Snowshoeing Grows with Hike Series

Now that winter is upon us, rather than hibernate indoors, Hike NS says to get out and try snowshoeing. You’ll be in good company, since everyone seems to be trying it. Hike Nova Scotia and its partners across the province are offering the 2018 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series from January to March.

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“Snowshoeing is probably one of the fastest-growing outdoor activities in our province,” says Janet Barlow, Hike NS Executive Director. “We’ve had the highest number of events registered across the province this season, even surpassing our fall hike series. Last year, people came out in droves.”

Event Details

Date: January 13 to March 17, 2018

Location: The full schedule with registration details and directions is found at www.hikenovascotia.ca. Hikes are led by local folks and participants qualify to win trail prizes. Hikes are free or low-cost and pre-registration is required​ unless otherwise indicated. Over 65 hikes are listed by date and region. Hikes include the following regions:

  • Cape Breton (Cape Breton Island)
  • 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 38 host organizations partnered up to offer the guided snowshoeing series in January, February and March.
  • Over 65 snowshoe hikes are scheduled province-wide.
  • Hikes are led by local folks and participants qualify to win trail prizes. Hikes are free or low-cost and pre-registration is required​ unless otherwise indicated.
  • Hike NS thanks its local partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as Goose Lane Editions and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support.
  • Wondering where to find snowshoes? Not to worry, since you can easily find snowshoes to borrow, rent or buy using Hike NS’s online guide, with 75 listings. A growing number of municipalities, businesses and organizations are buying sets of snowshoes to lend or rent. There are at least 55 venues listed where you can borrow them for free.
  • 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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Snowshoeing Nova Scotia: Part 1

by Brad Donaldson

This winter we’ll be highlighting some of the province’s best trails for snowshoeing. In part one, we begin in central Nova Scotia, listing some of our favourites in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).

1. Shubie Park: Nestled between Lake Micmac and Lake Charles, Shubie Park offers city dwellers a chance to get outside without having to travel far. Commonly known for kayaking and canoeing, the park is also a place for walking, camping, and snowshoeing. Within the 40-acre urban park are three main trails that loop around lakes, over canals, and under towering trees making for a full day of adventure.

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2. Oakfield Provincial Park: One of the many provincial parks found in the HRM, Oakfield is on the shores of Grand Lake, just off Highway 2 (near Fall River). As a day-use park, the area is filled with intertwining trails that funnel down to the lake through a beautiful hardwood forest.

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3. Salt Marsh Trail: Moving through the wetlands of Eastern Passage, Cole Harbour, and Lawrencetown is the Salt Marsh Trail. The 6.5 kilometre trail (one way) is long, flat, and gravelled, making it perfect for snowshoeing. Part of the Trans Canada Trail, and formed from the old Musquodoboit Railway, the trail is popular place for wildlife sightingso keep your eyes peeled!

4. Point Pleasant Park: Found at the southern tip of the Halifax Peninsula, Point Pleasant is a perfect escape for those who might find themselves gridlocked during the cold winter months. Throughout the wooded area are endless, winding routes that wrap around the Atlantic shoreline, offering different levels of elevation and distance. Created in 1866, the park boasts a number of historical monuments commemorating military and navy efforts to see while braving the cold.

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5. Uniacke Estate Museum Park: Once a summer oasis for the family of Richard John Uniacke (a 19th-century Attorney-General), the area has recently been converted for public use. Within the grounds are eight trails that explore the heritage site, travelling  over rivers and along lakes. The trails vary in length and difficulty, and are available for use year round (although the museum and toilet facilities operate on a seasonal bases).

*Note: While snowshoeing, please be respectful and mindful of other trail users. You may notice trails that are not multi-purposed, and specifically groomed for cross country skiing. In this instance, we ask you to not damage the hard work that goes into grooming and enjoy responsibly.

Share the Hiking Love on Giving Tuesday: Nov. 28

Why do you love hiking? Is it the fresh air, the calm feeling of green or the heart-pumping rush of reaching a summit for a great view? Share the Hiking Love: On @GivingTuesdayCa (@NSGives) – November 28 – share a photo of you on an NS trail on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and then donate to Hike NS! Don’t forget to tag Hike NS when you post: #HikeNS @HikeNS @hikenovascotia. Check out our donation page

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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

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”

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

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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”

Hike NS in Five Years Survey

Snowshoeing - December 28, 2013Hike Nova Scotia will begin refreshing our strategic plan this winter/spring and we’re looking for input from current and past members, potential members, partners and others who have an interest in hiking, walking or snowshoeing in our beautiful province. Tell us what we’re doing well, what we could do better and where you think we should be in five years. To refresh your memory on Hike NS’s mandate, please visit our website.

Take the Survey Now

Please complete it by February 29. The Hike NS board will use your input to help inform our updated strategic plan.

If you need a bit more motivation for taking the survey, you could win a prize by completing it. All you have to do is leave your email at the end of the survey. You’ll be entered into a draw to win a $50 MEC gift certificate. The survey is completely anonymous; we will not associate responses with individuals.

Thank you in advance for your help and input. Happy trails.

Sincerely,

Garnet McLaughlin, Hike Nova Scotia President, on behalf of the Board

Hiking Summit 2016: Digby Aprril 29 – May 1

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Snowshoeing Events Reveal Winter Wonders

019If this winter is anything like last year’s, you’ll want to be on snowshoes. That’s the idea behind Hike Nova Scotia’s 2016 slate of Winter Guided Snowshoe Hikes taking place all over the province. Snowshoeing is one way to get out on the trails in winter when your own two legs just won’t cut it.

Maybe it’s trying something new, maybe it’s a trend toward being more active or maybe it’s the pull to get back to nature all year round. Whatever the reason, snowshoeing attracts more people each year.

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“This year we have our biggest selection of hikes for folks to try with over 50 guided snowshoe events,” says Janet Barlow, Communications Coordinator with Hike NS.

“We’ve seen an upward trend in the number of events we’ve offered and the number of people coming out since 2011,” Barlow explains. “More and more recreation departments and organizations are lending or renting snowshoes because of this pent up demand.”

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Fast Facts:

  • The hikes are meant to help get more people outside in winter and active on the trails.
  • Hike NS and 28 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the guided snowshoeing series.
  • The series runs from January 10 to March 17.
  • There are 53 snowshoe hikes led by local folks.
  • Participants qualify to win trail prizes.
  • Most hikes are free unless otherwise indicated in the schedule.
  • The full list of dates, times, registration details and directions is found at hikenovascotia.ca. Hikes include the following areas: Cape Breton, Highland (Antigonish and Pictou Counties), Fundy (Cumberland, Colchester and East Hants), Valley (Clare to West Hants), South Shore (Lunenburg County and areas) and Halifax Regional Municipality.
  • Hike NS keeps an online listing of where to borrow, rent or buy snowshoes.
  • Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as NS Trails, Doctors Nova Scotia and the NS Department of Health and Wellness for their support.
  • Hike Nova Scotia encourages and promotes hiking, walking and snowshoeing throughout Nova Scotia.
  • Membership in Hike NS means keeping up-to-date on the latest hiking news and having a say in its many projects.
  • Hike NS is supported by the Province of Nova Scotia.

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