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, Cheticamp 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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  • The day before we reached Skyline was a full day of rain and my guess is a lot people could not go to this trail. Upon reaching there we felt as if all the visitors to the park had decided to visit that day. Parking was tough to find, but as we had reached there afternoon, some of the families were leaving and we found a spot. The entire trail does take 2-3 hours to walk, but I would factor in at least an hour plus for the end (little later why). Word of caution do take enough water and/or snacks. The day we did this it was warm and we finished both our big refillable water bottles. Also there were only portables there so be warned. We took the right side first and then came back as a full circle. We did not find the right side as fun and worthy. The walk there is just flat and with just two lookout points which offer not significant views, we felt it was a waste. The real fun stuff is when reach the stairs towards the end of the hike. The stairs many so if you are not fit, you will feel it while coming back up. The views are just mind boggling to me. The view just took my breath away. I could have sat there all day just looking at the sea and mountains. People who have height fears beware. Some of the benches may cause some anxious moments. Do take a a good camera as the you will want to re-live those moments again and again. The walk back is again a flat ground and nothing exciting. We were hoping to see some moose, but were unlucky. However as the say was perfectly clear with little clouds and cool breeze on the steps - we were more than happy. The best hiking trail I have ever been to.
  • Wonderful view! It's a very easy trail, well worth the effort.
  • A must see, to not go on this trail would be missing out the best part of Cape Breton.
  • Beautiful hike and a spectacular view.
  • Amazing view. Easy trail for all ages

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