4th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest ActiveFest Kicked Off Today

The Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest ActiveFest Kicked Off Today with a Hike to Usige Ban Falls this afternoon! Find activities for you and your family relating to physical activity, leisure, sports and recreation this Fall:



October 15-31

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For All the Details For You and Your Family, Please Visit the Following:

Web:            https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/fall-harvest-activefest/                  

FB:               https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-County-Naturally-Active-Fall-Harvest- Fest/497020696976613

Twitter:       https://twitter.com/pastrategyvc

A county-wide event that showcases our great physical activity, leisure, sports and recreation facilities, natural environment, talents, programs, events, volunteers, leaders, organizations, service providers & facility operators, etc.

The event includes guided hikes, walking, ceilidhs, entertainment, suppers, fitness, dancing, community festivals/events, etc.

Thank You for your continued support and contribution of our initiatives, it’s greatly appreciated.


Proudly supported by the Following Partners for Your Health:

-Naturally Active Victoria County

-Victoria County


-The many great volunteers, leaders, community organizations, service providers & facility operators in Victoria County 

Thank You to Our Sponsors for Your Continued Community Support

-It is Always Appreciated as we couldn’t have done it Without You-



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October 15


10:30 am

Celtic Colours – Franey Trail Guided Hike

October 15

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Celtic Colours Lunch & Hike

St. Ann’s Bay United Church. Lunch at noon is soup, rolls, biscuits and dessert.

1:30 pm, Bethsheila Kent leads the hike along the Red Island Trail. Luncheon is $8, the hike is $2, all proceeds to the church. Everyone are welcome. For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at:


October 15


Free Lecture Series – Baddeck library, 6:30 p.m.


  • Oct. 15, “Recycle Like a Pro” with Jocelyn Bethune

October 15

Celtic Cultural Experiences

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Celtic Cemetery Trail Hike                     Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

10 am-11:30 am                                     11:30 am-1:30 pm Admission $6.00

Music will be at each of these events!               Lunch Available

Cranberry Picking   & Music   1:45 pm

Place to Pick Cranberries: Port Hood Station Provincial Park 8657 Route 19, Port Hood, NS

Across the road from the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail sign – We will meet in the parking lot.

Cranberries are a native fruit which grows wild on Cape Breton Island. When our Celtic Settlers arrived from Europe, they found a variety of wild fruits and berries growing here. The cranberries that grew in Europe were not considered an edible fruit. Aboriginals, who had been consuming cranberries for hundreds, or perhaps thousands of years, introduced cranberries to our early Celtic Settlers.       Draw for Prizes!

Celtic Music Jam Session – Celtic Music Interpretive Centre 3pm -4pm

Pork Chop Dinner – Celtic Music Interpretive Centre 4:30pm – 7:00pm $15.00

5:30pm – Leave for evening concert! Slainte mhath!

October 15, 22 & 29

Stronger Seniors – Chair Exercise Class – Thursdays until December 3
Stronger Seniors – Chair Exercise Class – Welcome to a new program Thursdays ending on Thursday, Dec. 3rd. Classes take place at St. Columba Parish Centre, Iona. Time 10:30-11:30 am. Instructor: Theresa MacLean. Fee $5 per class. Participants will do aerobic, strength training and stretching exercises while seated in a chair. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Bring water. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows � the fitness class will be cancelled. Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee.
Trivia Night – Thursdays at the Frolic & Folk Pub

Frolic & Folk Pub – Iona Heights Inn (Website)http://www.ionaheightsinn.com/

No need to stay home, come on out and get smart.
8 PM start. Prizes to be won.

Yoga Fall Sessions

St. Columba Parish Centre – Iona

Instructor: Anita MacKinnon

Thursdays, 7:00 pm

Classes only $5.00 ea

Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat & a blanket. If you have any questions, please contact Anita at 902.871.2074. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows – Yoga will also be cancelled for the day.

Proudly Sponsored by: Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee. For further information, please contact Ann Marie 902.725.2253 or Linda Bryden 902.379.2041

October 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29


TaeKwonDo instruction – Wagmatcook
6:00 pm; Tuesdays & Thursdays
Wagmatcookewey School Gym

October 9-17

Celtic Colours International Festival


October 15 – 17


5th Annual Wagmatcook Aboriginal Arts & Culture Festival (As part of Mi’kmaw History Month – October 2015)

Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre – Theme this year is “Honoring Legacy of Rita Joe” – the Poet Laureate of the Mi’kmaw people and presenting interesting new pieces that honor her lifetime achievements in poetry through music compositions, artistic presentations.

  • Thursday, October 15            Mi’kmaw Cultural Celebration Day
  • Friday, October 16                 Aboriginal Art Festival & Workshops
  • Saturday, October 17             Mi’kmaw Got Talent Show

Helps build cross cultural knowledge and awareness opportunities. There will be activities that provide new learning experience, hands on experiences, as well as participation exercises aimed at sharing Mi’kmaw culture.

For more information and to view full schedule, please visit:  www.wagmatcookfestival.com or contact Robert Bernard Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre Community & Business Support Services 10765 Hwy 105, PO Box 30029 Wagmatcook, Nova Scotia, BOE 3NO 902-302-3300 (Cellular) / 902-295-2999 (Main) 902-295-2424 (Direct) 902-295-3306 (Fax) rbernard@wagmatcook.com / www.wagmatcookcentre.com

October 16 “Kick-off”


Uisge Ban Falls Family Fun Guided Hike

1:00 pm – Meet at Uisge Ban Falls Parking Lot Area

Join us for an FREE afternoon of being Naturally Active in our great outdoors while socializing with new and old friends and being physical activity to celebrate the Fall: Uisge Bahn Falls, Gaelic for “white water 4 kilometre (2.4 mile) trail passes through hardwood forest comprised of maple, birch, beech and leads to a 16 metre (50 foot) high waterfall. Guided hike. Please bring water, refreshments, appropriate clothing & footwear, along with walking pole. For further information, please contact: Larry Gibbons <wolfcoug@hotmail.com>

October 16, 23 & 30

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs

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Supper from 6 to 7 pm
Oct 16: Grilled Haddock
Oct 23: Ham & Scalloped Potatoes
Oct 30: Corned Beef & Cabbage
Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Oct 16: Decota McNamara
Oct 23: Joe Gillis
Oct 30: Middle River Band
October 16, 17, 23 & 24


Highland Village – Celtic Colours & Halloween

Baile nan G�idheal | Highland Village is open 10 am to 5 pm daily until October 18. Watch this space or check out website http://highlandvillage.novascotia.ca/ for more information on events & programs. You can also like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
-October 16 – Celtic Colours Milling Frolic
-October 17 – Special Storytelling Tour & Celtic Colours Traditional C�ilidh
-October 23-24 – Oidhche nam B�can|Night of the Spooks Halloween Program

October 16


Family Movie Night

6:00 pm

Bay St Lawrence Community Centre


Halloween Party and Haunted Hall

6-8 pm; 39 Grant Street, Baddeck


October 17

North Shore Crab Dinner

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Indian Brook Fire Hall

Local crab, roll, potato salad, coleslaw, dessert, tea or coffee. Approximately 30 minutes from the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s, (the location of the 2:00 p.m. concert, Songs and Stories.) Tickets are $25 from Andy Watt, (902) 929-2243 or David MacInnis, (902) 929-2061


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5th Annual Active Living Expo Held in Conjunction with Cape Breton Fiddlers Run

Active Living Expo Provides Opportunity to Learn About Active, Healthy Living in CBRM

The 5TH Annual Healthy Active Living Expo will take place at Victoria Park on Saturday, October 17. Held in conjunction with the Cape Breton Fiddlers Run weekend, admission to the Expo is open to anyone interested in learning about active, healthy living opportunities in CBRM.

Event organizer Colleen Clare says, “The Expo offers something for everyone and all ages, whether you’re looking to try a new physical activity or receive health and nutrition information. Some exhibitors will have items for sale, as well.”

Some of the exhibitors this year include Sobey’s Pharmacy, ZombieProof Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts, Advanced Mobility Orthopaedics, Cape Breton Roller Derby, CBI Health Group, Escape Outdoors, Kin-Excel, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Arbonne, Jumpstart, Runalicious, Velo CB and YMCA.

Admission to the Expo is free and the event runs from 1 PM to 5 PM. Receive your Healthy Active Living Passport upon admission, have it signed by at least 5 exhibitors, and have a chance to win a great prize.

For more information:
Colleen Clare, Municipal Physical Activity Leader
caclare@cbrm.ns.ca /  (office) 902 563-0901 / (cell) 902 574-2459

October 18


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1 pm

Guided Hike – Gold Brook Mine Trail

(Meet at Gold Brook Rd, Middle River).

The hike is about two hours to the mine and back. 3.5 Km one way. Some climbing at one point around a twenty/thirty foot gap. At the mine there is a little bit of climbing along the brook and a crossing of the brook which may give participants a soaker if the water is running high. Everyone is welcome.Please bring water, refreshments, appropriate clothing & footwear, along with a walking pole. For further information, please contact: Larry Gibbons <wolfcoug@hotmail.com>

October 18

ALS Tea You are invited to our first fall tea from 12 to 2 pm at the Washabuck Community Centre. Admission $5. Enjoy a tea or coffee and home baked treats. There will be a silent auction with great items to bid on. All proceeds will be donated to the ALS Society of NS, in memory of Ronald MacDonald. This event is hosted by the family.

October 18 & 25

Chase the Ace 

Sundays  – Iona Legion

Tickets will be on sale from 2:30 until 4:00 pm every Sunday with draw shortly afterwards.
Purchase a strip of 3 tickets for $5 for a chance to win 20% of daily sales plus a chance to cut the Ace of Spades to win the growing jackpot.  Participants must be 19yrs or older
Complete details including “House Rules” can be found on the Legion website ( http://www.rcl124grandona.ca/ )
This is a joint venture with two other local non-profit community groups: Central C.B. Community Ventures and The Grand Narrows Waterfront Dev. Society.

October 19

1 pm

Cabot Shores Guided Hike


October 19 & 26

Stability Ball – Exercise Class

Welcome to a new fitness program on Monday evenings until Monday, Nov. 30.

Classes take place at St. Columba Parish Centre, Iona. Time 7-8 pm. Instructor: Theresa MacLean. Fee $5 per class.

Participants will do exercises to build strength and flexibility using a stability ball. Bring your own stability ball (Important note: correct ball sizes for your height – 4’11” to 5’4″ height: 55 cm ball; 5’4″ to 5’11” height: 65 cm ball; 5’11” to 6′ 7″ height: 75 cm ball), wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

Bring water. ***If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows � the fitness class will be cancelled. Proudly Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee.

October 19 & 26


Indian Brook Fire Hall, 7:30 pm

October 19 & 26

Gaelic Language Classes – Monday nights


Comunn F�is an Eilein sponsors a 10 week session of Gaelic language classes on Mondays continuing until Monday November 30th. The Beginner and Advanced Beginner classes will focus on speaking Gaelic through the TIP/ Gaidhlig Aig Baile method and will take place from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. The Advanced class will focus on conversational Gaelic and will take place from 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Classes will be held at the Christmas Island Fire Hall. Cost is $50.00 for all 10 weeks. There is no charge for native Gaelic speakers and youth. The classes are presented with funding assistance from the Office of Gaelic Affairs. For information please e-mail feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.

October 20




October 20 & 27

Yoga for Beginners


10:30 am

Baddeck Library!

With Certified Instructor Patsy Mackenzie


Still spots available for this FREE Beginner Yoga program – call the library at 902.295.2055 to register.

October 20, 22, 27, 29


October 20, 27, Nov 3 & 10

Community Arts Connection Workshops

Bob Evans is teaching wood working on October 20 and 27, and November 3 and 10 from 10:00 am to noon. Lessons will be tailored to the interests of participants. Cost is $20 for all four sessions. Registration closes October 14. To register, contact co-ordinator Penny Steele at 929-2324 or penny@cabottrailart.com. Presented by the St. Ann’s Bay Health Group. For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax

October 21

Community Arts Connection – “Getting the Word Out” writing workshop with author Bill

Conall. October 7, 14 & 21 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in the Health Centre space, Indian

Brook. To register, contact co-ordinator Penny Steele at 929-2324 or


October 21 & 28


Wednesdays,  Middle River Hall. It’s at 6:30 pm!

Certified Instructor: Jackie MacLellan <jackieatschool@gmail.com>


October 21 & 28


Baddeck & Area Community Market

Wednesdays: 11 am to 2 pm – rain or shine

Baddeck Community Centre (Chebucto St)

Baddeck Free Wheelers – “Have a senior’s moment”

Baddeck Legion Basement

Every Wednesday morning at 9:30 am; Guest Speakers and Refreshments

October 22

Free Lecture Series – Baddeck library, 6:30 pm


  • Oct. 22, “ABCs of All Computers” and NFB film “Atanasoff: The Father of the Computer” with David Perlman

October 22


Family Movie Night – Ski Cape Smokey Lodge


Free admission, show time starts at 6:00pm – Despicable Me, Followed by “Beetle Juice” at 7:30 pm! Come out and enjoy some popcorn and a night out for parents and kids. www.hucklebuckle.ca

October 23

Foot Clinic 

St Ann’s Health Centre, Indian Brook. Call Nancy for appointment, 929-2745

October 23

Bookmobile Visits Iona Legion Parking Lot 
The bookmobile visits the Legion parking lot once a month from 5:30-7:00 pm
Next visit: October 23rd. http://www.rcl124grandona.ca/

October 23 & 24


Night of the Spooks – Highland Village Museum


Come and celebrate Halloween with a special evening tour of the Highland Village by lamplight, complete with storytelling, skits and special effects. The tour is followed by a storytelling session in “The Tuning Room” with fuarag, oatcakes and more. This is a family activity enjoyed by all. Prepaid reservations are required. No refunds or discounts. Cost $18 per adult, $40 per family, or $10 per student. Call (902) 725-2272 for tickets. (7-9 pm each evening)

October 23-25


2nd Annual Ingonish Huckle Buckle 2015




October 24

3rd Annual Catherine Smith Memorial Cribbage Tournament

1:00 p.m. at Indian Brook Fire Hall

Dance and Silent Auction – Englishtown Community Hall from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00

a.m. In support of Grade 9 student Cody Neill’s who was chosen to participate in the Canada/Cuba Goodwill Baseball Tour in January, 2016. Finger foods, tea and coffee, 50/50 draw. Silent auction from 9:00 to midnight. Donation at the door. All proceeds to Cody’s trip.

October 24

Ultimate Frisbee in Mabou


October 25

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12 noon

Guided Historic Hike – Boiler Trail

Length: 4.5 km Duration: 3 hrs Difficulty: 2-moderate. The trail follows the Old Rear Forks road and is well maintained. SANS trail #760 enters approximately 100 m from the beginning of the trail and continues to a 1930’s boiler steamer and beyond. The first 1.5 km of the trail is passable with a vehicle in snow-free seasons. There is space for parking at the intersection of SANS trails #760 & #780. The trail to this point is a gentle grade with an elevation gain of about 200 feet. The next 1.5 km is relatively level with an elevation gain of about 100 feet. There is a small creek at this point with a bridge and guardrail. From this point the steepness of the trail increases with an elevation gain of about 340 feet over the next 1.5 km. Watch for the boiler on the right side of the trail. This portion is most pleasing as it passes through hardwood forest. The trail continues past the boiler and joins up with the SANS highland trails. The forest beyond the boiler is mostly young softwood. There are occasional views of the hillsides and valley. In addition to the historical significance of the boiler, the early portion of the trail skirts and crosses Mill Brook on which once stood a water-powered grist mill.

October 26 & 27



Bay St Lawrence Community Center, Bay St Lawrence

October 27



October 29

Free Lecture Series – Baddeck library, 6:30 pm


  • Oct. 29, “An Evening of the Macabre” – readings from Edward Gorey’s books with Claire Drinnan


October 30

5:00 p.m.

Potluck Supper at Indian Brook Fire Hall. In support of Dolena Collier. Free will donation at the door

Halloween Youth Costume Dance


6:30-8:00 pm – Bay St Lawrence Community Center in Bay St Lawrence


October 30

Potluck Supper 

5:00 pm – Indian Brook Fire Hall.

In support of Dolena Collier. Free will donation at the door

October 31 “Happy Halloween”

Halloween Dance – 9:30-1:30
Prizes for the best costumes. Iona Legion.
Music by DJ Jeff Romard. 19yrs and over. Admission: $10
No backpacks permitted in the hall. Identity must be revealed (secretly) before entry to the hall.

Victoria Highland Civic Centre Ice Skating Rink Into Full Swing (Season 2015-16):

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Please check-out their schedule at http://www.rinktime.com/skating_rinks/ns/victoria_highland_civic_centre_baddeck_ns/0ddbde1d/hours

For Public Skating – Ice skating sessions for the public are one of the main attractions at Victoria Highland Civic Centre. Skating provides great exercise and an opportunity to get out of the house – plus, it’s not like exercising at the gym… skating is fun! Lace-em up and come join the others. Get on the ice and get ready for a great experience this Fall. Victoria Highland Civic Centre also offers Figure Skating & Ice Skating Lessons, Family, Tots, can-skate, ice hockey & senior’s skates, etc.

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Family Tours & Pony Rides

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

RR # 1 Baddeck Forks / Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0

Please call Dale Stone for appointment: 902.295.2743

Fitness Classes

Ingonish – St Johns hall (Beside the legion) & Neil’s Harbour -Fire Hall. everyone welcome!…. Instructor Patricia Fricker: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.fricker.73?fref=nf

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Green Gyms Available to Exercise In Your Areas This Fall!

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GreenGymRossFerryRoss Ferry (Ross Ferry Marine Park)

 *Green Gym Coming to the Gaelic College (tba) – Get your 30 (Adults/Seniors) – 60 (Children/Youth) minutes of exercise on green gyms in Victoria County benefitting you Today!

WalkaboutLogo Borrow Your Step Pedometer Today Heart & Stroke Walkabout NS Kit – Thanks to a partnership between Heart&Stroke Walkabout™, Nova Scotia Public Libraries and C@P Sites, Victoria County Residents can borrow a pedometer kit at your library or C@P Site. Let’s pick one up today on my way to wellness with 10,000 steps a day! 3 week loan, books 2 weeks!

Free Online Risk Assessment: http://www.makehealthlast.ca (Includes Heart Health Recipes!)

30 Reasons to Walk More http://www.participaction.com/30-reasons-to-walk-more/


Victoria County GO (Girls Only) After-school “After the Bell” Programs

Proudly Supported by Naturally Active, NS “Thrive” & NS Health & Wellness Active Living Branch 

  • (GO) North of Smokey—LIVE LAUGH PLAY. FREE for girls grades 7, 8 and 9.  A different activity every week, with a healthy snack. For further information, please contact Cabot School
    • “E’pite’ji’jk Pasik” (GO-Girls Only Program) in Wagmatcook – Grades 7-12. For further information, please contact Leader Jackie MacLellan jackieatschool@gmail.com
  • #For the Girls Program –Free for Baddeck Academy Girls Grades 7, 8 & 9. For further information, please contact the Baddeck Academy School


Steve McDermid Memorial Field – Walking Track

Baddeck Academy – Beautiful Scenic Walk Around the Track During Non-school Hours


 “Heritage Way” Community Walking Path – Alderwood, Baddeck

Open to the community. It is maintained year round and is well lit at night! It takes 10 minutes to do 1 lap of the Path and is 1/2 km long or 660 Steps! For further information, please contact : Wilhelmus van Hal, Director of Recreation, Alderwood. Phone: 902.295.2644 ext. 226 or by e-mail recreation@alderwoodbaddeck.ca


 Wagmatcook Fitness Centre

Located at Wagmatcook Cultural & Heritage Centre Open to all: Ages 5-19, Ages 20-29, Ages 30+ Open Mondays to Fridays; day and evenings and weekend days. No admission fee. No personal trainers.


Neil’s Harbour New Haven Outdoor Fun Centre – Multi-use Pad & Comfort Station

Video of Facility: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=755738111187887&set=vb.100002551166705&type=2&theater

FB: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=755738111187887&l=2774360407509633974

Facility benefits residents of all ages. They are a volunteer group working hard – your co-operation will be greatly appreciated. It includes a tiled rubber blue surface for multi-use during the fall/spring/summer seasons. The facility includes a Comfort Station with changing rooms, washrooms & laundry area.


http://www.capebretonislandhoppers.com e-mail: bretonhoppers@hotmail.com / http://www.walks.ca

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*Hats Off and Thank you to our leaders, volunteers, community groups, service providers and facility operators for their continued support, contribution and tremendous efforts.

*Thank You to Our Sponsors for Your Continued Community Support – It is Always Appreciated as we couldn’t have done it Without You – ACOA, Victoria County & Naturally Active Victoria County.

Something For Everyone! – Healthy Lifestyle Choices for You & Your Family to Participate In This Fall!


About Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator for the Municipality of the County of Victoria
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