Slate of 2017-18 Hike NS Courses & Workshops Released

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. The specific offerings include:Re-Connecting with Nature Workshops; Field Leader – Hiking Courses; Field Leader – Winter Module; Field Leader – Overnight Module; Navigation Maps & Compass Courses; and WILD Connect Course. Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course or workshop. Learn more and view the schedules at www.hikenovascotia.ca.

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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.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Gordon Young has logged countless hours providing leadership to and nurturing the development of trails and growing a hiking movement throughout the Pictou County region. He helped to create the Cape to Cape Trail concept, a long distance trail now under construction with the aim to link Cape Chignecto and Cape George. Learn more about Gordon’s contribution to hiking trail development.

The Cobequid Eco-Trails Society (CE-TS) was formed in 2007 and focuses on the development and promotion of non-motorized trails in Colchester County. It has an emphasis on environmental appreciation and stewardship.  CE-TS and community volunteers have designed and developed the Gully Lake Trail system creating over 30 kilometres of hiking trails. Learn more about the CE-TS’s contribution to hiking trail  development.

The Awards were part of the annual Hiking Summit, a celebration of Nova Scotia’s hiking culture, which is held in a different community each year. This year’s Summit in Tatamagouche from April 29 to 30 was the biggest yet, with 200 people attending. Avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others attended the event. They took in guided hikes, information sessions and socials. Local dignitaries were on hand to launch the Summit including the Honourable Karen Casey, MLA for Colchester North, Her Worship Christine Blair, Mayor of the Municipality of Colchester and Jim Baird, Chair of the Tatamagouche Village Commission.

A highlight of the event was keynote speaker Dianne Whelan. She is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker, photographer, author and multimedia artist who is traveling the longest trail in the world, The Great Trail (also known as the Trans Canada Trail).

The Summit was co-hosted by Hike NS, the Cobequid Eco-Trails Society and the Municipality of Colchester. The event was supported by the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage with The Trail Shop as the presenting sponsor.

The 2018 Summit co-host and location was also announced at the event. Next year it will take place in Ingonish , Cape Breton, on May 11 to 13, 2018 with co-host Victoria County.

Hike NS Gets a New Look

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!

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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Hike NS Wins Bluenose Achievement Award

Hike NS was honoured to receive the Bluenose Achievement Award for its Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop series from Recreation Nova Scotia at its annual conference on September 28 in Pictou County.

The Bluenose Achievement Award recognizes an individual or community group that provides/supports activities and services that successfully achieves the values and benefits of recreation. The Re-Connecting with Nature workshop is a hands-on day of adventure to improve participants’ ability to lead and share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. Since the spring of 2015, 13 workshops have been offered across the province to almost 150 youth group leaders, recreation and camp staff, teachers, early childhood educators, parents and concerned citizens. The workshop series is a partnership of Hike NS with the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and Acadia University.

Pictured receiving the award above from left to right are: Garnet McLaughlin (Hike NS President), Janet Barlow (Hike NS Executive Director) and George Taylor (a Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop Instructor). On the right is Meg Cuming (Recreation NS President) presenting the award.

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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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