Victoria County has two beaches in the top twenty five for Canada as ranked by Canadian Geographic Magazine – May 2008 edition. Both beaches – Black Brook and Ingonish Beach are located in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park on the world famous Cabot Trail.
Canadian Geographic magazine wanted the list to represent the entire country and a wide range of beaches. The magazine noted that Black Brook was a geological gem dividing the beach in two between rivers, deep canyons, steep cliffs and mountains as well Ingonish Beach between the Atlantic Ocean and Freshwater Lake.
But I would also add Black Brook biggest attraction is the waves and using boogie boards to surf the waves. Notice in the above picture the falls in the background – Still Brook Falls. Black Brook beach also does not seem to attract the jellyfish in the summer. Ingonish Beach has a been a popular beach for many years and has great views of Middlehead & Keltic Lodge and Cape Smokey.