Skyline Sunset Hike
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Immerse yourself in the splendour of the sunset as the ocean glistens below. 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 evening hike begins two hours before sunset at the Skyline trailhead, north of Chéticamp. Marvel at the picturesque scenery as your guide leads you along the trail to a jaw-dropping view from the Skyline headland, just in time to watch the sun as it sets on the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Along the way, listen as your guide stops to describe the area’s biodiversity. Visit a viewing platform and learn more about the challenges facing the area’s boreal forest, as well as the effects of over-browsing by the moose population.
Once you reach the headland, feel free to enjoy the views and the sunset on your own. Your guide is also available for questions. Return to the trailhead at your leisure, or walk back with your guide.
June 22 to October 8, 2023
Each tour lasts 3 hours.
Tour begins two hours before sunset. (When is sunset? Find out here!)
Registration is encouraged and can be done at visitor centres and campground kiosks.
This hike is recommended for participants 12 years of age or older.
There is a maximum of 20 participants per program.
The program will take place in most weather conditions, as long as participants wish to attend; however, in the case of lightning, the hike will be cancelled.
Meet at the Skyline trailhead, near the gate and sign at the turnaround end of the parking lot.
Dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared to apply insect repellant or sunscreen.
Sturdy shoes are recommended. Participants should bring their own drinking water.
By telephone: 902-224-2306
In person: at campground kiosks or information centres.Special Notes:
- Trail has a relatively easy degree of difficulty, making it accessible to most visitors
- Weather conditions are variable, though guides will go out in most weather if visitor safety is assured
- This hike is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. The hike is approximately 6.5 km return.
Contact for Travel Trade: Gena Briand, Visitor Experience Manager
Cape Breton Highlands National Park,
- Suitable for groups of up to 25 people
- Suitable for FIT (Fully Independent Travelers)
- Reservations recommended
- Motorcoach parking available
- Washrooms on site
This experience is part of Destination Canada’s Canadian Signature Experiences collection, which shows the world the best that Canada has to offer.
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