Nov. 18-Dec. 3 Support the Hike NS Hiking for the Holidays Online Auction. Shop once and give twice: once to your loved ones and once to Hike NS. Do your holiday shopping online with us… More
Hike NS Invites you to it’s Annual General Meeting on June 17 in Truro. There will be a morning guided hike in Victoria Park, a lunch, a presentation by Truro Recreation on Victoria Park and the AGM. It’s free but attendees must RSVP in advance here.
Hike NS’s schedule of courses and workshops across Nova Scotia is now available for 2017-18. Beginning in June through to February, they range from how to share nature with children to how to be a hike leader to navigation.
By Brad Donaldson
When asked about A for Adventure’s beginnings, Chris Surette can’t help but get excited. “I still get the chills when I think about it,” says Surette when reflecting on how the multi-faceted marketing brand started.
Fittingly, the adventure started here in Nova Scotia, when, in the summer of 2013, Jan LaPierre (another member of A for Adventure) created “Paddle to Sable”, a paddling venture that would travel from Canso, Nova Scotia to Sable Island—an island 200 kilometres off the coast Continue reading “A for Adventure: sitting down with Chris Surette”
Hike Nova Scotia has awarded a Pictou County trail builder and a Colchester County trail group with its highest awards. At its annual Hiking Summit held in Tatamagouche on the weekend, Hike NS presented Dr. Gordon Young and the Cobequid Eco-Trails Society with Summit Awards.
“The Summit Award is presented to an organization or individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the growth and development of hiking in Nova Scotia,” explains Deb Ryan, Hike NS’s Past President. Continue reading “Hike NS Presents Awards at Tatamagouche Summit”
Hike NS now has a new look, including a new logo, website and general look and feel.
We’ve got Bits Creative to thank for our new look. Bits.co chose Hike NS as the winner of its Brand Spring Clean Contest in 2016. Check out the Bits.co blog where Bits.co staff explain how they came up with our new look. We’re also thankful to Rivendell Software for revamping our website.
Our new look comes just in time for our ten-year anniversary celebrations in 2017. Hike NS has come a long way, thanks to our dedicated volunteer board members over the years, to our many partners and to our many members.
We’ll celebrate further at our Hiking Summit, taking place in Tatamagouche from April 28th to 30th. Registration closes on April 24th, so if you haven’t registered yet, please do so here; you wouldn’t want to miss out on the birthday cake or the sessions, hikes, networking and hiking stories!
Be sure to check out the items available for the silent auction, taking place on Sat. Apr. 29 at the Summit. Get a head-start and find the items on which you’ll want to bid. The silent auction will help raise funds for Hike NS. View the items here.
Hiking Summit in Tatamagouche a celebration of hiking culture in NS
Hike Nova Scotia, along with about 200 people with an interest in hiking, walking and snowshoeing, will converge on Tatamagouche from April 28 to 30, 2017 for the sixth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit. The Summit is a celebration of Nova Scotia’s hiking culture, and includes sharing best practices, stories and networking. Attendees include avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others. Hike Nova Scotia thanks the Cobequid Eco-Trails Society and the Municipality of Colchester for hosting and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for its support.
“We’re particularly excited about this year’s Summit because it’s a celebration of Hike Nova Scotia’s tenth anniversary and we’re launching our new look,” says Janet Barlow, Hike NS’s Executive Director. “Tatamagouche and Colchester County have some beautiful trails and keen trail groups. We’re eager to showcase that as well.”
Date: Friday April 28, Saturday April 29 and Sunday, April 30 2017 (registration deadline April 24)
- Friday night: Tatamagouche Creamery Square, 39 Creamery Rd.
- Saturday: North Colchester High School, 90 Blair Ave. (with lunch at the Legion)
- Saturday night: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64, 80 Queen St.
Time: 1:30 pm on April 28 to 4:30 pm on April 28
Cost: $30 for paid Hike NS members and $40 for non-members
- Nine guided hikes
- Keynote speaker Dianne Whelan, award-winning Canadian filmmaker, photographer, author and multimedia artist who is traveling the longest trail in the world, The Great Trail (The Trans Canada Trail)
- Sessions including: Mi’kma’ki, the Land of the Mi’kmaw and the Verb Based Language of the Traditional Place Names; How to Prepare for a Backpacking Trip; We Built It….. And People Keep Coming; Geocaching: not just finding Tupperware in the Woods; How building trails builds a strong rural economy: Sugar Moon’s story; How to Avoid Getting Lost; Cobequid Eco-Trails Society Then and Now
- Stories from the Trail Pecha Kucha presentations
- Hike Nova Scotia’s Awards
- Silent auction
- Friday and Saturday night socials
Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia government is asking for Nova Scotians’ input on the 2017-18 budget. Find more information in the news release and on the Budget page. The deadline to provide feedback is January 16, 2017.
Consider making a submission yourself about the value of hiking and trails. Here are some things Hike NS cares about:
- The preservation, protection and development of walking, hiking and snowshoeing opportunities
- The sound management and expansion of urban and wilderness recreational trail infrastructure
- The protection of wild lands where hiking takes place or could take place
- Strong funding for the forthcoming provincial Trails Strategy
Trails are key drivers of a healthy population, providing free venues for physical activity, as well as a contributor to economic development.
If there’s snow this winter, you can bet that one of the most popular outdoor activities will be snowshoeing. For those who are curious or who received a new pair under the Christmas tree, Hike NS and its partners across the province have lined up over 50 guided snowshoe events. Continue reading “Snowshoeing Snowballs in NS”
Support the Hike NS Hiking for the Holidays Online Auction. Shop once and give twice: once to your loved ones and once to Hike NS. Do your holiday shopping online with us and spend more time hiking, less time shopping. From big gifts to stocking stuffers, we’ve got presents that hikers will love. Special thanks to The Trail Shop for donating most of the items in the auction! Bidding opens Nov. 26 and ends on Dec. 11.