Adventures in winter on the Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
The skyline is probably the most notorious of all the trails in Cape Breton, and it’s no wonder!
The stunning vistas, and the ease of the trail - makes it accessible for all ages and abilities. In the winter however, you needn’t contend with the high-level of tourists that we see here in the peak season. We’ve skied and snow-shoed the Skyline and it’s beyond magical. We like it best in winter, when the forest is deep in wintersleep, when you can see the rabbit tracks and actually see the snow-bunnies; the snow-capped mountains appear majestic and regal - as these immense rock beings protrude out to the sea.
If you’re lucky you may see signs of wildlife, you might even encounter a moose! It’s a time when you know the forest is taking a much needed nap, resting for the new life that spring always brings.
Again, if you plan to snowshoe or ski this trail- make sure you travel in a group and bring safety equipment with you along with food and water. Also, dress appropriately and check the forecast before you leave. The end of the trail is very exposed and winds whip very strong!
written by Cecilia, images by Roman
Directions: From Cheticamp, head 20km into the National Park. The parking area for the trail head is well marked.