Hiking Summit Success

Hike Nova Scotia hosted the third annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit from April 11 to 13 at the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro. With 80 people from all over the province (and even a few folks from out of province), we can safely say the Summit was a resounding success!

Thanks to all the participants for their good humour and company in the sessions and on the trails and to our excellent presenters.

We heard from Merlin Brown about his approach to hiking in his Hiking & Outdoor Enthusiasts presentation. Carrie Drake with the NS Department of Natural Resources told us about Cape Chignecto and Cape Split: The Visitor Experience. Hilary Paquet with the Municipality of Colchester and a member of the provincial Trails Strategy Working Group told us about the new NS Trail Strategy. Our keynote speaker Jane Murphy with the Trans Canada Trail gave an overview of what makes a destination trail and shared some inspirational stories about one man’s journey to hike the Trans Canada Trail from coast to coast. During the Economics of Hiking Trails Panel, we heard from Joachim Stroink of The Trail Shop in Halifax, Brian Clarke with the Fundy Trail Parkway in New Brunswick and Michael Haynes the trail book author and active transportation consultant.

The Summit Award was presented during the event to deserving recipients Lily and Lionel Conrod. Read about why they deserve the award here.

A special thanks goes out to our PechaKucha presenters who gave wonderful rapid-fire presentations that were entertaining, moving and informative. And of course, thanks to our hike leaders for showing participants the beautiful and varied hiking that the Fundy Shore has to offer. We got rave reviews from those who took part in the Night at the Museum and from everyone who ate the excellent food cooked up by the Legion ladies! The Town of Parrsboro was an outstanding host and we know that many participants are already planning to return and explore even more.

Thanks to Deb Ryan, Dino Nardini and Vince Forrestall for sharing their photos.

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