Ingonish Beach Campground
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Operating season: May 19 to October 22, 2023
This small, open campground, located by the village of Ingonish Beach, is your gateway to fun-filled family camping. Just a 10 minute walk to beautiful Ingonish Beach with ocean (supervised in July and August) and freshwater swimming, hiking, tennis courts, soccer field and playground.
Showers, flush toilets, kitchen shelters with wood stoves, fire places, and playground. Hiking trails, geocaching and the Highlands Links golf course are nearby.
During the shoulder season, you can pay at the nearby visitor centre or by self-registration if the centre is closed.
Services and facilities
37437 Cabot Trail,
Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia
About Ingonish Beach Campground
- Operating season (nights):
- May 19 to October 22, 2023
- Reservable period (nights):
- May 19 to October 22, 2023
- Kiosk hours:
- June 19 to September 7: 9 am to 9 pm
- In the spring and fall, register at the visitor centre before 5 pm
- After hours registration:
- See campground security personnel at kiosk.
- Check in time:
- Any time after 2 pm
- Visitors who would like to arrive at the campground earlier may enjoy the rest of the park while waiting for their campsite to become vacant.
- Check out time:
- Before 11 am
- Quiet hours:
- 11 pm to 7 am
- Maximum length of stay:
- Maximum persons per site:
- Six people (exceptions possible for two adults with their dependent children up to a maximum of seven people).
- Maximum vehicles per site:
- One vehicle or two motorcycles
- Exceptions for RVs towing a vehicle
- Another option is to park a second vehicle in designated area
- Maximum camping units per site:
- One camping unit (two small tents by exception only — site must be able to accommodate)
- Cooking / food preparation:
- Cooking is not permitted in oTENTiks
- Generator policy:
- No generator use between 9 pm and 8 am
- Amerpage of electrical service:
- No electricity in the oTENTik units or on the equipped camping sites. Electricity is available in some shelters, washrooms and activity buildings
- Fire policy:
- Campfires are only permitted in provided fireplaces
- Do not leave fires unattended
- Firewood is for sale at campground kiosks and visitor centres
- Do not move firewood from one region to another. Buy and burn local firewood only to help control the spread of invasive species (i.e. brown spruce longhorn beetle).
- Alcohol/cannabis policy:
- Alcoholic beverages and non-medical cannabis must remain on registered campsite
- No smoking within 20 m of playground. Sites 26, 27 and 32 are smoke-free.
- Pet policy:
- Pets must be kept on a leash. Please pick up their droppings.
- Pets are not allowed in equipped campsite tents or oTENTiks
- Important notices:
- 15% discount on seven nights or more
- 48% off seasonal entry pass until June 30 – call the park directly
For information regarding camping fees for Cape Breton Highlands National Park please see our Fees page.
If there is no vacancy
Usually there is room in spring and fall. In the months of July and August, Broad Cove, Chéticamp and Ingonish Beach campgrounds can sometimes fill to capacity. Serviced sites may fill; however, there are usually unserviced areas available.
Require even more information?
- Telephone: 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783) 8 am to 6 pm local park time; or
- Website: Parks Canada Reservation Service
General park information:
- Telephone: 1-888-773-8888
9 am to 9 pm Atlantic Time, April to September
11 am to 7 pm Atlantic Time, October to March
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on backcountry or group camping:
Terms and definitions
- Guests select the specific campsite or accommodation when they make their reservation. All front-country camping reservations made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service (PCRS) are site-specific reservations.
- Operating Season (Nights)
- The "Operating Season" is the nights that the campground is open. Sometimes the campgrounds are open for longer than the period for which they accept reservations. Any dates of the "Operating Season" outside of the "Reservable Period" are dates that the campground operates on a first come, first served basis only.
- Reservable Period (Nights)
- The "Reservable Period" is the nights for which you can make a camping or accommodation reservation. Note that many campgrounds may be open longer than this period, and operate outside of these dates on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The administration/entrance booth of a particular campground, this is where you "check-in" and register your arrival.
- Car, truck, motorcycle, truck-camper, motorhome, or recreational vehicle. A motor home pulling another vehicle may count as two vehicles.
- Camping Unit
- Tent, tent-trailer, truck-camper, trailer, 5th wheel, motorhome or recreational vehicle.
- Serviced Site
Refers to a campsite offering either electrical, water, and/or sewer hook-ups or any combination of these services directly on the campsite. Fully-serviced sites offer electrical, potable water, and sewer hook-ups. "Unserviced" sites do not offer any of these hook-ups.
The terms "serviced" and "unserviced" refer to the individual campsites; they do not refer to the washroom facilities or other amenities available at the campground.
- Drive-through Site
- Campsite where the driver does not have to reverse their vehicle to exit (there is a separate entrance and exit to the individual campsite). Ideal for larger vehicles and trailers.
- Walk-in Site
- Campsite which requires some degree of walking to access the site, and therefore requires a tent. Vehicle will be parked a short distance away.
- Overflow Site
- Overflow campsites vary from park to park, and may range from a paved area to park a camping unit (not generally suitable for tents) to a more traditional, grassy site. They are unserviced and are not reservable.
- Accessible Site
- A campsite which is accessible to guests with limited mobility.
A designated structure for campfires located on a campsite. Check availability, as not all campsites offer a fire pit. In some parks, a fire permit is required to have a fire.
In some parks, only communal firepits are available, and access is shared with other guests.
- Fire permit
- In some campgrounds, guests will require a valid fire permit to have a campfire. A fire permit may include firewood. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
- In some campgrounds firewood is sold by the bundle, whereas in others a fire permit may give the holder access to the campground wood pile. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
- First-come, First-served Site
- Campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis only. These sites are only available to guests who are physically located at the campground. These sites cannot be registered over the telephone or on-line. These campsites may be available for only 1 night or for multiple nights depending on availability.
- Shoulder Season
- Shoulder season refers to the season before and after the peak season. While many campgrounds remain open outside of their peak season, the services offered during this period may be limited (please check with the park for more details).
- Entrance Pass
- A valid National Park Entrance Pass is required for all visitors to National Parks that have entry fees.
- Daily Entrance Pass
- A daily entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park on a per day basis for the period of time indicated.
- Annual/Seasonal Entrance Pass
- An annual or seasonal entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park for the period of time indicated.
- Parks Canada Discovery Pass
- The Parks Canada Discovery Pass permits visitors unlimited entry to the participating Parks Canada national parks and national historic sites across Canada, for a period of 12 months.
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