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, Cape Breton Island holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Skyline Trail and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Myself, my son, daughter in law and grandson did this trail and loved it. It was a windy cool day but amazing. The views from the boardwalk was breath taking. To be able to see it this far up was out ...  more »
  • The GPS coordinates are way off for this - how can this be corrected ? The trail is in Cape Brenton Highlands National Park  more »
  • This is a pretty easy hike as it is mostly level and mostly hard surface with only a few areas that needed attention because of tree roots. It appears that during our visit, they were in the process o...  more »
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  • A quaint hike through the grasslands of cape Breton national park that takes you to an outstanding view of the sunset. There is also opportunity to see moose from the viewing platform on the way to the skyline trail! A must visit if you are in the vicinity. I would like to make a note that me and a friend had mistakenly wandered off the marked trail and to please be cautious and not make the same mistake as us. The plant life in the region is very fragile and the small paths on the side are for park rangers to help restore some of the plants that grow on the side. The picture I have over the cliff is fantastic but it is NOT somewhere where we should have been.
  • the view is outstanding at the end for the trail! is possible it can get busy at certain period of the day but that fine the lengh of the trail is around 2.4km to go and 2.4km to go back but there another option you can take the long way it around 8.0km or so to get in the park it cost 7.80$ each adults it take around 45min to go and 45min to go back at the car i would recommend you to bring a good pair of shoes and try to not go there when is too hot because there is not a lot of shade
  • Highly recommended trail for Cape Breton. The views are phenomenal. We went in September and were happy with the weather and low crowd. The trail is very clean and not too far from the skyline views of the ocean and highlands. The place is family friendly and has bathrooms at the beginning of the park entrance
  • Very much recommended. Must be crowded in the season. But definitely worth the walk.
  • Yhe hike was really worth it, especially during the sunset, the photo doesn't do justice.
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