Hiking Summit 2016: Digby Aprril 29 – May 1

???????????????????????????????Hike Nova Scotia invites individuals and groups with an interest in hiking, walking and snowshoeing to the fifth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1 in Digby. The summit is a celebration of hiking culture, including best practices, stories, networking opportunities and hikes Continue reading “Hiking Summit 2016: Digby Aprril 29 – May 1”

Field Leader – Hiking Course Oct. 17-18, Wolfville

RIMG1150-smallerA Field Leader – Hiking Course will be offered in Wolfville on October 17 and 18 in Rotary Park. It will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) national certification in Field Leader – Hiking. This includes skills to organize and lead others in a one day, educational or activity based experience in a natural environment. The course is two days in length and will provide successful candidates with the necessary skills to be a confident hiking leader Continue reading “Field Leader – Hiking Course Oct. 17-18, Wolfville”

Hike NS AGM & Hikes: June 27 in Cornwallis

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Folks take part in a foggy hike at Gaff Point on the South Shore after last year’s Hike NS AGM.

The Hike Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting will take place in Cornwallis, Annapolis County on Saturday June 27. Lunch will be provided (must RSVP) and there will be a hike before and after the AGM.

10:15 am: Morning Annapolis Royal Walk Meet at the wharf near Kings Theatre (358 St. George St.). There is a Sunday Market nearby you might want to take in before the walk Continue reading “Hike NS AGM & Hikes: June 27 in Cornwallis”

If You’re not a Bear, You Shouldn’t be Hibernating!

By Renée Hartleib

Photo2-smallBrian Orde has always been passionate about physical activity and its many benefits. And he’s been lucky enough to combine his love of all things outdoor and active with his life’s work.

With the County of Annapolis Recreation Services for the last 13 years, Brian started out as a summer student while was studying Recreation at Acadia University. In 2003, he came on full time as their Projects and Programs Assistant.

“I feel very lucky that I get to work in the community where I grew up, seeing familiar faces, and always meeting new people as well.” Brian’s goal is to ensure people have positive, enriching outdoor recreational experiences. “I love it when someone realizes how much fun recreation and the outdoors can be,” he says. “This often leads to them recreating those experiences on their own time.”

Snowshoeing certainly falls into this category for Brian. Nine years ago, he helped create the “Snowshoe Annapolis County Snowshoe Treks” and they’ve been growing ever since. This winter, they are offering seven events with five different routes, including a Sweethearts Moonlit Trek in Annapolis Royal for Valentines Day.

Guided by Brian, with his in depth knowledge of the county, the treks usually involve an element of the history of the region. Last year, a large group trekked along a trail to the Tupperville Falls.

Sheila Goldsmith, who lives in Round Hill, outside of Annapolis Royal, brought her husband and 14-year-old grandson along. “It was a beautiful walk through the woods on a looping trail with the waterfall at the half way mark.” Enormous icicles and huge glassy boulders greeted them. Even the fact that Sheila tripped a few times on her snowshoes didn’t wreck the fun! “And you can’t beat the hot cider and cookies at the end!”

Brian says that people are often drawn to the snowshoe treks for the camaraderie of it all. Others enjoy exploring new places, while still others do it for the sheer fitness element. Brian and his team offer a variety of distances: 1-2 km for family treks, with longer hikes of 10km too. And don’t let the fact that you don’t own snowshoes stop you—the County of Annapolis supplies them! Up to seventy people have participated in the past, making these events enormously successful.

For even larger groups within schools, community groups, and workplaces, the recreation group of the County of Annapolis also offers winter group activities. Two members of Brian’s team travel around the county in special vehicle filled with snowshoes, Nordic poles, and kick sleds. A special bag of tricks is pulled out for schools that include a geocaching treasure hunt. This year, there are 50 programs, and all in just 51 days!

 “A lot of people go into hibernation mode in the winter,” says Brian. “But our vision is to get as many people as possible out and active and having fun.”

 Don’t waste all the great snow this year. Get out there!

The Annapolis County snowshoe events are part of Hike Nova Scotia’s Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike series. Learn more at http://www.hikenovascotia.ca

Write or call Brian Orde to register for a snowshoe adventure in the Valley:

(902) 532-3144

borde@annapoliscounty.ns.ca

Hibernating is for Bears Contest: Share a photo of yourself hiking, walking or snowshoeing by email, Twitter or on Facebook to win a $100 prize package! Learn more at https://hikenovascotia.wordpress.com.

 

Featured Trail: Blomidon Provincial Park

Trail Name: Blomidon Provincial Park

Location: Canning

Description: “Rising majestically from the shores of the Minas Basin, Blomidon Provincial Park is renowned for its spectacular views. Blomidon’s 759 ha (1,875 acres) include 180 m (600 ft.) high cliffs, a variety of habitats, striking natural features, abundant wildlife — and the world’s highest tides wash its shores. These natural attractions provide excellent opportunities for camping, hiking, beachcombing, photography or just appreciating nature.” Blomidon is host to fourteen kilometres of interconnected trails with a variety of habitats and scenic look-offs.

Map: Find a map and directions here.

Fall Guided Hike Series

Another slate of Fall Guided Hikes is available through Hike Nova Scotia and its partners across the province. The 15 hikes in September and October are led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Click here for details on the following hikes:

  • Sept. 9: Annapolis Royal Seasonal Walk
  • Sept. 10: White Point to Burnt Head Trail, Cape Breton
  • Sept. 15: Fishing Cove Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Sept. 18: Cape George Trails, Antigonish County
  • Sept. 18: St. Mary’s River Walk, Waternish (Guysborough County)
  • Sept. 18: Windhorse Farm Trail, New Germany
  • Sept. 24: Greenwood Walk, Greenwood
  • Sept. 25: Card Lake Colors Hike, Card Lake Provincial Park (near Chester)
  • Oct. 2: Keji Trails, Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site
  • Oct. 12: Acadian Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Oct. 13: Branch Pond Look-Off, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Oct. 14: Franey Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Oct. 14: Kingston Year Round Walk, Kingston
  • Oct. 22: Kentville Pumpkin Walk, Kentville
  • Oct. 23: Rogers Hill Trail, Durham (Pictou County)

Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground: Valley Trekkers Volkssport Club, Hike the Highlands Festival, Fresh Air Society, Nova Scotia Nature Trust, St. Mary’s River Association, Windhorse Farm, Chester Recreation and Parks, Annapolis County Recreation Services, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Celtic Colours Festival, and Cape to Cape Committee of the Pictou County Trails Association.

Featured Trail: Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness

Trail Name: Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness
Location: Annapolis County
Description: This is a provincial day-use park. According to the Trails Nova Scotia website, “the trails at Mickey Hill Pocket Wilderness are well suited for family groups to hike, cross-country ski or snowshoe. There are 3 short trails:  the Picnic Trail, the Beach Trail and the Ski Trail. The longest of these is the Ski Trail which is 2 km in total (return trip included).” In total there are 5.6 km of trail to explore.
Map: Find a map, description and directions here.

Featured Trail: Delaps Cove Wilderness Trail

by Debra Ryan

If you are in the Annapolis area and are looking for a coastal hiking experience then plan to hike the Delaps Cove Wilderness Trail. Located north of Annapolis in the far reaches of Delaps Cove this trail is a gem and sure worth the visit. It has two trails: the first is Bohaker Trail which is a short three-km looped hike. It features old rock foundations and awesome Bay of Fundy views.

The rugged shoreline portion of the hike meanders along the bay for approx one kilometre and then you are treated to Bohaker Cove with its cliffs and a forty foot waterfall.

If you are an adventure seeker then you will find a way to the bottom of the cove (carefully) and explore the piles of driftwood and have a picture perfect moment at the bottom of the falls.

If you have a couple of extra hours then continue your hike westward and along the old Shore West Road. Once you cross Sloans’s Brook (approximately thirty minutes from Bohaker) start looking for the entrance to Charlies Trail which is located on your right. This looped trail (approximately two kilometre) is a wilderness single path trail.

The shoreline trail is different here as you hike the wooded area inside the tree line along the shore and have to explore the coastal views through strategic look-offs along the way.

Once you get to Charlies Cove you have a great viewing platform. The trail then swings north and passes by one of the largest foundations which is a remnant of an early black settlement. Make sure you read the interpretive panel. Heading north, the trail veers off the path to your right before you come to an old hunter’s cabin. Hike down a steep incline to a small gorge along the brook. You can view the small waterfall from the other side of the bridge and then return up the stairway and back on the trail.

The more adventurous folks choose to hike back to Bohaker Cove along the shore and although it is rugged in places you will be treated to lots of coastal treats (be aware of the tides). Otherwise, continue your trek along the path, hit the Shore Road heading east and return to the parking lot. The total trek should take approximately three hours more or less and is approximately ten kilometre return.

One final note: be sure to sign the guest book at the head of Bohaker Trail on your return trek and share your thoughts.

For maps and info go to: http://www.annapoliscounty.ns.ca and click recreation.