Skyline Sunset Hike
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Chéticamp, Cabot Trail
Immerse yourself in the splendour of the sunset as the ocean glistens below on one of Nova Scotia's most breathtaking trails! A walk through the boreal forest reveals this panoramic view, often graced by bald eagles, whales and moose. Here, the mountains truly meet the sea.
Your adventure begins with a park guide leading you through boreal forest, bog and meadows on the famous Skyline Trail, where bald eagles, sparrow and spruce grouse fly. Keep an eye out for roaming moose. There are some 1800 resident moose in the park. Your knowledgeable park interpreters will share stories about the area’s natural and cultural heritage along the way.
The trail continues on to a breathtaking headland high above the Atlantic Ocean, where you’ll be mesmerized by spectacular mountains, ocean views, and the setting sun. Looking out from the boardwalk, some visitors feel like they’re standing on the top of the world.
As you take in the crashing surf and rugged mountains from the headland cliff, make sure to look out for grey seals, minke, humpback, fin and pilot whales frolicking in the ocean below.
This experience is part of Destination Canada's Canadian Signature Experiences collection, which shows the world the best that Canada has to offer.
Time: Offered daily. Tour begins 2 hours before sunset
Length: 7.5 km (4.7 m) return, about 2.5 - 3 hours
Price: $14.70 per person
The main trail is suitable for most fitness levels. The Skyline Trail is a 15-minute drive from Cheticamp Campground.
For more information, call 902-224-2306.
Conditions: Must pre-register and purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are available at the Parks Canada Visitor Information Centres in Chéticamp and Ingonish, as well as the campground kiosks (Chéticamp, Broad Cove, and Ingonish Beach Campgrounds). Recommended for visitors 12 years of age and older. Programs may be cancelled due to unforeseeable circumstances, including adverse weather conditions.