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 Continue reading “The McLachlan Bothy: A Community Build”
Fall is a busy time and this season Hike NS has over 60 hikes, events and courses available. Check them out!
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 Continue reading “Fall Hikes, Events & Courses”
By Brad Donaldson
For the first time since 2009, Halifax will be home to a Bioblitz.
Between September 11th and 17th, the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) will be hosting the community-based event that encourages the public to get outside and collectively identify the biodiversity living within the Halifax region.
This year’s blitz will take place at the Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Wilderness Area as well as Point Pleasant Park—two very different areas—which will allow Continue reading “BioBlitz to re-take Halifax”
by Brad Donaldson
Some, but not all, of my gear for the three-day trip. Items pictured here Continue reading “Keji’s Backcountry Beauty: A Photo Essay”
Last week, Brad Donaldson sat down with Martha Grantham and Amelia Kennedy of the Natural Resources Education Centre in Middle Musquodoboit, NS to discuss their organization.
Q: What are your roles with the Natural Resources Education Centre (NREC)?
Martha: I am the supervisor of the Natural Resources Education Centre.
Amelia: I’m a natural resource educator.
Q: Summarizing, what is the NREC?
Martha: We do education-based programs that are curriculum-related throughout the school year. The NREC is responsible for Continue reading “Q&A with the Natural Resources Education Centre”
Hike NS Invites you to it’s Annual General Meeting on June 17 in Truro. There will be a morning guided hike in Victoria Park, a lunch, a presentation by Truro Recreation on Victoria Park and the AGM. It’s free but attendees must RSVP in advance here.
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”
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 Continue reading “A for Adventure: sitting down with Chris Surette”
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 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!