Skyline Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Region: Cabot Trail
Community: Cape Breton Highlands NP
Lat: 46.737691 Long: -60.880377
Open from mid-May until mid-October. A park pass is required for hiking or use of other services in the park. Check in at the Parks Canada Visitor Centres in Chéticamp (16 Visitor Centre Rd., situated on the west side of the park) or in Ingonish (37637 Cabot Trail, on the east side of the park) to obtain passes, information on visitor safety and any other information you may need, including a trail location map.
For your comfort and safety:
- Do not approach, disturb or feed wild animals.
- Take along appropriate clothing - rapid weather changes often occur on the plateau or along the coast.
- Carry water with you, especially for longer trails, climbs or open barrens.
- Bring insect repellent as black flies and mosquitoes are common all summer.
- Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated, for public safety and protection of the environment.
- Stay on boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation.
- Do not throw food or scraps along the trails or roads.
- Read "Keep it Wild, Keep it Safe" brochure, available at park visitor centres.
New Addition to Skyline Trail:
Thirty-five brass plates were installed this summer on the stairs at the end of the Skyline trail. Each plate is laser etched with text from the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed in 1752 between the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people and the British Crown. The work is presented as a part of LandMarks2017 by artist Lorraine Albert, an interdisciplinary artist and designer. Why not take time this fall to visit the Skyline trail to read the Treaty in a truly unique way?