Explore the most popular hiking trails in Cape Breton Highlands National Park Of Canada with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

Best view of the trees in all of the Cabot trail in my opinion :) we go every time!!

hiking
1 day ago

Gorgeous views! About 4km exclusively uphill at the start with varying terrain (gravel, tree roots, rocks, stairs). Beautiful fall colors, streams and views along the way. Can be fairly wet along some parts but I didn't have an issue with sneakers. The various lookout points are astounding, particularly the very top. Absolutely breathtaking and also moderately difficult in terms of physical activity. Had about 105 "flights of stairs" on my Garmin watch and a heart rate up to 190. Took about 2 hours. Highly recommend!

Enjoyable hike with amazing views. Saw a cow moose too. It is a must do if you are on Cape Breton Island

Good for a rest day hike. You may even see a Moose if you go early enough.

hiking
30 days ago

Agree with all the other reviews - great trail, spectacular views. My second favourite walk in the Cape Breton park!

hiking
30 days ago

If you want a short walk round the lake, this is fine. However, trail from lake to cove is completely blocked by multiple fallen trees around the 1.9 km mark (from start) with no obvious way round. Which is a shame as I was quite enjoying the trail.

on Skyline Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful view but just half of way was opened.

Fairly straightforward mostly level trail to waterfall. Lots of shade - welcome on a hot day. We saw a bald eagle in flight over the valley too.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely hike to a lovely waterfall. Nice and short, does what it says on the tin. Camping/ picnic area a great spot for lunch.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked here on a gorgeous September morning. Top tip - even in September, arrive early. Just after 8 we had the boardwalk to ourselves to watch the porpoises and pilot whales have breakfast. Bring your binoculars!

1 month ago

We went from the Jack Pine parking lot south end and got great rock views pretty much right away, including a neat cove with whirlpool like waves. Later you join up with the Coastal Trail which is wonderfully varied- long rock coast which is fun to scramble over (mostly easy but can stay on the trail); popping out of woods for neat views; crossing “cobblestone” beaches (2 somewhat long; tiring for my wife -the stones are rather big). Two km from the end you pop out at a long sandy beach leading to Neil’s Harbor in the distance. If you want less overall distance, I’d recommend turning back there, since the last two km are thru the woods with nothing to see. On the return trip it’s easy to get on one of the longer of the Jack Pine half loops and add 10-15 more minutes, but it wasn’t bad (thru the forest with interpretive signs). Best Cape Breton hike of our trip.

Loved the walk along alone Sheiling! Very serene with a babbling brook running in the lower portion of the walk.

An easy trail with great views. The trail can be quite busy as it is close to the park entrance. Even so, there are sections where you will still experience the “alone in the wilderness” vibe. The trail is mostly flat with a few inclines and declines. I wore hiking boots but you could easily do it in sneakers or birkenstocks and you would be fine.

backpacking
1 month ago

excellent

walking
1 month ago

Nice and easy....

hiking
1 month ago

Steep. Nice view on the top.
Cape Breton Red Chair here!

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice hike. Great views at the top. Like others we took the service road down and actually ran into a bear on the trail. Gave it some space and it was fine. Just be careful if you do the hike in the early morning or closer to the evening.

hiking
1 month ago

Step up the speed and Kik up the Cardio! Hilly...

Nice little hike. We did several of these on our down days.

1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike with stunning views. All uphill if you keep to the left. If you go right, it’s easier going but you will punish your knees on the decent. If you’re an occasional hiker this trail isn’t for you.
Again, loved every step.
Note. Trail ended up at 10.9km all said and done.
Loved it!

Easy trek. Beautiful views. Unable to get to the very end due to high winds. Loved every step.

Easy hike for those’s that are sure footed. Beautiful views and an informative trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice walk with a bit of wildlife along the way (moose and “hikers” with flip flops). Nice view at the end with a big descending boardwalk. A bit busy for my liking but a fun trip nonetheless.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, wonderful view from the ridge. Go early if you prefer solitude.

Great walking trail.

Great trail. Relatively easy.

walking
1 month ago

Fun hike through forests and around the point which opens up to a great sea view. Be sure to take the wide loop upon return to get a break from other hikers.

1 month ago

No noise, total tranquility- beautiful.

walking
1 month ago

This is a walking trail, not hiking. It’s a beautiful walk. GO EARLY! Gets very crowded. We were there by 8:00 and there were only 3 other cars. When we finished at 10:30 the parking lot was full. Please pick your trash up, especially cigarette butts! Gees!!

1 month ago

A great trail! We started up on the western trail, which is a little steeper. But completely doable. Of course we saw tons of other hikers, but we had a number of nice chats when we stopped to rest, usually at the scenic overlooks. We were able to see all the destruction caused by the moose, as well as the very different areas of the forrest. We very much enjoyed the views of the coast, and the stroll along the creek.

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