Hike Victoria



Hike Victoria

Victoria County is NS Outdoor Destination when it comes to the natural environment and abundance of trails to hike benefiting residents & visitors to be physical active and socializing in pairs or as a group for wildlife safety aspect

Residents & visitors are encouraged to enjoy being naturally active for life on our great natural environment on the many vast trails we have in Victoria County…a lot advertised & promoted, but a lot of hidden gems that locals lead! If you are physical active on the trails in Victoria County, if it’s a peak, waterfall or other stunning scenery must “Earn Your Views”

Hike Victoria Scenic Hiking Routes Trails Map



Cabot Trail Outdoor Adventures – Hiking


Paradise is Just a Hike Away – Video




Cape Breton Highlands National Park Hiking Trails

Range from easy strolls to challenging climbs with panoramic views of canyons, highlands and seacoasts. The trails provide a chance to intimately explore the complex habitat of northern Cape Breton Island. Nature doesn’t end at the park’s boundaries. Many surrounding areas boast equally breathtaking trails

October 2016 – Celtic Colours Community Events, Outdoors (Hikes):

2016 Festival Schedule

North River Little Falls Guided Hike
Saturday October 8th 11:00 AM
Price: Free Venue: Meet at North River Community Hall

-Hosted by North River Community Hall

Contact North River Community Hall (Bev MacAskill): 902.929.2669


Oct 9Celtic Colours Pumpkin Carving Warren Lake

Oct 10Celtic Colours Guided Hike Corney Brook trail

Oct 11Celtic Colours Guided Hike Acadian trail

Oct 12Celtic Colours Guided Hike Mica Hill trail

Mica Hill Trail Guided Hike

Guided Hike: Mica Hill Trail

Wednesday October 12th
10:30 AM –  Price Free with Park Pass

-Venue Mica Hill Trailhead  / -Community South Harbour

Join National Park Staff for a guided hike. Gradual climb through Acadian and boreal forest to taiga barrens, panoramic view of highlands plateau. 3-4 hrs, 7.9 km return, 260-410 m elevation.

Hosted by Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Contact: Cape Breton Highlands National Park (Cape Breton Highlands National Park) – 902-224-2306 – cbhnp.info@pc.gc.ca

Oct 13Celtic Colours Guided Hike Franey Trail

Franey Trail Guided Hike

Guided Hike: Franey Trail

Thursday October 13th
10:30 AM

-Venue Franey Trailhead
-Community Ingonish

Hosted by Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Tickets Free with Park Pass

Hike through a vibrant panorama of autumn leaves as fiddle music resonates within you. Join Cape Breton Highlands National Park staff for a guided hike in beautiful Ingonish, where there is a concert later this evening.

This hike is a steep climb to panoramic views of Clyburn River canyon and Atlantic Ocean. 2-3 hrs, 7.4 km loop, 95-430m elevation. Climb to new heights and take in the splendour of autumn in the Highlands. For hike details, contact cbhnp.info@pc.gc.ca

Contact info Cape Breton Highlands National Park (Cape Breton Highlands National Park) – 902-224-2306 – cbhnp.info@pc.gc.ca

Lunch, Music & Hike Red Island Trail

Lunch, Music and Hike

Thursday October 13th
12:00 PM

A light lunch will be served in the tea room with Paul Cranford and Sarah Beck performing. Following the lunch, take a low-impact 90 minute guided hike along the Red Island Trail through forest and lakeside to the ocean.

-Venue St. Ann’s Bay United Church
-Community Indian Brook

Hosted by St. Ann’s Bay United Church
Tickets $10
Contact info St. Ann’s Bay United Church (Rev. Hazel-Jane Morris) – (902) 929-2108 – hazel.jane@hotmail.com

Oct 14 Celtic Colours Guided Hike Warren Lake Trail

Warren Lake Trail Guided Hike

Guided Hike: Warren Lake Trail

Friday October 14th
10:30 AM – Price Free with Park Pass

Join National Park staff on a guided hike along a level lakeshore trail. Wildlife, some wet areas. 1.5-2 hrs, 4.7 km loop, 15m elevation.

-Venue Warren Lake Trailhead
-Community Ingonish

Hosted by Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Contact Cape Breton Highlands National Park (Cape Breton Highlands National Park) – 902-224-2306 – cbhnp.info@pc.gc.ca

Annual Ingonish Huckle Buckle 2016



Cape Breton Island Hoppers (CBIH)


Email: bretonhoppers@hotmail.com

Web: www.capebretonislandhoppers.com

Lewis Mountain Trail Guided Walk
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Registration: 1:30pm; Start Time: 2:00pm

Description: Start Point Directions:
From North Sydney take Hwy 105 to Exit 6, west of Wagmatcook First Nations and Aberdeen. Located near the large Hwy sign EXIT 6. The nearest postal Code B0E 3M0

The Start Point is the north side of Hwy 105 at Exit 6, this is on the opposite side for the same exit to Little Narrows Ferry.

NSP transformers are located in the same location.

We will park at the rear and side of the transformers, please leave space for safety and maintenance crews and use caution when entering and departing the site as this is a fairly busy intersection off Highway 105.

Walk Leader: Rollie Coombes/ Don MacKenzie
Distance: Choice of 5/10K; Trail Rating: 3C

Neither the sponsors of the event nor the Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club can be held responsible for any lost or stolen items, accidents or injuries at any time. All participanys must sign a ‘Waiver of Liability’ form before starting the Event/Walk.

Anyone may participate in any event. Children 12 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are asked to obey all traffic signs, and where there is no sidewalk, to walk on the left facing traffic.

Pets must be on a leash.Location:North side of Hwy 105 at Exit 6

Contact: Rollie CoombesPhone:902-849-0747


Hike Along the Barra Strait, Iona (5th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest ActiveFest 2016 Event)
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Approximately 4 km – Meet at St. Columba Parish Centre, Iona 10 am

All ages welcome – children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Refreshments provided after hike! Bring your own water & wear comfortable clothing

Proudly sponsored by: Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee & Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)


Time to Connect – Broad Cove Mountain Trail Hike
(5th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest ActiveFest 2016)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
10:00 AM – On behalf of Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Description of the trail is here: http://www.pc.gc.ca/…/cbreton/activ/randonne…/broadcove.aspx

Hiking Guide: Katie Wood Interpretation Officer/Co-ordinator, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Parks Canada Agency, Ingonish Beach NS

katie.wood@pc.gc.ca / Telephone 902-285-3004 Facsimile www.parkscanada.gc.ca


Enjoy Ingonish River – Kalapa Valley Trail

Anybody who enjoys snowshoeing and cross country is welcome to explore Kalapa Valley, Ingonish and enjoy the beauty and flatness of it trails. The trails will be maintained regularly during the winter. Anyone using the trails does so at their own risk and should carry appropriate first aid and safety equipment. Please remove any garbage you take in, treat the valley and its animals with respect and have some great winter fun. When parking please do not block the gate. Look forward to seeing you on the trails.

Borrow Snowshoes



Hiking in Victoria County, Northern Cape Breton 
Another blizzard, another opportunity to dig out the snowshoes and enjoy being naturally active on our great natural environment on the trails. While you can bring whatever you like with you in your pack while out for a hike, there are about 13 items you should consider to have with you every time you hike the trail. Don’t forget to tell somebody where you are going & how long you will be out. *Remember BAM if you see wildlife in your active adventures: B – back away A – act big M – move away.
5.First Aid Kit
7.Extra Clothes
8.Rain Gear
10.Extra Food
11.Walking stick
12.Nordic Poles
13.Horn (Blaster)


Naturally Active Victoria County Hosted Hiking / Trails Guru Michael Haynes – 3 Presentations in Victoria County April 6 & 7, 2016:

CBC’s Information Morning Sydney, NS Steve Sutherland Interviewed Michael Haynes Before his Victoria County Stop on April 6th:

Seniors Luncheon

April 6 – Noon, speaker

St Ann’s Bay United Church Hall

#‎NaturallyActiveVictoriaCounty‬ Glad to see Participants Enjoyed ‪#‎MichaelHaynes‬ Presentation at St. Ann’s Seniors Luncheon

Great crowd, social, food, presentation with great feedback. Kudos to all involved and thank you for the nice comments on a nice initiative

‪#‎HikeNS‬ ‪#‎NSTrails‬ ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬ ‪#‎Trails‬ ‪#‎Hiking

North Victoria Library, Ingonish

April 6, 2016 – 6:30 pm

#‎NaturallyActiveVictoriaCounty‬ Proud to Host ‪#‎MichaelHaynes‬ ‪#‎Hiking‬ & ‪#‎Trails‬ Guru Who Presented at the ‪#‎VictoriaNorthRegionalLibraryBranch‬ in ‪#‎Ingonish‬ “Best of the ‪#‎TCT‬ ‪#‎TransCanadaTrail‬,”

Thank You Librarian Leona for making this happen! Turned out great. We wish to thank participants of the great comments on the presentation. but also the nice comments on the work of #NaturallyActiveVictoriaCounty (Est. 2011) – ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬ ‪#‎PhysicalActivityStrategy‬ it’s greatly appreciated. Vince Forrestall, Coordinator

Baddeck Public Library

April 7, 2016 – 6:30 pm

Pleasure to have ‪#‎MichaelHaynes‬ Presenting at the ‪#‎BaddeckLibrary‬  the final of 3 ‪#‎NaturallyActiveVictoriaCounty‬ Hosted. Thank you to all who participated, each venue/organization & Michael. Very successful. THANK YOU Kate Oland, Cora-Lee & your team at the Baddeck Library in allowing us to do this, it’s greatly appreciated: “Thanks Vince for tonight’s meeting-it was great” – Athol Grant (District 2 Councilor)

We look forward to more presentations in the future on very topics benefiting you & your health ‪#‎VictoriaCounty‬ ‪#‎TCT‬ ‪#‎TransCanadaTrail‬ ‪#‎NSTrails‬ ‪#‎HikeNS‬. ‪#‎Hiking‬ ‪#‎Trails‬ ‪#‎Cycling‬ ‪#‎PhysicalActivity‬ ‪#‎CBRL‬ #BaddeckLibrary ‪#‎StAnnsSeniorsLuncheons

Presentation Title: The Best of the Trans Canada Trail in Eastern Canada.

Bio Sketch: Since starting hiking at the relatively late age of 31, Michael has hiked in every province in Canada, many parts of the U.S., Australia, and several countries in Europe and Asia. An inability to find accurate trail information lead to his first book, Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia, 7th edition, and since then, nine others. He has been a regular contributor to CBC Radio, and has published numerous articles about Canada’s outdoors, both locally and nationally. Michael has also been a presenter at the Canadian, Australian, and American national trail conferences. In addition to writing, Michael works in trail development and active transportation. He has been as a member of the consulting team producing trail plans for Sault Ste. Marie, Chatham-Kent, and North Grenville, and active transportation/bike plans for Oromocto, Corner Brook,Lunenburg, and Essex County. Michael tries to walk every day: In the three years, 2010-2015, he walked/ran 31,800,000 steps, or 26,700 km – a daily average of more than 12 km. When not hiking, he orienteers, runs, bikes, cross-country skis, and otherwise keeps active.

We had a good 8-hr snowshoe orienteering event in Wentworth on Feb. 6, 2016. If you want to see some pictures: https://www.pinterest.com/hikerhaynes/storm-the-mountain-2016/

Have fun, see you (relatively) soon.

Michael Haynes – Nova Scotia, Canada – p: 902.478.1863

e-mail: hikerhaynes@gmail.com / tel #: @HikerHaynes


Destination Cape Breton Website

Has a list of hikes, many of which are in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park: http://cbisland.com/experiences/outdoor-adventure/hiking

Hike Cape Breton


Dedicated to the Hiking Trails of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia – http://www.moosebait.com/

Hiking Trails of Cape Breton Island

Cape St Lawrence
Located on the northern tip of Cape Breton Island.

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails)

A non profit organization that represents the interests of trail users and volunteer community-based recreational trail groups in Nova Scotia. NS Trails supports the work of community groups in the planning, building, maintenance and management stages of recreational trails. As the provincial trail organization, the primary goals of NS Trails are to promote the development and responsible use of recreational trails for the benefit and enjoyment of all Nova Scotian’s and visitors to our province.

Your Trail, Your Journey: TransCanada Trail

Cape Breton Highlands Snowmobile Trail Map

2013 Snowmobile Association of Nova Scotia (SANS) Mapping Project summary

Crowdis Mountain Snowmobile Club
MiddleRiverBaddeckTrekVictoria, Subd. B-20130303-02538
Invites you to enjoy the trails in Victoria County. Check out their website for upcoming events: http://www.crowdismountainclub.com

11 Tips for Better Hiker Fitness


Being prepared for spring hiking especially in the Highlands of Cape Breton. They are:

1) Expect snow in May on trails,
2) expect high streams and difficult wet crossings.
3) Use hiking or trekking poles for balance and stability.
4) Wear gaiters and waterproof hiking boots to keep yourself dry.
5) Bring extra layers as well socks
6) Always hike with friends in the spring. You never know when you will need their help.
7) Allow extra time when hiking in spring – going thru snow, crossing wet streams and leave your itinerary with a friend or family member.
8) Take extra water and snacks as you work harder in spring hiking.
9) Take your camera as you get some interesting shots.
10) Share your information with other hikers on the trail you hiked to help them get better prepare for their hike.

Hiking In Hot Weather


Heat exhaustion and heat stroke when hiking in hot weather. Hiking in 20 plus degrees can take in toll and hikers must take enough water (2 bottles) and food with them on each mountain.  High energy drinks like gatorade and powerade zero contain electrolytes often needed in hot days and strenous exercise. Rest, drink additonal water and snack. On hot days wear a hat and sunglasses and use sunscreen.

HIKE NS Winter Guided Snowshoe Hikes Held in Victoria County 2016




Hike Nova Scotia & 26 host organizations (Including Naturally Active Victoria County & Hike The Highlands) across Nova Scotia partnered to offer Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series in January, February & March 2016. There were over 50 hikes led by local folks and participants qualified to win “trail prizes.” Most hikes were free unless otherwise indicated in the schedule.



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