Breathing in the salt air and digging my toes into the sand along with the wind and the sun make for a perfect setting to explore Inverness Beach. The sandy beach stretches for 1.7 KM with views of the coastline up towards the Cabot Trail and back down towards Mabou along the west coast of Cape Breton. This was a calm day with the waves lapping the shore. It must be amazing on a stormy day when the waves crash in bringing “Mermaids Tears”- colourful beach glass washed up after years of churning in the ocean to make smooth and multi-colored shapes.
Spend an hour or a day exploring the beach with its pockets of colourful stones, bits of driftwood, sea grasses and dunes. Swimming, building sand castles, going for a long walk or just sitting and relaxing in the clear air make for a great day.
A beach boardwalk goes along part of the beach between the dunes and the Cabot Links. You can watch the golfers on this spectacular course on one side, and views of the ocean on the other.
It’s a fascinating thought that the Cabot Links was built on top of a coal mining area. Along the Inverness Main Street and side streets you can see the company houses built in the early 1900s for the miners. Stop into the Miner’s Museum housed in the old railway station on Lower Railway Street to learn more about this history.