Plan Your Visit


Located at the northeastern tip of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Ingonish offers many travel options to begin your vacation. Whether you drive, fly or sail to Cape Breton, you are sure to be thrilled by the beautiful landscape and breathtaking shorelines that will greet you in Ingonish.

Driving to Ingonish

Major highways from all points in the United States and across Canada connect to the Trans Canada Highway in New Brunswick leading to Nova Scotia and directly on to Cape Breton Island. After crossing the Canso Causeway onto the island, continue on the Trans Canada Highway until the exit to the Cabot Trail. You can either choose to take the journey up the western route of the Cabot Trail and travel around the top of the island toward Ingonish or you can take the more direct route up the eastern side of the Cabot Trail to Ingonish. If taking the eastern route, take either the Cabot Trail exit at St. Ann’s or the exit at Englishtown.

Flying to Sydney or Halifax

Air Canada and its affiliate Air Jazz offer travellers daily flights to Halifax, Nova Scotia from numerous North American and European centres with connecting flights to Cape Breton’s airport located in Sydney. For more information on Air Canada flights visit

WestJet provides travellers with flights into Halifax, Nova Scotia where connecting flights and car rentals are offered. From May to October, they provide direct flights from Toronto into Sydney. For more information visit

Car rentals are available at both Sydney and Halifax airports. The estimated driving time from Halifax Airport to Ingonish is 4 hours and 15 minutes and from Sydney Airport to Ingonish is 2 hours. For more information visit:

Ferry from Newfoundland

Those coming from Newfoundland can travel to Cape Breton Island by Marine Atlantic with regular departures from Port-aux-Basques and Argentia to North Sydney. The drive from the ferry terminal to Ingonish is approximately 1 ½ hours. For more information visit