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Skyline Trail

Record #: MCI0061
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019
Last Full Update: 01 Feb 2017


Located In French Mountain
Where To Find Us
NS B0C 1L0
Areas Served Cape Breton


Phone 902-224-2306

Description & Services

Information 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 and 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.  
Trailhead: On the Cabot Trail on the top of French Mountain  
Significant Feature: Headland cliff, ocean 
Length: (return) 7.5 km (4.7 mi), (loop) 9.2 km (5.7 mi)  
Hiking Time: 2 - 3 hours 
Elevation: 290 - 405 m (950 - 1330 ft.) 
Main trail suitable for most skill levels. Boardwalk with steps at headland. Rugged back loop.