Cape Breton Highlands National Park


Plan ahead
Popular hiking trails, including Skyline and Franey, see many visitors during the summer and fall months and trail parking lots fill up fast. Be #ParkSmart and plan ahead!

  • Trails are busiest between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Have a back-up plan in case the parking lot is full.

Keep it wild, keep it safe
Do you know what to do if you encounter wildlife in the park? Before your next visit, familiarize yourself with moose, bear and coyote safety. Be respectful and act responsibly.

A dramatic headland cliff overlooks the rugged coast from the end of this level trail. You can enjoy an eagle's view of the Cabot Trail as it winds its way down the mountain – vehicles look like toys. Watch for whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from the viewing decks. Moose, bald eagles, bears and numerous boreal birds live in this habitat. Be cautious with children around the cliffs and give moose a wide berth. The headland plants are very fragile and easily damaged by trampling, so stay on the boardwalk. Dogs are not permitted here as they disturb wildlife, especially moose and bear.

Length 6.5 km / 4 mi (return)
8.2 km / 5.1 mi (loop)
Locator map - Skyline Trail
Hiking Skiing Snowshoeing
Look-off Washroom Dogs not permitted
Rating Easy  Easy: Family-friendly trails that are suitable for all visitors.
Elevation 290 - 405 m (950 - 1,330 ft)
Time 2 - 3 hours
Significant features Headland cliff, ocean
Main trail suitable for most skill levels. Boardwalk with steps at headland. Rugged back loop.
Trailhead On the Cabot Trail at the top of French Mountain
Lat.: 46.737691 Long.: -60.880377
Map: Skyline

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