Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Island
Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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. Put Skyline Trail into our Pleasant Bay tourist route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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The Skyline is probably THE signature trail within Cape Breton Highland park. For that reason it is also the most hiked. So, expect lots of people on the trail. When the weather is right you'll have s... read more »
It was a misty day when we did the Skyline Trail but it was still worthwhile. A local told us later that misty days were the best. We did see the unmisted views later but it was otherworldly in the mi... read more »
Nice walk with both easy paths and more interesting trails with uneven uphill and downhills. Some great views and interesting facts on the history of the area and the Mosse population.
This is a very popular so try to get there early if you want to avoid the crowds. It's popular for very good reason though, so it's well worth doing. It gives you a really nice view of the Cape Breton coast and the Cabot Trail winding its way up into the highlands. (Make sure to stay on the boardwalk at the end though. The plant life up there is very fragile so you don't want to trample it.)
On our trip years ago we saw a bull moose ~100 yards away sitting in a boggy region, a soaring eagle, a whale's tail in the water below, then a momma moose with her two kids ~10 feet away, then a black bear cub approached our car as we were on the road just leaving the parking area. Best encounter I've ever had with wildlife, and the trail was short and well maintained to boot! Oh, and great views...
The Skyline trail was our first stop out of Cheticamp once we made it into the Cape Breton park. It was rumored to be one of the easiest and the best trails in the park. My thoughts: -Parking was kind of a hassle so arrive early or expect to walk a half mile just to get to the trail head. -Unless you're interested in hiking just to hike, skip the loop and take a left at the first fork. The good lookouts are all on the south end of the loop. The north side of the loop was underwhelming, basically a flat path in an open field for the most part. -The views from the built in trail on the south end of the loop are amazing. -Pretty much anyone should be able to make the walk here if you can handle the distance. It is almost 100% flat the whole way there and the lookout even from the very top is excellent. There were also zero places washed out or flooded, it is very well kept. -Definitely bring sunscreen, water and an additional layer like a hoodie. The breeze out by the coast is strong, but as soon as you head back you'll be baking in the sun in an open field again. Absolutely recommend this hike, it was excellent and well worth the views.
This is a 2-3 hour hike with beautiful scenery. We were lucky enough to see a moose on the trail. Not that there are many stairs near the end of the trail so some with more limited mobility may need closer to the 3 hours to complete the hike.
Pro: a hike with mountain and see view, wildlife. Con: not really challenging for a hiker, the best view is in the end of the trail, nothing much along the route. Not to mention driving all the way from Halifax ( what most foreigners do)here for a hike .
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