Fall Hikes, Events & Courses

Fall is a busy time and this season Hike NS has over 60 hikes, events and courses available. Check them out!

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Hike NS Fall Guided Hike Series 2017

Hike Nova Scotia and 28 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2017 Fall Guided Hike Series from September to November. There are 50 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Hikes are free and pre-registration is required unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as the ParticipACTION 150 Play List and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. Check out details in the schedule found at www.hikenovascotia.ca.

Trailgate Canada 150 Volunteer Trail Maintenance Days

Hike NS and six community trail groups will offer Trailgate Canada 150 events across the province this fall. These volunteer trail maintenance days give hikers a chance to help out their local community trail group. All equipment and guidance on trail maintenance is provided and volunteers will enjoy a “trailgate” party with barbeque and cake to celebrate Canada’s 150th. This project is funded by the Government of Canada. Events include:

-September 16 – Economy (Thomas’s Cove Coastal Trail)
-September 16 – Meat Cove (Seawall Trail)
-September 23 – Antigonish (Keppoch Mountain)
-September 30 – Halifax (Mainland Common)
-October 14 – Green Bay (Green Bay – Broad Cove Trail)
-October 14 – October 14 – Gulliver’s Cove, Digby Co. (Gulliver’s Head Look Off)

For more information, go to www.hikenovascotia.ca.

Registration for Hike NS Fall/Winter Courses Open

Registration is now open for Hike NS’s fall and winter courses across Nova Scotia. They range from how to be a hike leader to navigation. The specific offerings include: Field Leader – Hiking Courses; Field Leader – Winter Module; and Navigation Maps & Compass Courses. Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course. Learn more and register at www.hikenovascotia.ca.

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Slate of 2017-18 Hike NS Courses & Workshops Released

Hike NS’s schedule of courses and workshops across Nova Scotia is now available for 2017-18. Beginning in June through to February, they range from how to share nature with children to how to be a hike leader to navigation. The specific offerings include:Re-Connecting with Nature Workshops; Field Leader – Hiking Courses; Field Leader – Winter Module; Field Leader – Overnight Module; Navigation Maps & Compass Courses; and WILD Connect Course. Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course or workshop. Learn more and view the schedules at www.hikenovascotia.ca.

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A for Adventure: sitting down with Chris Surette

By Brad Donaldson

When asked about A for Adventure’s beginnings, Chris Surette can’t help but get excited. “I still get the chills when I think about it,” says Surette when reflecting on how the multi-faceted marketing brand started.

Fittingly, the adventure started here in Nova Scotia, when, in the summer of 2013, Jan LaPierre (another member of A for Adventure) created “Paddle to Sable”, a paddling venture that would travel from Canso, Nova Scotia to Sable Island—an island 200 kilometres off the coast. The trip, along with friend Graham Carter, was aimed at raising money to send children dealing with mental health issues to Brigadoon Village, in Kentville, Nova Scotia.

Nearly four years later, I sit across from Surette (who was in the support vessel during “Paddle to Sable”) in his downtown Dartmouth office as he shares stories from the last handful of years.

The paddling trip was a celebrated accomplishment, but it simultaneously sparked a journey of further adventure across the province.

Paddling was step one. Step two?

“Canso’s still in the rear-view mirror,” says Surette, “and [Jan] pulled out his phone and started reading. And he was like: ‘A is for Adventure, as you’ll come to know.’”

What LaPierre was reading was the beginning of his idea for a children’s book, synonymously named “A is for Adventure”. By the time Jan had gotten to the third letter of the alphabet (C is for canoeing, if you’re wondering), Surette was hooked.

“I could instantly imagine families, and people coming together and being inspired to get outside.”

Roughly two years after that drive home from Canso, Jan and Chris held the first hard-copy prints of their storybook vision.

Through this literary vehicle, the Nova Scotian duo have become full-time adventurers, promoting the outdoors, and acting as ambassadors for the multitude of benefits found outdoors, which recently includes a partnership with Parks Canada.

Surette believes the importance of a children’s book is to create a foundation of adventure within the younger audience. Because, if you can convince that audience to connect with nature, “You’re way ahead,” he says.

Following the success of the book, there was a rise in demand for the brand’s additional online content such as collaborating with Tourism Nova Scotia. The demand led to Chris and Jan quickly adding a third, full-time member, in the form of Brad Sayeau, a Toronto-based filmmaker who had recently moved east.

“We’re storytellers, first,” says Surette. “And in order to do that, video has been a really big platform for us.”

With this addition, the brand continued its production of digital content both in quantity and quality, with all three members sharing in on the brainstorming and production process.

While Surette enjoys recounting the success of his own business, what is reassuring of the brand is the prominence placed on others who share their passion. By adventuring on a regular basis, Surette says it has “opened [their] eyes to realize there was different ways to reach people.” And he insists it has the power to change lives.

The enthusiasm that appears when talking about other people’s stories proves the brand’s intention is built around what Surette calls “CCR” or “creativity, curiosity, and resiliency.”

“The outdoors teaches you how to fail,” says Surette, who isn’t shy of the fact everyone fails at some point. “[But] if you fall down, get back up again.”

Whether it’s sharing this message with elementary schools, facilitating camping workshops with refugees, or hiking local trails for their own pleasure, Surette says the brand emphasises breaking the stigma that adventure has to be something extreme or radical. He believes adventure can be manageable, such as biking around the lake or walking through the neighbourhood park.

And these days, the guys behind A for Adventure can be found all over Nova Scotia and the Atlantic provinces living up to their motto: inspiring others to get outside.

Visit A for Adventure’s website here for more online content and inspiration.

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. Continue reading “Hike NS Presents Awards at Tatamagouche Summit”

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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Hiking for the Holidays Online Auction

Support the Hike NS Hiking for the Holidays Online Auction. Shop once and give twice: once to your loved ones and once to Hike NS. Do your holiday shopping online with us and spend more time hiking, less time shopping. From big gifts to stocking stuffers, we’ve got presents that hikers will love. Special thanks to The Trail Shop for donating most of the items in the auction! Bidding opens Nov. 26 and ends on Dec. 11.

Hike NS Wins Bluenose Achievement Award

Hike NS was honoured to receive the Bluenose Achievement Award for its Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop series from Recreation Nova Scotia at its annual conference on September 28 in Pictou County.

The Bluenose Achievement Award recognizes an individual or community group that provides/supports activities and services that successfully achieves the values and benefits of recreation. The Re-Connecting with Nature workshop is a hands-on day of adventure to improve participants’ ability to lead and share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. Since the spring of 2015, 13 workshops have been offered across the province to almost 150 youth group leaders, recreation and camp staff, teachers, early childhood educators, parents and concerned citizens. The workshop series is a partnership of Hike NS with the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and Acadia University.

Pictured receiving the award above from left to right are: Garnet McLaughlin (Hike NS President), Janet Barlow (Hike NS Executive Director) and George Taylor (a Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop Instructor). On the right is Meg Cuming (Recreation NS President) presenting the award.

A Feast Unlike Any Other on Thanksgiving Weekend

img_20160914_153653024Tired of the same old turkey dinner every Thanksgiving? Perhaps a change is in order? A special cultural culinary hike in Southwest Nova Scotia will offer a feast unlike any you’ve had before.

“Peml’gat Toqwa’q Mawoi’mi: A Mi’kmaq Cultural Culinary Experience” is a chance to experience Mi’kmaq food and cultural interpretation, all while going on a hike. The event, taking place along the Tkipok Trail in Yarmouth on Saturday, October 8, is hosted by the Acadia First Nation in partnership with Hike Nova Scotia. Continue reading “A Feast Unlike Any Other on Thanksgiving Weekend”