Calling all young hikers (and wannabe hikers)! Hike Nova Scotia challenges children and youth to get out on the trails. Keep track of the distances you hike and you could earn the Hiker Distance Award Badge! Tally these kilometres within one year: ages 5 to 8: 15 km; ages 9 to 14: 30 km; ages 15 to adult: 45 km. No pre-registration is necessary for the Young Hiker Challenge, simply start hiking and keep track of how far you go! Use our special Youth Logbook to record your hikes. Youth that earn a patch by March 1, 2014 qualify for a prize draw for a $100 gift card. Hike NS thanks the IWK Community Grants and MEC for their support. Learn more here.
Hiking is where it’s at for the 2nd Tantallon Sparks Girl Guide unit. Over the last year, six of the Sparks took the Youth Hiker Distance Award Challenge in order to earn patches, or badges. For Girl Guides, there is a special challenge. Not only do they have to tally at least 15 km of hiking, but they also have to complete at least two of a list of other activities related to hiking. The 2nd Tantallon Sparks unit hiked more than 15 km on several occassions and they:
- Researched and created a checklist of things you should bring on a hike to be safe and comfortable
- Took part in a “Hug-A-Tree and Survive”
- Learned about Leave No Trace Principles
Here are some photos of their hiking adventures:
Another slate of Fall Guided Hikes is available through Hike Nova Scotia and its partners across the province. The 15 hikes in September and October are led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Click here for details on the following hikes:
- Sept. 9: Annapolis Royal Seasonal Walk
- Sept. 10: White Point to Burnt Head Trail, Cape Breton
- Sept. 15: Fishing Cove Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
- Sept. 18: Cape George Trails, Antigonish County
- Sept. 18: St. Mary’s River Walk, Waternish (Guysborough County)
- Sept. 18: Windhorse Farm Trail, New Germany
- Sept. 24: Greenwood Walk, Greenwood
- Sept. 25: Card Lake Colors Hike, Card Lake Provincial Park (near Chester)
- Oct. 2: Keji Trails, Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site
- Oct. 12: Acadian Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
- Oct. 13: Branch Pond Look-Off, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
- Oct. 14: Franey Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
- Oct. 14: Kingston Year Round Walk, Kingston
- Oct. 22: Kentville Pumpkin Walk, Kentville
- Oct. 23: Rogers Hill Trail, Durham (Pictou County)
Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground: Valley Trekkers Volkssport Club, Hike the Highlands Festival, Fresh Air Society, Nova Scotia Nature Trust, St. Mary’s River Association, Windhorse Farm, Chester Recreation and Parks, Annapolis County Recreation Services, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Celtic Colours Festival, and Cape to Cape Committee of the Pictou County Trails Association.
Hike NS is happy to announce that those who reach distance milestones in the Hiker Distance Award Program will now receive a gift certificate from TAO The Adventure Outfitters, locally owned and operated since 1991.
Those who hike 150, 250 or 500 kilometres within a year receive a $15, $25 or $50 TAO gift certificate. They also receive a distance pin and are listed on our Hiker Distance Award Program Honour Roll. Hike NS thanks TAO for their generous offer in rewarding and motivating new and current hikers to hit the trails. Learn more and register for the Hiker Distance Award Program here.
Kick off Active Transportation Month in June by taking on the Hiker Distance Award Challenge. Register for Hike Nova Scotia’s Hiker Distance Award program by June 30 and enter a draw to win one of 25 hiking prizes.
The Hiker Distance Award Program recognizes hikers for hiking (or walking or snowshoeing) significant distances within Nova Scotia over the course of a year. Tally your kilometres using a log book (provided online or in hardcopy upon registration). If you tally 150, 250 or 500 kilometres within one year, you receive a pin to recognize your achievement. Register now at www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects.cfm.