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Skyline Trail

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia Canada

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“A dramatic headland cliff”

The Skyline Trail is a seven-kilometre, looping, hiking trail at Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia, Canada. It lies on the western side of the Cabot Trail, near French Mountain's summit. This trail is well known for its scenic views, but also for the 2009 fatal coyote assault on Taylor Mitchell. It consists of a loop that at about half way leads to a boardwalk. The first half of the loop is very well maintained and virtually wheelchair accessible. The second half of the loop is an easy hiking trail over stony ground and meadows. The boardwalk at the middle of the trail yields majestic views of the Cabot Trail and the ocean. There are multiple interpretive panels along the trail. Moose have been spotted by hikers along this trail numerous times. Northern gannets fly over this trail's coast near while minke whales, harbour seals, humpback whales, harp seals, fin whales, white-sided dolphins, sei whales, harbour porpoises, grey seals, and pilot whales swim offshore.

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Reviewed by
Holly Howson

  • 41 Reviews
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December 16, 2018
Rated 5.0

The skyline trail was probably one of my favourite stops along the Cabot Trail. It was relatively busy but there are lots of places you can wander off to to get away from the crowds. THIS IS A MUST.

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Skyline Trail

Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Nova Scotia
Canada

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