2019 Slate of Hike NS Courses Released

Hike Nova Scotia’s schedule of 2019 courses and workshops across the province is now available. From June to October and from one end of the province to the other, they range from how to share nature with children to how to be a hike leader to navigation.


“As a hiking organization, we want to see people have fun and stay safe and that’s what these courses are all about,” says Janet Barlow, Hike NS Executive Director. “Hiking and interest in outdoor activity is growing and these courses ensure both novice and experienced hikers have the skills they need for a great time on the trail.”


The specific offerings include:

  • Re-Connecting with Nature Workshops
  • Field Leader – Hiking Courses
  • Navigation Maps & Compass Courses

Fast Facts

  • Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop: This is a one-day, hands-on workshop held mostly outdoors to improve your ability to lead and share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth.
  • Field Leader – Hiking Course: A two-day course with a systematic approach to planning and managing a one-day hiking activity.
  • Navigation Maps & Compass Course: A two-day course with a comprehensive introduction to navigation using maps and compass.
  • Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course or workshop.
  • Learn more and view the schedules and details at www.hikenovascotia.ca/courses-workshops.
  • Partners include the Outdoor Council of Canada and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
  • Hike Nova Scotia encourages and promotes a growing hiking culture throughout our great province. We strive to be the voice for those who hike, walk and snowshoe. With every step we’re building a community of outdoor adventure enthusiasts.


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For more information on these events or Hike Nova Scotia contact:

Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia
(902) 932-6902

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Winners of NS Backroad Mapbook Contest

Last month, Hike NS had a contest to give away two copies of the 2012 edition of the the Nova Scotia Backroad Mapbook. Folks were asked to send in the name of their favourite Nova Scotia hiking trail. The winners are Diane Huskins from Caledonia and Cheryl Campbell from Stillwater Lake.  

Here are some of the favourite trails mentioned:

  • Prospect Point Hike
  • Meat Cove Mountain (Cape Breton)
  • Skyline Trail (Cape Breton Highlands National Park)
  • Gull Cove (Cape Breton)
  • Keji Seaside Hiking Trail
  • Clam Harbour Beach
  • Gaff Point (Lunenburg County)
  • Crystal Crescent Trail (Pennant Point)
  • The Bluff Trail
  • Polletts Cove
  • Cape Chignecto
  • Uisage Ban falls (Victoria County)
  • Taylor Head Provincial Park
  • Keji Seaside Adjunct
  • Storey’s Head (East Chezzetcook)
  • Coastal Trail (Cape Breton Highlands National Park)
  • Blue Mountain Trail (Hammonds Plains)
  • Miners Marsh Nature Trail (Kentville)
  • Blomidon Provincial Park
  • Musquodoboit Trailway
  • High Head Trail (Wentworth)
  • Cape Split
  • Prospect Point Hike
  • Burntcoat
  • Woodville Hiking Trails
  • Otter Marsh Cliff Hike

NS Backroad Mapbook Contest: Deadline Jul. 31

The 2012 edition of the Nova Scotia Backroad Mapbook is now available. The widely-popular Backroad Mapbook series tackles Nova Scotia with a comprehensive new 144-page guidebook as well as the industry leading GPS Maps that reveal the province’s outdoor experiences like never before. From hiking Cape Breton Highlands to fishing the LaHave River to exploring the Annapolis Valley Trail, no adventure is left out and no stone is left unturned. “Fishermen, families who enjoy camping, hikers and hunters, people who like canoeing, snowmobiling or cruising the backroads — we appeal to all of them,” explains company co-founder Russell Mussio.

Those who send in the name of their favourite Nova Scotia hiking trail become eligible for a prize draw for one of two Nova Scotia Backroad Mapbooks. Contact us and give:

  • Your name
  • Your full mailing address (so we can send you a book if you win the draw)
  • The name of your favourite hiking trail in Nova Scotia

Send your entry to info@hikenovascotia.ca by July 31, 2012.

Hike Smart Tips

On  April 21, 2010 , Ms. Debra Ryan, President,  Hike Nova Scotia issued a press release – Groups says listen to Science on Coyotes and Hike Smart  …. She stress the importance of enjoying the outdoors with safety in mind. To have a safe hiking experience, here is what Hike Nova Scotia recommends

1) Never hike alone … there is safety in numbers
2) Develop a hike plan and leave with someone who will follow it up if you are late.
3) Take a map or compass or GPS unit with extra batteries and knowhow to use them .
4) Be prepared and take the right gear with you. Hiking or trekking poles will help you with difficult terrain and can be usefull in emergency situations such as fending off aggressive animals.
5) Never feed wild animals and always take back your garbage.

Further information on safe hiking can be found in the December 2009 Hike Nova Scotia Newsletter  as well on Cape Breton Highlands Natonal Park website – Coyotes and Hiking Safety.