less than 6 hours by car. Simply follow NS-102 to Trans-Canada Hwy/NS-104 in Port Hastings and then the Trans-Canada Hwy and Cabot Trail to The Old Lake Rd in Ingonish. If you don’t feel like such a long road trip, you can also fly from Halifax to Sydney NS, and cut about 4 hours off of the drive. From the Sydney airport in Nova Scotia, continue driving for 2 hours to the eastern entrance to Cape Breton Highlands National Park and follow the signs for Ingonish Beach. European, Asian, Australian and travelers around the globe can easily get a flight to Sydney NS.