Neil's Harbour, Nova Scotia

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Neil's Harbour
Unincorporated community
The Neil's Harbour Lighthouse
The Neil's Harbour Lighthouse
Neil's Harbour is located in Nova Scotia
Neil's Harbour
Neil's Harbour
Location of Neil's Harbour, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 46°48′21″N 60°19′12″W / 46.80583°N 60.32000°W / 46.80583; -60.32000Coordinates: 46°48′21″N 60°19′12″W / 46.80583°N 60.32000°W / 46.80583; -60.32000
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
Municipality Victoria County
Time zone AST (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC−3)
Canadian Postal Code B0C 1N0
Area code(s) 902
Telephone Exchange 336
NTS Map 011K16

Neil's Harbour is a small fishing village in northern Cape Breton Island, in Victoria County, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is located between Ingonish and Dingwall, just south of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.


Artifacts in the area indicate that Neil’s Harbour may have been originally settled by the French. Neil's Harbour is named after a man by the name of Neil McLennan. The first school in Neil’s Harbour was constructed in 1878.[1]

Points of interest[edit]

  • Neil's Harbour Beach
  • Buchanan Memorial Hospital
  • The Chowder House
  • The Neil's Harbour Lighthouse


Victoria Co-Op Fisheries Ltd., Neil's Harbour's largest employer which is located in neighbouring New Haven.

The population is approximately 300 permanent residents.[2]

The town has one operating church which is Anglican, and one non-operational church which was Presbyterian.

There are a few cottages/summer homes in Neil's Harbour, but mostly there are local residents who work in the lobster/crab and fishing industry.