NS Budget Consultations: Hiking Wish List

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.

Snowshoeing Snowballs in NS

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.

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“Year after year, we’ve seen a growing interest in snowshoeing and this year is shaping up to be no different,” says Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia Executive Director. “There’s just something about floating over the snow on snowshoes in a winter wonderland that brings people out in droves.”

Fast Facts

  • Hike NS and 32 host organizations have partnered up to offer the guided snowshoeing series in January, February and March.
  • There are 55 snowshoe hikes scheduled from one end of the province to the other.
  • Hikes are led by local folks and participants qualify to win trail prizes.
  • The hikes are meant to help get more people outside in winter and active on the trails.
  • The full list of dates, times, registration details and directions is found at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
  • Hikes include the following areas:
    • Cape Breton
    • Highland (Antigonish and Pictou Counties)
    • Fundy (Cumberland, Colchester and East Hants)
    • Valley (Clare to West Hants)
    • South Shore (Lunenburg County and areas)
    • Central (Halifax Regional Municipality)
  • Hike NS has some resources to help get people on snowshoes. They include a listing of where to borrow, rent or buy snowshoes as well as a how-to-snowshoe guide. Both are found at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
  • Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as NS Trails and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support.
  • Hike Nova Scotia encourages and promotes hiking, walking and snowshoeing throughout the province. Membership in Hike NS means keeping up-to-date on the latest hiking news and having a say in its many projects.

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Hiking for the Holidays Online Auction

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.

Hike NS Wins Bluenose Achievement Award

Hike NS was honoured to receive the Bluenose Achievement Award for its Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop series from Recreation Nova Scotia at its annual conference on September 28 in Pictou County.

The Bluenose Achievement Award recognizes an individual or community group that provides/supports activities and services that successfully achieves the values and benefits of recreation. The Re-Connecting with Nature workshop is a hands-on day of adventure to improve participants’ ability to lead and share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. Since the spring of 2015, 13 workshops have been offered across the province to almost 150 youth group leaders, recreation and camp staff, teachers, early childhood educators, parents and concerned citizens. The workshop series is a partnership of Hike NS with the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and Acadia University.

Pictured receiving the award above from left to right are: Garnet McLaughlin (Hike NS President), Janet Barlow (Hike NS Executive Director) and George Taylor (a Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop Instructor). On the right is Meg Cuming (Recreation NS President) presenting the award.

A Feast Unlike Any Other on Thanksgiving Weekend

img_20160914_153653024Tired of the same old turkey dinner every Thanksgiving? Perhaps a change is in order? A special cultural culinary hike in Southwest Nova Scotia will offer a feast unlike any you’ve had before.

“Peml’gat Toqwa’q Mawoi’mi: A Mi’kmaq Cultural Culinary Experience” is a chance to experience Mi’kmaq food and cultural interpretation, all while going on a hike. The event, taking place along the Tkipok Trail in Yarmouth on Saturday, October 8, is hosted by the Acadia First Nation in partnership with Hike Nova Scotia.

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“It is important for Acadia First Nation to lead by example and reflect our Mi’kmaq culture and values of our ancestors ‎with recreation in today’s society and what what better way than with this cultural culinary hike on the Tkipok Trail,” says Chief Deborah Robinson of the Acadia First Nation. “I am proud to participate in an event with Hike NS that will showcase the teachings  and traditions of the Mik’maq with hiking, food and physical activity in both a traditional and contemporary way.”

“We’re excited to work with Acadia First Nation on this event,” says Garnet McLaughlin, Hike Nova Scotia President. “Many hiking trails throughout the province have been walked for thousands of years by the Mi’kmaq and many other trails are located on land that has cultural significance to them. This is a chance to recognize and honour that.”drummers

Fast Facts:

  • The experience will include a smudging ceremony, the seven sacred teachings, drumming, dancing, a game of waltes and drum-making.
  • Traditional food and drink tastings will include medicinal tea, bannock, an Acadian dish, Luskinikn, moose meat, fish and berries.
  • Groups will leave to experience the hike in two shifts, one at 10 am and one at 11:30 am, and stop at several stations along the trail.
  • Following the hike, participants are invited to attend the Acadia First Nation Harvest Feast in Yarmouth.
  • This gathering is not normally open to the public, but those who go on the culinary hike get admission to the Harvest Feast.
  • Tickets for Peml’gat Toqwa’q Mawoi’mi: A Mi’kmaq Cultural Culinary Experience are $50 each and must be ordered online in advance at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
  • The event is offered by Acadia First Nation in partnership with Hike Nova Scotia.
  • Hike NS encourages and promotes hiking, walking and snowshoeing throughout Nova Scotia.
  • Membership in Hike NS means keeping up-to-date on the latest hiking news and having a say in its many projects.
  • Hike NS is supported by the Province of Nova Scotia.

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Guided Hikes Get You on the Trail

Fall is arguably the most beautiful time to hike in Nova Scotia. Hike Nova Scotia and 14 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2016 Fall Guided Hike Series in September, October and November. There are 21 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Most hikes are free unless otherwise indicated in the schedule.

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“There are hikes in different parts of the province, of varying lengths and difficulty levels,” says Janet Barlow, Hike NS Executive Director. “So there’s really something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a newbie.”

Fast Facts:

  • Hike Nova Scotia and 14 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2016 Fall Guided Hike series.
  • There are 21 hikes led by local folks.
  • The series runs from September 10 to November 5.
  • Most hikes are free unless otherwise indicated in the schedule.
  • Hikes take place in areas across mainland Nova Scotia. For hikes in Cape Breton, see the Hike the Highlands Festival line up at www.hikethehighlands.com.
  • The full list of events – including hike dates, times, registration details and directions – is found at www.hikenovascotia.ca. Hikes are listed by date or by region: Halifax, South Shore, Valley, Fundy.
  • Participants qualify to win “trail prizes.”
  • The hikes are meant to help get more people outside and active on our trails.
  • Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground, Goose Lane Editions for its prize donations and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for its support.
  • Hike NS encourages and promotes hiking, walking and snowshoeing throughout Nova Scotia.
  • Membership in Hike NS means keeping up-to-date on the latest hiking news and having a say in its many projects.
  • Hike NS is supported by the Province of Nova Scotia.

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Hike NS Presents Summit Award at Digby Event

Hike Nova Scotia has awarded a Digby area trail builder and a hiking group with its highest award. At its annual Hiking Summit, this year held in Digby from April 29 to May 1, Hike NS presented Larry Goodwin and the Fundy Erratics with Summit Awards.

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Larry Goodwin (left) and Greg Turner (right), representing the Fundy Erratics, on the trail.

“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.

Since 1998, Larry Goodwin has logged countless hours nurturing the development of trails in the Digby County area. As a member of the Digby East Fish and Game Association, Larry led this group to develop a trail system in the Acacia Valley region. The trail was featured during one of several hikes during the Hiking Summit.

Over the past four years the Fundy Erratics hiking group has been a dynamic force in the promotion and development of hiking in the Digby County region. What began as a small group has grown to a large network of people who regularly get together to explore trails. The Fundy Erratics organized and led the hikes featured during the Hiking Summit.

“The Digby area has really put itself on the map as a hiking destination,” says Hike NS President Garnet McLaughlin. “That was made crystal clear by the calibre of hikes they offered and in the leadership shown in making this Summit happen. We couldn’t be happier.”

Held in a different community each year, this year’s Summit in Digby was the biggest yet, with over 175 people attending. Avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others attended the event. They took in guided hikes, information sessions and social events.

The Summit was a celebration of Nova Scotia’s hiking culture, and included sharing best practices and stories, networking and hiking. It was co-hosted by Hike NS, the Digby Area Recreation Commission and the Fundy Erratics. Hike Nova Scotia thanks the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for its support.

See media coverage on the Summit here:

Hike Nova Scotia to hold Hiking summit in Digby

Hike Nova Scotia honours Digby landowner for trail development

Walking and Talking Trails at NS Hiking Summit

Hiking Summit in Digby a celebration of hiking culture in NS

Hike Nova Scotia, along with about 175 people with an interest in hiking, walking and snowshoeing, will converge on Digby from April 29 to May 1 for the fifth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit. The Summit is a celebration of Nova Scotia’s hiking culture, and will include sharing best practices, stories and networking. Attendees include avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others. Hike Nova Scotia thanks the Digby Area Recreation Commission and the Fundy Erratics hiking group for hosting and the Province of Nova Scotia for its support.12039311_10154296081646002_9215799114871840658_n

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“Every year this Summit grows in popularity,” says Janet Barlow with Hike Nova Scotia. “We’re excited for the Digby area to show off its trails to our biggest audience yet and to have really rich discussions and sessions.”

Event Details

Date: Friday, April 29, Saturday April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2016 (registration deadline April 25)

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  • Friday and Saturday nights: Digby Curling Centre (27 Shreve St.)
  • Saturday: Digby Regional High School (53 Mount St.)

Time: 3 pm on April 29 to 3 pm on May 1

Fast Facts

  • 5 guided hikes
  • Keynote speaker Allan Billard, author of Waterfalls of Nova Scotia and Beaches of Nova Scotia
  • Sessions including: Balancing Rock, From Rope to Stairs; Outdoor Council Canada: Hike leader tips and tricks; Walking in the Footsteps: First Nations walking program; Let’s Go for a Hike: How to create a hiking group in your community; Future of Hiking at Kejimkujik; Future of Hiking in Nova Scotia
  • Stories from the Trail PechaKucha presentations
  • Hike Nova Scotia’s Awards
  • Silent auction
  • Displays
  • Friday and Saturday night socials

The agenda, directions and other details are found at http://www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects/hiking-summit/.

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Hike NS in Five Years Survey

Snowshoeing - December 28, 2013Hike Nova Scotia will begin refreshing our strategic plan this winter/spring and we’re looking for input from current and past members, potential members, partners and others who have an interest in hiking, walking or snowshoeing in our beautiful province. Tell us what we’re doing well, what we could do better and where you think we should be in five years. To refresh your memory on Hike NS’s mandate, please visit our website.

Take the Survey Now

Please complete it by February 29. The Hike NS board will use your input to help inform our updated strategic plan.

If you need a bit more motivation for taking the survey, you could win a prize by completing it. All you have to do is leave your email at the end of the survey. You’ll be entered into a draw to win a $50 MEC gift certificate. The survey is completely anonymous; we will not associate responses with individuals.

Thank you in advance for your help and input. Happy trails.

Sincerely,

Garnet McLaughlin, Hike Nova Scotia President, on behalf of the Board

Hiking Summit 2016: Digby Aprril 29 – May 1

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