Hiking for the Holidays Online Auction

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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. 18 and ends on Dec. 3. View items here

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Franey in the Fall

by Brad Donaldson

 

I thought it might be too late, that when I finally got up to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park to see the leaves in all their seasonal glory there’d be none left. But luckily I was terribly, terribly wrong.

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On Saturday, October 21st, I woke up early and drove towards Franey Mountain. When I arrived at the trail head, the gravel parking lot was empty. The morning was cold and crisp, with a chance of showers. I dressed in layers and started in on the trail. Continue reading “Franey in the Fall”

The McLachlan Bothy: A Community Build

By Brad Donaldson

As some readers may know, last year I followed the revealing of the Doris and Jack McLachlan Bothy.

The bothy stands on Six Mile Brook Trail—a trail that is part of the Cape to Cape trail system—and was constructed by community volunteers and a number of high school students in the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.

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Many of those students came from the North Nova Education Centre, in New Glasgow, and were led by a name mentioned in last year’s piece: Andrew Parsons.

He was and still is a driving force behind the creation, maintenance, and constant improvement of this unique overnight shelter.

So, last week I attended one of these student outings to see the bothy for myself.

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As a life-long mountain biker, Parsons enjoys bringing students out of a traditional school setting and into the natural world to explore different ways of learning. Along the trail, his age doesn’t show. He trucks through the babbling river in rubber boots and excitedly points out strands of trees, asking students—between grades ten to twelve—if they remember the names.

Working with the school’s Career Exploration Program (CEP)—an alternative learning program—Parsons teaches Building Systems, which focuses on the hands-on side of things: construction, electrical, landscape, etc.

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In the past, and under Parsons’ supervision, students built a number of timber frame trail kiosks for the area. So when a friend mentioned the first tentative idea of an overnight shelter in the same area, Parsons saw students as a perfect fit to help with the project.

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In Parsons’ eyes, students would not only learn tangible skills constructing the shelter, but also have the chance to “contribute back to the community [in a way] that would have a long-lasting impact.”

“I think that problem solving, and approaching community projects, is beneficial not only to the community but to individuals because it gives them a sense of place and belonging, and ownership,” Parson adds. “But also, in their own future, they can see a role for how they might envision being connected in the greater community.”

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In high school, teenagers are often trying to find their thing and fit in. But projects such as the Doris and Jack McLachlan Bothy have given students a chance to try something new, something in an area they might not normally travel to.

In the midst of all the work happening around the bothy that day, Parsons mentions a story of a student who, after working on the bothy, brought their family out to the area for a hike— something the family had never done before—to show off the accomplishment.

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Parsons hopes that his students “choose to do [similar ventures] in their future so we see more people in wilderness, taking advantage of these wild places we have on our doorstep.”

Because, he says, the benefits are developing right before his eyes.

 

 

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.

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. 

Continue reading “Slate of 2017-18 Hike NS Courses & Workshops Released”

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

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”