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”

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Guided Hikes Get You on the Trail

Fall is arguably the most beautiful time to hike in Nova Scotia. Hike Nova Scotia and 14 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2016 Fall Guided Hike Series in September, October and November. There are 21 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Most hikes are free unless otherwise indicated in the schedule.

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“There are hikes in different parts of the province, of varying lengths and difficulty levels,” says Janet Barlow, Hike NS Executive Director. “So there’s really something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a newbie.”

Fast Facts:

  • Hike Nova Scotia and 14 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2016 Fall Guided Hike series.
  • There are 21 hikes led by local folks.
  • The series runs from September 10 to November 5.
  • Most hikes are free unless otherwise indicated in the schedule.
  • Hikes take place in areas across mainland Nova Scotia. For hikes in Cape Breton, see the Hike the Highlands Festival line up at www.hikethehighlands.com.
  • The full list of events – including hike dates, times, registration details and directions – is found at www.hikenovascotia.ca. Hikes are listed by date or by region: Halifax, South Shore, Valley, Fundy.
  • Participants qualify to win “trail prizes.”
  • The hikes are meant to help get more people outside and active on our trails.
  • Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground, Goose Lane Editions for its prize donations and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for its support.
  • Hike NS 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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Add Five Islands Provincial Park to Your Summer’s to-go List

By Brad Donaldson

WHERE TO GO:

From Halifax, jump onto the 102 and head northeast. When you have the option between going towards Amherst or Cape Breton, choose Amherst. That highway is the 104, and, once on it, you will want to take exit 10 (Great Village). After that, head west until you hit the Glooscap Trail (Trunk 2). This road will take you through Portapique, Bass River, Economy, and finally to Five Islands where you will take a left on Bentley Branch Road that brings you to the park’s gates.

WHERE TO STAY:

Five Islands Provincial Park offers Continue reading “Add Five Islands Provincial Park to Your Summer’s to-go List”

Meandering the Musquodoboit Trailways

By Brad Donaldson

For some reason we decided to hike during the warmest portion of the scorching day. Between 12:00 and 3:30 PM, the Admiral Lake Loop hooped us up, down, and around its mossy forests, sharp look-offs, and cool blue lakes that make the Musquodoboit Trailways one of the HMR’s premiere systems for hiking.

From the parking lot, located on Park Road, the gravel Rail Trail takes you 1.7 kilometres to the trailhead.

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As soon as our heads ducked into the trail, on the right, we were led around large granite boulders that were bigger than a car Continue reading “Meandering the Musquodoboit Trailways”

Bothy to Offer New Perspectives for Nova Scotia Hiking

By Brad Donaldson

Gordon Young knew something was missing.

“There’s all kinds of trails in Nova Scotia that [you can] drive out, park your car, hike in, have lunch, and hike out again,” says Young. “But if you say, ‘Hey, I want to go for a five day hike’ where do you go?”

For years, Young had left his home province in search of these long-distance hikes, destinations including places such as Quebec, Maine, and even overseas to England.

The idea to create such a trail in Nova Scotia came to Young, a native of Pictou County, while driving his daughter along the province’s back roads to Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.

When reflecting back on these drives, he notes the inspiration came from overlooking that “spine” over northern Nova Scotia, which includes the Cobequid Mountains and the escarpment running into Antigonish.

In 2003, Young became one of the founding members of the Cape to Cape Trail Association, a small committee stemming from the Pictou County Trails Association.

Since then, he has been a driving force in the initiation and construction of Nova Scotia’s first long-distance footpath.

But what a trail of long-distance needs for its users are shelters Continue reading “Bothy to Offer New Perspectives for Nova Scotia Hiking”

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”

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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