Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Island

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Take in the scenery during a hike on Skyline Trail, a 7 km (4.3 mi) round walking route in a national park. The trail's highlights include coastal views from atop a headland cliff, allowing you to see way off into the distance. You might spot moose and northern gannets, as well as minke whales, harbor seals, and dolphins just offshore. The main trail is appropriate for hikers of most skill levels, and includes a boardwalk with steps at the headland. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Sydney holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Skyline Trail and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This was my first time to the Skyline trail. Ended up being an impromptu decision as my boyfriend and I wanted to go on a day adventure. We live on the mainland so it was about a 3 hour drive. It was ...  more »
  • we did the guided sunset skyline hike in mid sept. it was an amazing day for the hike, and the clear skies meant we could see far into the distance. the hike is easy and level, mostly on a boardwalk i...  more »
  • Beautiful hike that was still very busy even in late October. Mostly flat, easy terrain with the option for a slightly longer loop. We were very lucky and saw a moose!  more »

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