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”

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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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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Field Leader – Winter Leadership courses in February 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016 in Halifax

Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Chester Basin

A pre-requisite for taking this module is Field Leader – Hiking certification. This nationally recognized course will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) training in Field Leader – Winter Leadership and allow the Field Leader to lead in low-risk winter environments as defined by the OCC. The course is $50 for non-Hike NS members and $40 for paid Hike NS members. It is delivered by OCC certified instructors and offered through Hike Nova Scotia in partnership with the NS Chapter of the OCC and supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness For more information, go here.

Field Leader – Hiking Courses in November

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Three Field Leader – Hiking Courses will be offered in November in Chester Basin, Halifax and Truro. They 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. Courses are two days in length and will provide successful candidates with the necessary skills to be a confident hiking leader Continue reading “Field Leader – Hiking Courses in November”

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”

Field Leader – Hiking Course Mar. 26, Apr. 2, Apr. 9, Truro

A Field Leader – Hiking Course will be offered in Truro on Mar. 26, Apr. 2 and Apr. 9, 2015. It will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) national certification. This includes skills to organize and lead others in a one day, educational or activity based experience in a natural environment. The program is suitable for hiking club leaders, trail groups, recreation department staff, teachers, 4H leaders, Scout leaders, Girl Guide leaders, parents or individuals interested in leading hikes. Courses are taught by OCC certified instructors. The course will provide successful candidates with the necessary skills to be a confident hiking leader. The cost is $90 ($80 for current Hike NS members). The course is offered through the Nova Scotia Chapter of the OCC in partnership with Hike Nova Scotia and supported by the Province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Outdoor Leadership Development Program. For more information and to register, go here.photo

Field Leader – Hiking Course Feb. 21-22, Dartmouth

A Field Leader – Hiking Course (formerly Leadership Level 1 – Hiking) will be offered in Dartmouth on February 21-22, 2015. 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 program is suitable for hiking club leaders, trail groups, recreation department staff, teachers, 4H leaders, Scout leaders, Girl Guide leaders, parents or individuals interested in leading hikes. Courses are taught by OCC certified instructors. The course is two full days in length and will provide successful candidates with the necessary skills to be a confident hiking leader. The cost is $90 ($80 for current Hike NS members). The course is offered through the Nova Scotia Chapter of the OCC in partnership with Hike Nova Scotia and supported by the Province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Outdoor Leadership Development Program. For more information, go here.

Snowshoe hikes popular winter activity

If there’s snow this winter, expect to see lots of people on snowshoes. Hike Nova Scotia and 16 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2015 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike series in January, February and March. There are 35 snowshoe hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.”019

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“There’s just something about snowshoeing that brings people out,” says Janet Barlow, Communications Coordinator with Hike Nova Scotia. “Last year, we had about 500 people attended 27 hikes. We have even more hikes scheduled this year and expect even more people to turn out.”

Fast Facts:

  • Hike Nova Scotia and 16 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2015 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike series.
  • There are 35 snowshoe hikes led by local folks.
  • The series runs from January 10 to March 14.
  • Hikes include the following areas: South Shore, Annapolis Valley, Colchester County, Pictou County, Cape Breton and Halifax Regional Municipality.
  • The full list of events – including hike dates, times, registration details and directions – is found at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
  • Participants qualify to win “trail prizes.”
  • The hikes are meant to help get more people outside in winter and active on our trails.
  • Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as the NS Trails Federation 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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