Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Popular hiking trails, including Skyline and Franey, see many visitors during the summer and fall months and trail parking lots fill up fast. Be #ParkSmart and plan ahead!
- Trails are busiest between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Have a back-up plan in case the parking lot is full.
- Contact the Cheticamp or Ingonish Visitor Centres to check on parking lot closures.
Keep it wild, keep it safe
Do you know what to do if you encounter wildlife in the park? Before your next visit, familiarize yourself with moose, bear and coyote safety familiarize yourself with moose, bear and coyote safety. Be respectful and act responsibly.
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 – 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.
|Length||6.5 km / 4 mi (return)
8.2 km / 5.1 mi (loop)
|Elevation||290 - 405 m (950 - 1,330 ft)|
|Time||2 - 3 hours|
|Significant features||Headland cliff, ocean
Main trail suitable for most skill levels. Boardwalk with steps at headland. Rugged back loop.
|Trailhead||On the Cabot Trail at the top of French Mountain
Lat.: 46.737691 Long.: -60.880377
- Salmon Pools
- Le Chemin du Buttereau
- Le Buttereau
- Le vieux chemin du Cap-Rouge
- Corney Brook
- Benjie's Lake
- Fishing Cove
- MacIntosh Brook
- Lone Shieling
- Mica Hill
- Jack Pine
- Jigging Cove Lake
- Green Cove
- Broad Cove Mountain
- Warren Lake
- Branch Pond Look-off
- Clyburn Valley
- Middle Head
- Freshwater Lake Look-off
- Freshwater Lake
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