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Cape Smokey Ski Resort

  • Nearest town: Ingonish Ferry
  • Ski Season: December to March
  • Mountain Range: Cape Breton Highlands mountain range.
  • Number of Lifts: 2
  • Highest Lift (metres): 320m (1050ft)
  • Lowest Lift (metres): 15m (50ft)
  • Number of Slopes: 16
  • Snowboarding: yes: park
  • Cross Country (km): No

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General information

The area known as Ingonish is actually a cluster of five small communities on the Cabot Trail. No matter where you stay in Ingonish, you are only minutes away from all recreation and services. Much of the Ingonish area borders the Cape Breton Highlands National Park which contains campgrounds, look-offs, picnic sites, beaches and hiking trails. The area offers both saltwater and freshwater fishing with ocean charters available. The multitude of lakes, ponds and rivers provide excellent salmon and trout fishing from June to early October. From late May through mid-October, the challenging Highlands Links Golf Course is open. One of the top courses in North America, it offers a breathtaking vista from each tee box, and a wonderful break from the slopes.

  • Languages: English French.
  • Temperatures: 7.3°C
  • Driving: Drivers drive on the right-hand side of the road.
  • Emergency contact numbers: All Emergencies 911
  • Religion: Catholic (45%) Protestant (36%) minorities from most of the world's major religions.
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Cape Smokey offers a cafeteria and bar with live music and buffet every Saturday. There are also a variety of hotels, cabins and Bed & Breakfasts available in the area, catering for every need you might have. Freshly caught lobster are available from mid-May until mid-July, followed by the snow crab season which usually lasts until mid-August. During these times, local service clubs host delicious lobster suppers along with various craft and bake sales. In addition, throughout the year, you will find Ceilidhs and other traditional Cape Breton entertainment.


Cape Smokey boasts the highest vertical of any ski hill in Nova Scotia. This premier Canadian alpine ski resort is located at Ingonish Harbour, in the magnificent and diverse Cape Breton Highlands. Cape Smokey Ski Resort is among the region's best ski destinations, challenging and accommodating, and rich in breathtaking vistas, with approximately 500,000 visitors yearly. It offers 16 runs overlooking a spectacular Ocean view, 2 lifts over a 1000 ft. vertical drop of natural snow, and a ski and snowboard school. Being nestled between the ocean and the Cape Breton Highlands mountain range, this resort is a photographer and skier's dream, offering excellent trails, which range from beginner to expert. Cape Smokey is a very good choice for a family ski vacation, and it enjoys advantages about which other recreational facilities can only dream.

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