Hike NS Presents Awards at Tatamagouche Summit

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.

Hike NS Gets a New Look

Hike NS now has a new look, including a new logo, website and general look and feel.

We’ve got Bits Creative to thank for our new look. Bits.co chose Hike NS as the winner of its Brand Spring Clean Contest in 2016. Check out the Bits.co blog where Bits.co staff explain how they came up with our new look. We’re also thankful to Rivendell Software for revamping our website.

Our new look comes just in time for our ten-year anniversary celebrations in 2017. Hike NS has come a long way, thanks to our dedicated volunteer board members over the years, to our many partners and to our many members.

We’ll celebrate further at our Hiking Summit, taking place in Tatamagouche from April 28th to 30th. Registration closes on April 24th, so if you haven’t registered  yet, please do so here; you wouldn’t want to miss out on the birthday cake or the sessions, hikes, networking and hiking stories!

Celebrating Trails and Hike NS at Hiking Summit

Hiking Summit in Tatamagouche a celebration of hiking culture in NS

Hike Nova Scotia, along with about 200 people with an interest in hiking, walking and snowshoeing, will converge on Tatamagouche from April 28 to 30, 2017 for the sixth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit. The Summit is a celebration of Nova Scotia’s hiking culture, and includes sharing best practices, stories and networking. Attendees include avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others. Hike Nova Scotia thanks the Cobequid Eco-Trails Society and the Municipality of Colchester for hosting and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for its support.

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“We’re particularly excited about this year’s Summit because it’s a celebration of Hike Nova Scotia’s tenth anniversary and we’re launching our new look,” says Janet Barlow, Hike NS’s Executive Director. “Tatamagouche and Colchester County have some beautiful trails and keen trail groups. We’re eager to showcase that as well.”

Event Details

Date: Friday April 28, Saturday April 29 and Sunday, April 30 2017 (registration deadline April 24)

Location:

  • Friday night: Tatamagouche Creamery Square, 39 Creamery Rd.
  • Saturday: North Colchester High School, 90 Blair Ave. (with lunch at the Legion)
  • Saturday night: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 64, 80 Queen St.

Time: 1:30 pm on April 28 to 4:30 pm on April 28

Cost: $30 for paid Hike NS members and $40 for non-members

Fast Facts

  • Nine guided hikes
  • Keynote speaker Dianne Whelan, award-winning Canadian filmmaker, photographer, author and multimedia artist who is traveling the longest trail in the world, The Great Trail (The Trans Canada Trail)
  • Sessions including: Mi’kma’ki, the Land of the Mi’kmaw and the Verb Based Language of the Traditional Place Names; How to Prepare for a Backpacking Trip; We Built It….. And People Keep Coming; Geocaching: not just finding Tupperware in the Woods; How building trails builds a strong rural economy: Sugar Moon’s story; How to Avoid Getting Lost; Cobequid Eco-Trails Society Then and Now
  • Stories from the Trail Pecha Kucha presentations
  • Hike Nova Scotia’s Awards
  • Silent auction
  • Displays
  • Friday and Saturday night socials

View the agenda, directions and other details. 

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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 Continue reading “Walking and Talking Trails at NS Hiking Summit”

Hiking Summit 2016: Digby Aprril 29 – May 1

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NS Hiking Summit April 24-26, Scotsburn

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Participants of the Hiking Summit 2014 in Parrsboro enjoy a hike along a local beach.

Hike Nova Scotia invites individuals and groups with an interest in hiking, walking and snowshoeing to the fourth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit, from Friday, April 24 to Sunday, April 26 at Scotsburn Elementary School in Scotsburn. The summit is a celebration of hiking culture, including best practices, stories and networking opportunities. The Summit is hosted by Hike NS and Pictou County, with support from the NS Department of Health and Wellness.

There is limited space for this event, so please register early to secure your spot. Registration is $30 for Hike NS members and $40 for non-members (who will receive a membership with their registration). Registration includes: access to hike events and socials; access to Saturday sessions; Saturday morning coffee/snacks, lunch, afternoon coffee/snacks and an optional supper. Registration does not include accommodation or other meals – you must arrange them on your own. The deadline for registration is April 20, 2015. Learn more and register online here.

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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Hike NS Presents Summit Award: Social Media Release

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Hike NS Presents Summit Award

Hike Nova Scotia has awarded Lionel and Lily Conrod, of the Dartmouth Volksmarch Club, with its highest award.

“The Summit Award is presented to an organization and or an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the growth and development of hiking in Nova Scotia,” explains Deb Ryan, Hike Nova Scotia’s Past President.

In 1983 the Conrods help found the first Volksmarch group in Canada and last year (2013) they celebrated its 30th anniversary. This club continues to be the largest and the most active walking club in Nova Scotia.

“Organizations such as these take strong leadership, consistency and ongoing administration, commitment and support,” says Ryan. “Lionel and Lily have worked as a team providing needed leadership for those 31 years.”

The award was presented on April 12 at Hike Nova Scotia’s annual Summit held this year in Parrsboro at the Fundy Geological Museum. About 80 people representing avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others attended the event. The Summit was a celebration of Nova Scotia’s hiking culture, and included sharing best practices and stories, networking and hiking. Hike Nova Scotia thanks the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness for its support.

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Media Contact:

Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia
(902) 717-4408(902) 717-4408

email

A more detailed description of Lionel and Lily Conrod’s contribution to hiking is found here.

Photos are available upon request.

Nova Scotia Hiking Summit: Social Media Release

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Folks Talk & Walk Trails at NS Hiking Summit

Hiking Summit in Parrsboro a celebration of hiking culture in NS

Hike Nova Scotia, along with 80 people with an interest in hiking, walking and snowshoeing will converge on Parrsboro this coming weekend for the third annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit. This event will take place April 11-13 in Parrsboro at the Fundy Geological Museum. 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 Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness for its support.

“We’re looking forward to learning about new and old trails, listening to hiking stories and hearing about what’s happening to support hiking,” says Janet Barlow with Hike Nova Scotia. “Parrsboro is a perfect spot for the Hiking Summit with so many wonderful trails nearby and beautiful scenery.”

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Participants of the 2013 Hiking Summit in Cape Breton gather together.

Event details:

Date: April 11 – 13, 2014

Location: Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro, NS

Time: 3 pm on April 11 to 3 pm on April 13

Highlights:
• 5 guided hikes
• Keynote speaker Jane Murphy with the Trans Canada Trail
• Sessions including: Cape Chignecto and Cape Split Visitor Experience; NS Trail Strategy; Economics of Hiking Trails
• Stories from the Trail PechaKucha presentations
• Hike Nova Scotia’s Awards

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

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For more information contact:

Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia
(902) 717-4408(902) 717-4408
info@hikenovascotia.ca