This winter why not come and enjoy what mother nature gives to us in amazing amounts...Snow and lots of fun. The perfect winter weekend getaway.
Come ski Cape Smokey only a 45 minute drive from our hostel, 11 runs to ski, or snow board, bunny hill for beginners, watch & have a hot chocolate or a meal in the lodge,fun for evrybody.
Or go cross country skiing, snow shoeing at the North highlands Nordic Ski trail only 2 minutes from our hostel.
- Snow boarding
- Downhill skiing
- Cross country skiing
You can find all of this and more at The Winter Capital of Canada
Your Accommodations, place to stay.
After a days skiing on Cape Smokey and having the best fun of your life,come back to the Highlands Hostel and snuggle up to our warm fire,enjoy a hot chocolate and dream about the next days fun.
Enjoy some music, play some board games,have a game of darts enjoy good company, and plan your next days adventures.
Open: Friday-Saturday-Sunday & Monday's
Hours: 8.45 AM - 4 PM
Please check the Ski Cape Smokey Facebook page for any additional days or special events.HERE
January 2nd 2020 your skiing starts
45 Minutes from Highlands Hostel, Book your accommodation now, after a day of skiing relax in front of our roaring fire.
38696 Cabot Trail
Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia
Call (902) 285-2760
Once the snow is down and we are able to open, we welcome you to join us any or every Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday's for open family skiing from 8:45am till 4:00pm. Watch for our special Event and Race weekends on our Calendar of Events as the hill will be busier with more on-site activities and entertainment on those weekends.
Ski Cape Smokey has been premier ski resort destination in Atlantic Canada for many years that delighted visitors with exceptional skiing from mountain to ocean in one of Canada's most scenic and popular destination areas. For the last 10 or more years, Ski Cape Smokey operated under the passion and perseverance of local community volunteers.
In 2019, new owners finalized the details of purchasing the property and have great vision and plans for Cape Smokey. Cape Smokey Holdings have committed to limited operation of the Ski Hill and lodge facilities for the 2019 / 2020 season as a transition year and as an opportunity for all who have fond memories to come see the old lodge and hill one last season before re-development begins.
Ski Cape Smokey will open limited days and with only the poma lift in operation as the chair lift is not operational and will be replaced with a Gondola in the future.
There will be event and race weekends as well as a Craft Beer festival and many other events to come enjoy so check back regularly for more information.
We welcome you to come visit us this season to share in some past nostalgia of Ski Cape Smokey as well as catch a glimpse of the vision of the new Ski Cape Smokey!
See you on Top of old Smokey this season!
- Peak Elevation
- Skiable Terrain
- Base Elevation
- Average Snowfall
- Longest Run
- Poma Lift
Vertical: 200 m / 656 ft
- Sneak Peak Express
Snowmobile shuttle to top of the Mountain
- Gondola – To be Built in 2021
Vertical: 320 m / 1049 ft
- Chair Lift
Not in Operation
Ski runs at Cape Smokey waiting for you
North Highlands Nordic Ski Club
North Highlands Nordic in Cape North has the finest cross country ski trails in the province. There are 11 km of groomed and track set trails.
Our Highlands Hostel is only 15 minutes hike, (2 minutes drive) snowshoeing through the bush from our back door to the start of 11 km of groomed trails, or if you feel up to it go off trail for some real exercise.
Web site: North Highlands Nordic
29481 Cabot Trail, Cape North, Nova Scotia
The North Highlands Nordic Ski Club (NHN) was founded in 1977 by a small group of enthusiastic cross country skiers, who shared a love of winter and of the splendid scenery in the Northeast Highlands Area of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. From humble beginnings of skiing on ungroomed trails, the club has developed a very high-class facility and trail system in the village of Cape North.
NHN and operates out of a heated waxing/warmup/ski rental room in the Cape North Community Centre. A trail network consists of 12 kms of mechanically-groomed and tilled track by a Pisten Bully grooming tractor, and offers panoramic views of some of Atlantic Canada’s best scenery.
The club is proud to have hosted any number of major national and regional ski races including the 1987 Canada Winter Games, 1989 Canadian Junior Nationals, and the 1986, 1987, 1994 and 1998 Atlantic Championships and numerous Loppets and Provincial Championships.
Cape Breton Music
Born & Raised Cape Breton Fiddler Shawn W MacKinnon stopped for a couple jigs at the Highlands Hostel on a stormy island Saturday night!!! Thanks Shawn!!! COME VISIT!!!
Snowshoeing in the Highlands
Were are next door to the North Highlands Nordic trails, your fun begins at our back yard.
The North Highlands Nordic club has 11 km of groomed trails, they have snowshoes and cross country skis available for you to use should you need them.
Should you want to go ice fishing then, hike down to the North Harbour and catch your dinner.
After an enjoyable time at the Nordic trails, hike back to the Church for a roaring fire and hot apple cider to warm you up.
Make The Highlands Hostel your winter getaway
You never know who you will see at the Hostel, join us for the holidays we have our 18 foot Christmas tree and roaring fire, that's if Santa isn't hogging the fire while he takes a nap, we can accommodate up to 25 so book your Christmas getaway with us now. Book here
Santa taking a nap, hope he doesn't forget his bag of toys.
Look who had some time to do some fishing before landing at Highlands Hostel.
Cape North Weather
This is a magical time of the year for us here in Cape North, people ask us what is there to do there in the winter?.
Spend a weekend with us and we can fill your phone with spots to see and maybe, just maybe you will have time to see them all, if not you know where we are for your next visit.
Make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for our winter wonderland weather.
let it snow, let it snow,let it snow
This is just the start of our winter December 18th 2018 North Mountain, they figure the drifts are over 12 feet
All Trails listed below (side bars) are within one (1) hours drive from The Highlands Hostel, so all the more reason to make us your one stop resting place for your Highlands adventures. Start the adventure now by calling 1-833-381-6553 to book your spot
Here’s what Tineke wrote
“Great place to stay! We felt very welcome and with the other guests we had a good time! Because of the storm no electricity for a few hours but right away cozy oil lamps everywhere. What a romantic evening!”