DescriptionThe Portuguese settled around Ingonish in the 1520s, followed by the French. During most of the 17th century Port d'Orleans, as Ingonish was known, was a thriving French center, second only to Louisbourg. It was abandoned after Louisbourg was destroyed by the British.
Ingonish is a year-round resort town amid beautiful coastal scenery, with rocky parapets punctuating the shore between numerous coves. It is on the scenic stretch of the Cabot Trail, which circles the northern peninsula of Cape Breton Island. Popular recreational activities include golfing, cross-country skiing and whale watching. Just south at Ingonish Beach is the eastern entrance to Cape Breton Highlands National Park.