Operating Ferry to Kidston Island Starts Canada Day at 10:00 am

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Kidston Island 1951 – 2018 Season of Operation

Operating the ferry to Kidston Island begins Canada Day (July 1, 2018) at 10:00 am

Thank You Baddeck Lions Club for All You Do Benefiting Victoria County Residents & Visitors, It’s truly Appreciated.

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Rise & Shine Program Has Lots of Participation

In partnership with the Cape Breton Regional Library at Baddeck Library a Spring/Summer Walking Program for Seniors: Rise and Shine Program 2018 (June, July & August) has been well received to date.

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011 A Proud Partner of this New Program Benefiting Residents and Visitors. Tuesday & Thursday Morning 8 am with A Walk, Stretching, etc. with Local Leader Matthew Carmichael:

The program is directed at seniors in the surrounding areas. The goal is to introduce/continue a variety of physical activity in the lives of people in the area. Exercise has major benefits for older adults such as reduced risk of of heart disease, increased bone and muscle density, reduced risk of dementia, increased mental health functionality, etc.

The sessions take place twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday, 8 am-9 am), and run for an hour. The first 30 minutes consists of outdoor walking session around the Village of Baddeck (Water St, the bay, the museum, walking track, etc.). The next 30 minutes consists of a form of resistance training and a light stretch that would address the full body. A lot of these exercises done with resistance bands. Exercises such as chair squats, overhead presses, bridges, leg lifts/extensions, etc. Matthew has resistance and body weight programs for older adults, these can be modified depending on the fitness level of the participants.

The program is a great opportunity to take in the beauty of Baddeck in the summer time, socialize with fellow participants, and improve overall health. The program is focused on the senior population, but is open to anyone that wants to join in.

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7th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2018

Since 2012

7th Annual Victoria County Canada Day 

Physical Activity Challenge 2018 

(June 30 & July 1, 2018)

Complete the Following 2 Events to Complete the Challenge:

  1. The Englishtown Mussel Cup Road Race 5K – June 30, 2018 
  2. The Dan MacDonald 10K in Baddeck – Canada Day (July 1, 2018)

June 30, 2018

14th Annual Englishtown Mussel Cup 5K & 1K 2018

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Mussel Fest Registration: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=141240

Please register at 8:30 am, run starts at 9:30 am. Also, 1 km run for 12 & under.

Date:                June 30th, 2018
Location:        Englishtown Community Hall, Englishtown
Registration: 8:30 am
Race Start:     9:30 am
Race Fee:        $15 – 5k; $10 – 1k
 

July 1, 2018

Dan MacDonald 10 km Road Race 2018

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Dan MacDonald Registration: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=141241

8:30 am – Please register at Bras d’Or Yacht Club.

8:30 am – Run, 1.5 km Road Race: Ages 5 & up

Date:                July 1st, 2018
Location:        Baddeck Yacht Club
Registration:  8:30 am
Race Start:      9:30 am
Race Fee:        $15 – 10k, $10 – 1.5k kids run

Challenge is Proudly Supported By Your Partners in Health:
-Englishtown Mussel Fest
-Englishtown Community Hall
-Baddeck Runners Club
-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011
-Victoria County
-ACOA
-Destination Cape Breton Association
 
 
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John Cabot Day Celebrations 2018

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Cabot Day consist of some great community organizations, great recognition has to be given to St. Paul Island Historical Society, who has been the driving force behind the revivals historic day, Thank You To St Paul Island Team, Who continues to keep the Historical Magic of St Paul Alive Today!

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North Highlands Community Museum & Culture Centre is a proud supporter of this years John Cabot Day Celebrations! We will be offering free admission on June 24th to commemorate the event of John Cabot’s first landfall in North America!

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Discover Parks Canada – Summer 2018

Summer 2018

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Discover Parks Canada

Experience it all!

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Don’t miss out on a brag-worthy summer! Grab your favourite people and participate in a wide variety of activities and special events: paddle moon-lit marshlands, celebrate Metis heritage with jigging and chariot racing, unearth fossils with a paleontologist, and more!

Use our trip planning tools to help you get the most out of your travels. Parks Canada places are playgrounds of epic proportions — go explore!

Dream it. Plan it. Book it. All just a tap away!

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The Parks Canada app has been freshly updated and packed with new and exciting features:

  • Find bioblitz events to participate in
  • Learn about science at Parks Canada
  • Explore trail maps and download them for offline viewing
  • Plan your next road trip with the easy-to-use itinerary tool

Don’t worry, you can still find those hidden gems, create that personal packing list and add stickers to your selfies. Download the app to start your adventure!

Download on the Apple App Store Get it on Google Play

Discover. Connect. Protect.

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Discover Canada’s extraordinary natural wonders and historic treasures and find out how easy it is to get involved in protecting them — you can even help from home! Start by learning about iconic animals you might be lucky enough to see while visiting Parks Canada places.

Everything begins with you.

Come! Spend the night!

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Stay overnight and experience Parks Canada places to the fullest! Choose traditional camping, equipped campsites, or more lavish accommodations. We’ve got you covered with more than 400 oTENTiks. Reserve now!

Camping newbie? No problem. Join us for one of our many Learn-to Campactivities and gain skills to become a pro!

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Cape Breton Minute (Issue 14 / June 2018)

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Issue 14 | June 2018

 

Kwe! Welcome to the Land of Fog National Indigenous Peoples Day is just around the corner. As the longest day of the year, June 21 is the time of year many Indigenous Peoples groups have chosen to celebrate their culture and heritage. We’re proud to help tell the Indigenous story at our Parks Canada places. For example, new this year to Cape Breton Highlands National Park is a program called Pjila’si Unama’ki! Come chat with Mary Louise Bernard, Parks Canada interpreter and former Chief of the Wagmatcook First Nation, to learn about the Mi’kmaq and their culture, and to find out what is going on in the five vibrant Indigenous communities of Unama’ki (Cape Breton). The program is available Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. at the Chéticamp visitor centre.

Learn to-Camp Think you might want to experience the joy of camping overnight but just need a helping hand? Register for the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site‘s learn-to camp event on June 23-24, 2018! This two-day event offers you the opportunity to learn how to plan and enjoy safe and successful camping trips. Workshops will be held on camping-related skills: how to set up a tent and what to pack. Participants also have the opportunity to enjoy exciting interpretive programs and other Parks Canada activities. Hear traditional tales from Mi’kmaq storytellers and together celebrate Canada’s Indigenous peoples and heritage. Campers will pitch their tent in the courtyard of the King’s Bastion, share stories around the campfire and spend the night under the star-filled sky inside the 18th century fortress walls. All you need is your appetite, sleeping bag and curiosity. Tents will be provided. The cost is $29.30 per person (children 5 and under: free). This includes activities, supper, breakfast in the period restaurant and snacks. For more information or to register, call 902-733-3552.

Keep it wild, Keep it safe Ever hear of a bear jam? It’s a traffic jam caused by people stopped to look at nearby bears. If you come across a bear jam, or any other traffic jam due to nearby wildlife, drive by slowly. If you decide to stop, pull over safely without blocking the road and make it a brief stay. Watch wildlife from afar and preferably from the safety of your car. This is the best way to stay safe and minimize your impact on wildlife. It’s also important to never feed wildlife. Feeding wildlife in a national park is actually illegal. Once an animal gets used to human food, it becomes a risk to public safety, and may have to be destroyed. For example, if they lose their “wild” instincts, they’re more likely to venture closer to campgrounds and nearby communities and become dependent on human food. They might also get too accustomed to traffic and be struck by a vehicle. Keep a safe a distance from wildlife; respect their space. Help us keep the “wild” in wildlife.

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Canada Day 2018 in Baddeck

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