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Ingonish Beach and Freshwater Lake


90 Beach Road

902-224-2306

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Note: Due to COVID-19, the visitor experience at Parks Canada places will be different than it has been in the past. The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance and Parks Canada will follow the advice and guidance of public health experts in resuming visitor access and services. We encourage all visitors to practice physical distancing while visiting Parks Canada places.

Parks Canada’s network of protected places is large and diverse. Visitor access, services, and even opening dates may vary across Cape Breton Island and Canso depending on local circumstances. Please visit pc.gc.ca/ns and follow Parks Canada’s social media channels for information and updates on the status of all Parks Canada places.

Jump from saltwater at this sand and cobblestone beach to Freshwater Lake with just a few steps across the barachois in between. Surf lifeguards are on duty at the ocean beach during July and August.

Facilities include washrooms, hiking trail, playground, tennis courts, soccer field and picnic area. Canteen concession is open daily in good weather during the summer. Dogs are not permitted in the supervised area of the beach.

Cape Breton Highlands is home to a variety of superb beaches. Choose between salt or freshwater, or even enjoy both at one location. The Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of St. Lawrence and our tannin-rich brooks and lakes offer a wonderful variety for the water enthusiast.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park’s operating season is from mid-May to mid-October, with full services in July and August. The Cabot Trail is open year-round. A park pass is required for use of all services and facilities in the national park, including beaches. Revenues are used to maintain and improve park services.

For more swimming adventures, visit our website.

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