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.
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Gordon Young has logged countless hours providing leadership to and nurturing the development of trails and growing a hiking movement throughout the Pictou County region. He helped to create the Cape to Cape Trail concept, a long distance trail now under construction with the aim to link Cape Chignecto and Cape George. Learn more about Gordon’s contribution to hiking trail development.
The Cobequid Eco-Trails Society (CE-TS) was formed in 2007 and focuses on the development and promotion of non-motorized trails in Colchester County. It has an emphasis on environmental appreciation and stewardship. CE-TS and community volunteers have designed and developed the Gully Lake Trail system creating over 30 kilometres of hiking trails. Learn more about the CE-TS’s contribution to hiking trail development.
The Awards were part of the annual Hiking Summit, a celebration of Nova Scotia’s hiking culture, which is held in a different community each year. This year’s Summit in Tatamagouche from April 29 to 30 was the biggest yet, with 200 people attending. Avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others attended the event. They took in guided hikes, information sessions and socials. Local dignitaries were on hand to launch the Summit including the Honourable Karen Casey, MLA for Colchester North, Her Worship Christine Blair, Mayor of the Municipality of Colchester and Jim Baird, Chair of the Tatamagouche Village Commission.
A highlight of the event was keynote speaker Dianne Whelan. She is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker, photographer, author and multimedia artist who is traveling the longest trail in the world, The Great Trail (also known as the Trans Canada Trail).
The Summit was co-hosted by Hike NS, the Cobequid Eco-Trails Society and the Municipality of Colchester. The event was supported by the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage with The Trail Shop as the presenting sponsor.
The 2018 Summit co-host and location was also announced at the event. Next year it will take place in Ingonish , Cape Breton, on May 11 to 13, 2018 with co-host Victoria County.