Ingonish Line Rebuild

Ingonish Line Rebuild


Nova Scotia Power worked collaboratively with Parks Canada to relocate power lines in the Ingonish area of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The work began October 7, 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2020.

The current power structures are 40 years old and are surrounded by trees that during storms, damage the lines, causing power outages. The new line — to be located between the Ingonish Beach entrance of the Park, the Clyburn River and around the Broad Cove campground — will be moved from forested areas to the roadside. The line rebuild will replace the aging infrastructure, reduce the overall environmental footprint, reduce line exposure to trees, improve line accessibility and improve outage response times.

As part of its project planning, Nova Scotia Power developed a Detailed Impact Analysis (DIA) that outlines the benefits of the work, environmental considerations, mitigation measures and approach to safely completing the project. Parks Canada shared the DIA with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia through the Crown’s Duty-to-Consult process and with the public, through a public engagement process. For a summary of engagement feedback, please visit here.

Nova Scotia Power is committed to protecting the environment and will take steps to ensure the power line work is done in a manner that minimizes impacts on the nearby ecosystem.

The Ingonish line rebuild will improve line accessibility and outage response time for customers in Wreck Cove, Ingonish Ferry, South Ingonish Harbour, Ingonish Beach, Ingonish Centre, Neil’s Harbour, Smelt Brook, South Harbour, Dingwall, Cape North, Pleasant Bay, and Meat Cove. It is the sole source of electricity for approximately 2,160 customers and visitors in these communities.




Contact Information

Customers with questions about the project can call 902-428-6269 or e-mail 

In the Spotlight: Ingonish Line Rebuild

In February 2020, our crews worked in the Ingonish area, rebuilding the power line that’s the sole source of electricity for over 2,000 customers in Cape Breton.

Moving the line from the woods to the roadside was no easy feat—it involved work along challenging terrain, and the right equipment. But removing the line from forested areas means improved reliability for customers and quicker outage response times for our crews