Inverness County

The Municipality of the County of Inverness was incorporated in 1879 and stretches from Port Hastings to Meat Cove encompassing a geographic area of 1,513 square kilometers. It is celebrated and promoted as Canada’s Musical Coast.


Located on the western side of Cape Breton, Inverness County boasts the world-famous Cabot Trail, the Ceilidh Trail, the Bras d’Or Lake, and Lake Ainslie. It is home to a number of rural communities, each with their own sense of place and unique culture.


Inverness County has a population of 14,021 people, and the average age of residents is 44. The labour force consists of approximately 9,166 workers across a wide range of industries and occupations.

Over half of the county’s 1,056 businesses are self-employed entrepreneurs.


Inverness County boasts a diversified economy based on traditional sectors like agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and arts and culture, while also experiencing growth in innovation-based businesses and world-class tourism experiences.

Among many attractions, tourists are drawn to the county’s natural beauty, the renowned Cabot Trail, the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the area’s vibrant arts and culture scene, and to Cabot Links and the recently opened Cabot Cliffs golf courses (both rated among the top golf courses in the world).

The county is also home to more than 200 fishing operations, and growing forestry and agriculture industries.