Hiking Summit Features Cape Breton Trails

Hiking Summit in Ingonish a celebration of hiking culture in NS

About 250 people with an interest in hiking, walking and snowshoeing, will converge on Ingonish from May 11 to 13, 2018 for the seventh annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit. Hosted by Hike NS along with Naturally Active Victoria County, Parks Canada and the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands, 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.

Presenting sponsor is The Trail Shop and Platinum sponsor is Victoria County. Gold sponsors are Parks Canada and Destination Cape Breton. Silver sponsors are Cape Breton University – Sport and Physical Activity Leadership; the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage; Clif Bar, and Big Spruce Brewing. Bronze sponsor is the Ingonish Development Society.

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“Cape Breton is seen as a hiking Mecca and we’re incredibly excited to have so many people come out to talk about hiking and trails and then actually get out onto those beautiful trails,” says Janet Barlow, Hike NS Executive Director. “We were pleasantly surprised to have the Summit sell out in just one month and we’ve got a long waiting list.” The Summit is also a great to launch Destination Cape Breton’s new #HikeCapeBreton initiative.

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Date: Friday May 11, Saturday May 12 & Sunday, May 13, 2018
Location: Keltic Lodge at the Highlands, Ingonish
Time: 12 pm on May 11 to 5:30 pm on May 13

Fast Facts:

The Summit includes:

  • Keynote David Miller, author of AWOL on the Appalachian Trail and The A.T. Guide
  • MCs Chris Surette and Jan-Sebastian LaPierre from A for Adventure
  • A smudging and drumming ceremony to open the Summit
  • A new kids’ program
  • Hikes featuring the gorgeous scenery of the Cape Breton Highlands
  • Interesting sessions, skills workshops and Pecha Kucha presentations
  • Friday night reception and Saturday night supper with keynote speaker
  • Hike Nova Scotia’s Summit Awards
  • Silent auction and displays
  • Songs and stories around the campfire

The program and other details are found at www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects-hiking-summit.

Interviews:

Keynote David Miller is available for phone interviews leading up to the Summit as are representatives from our various co-hosts and partners. See the contact information below to arrange interviews.

Photos: 

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Contact

Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia
(902) 717-4408
Email info@hikenovascotia.ca

 

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NS Hiking Summit

Hike Nova Scotia invites individuals and groups with an interest in hiking, walking and snowshoeing to the seventh annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit from Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13 in Ingonish at the Keltic Lodge. The summit is a celebration of hiking culture and includes best practices, stories, networking opportunities, hikes and a new family / kids’ program. It is hosted by Hike NS, Naturally Active Victoria County, Parks Canada and the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands. Presenting sponsor is The Trail Shop, Platinum sponsor is Victoria County, Gold sponsors are Parks Canada and Destination Cape Breton, Silver sponsors are the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and Big Spruce Brewing and Bronze sponsor is the Ingonish Development Society. The guys from A for Adventure will be our MCs and the keynote speaker is David Miller, author of AWOL on the Appalachian Trail and The A.T. Guide.

There is limited space, so please register early to secure your spot. Registration is $45 for paid Hike NS members, $55 for non-members and $35 for children, youth and students. With the new family / kids’ program this year, families are invited to attend (some childcare provided). Registration includes: access to information sessions, hike events and socials along with Saturday and Sunday lunches. There are optional breakfasts and a Saturday supper at additional cost. Registration does not include accommodation or other meals – you must arrange them on your own. The deadline to register is May 6. Learn more and register online here.

Featured Trail: Charles L. McDonald Sports Park

By Amanda CashinCharlesMacdonaldSportspark

I hiked in Charles L. McDonald Sports Park a couple of weeks ago. With these chilly temperatures I better tell you all about it before the trails are covered in snow! Of course, this is actually a lovely little trail for a snowy hike, but if I wait too much longer my autumn photos will be old news.

Unless familiar with the area, this park is a hidden gem. The only reason I know about it is because of Michael Haynes’ book Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality. I did notice a sign for the park, but it was knocked down in the grass beside the road. Based on first impressions one might not think it, but these trails are really quite enjoyable, and very well maintained. Read the full posting here. Find a map and directions here.

Featured Trail: Cape Smokey Provincial Park

Trail Name: Cape Smokey Provincial Park

Location: Cape Smokey, Cape Breton

Description: “This trail starts at the Cape Smokey Provincial Park. Smokey is one of the most famous mountains in Cape Breton.” It features a 10 kilometre (return) rugged trail, picnic tables, look-offs, spectacular views, and rest stops.

Map: Find a map and directions here.

Featured Trail: Caribou-Munroes Island

By Amanda Cashin

We’re tying a different format for our Featured Trails. One of Hike NS’s board members, Amanda Cashin, has a blog of the hikes and adventures she takes. Her blog is called Beachcomber & Trail-Roamer. We’d like to share some of her blog postings with you.

On what may have been the coldest day in October to-date, I had a

beach day. It was a chilly 9 degrees and under overcast skies my partner and I enjoyed a hike at Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park. As we set out for our day trip to Pictou County we were hopeful; the sun was shining brightly and fluffy white clouds filled the sky. By the time we arrived along the Northumberland Shore though, it was down-right cold and the sun had started to disappear.

In typical Nova Scotia fashion though, the sun did show itself and warm our walk in short intervals. Cold or not, I’m not going to pass up a day at the beach. Read the full posting here.

Featured Trail: Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

Trail Name: Cape Chignecto Provincial Park

Location: Advocate Harbour

Description: “At Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, towering 180 metre (600 feet) sea cliffs rise from the Bay of Fundy, while the world’s highest tides lap at their base. Best described as a wilderness park, it has 29 kilometre (18 miles) of pristine coastline, deep valleys, sheltered coves, rare plants, and remnant old-growth forests. The park offers over 40 kilometres (25 miles) of wilderness trails and remote walk-in campsites.”

Map: Find a map and directions here.

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.

Featured Trail: Franey

Trail Name: Franey

Location: Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Description: “You climb up and up and your reward is at the top! Large flat rocks give you a nice place to sit and enjoy the 360 degree views of the entire Clyburn Brook canyon and the Atlantic coastline from Cape Smokey to Ingonish. Gaze back at the mountains, the sheer rocky face of Franey Mountain, or the river winding through the valley, 425 metres below. Keep an eye out for wildlife – moose like this habitat too.” This is a 7.4 kilometre loop trail.

Map: Find a map and directions here.

Draft Parks & Protected Areas Plan Ready for Feedback

Nova Scotians are invited to help define the final parks and protected areas plan to manage and protect Nova Scotia’s natural spaces. A draft was released on February 28.  The province says it will protect the most sensitive and important lands in our province and meet the goal of reviewing the province’s parks system, which is included in The Path We Share, Nova Scotia’s natural resources strategy. The province would protect more than 13 per cent of its lands, surpassing its legislated goal to protect at least 12 per cent of Nova Scotia. Currently, about 9.3 per cent is protected. The plan proposes to:

  • Add: 4 new provincial parks (960 ha); 44 new wilderness areas (126 020 ha); and 120 new nature reserves (33 690 ha)
  • Expand: 12 provincial parks (3940 ha); 32 wilderness areas (72 070 ha); and 10 nature reserves (4330 ha)
  • Transfer: In order to create a more effective parks and protected areas system, the plan proposes to transfer 2500 hectares of provincial parklands to protected areas and 1000 hectares of parklands to Crown land (still available for public use).

With these changes, the proposed parks and protected areas system would include: 187 provincial parks; 84 wilderness areas; and 142 nature reserves. Nova Scotians have until May 1 to review and comment on the document. Feedback will help shape the final plan. Give feedback online or attend one of 17 public consultation sessions in March and April across NS.

Featured Trail: Taylor Head Provincial Park

Trail Name: Taylor Head Provincial Park

Location: Spry Bay, HRM

Description: “Taylor Head Provincial Park, a natural environment park, occupies a rugged wind-swept peninsula jutting six and a half kilometres (4 miles) into the Atlantic Ocean on Nova Scotia’s picturesque Eastern Shore. The park provides spectacular views and offers 16 kilometres (10 miles) of unspoiled coastline. Discover the majesty of enduring rock versus the tumultuous power of the sea, all just over an hour’s drive from Halifax.”

Map: Find a map and directions here and here.