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.
Walking on the beach, Inverness
Enjoying a beach walk
Colourful beach pebbles, Inverness Beach
Beach stones, Inverness Beach
Sun and shadow on the dunes, Inverness Beach
Inverness Beach from the Boardwalk
Inverness Beach Boardwalk
Miners Company Houses, Inverness
Cabot Links Inverness
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.
Hikers, bikers, snow shoe, cross country ski and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail which runs 94 Km from the Canso Causeway along the west coast of Cape Breton Island to Inverness.
The varied terrain runs along the coast from Port Hastings to Port Hood with spectacular ocean views and on a clear day you can see Prince Edward Island or across the Canso Strait to the mainland of Nova Scotia. At Port Hood the trail heads inland around Mabou, dipping past Lake Ainslie and on to Inverness and back to the ocean.
This is a great year round trail that you can enjoy in every season. The route passes through meadows, farmland, woods and marshes with all the seasonal variety. The trail is built on the bed of old railway tracks so it is relatively level. It is made up of five linked community trails.
There is easy access to the trail from Highway 19, the Ceilidh Trail. Well marked signs and parking areas with interpretive signage that describe the history of the area and nearby communities, the industries and people, and how the trail was built. The trail is made up of five linked community trails and is part of the Trans Canada Trail. A detailed map is available at the Visitor Information Centre at the Canso Strait and online.
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail
In addition to the interpretive signage, the signs for mileage and amenities make it easy for you to find nearby food, accommodations and sights of interest. While you travel the trail take some side trips and enjoy a ceilidh and lunch at the Judique Celtic Music Centre, stop for lunch in Port Hood or Mabou, swim at the many beaches that you find along the way. In Inverness see the old coal mining company houses, enjoy a meal and watch the golfers at the famous Cabot Links. The boardwalk runs along between the 3 KM sandy beach and the golf course along the dunes.