Fall guided walks offered throughout NS

Take a pause this Fall and enjoy yourself in the outdoors by participating in a guided walk in your area.

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“Fall is a perfect time to experience nature in our beautiful province. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or someone who enjoys less strenuous outings, our walk series has you covered,” says Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia Executive Director. 

“These past 18 months have shown us more than ever how much getting outdoors and being with others is essential to our physical, mental and social health. It’s so simple and it works! “

Event Details

Location: Province-wide

Date: September 12 to November 14, 2021

Registration: Registration in advance is required for all walks. The full schedule with registration details and directions is found at www.hikenovascotia.ca. Walks are listed by date and region. Walks are listed by month or region (Halifax, South Shore, Valley, Highland and Cape Breton).

Fast Facts

  • Hike NS and 13 host organizations have partnered to offer the Fall Guided Walk Series from September to November. 
  • There are 28 hikes scheduled province-wide. 
  • Hikes are led by local folks and participants qualify to win trail prizes. 
  • These free or low-cost walks require pre-registration and will follow public health protocols. 
  • The series includes walks of various lengths and difficulty levels. 
  • Hike NS thanks its local partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as The Trail Shop, Goose Lane Editions and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support.
  • Hike NS encourages and promotes a growing hiking culture throughout the province, striving to be the voice for those who hike, walk and snowshoe.

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Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia
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Outdoor inspiration during lockdown

Even though we’re in pandemic lockdown, you can still get outside. Hike Nova Scotia has the ideas and information you need while staying close to home. 

“The Province has specifically told us to get outside, but to do that in our home communities,” says Janet Barlow, Hike NS Executive Director. “It’s crucial to do this to stay healthy – both physically and mentally. Go spend some time at a nearby park, trail or other greenspace.”

If you need inspiration or advice, Hike NS has lined up a slate of outdoor-themed webinars you can access no matter where you live in the province or your level of outdoor experience. They are free for paid Hike NS members or $20 for non-members, who then get a free one-year membership. Upcoming webinars include: 

  • Intro to Birding
  • Wildlife Encounters & Safety
  • Intro to Hiking
  • Leave No Trace
  • Tick Prevention

“People are just craving this type of outdoor knowledge,” Barlow says. “For example, we just held a wildly successful Tick Prevention webinar with about 100 people registered.”

As long as pandemic restrictions allow them to go forward, there are a number of in-person courses scheduled for later this spring including Field Leader – Hiking (how to be a hike leader), Navigation (how to use a map and compass) and Re-Connecting with Nature (teaching adults how to engage kids with nature).

Webinars and in-person courses are offered with the support of the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Outdoor Council of Canada and other partners. Learn more and register at www.hikenovascotia.ca

Hike Nova Scotia encourages and promotes a growing hiking culture throughout our great province. We strive to be the voice for those who hike, walk and snowshoe. With every step we’re building a community of outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

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Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia
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www.hikenovascotia.ca

Winter Hiking Courses & Webinars

Registration is open for Hike Nova Scotia’s slate of winter 2021 courses and webinars.

In-person courses include Field Leader – Winter modules (prerequisite is the Field Leader – Hiking course).

Webinars include Intro to Snowshoeing, Happy Hiker Feet How-to, Intro to Hiking and Come Walk With Us (about an epic journey across Canada).

Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course or webinar. COVID-19 public health guidelines will be followed for in-person courses.

Partners include the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Outdoor Council of Canada, The Trail Shop, Arthritis & Injury Care Bracing & Orthotics and Come Walk With Us. Learn more and register at www.hikenovascotia.ca.

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Guided hikes fight pandemic stress

If concerns over how to get back to fall routines during a pandemic is causing you stress, relax. Hike Nova Scotia has you covered with a series of guided hikes to get you outside to decompress.

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“If ever there was a time to get out and enjoy the healing effects of nature, that time is now,” says Janet Barlow, Hike NS Executive Director. “With the pressure we’re all under after six months of living under pandemic restrictions, it’s important to breathe fresh air, get some physical activity and slow our minds down.” 

Barlow says hiking is just what we could use right now and autumn is one of the best times to do it. “There are few to no bugs, it’s starting to cool off a bit and the fall colours are a real tonic.”

Event Details

Location: Province-wide

Date: September 12 to November 7, 2020

Registration: Registration in advance is required for all hikes. The full schedule with registration details and directions is found at www.hikenovascotia.ca. Hikes are listed by date and region. Hikes are listed by month or region (Halifax, South Shore, Valley, Fundy, Highland and Cape Breton).

Fast Facts

  • Hike NS and 17 host organizations have partnered to offer the Fall Guided Hike Series from September to November. 
  • There are over 30 hikes scheduled province-wide. 
  • Hikes are led by local folks and participants qualify to win trail prizes. 
  • These free hikes require pre-registration and will follow public health protocols, including social distancing. 
  • The series includes hikes of various lengths and difficulty levels. 
  • Hike NS thanks its local partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as MEC, Goose Lane Editions and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support.
  • Hike NS encourages and promotes a growing hiking culture throughout the province, striving to be the voice for those who hike, walk and snowshoe.

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Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia
(902) 932-6902
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www.hikenovascotia.ca 

Fall Hiking Courses & Webinars

Hike Nova Scotia’s fall schedule of courses and webinars across the province is now available. They focus on skills for novices all the way up to experienced hikers.

“We’re excited to be able to offer our in-person courses again, while respecting public health pandemic restrictions,” says Janet Barlow, Hike NS Executive Director. “But we’re also offering a suite of online webinars so that most people can learn, no matter where they are.”

In-person courses include: 

  • Field Leader – Hiking: Sept. 19-20 or Nov. 14-15
  • Navigation Maps & Compass: Sept. 26-27 or Oct. 24-25
  • Field Leader – Winter: date to be announced

Webinars include:

  • Intro to Hiking: Sept. 23, Oct. 20 or Nov. 18
  • Leave No Trace: Oct. 6
  • Tick Prevention: Sept. 15
  • Wildlife Encounters & Safety: date to be announced

Fast Facts

  • Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course or webinar.
  • Learn more and register at www.hikenovascotia.ca
  • COVID-19 public health guidelines will be followed for in-person courses, which include indoor and outdoor sessions. 
  • Partners include the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Outdoor Council of Canada, Leave No Trace Canada, the District of Chester, AtlanTick Repellent Products and the NS Department of Lands and Forestry Natural Resources Education Centre.
  • Hike Nova Scotia encourages and promotes a growing hiking culture throughout our great province. We strive to be the voice for those who hike, walk and snowshoe. With every step we’re building a community of outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

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Webinar teaches Leave No Trace Hiking

Being confined to our houses and neighbourhoods for a few months has spurred a renewed love of hiking. When allowed back onto trails in May, people flocked back in what might be record numbers. Few groups were happier than Hike Nova Scotia at the news, but it was also concerning.

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“Close behind the elation of being allowed back on the trails was a feeling of concern, a fear that we might love our trails to death after such a long absence,” says Janet Barlow, Executive Director of Hike NS. “Personally, I witnessed hoards of hikers at a popular trail in the Valley area on a beautiful weekend in May. There were reports of similar crowds on trails across the province. Thankfully they did a good job of social distancing.”

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 7 pm
Cost: $20 (free for Hike NS paid members), non-members receive a free one-year individual membership
Registration Deadline: July 6 (webinar spaces are limited)
Registration Link: Learn more and register at www.hikenovascotia.ca

Fast Facts

  • Hike NS felt there was no better time to launch education on Leave No Trace principles, hoping it might counteract the negative environmental impact of so many people enjoying our trails.
  • The webinar is geared for new and experienced hikers. It covers responsible use of our natural areas and techniques to protect our environment and the hiking experience for one another. 
  • It will include an in-depth look at the seven Principles of Leave No Trace and a question and answer session. 
  • The presenter is Jody Conrad, certified Leave No Trace Master Educator. 
  • Offered in partnership with the Municipality of the District of Chester, it is supported by the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. 
  • Hike NS encourages and promotes a growing hiking culture throughout the province, striving to be the voice for those who hike, walk and snowshoe.

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Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia
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NS Hiking Summit Postponed to 2021

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Hiking Summit has been postponed to 2021 and will tentatively take place in Chéticamp from June 4 to 6, 2021. We will confirm these dates in September 2020 and provide additional information at that time. Anyone who registered and paid online for the 2020 Summit will be reimbursed. Learn more here.

Fall Colours Featured in Hike Series

Ask most hikers and they’ll likely agree that autumn is the best hiking season. Brisk air, no flies and those beautiful fall colours are drawing more and more people out onto our trails. That is what Hike Nova Scotia anticipates for its annual Fall Guided Hike Series taking place from September to November. 

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“It really is a gorgeous time of year to be on the trails,” says Janet Barlow, Hike NS Executive Director. “From easy to more challenging hikes and from woodland to coastal trails, there’s something for everyone in Nova Scotia.”

Event Details

Date: September 13 to November 17, 2019

Location: Province-wide

The full schedule with registration details and directions is found at www.hikenovascotia.ca. Hikes are listed by date and region. Hikes include the following areas:

  • Cape Breton
  • Highland (Guysborough County, Antigonish County, Pictou County)
  • Fundy (Municipality of East Hants, Cumberland County, Colchester County)
  • Annapolis Valley (Municipalities of Hants West and Clare, Counties of Digby, Annapolis and Kings)
  • South Shore (Counties of Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, Lunenburg and District of Argyle)
  • Halifax (Halifax Regional Municipality)

Fast Facts

  • Hike NS and 25 host organizations partnered up to offer the guided hike series from September to November.
  • There are over 50 guided hikes scheduled province-wide.
  • Hikes are led by local folks and participants qualify to win trail prizes. Hikes are free or low-cost and some require pre-registration. 
  • The series includes hikes of various lengths and difficulty levels. 
  • Feeling like you’d like to upgrade your outdoorsy skills for the fall hiking season? Hike NS has you covered with a slate of courses and workshops that teach nature activities to use with kids, how to be a hike leader and navigation.
  • Hike NS thanks its local partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as MEC, Goose Lane Editions and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support.
  • Hike NS encourages and promotes a growing hiking culture throughout the province, striving to be the voice for those who hike, walk and snowshoe.

Photos

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Contact

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Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia
(902) 932-6902
info@hikenovascotia.ca 
www.hikenovascotia.ca 

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NS Hiking Summit May 24-26, Western Shore

Hike Nova Scotia invites individuals and groups with an interest in hiking, walking and snowshoeing to the eighth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26, 2019 in Western Shore at Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre. The summit is a celebration of hiking culture and includes workshops, hiking stories, networking opportunities, hikes and a kids’ program. It is hosted by Hike NS, Events Lunenburg County and Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre. Platinum sponsor is O’Regan’s South Shore Subaru. Gold sponsors are the Municipality of Chester and the District of Lunenburg. Silver sponsor is the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Bronze sponsors are Scotiabank, Parks Canada, Atlantick, Saltbox Brewing Company, NS Department of Lands and Forestry and NS Department of Environment. Local trail guru Laura Barkhouse is the MC and the keynote speaker is Jan Sebastian LaPierre from A for Adventure.

There is limited space, so please register early to secure your spot (last year it sold out in one month). Registration is $125 (plus 15% discount for paid Hike NS members) and $100 for children, youth and students. Registration includes some meals, evening events, morning workshop sessions and afternoon guided hikes. Registration does not include accommodation – you must arrange this on your own. If it does not sell-out, registration will close at the end of the day on May 19th. Learn more and register here.