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 kilometers 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 Expulsion, 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 colors of the French national flag with a gold star set in the top left corner, and you are likely to see the colors in abundance as you drive through these regions.
If you are passing through these areas on August 15 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 colors of the Acadian flag and play improvised instruments.
Suggested itinerary featuring Ingonish
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Places near Ingonish
- Cape Breton & Cabot Trail 25 miles away
- Louisbourg 54 miles away
- Îles de la Madeleine 88 miles away
- Spry Point 98 miles away
- Charlos Cove 107 miles away
- Pictou 129 miles away
- Charlottetown 133 miles away
- Nova Scotia 139 miles away
- Liscomb Mills 140 miles away
- Prince Edward Island 141 miles away
- Cavendish 142 miles away
- West Point 189 miles away
- Halifax 207 miles away
- Hopewell Rocks 208 miles away
- Kouchibouguac National Park 215 miles away
- Deer Lake 223 miles away
- Caraquet & the Acadian Peninsula 228 miles away
- Anticosti Island 231 miles away
- Gros Morne National Park 240 miles away
- The Gaspé Peninsula 243 miles away
- Lunenburg 246 miles away
- New Brunswick 272 miles away
- Annapolis Royal 280 miles away
- Saint John 288 miles away
- The Bay of Fundy 296 miles away
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