Ingonish is actually a collection of small villages situated on two bays and divided by a long narrow peninsula called Middle Head. Each village is a seaside resort located close to the gates for Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
The park was established in 1936 when the government set aside 950 square kilometres of the northern tip of Cape Breton Island. The park contains some of Canada's most famous scenery with its mountains, green wilderness and windswept coastal beauty.
The best known feature of the park is the Cabot Trail that draws thousands of visitors every year and is renowned for being one of the most spectacular coastal drives in North America.
The western side of the Cabot Trail has a strong French influence since this is one of the Acadian Regions. Look on any map and you won't find L'Acadie.
The territory no longer exists as a formal jurisdiction, but it is a thriving community located on Cape Breton Island and south-western Nova Scotia, the central areas of Prince Edward Island and the eastern shores of New Brunswick.
Founded in 1604 in part of what is now Nova Scotia, l'Acadie was the first French colony in North America. Its history is marked by the Grand Dérangement, also called the Great Expulson, between 1749 and 1755. Under pressure from the British, nearly 12,000 Acadians were deported to France, England and the eastern coast of the USA where they settled in Louisiana (the name of "Cajun" food in the US is a shortening of "Acadian").
Some fled to New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island where they settled, and others returned at a later date to Nova Scotia. The Acadian flag displays the colours of the French national flag with a gold star set in the top left corner, and you are likely to see the colours in abundance as you drive through these regions.
If you are passing through these areas on 15th August then you will witness The Tintamarre carnival where, at 6pm, people pour into the streets and make a symphony of noise and parade in costumes in the colours of the Acadian flag and play improvised instruments.
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Places near Ingonish
- Cape Breton & Cabot Trail 40 kilometers away
- Louisbourg 87 kilometers away
- Îles de la Madeleine 141 kilometers away
- Spry Point 158 kilometers away
- Charlos Cove 171 kilometers away
- Pictou 208 kilometers away
- Charlottetown 214 kilometers away
- Nova Scotia 223 kilometers away
- Liscomb Mills 224 kilometers away
- Prince Edward Island 227 kilometers away
- Cavendish 229 kilometers away
- West Point 304 kilometers away
- Halifax 332 kilometers away
- Kouchibouguac National Park 346 kilometers away
- Riverside-Albert 348 kilometers away
- Deer Lake 359 kilometers away
- Caraquet 367 kilometers away
- Anticosti Island 371 kilometers away
- Gros Morne National Park 387 kilometers away
- The Gaspé Peninsula 391 kilometers away
- Lunenburg 396 kilometers away
- New Brunswick 438 kilometers away
- Annapolis Royal 450 kilometers away
- Saint John 464 kilometers away
- The Bay of Fundy 476 kilometers away
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