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Enjoy a Fall Season of Hiking!

 

 

Hike NS Enews: October 2017

 

Learn about our new guided hike service along with our courses, fall guided hikes and a new blog posting about a bothy on the Cape to Cape trail.

 

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Guided Hike Service Launched

 

Get your group’s hike on with Hike NS! It now offers a guided hike service where groups of up to 20 people can book a 1- to 2-hour guided hike for a fee. The hike leader meets the group at the trailhead and guides them on the trail. Hike leaders have taken the Outdoor Council of Canada’s Field Leader-Hiking course and first aid training. Meant to assist with Hike NS’s fundraising efforts, the service also meets the needs of many groups that contact us throughout the year looking for guides. Learn more and book your hike here.

 

 

Hike NS Fall Guided Hike Series

 

Hike Nova Scotia and 28 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2017 Fall Guided Hike Series from September to November. There are 50 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Hikes are free and pre-registration is required unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as the ParticipACTION 150 Play List and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. Check out details here.

 

 

 

Fall Events & Courses

 

Hike NS has a very busy fall season of events. In addition to the Fall Guided Hike Series described above, we’ve also got the last of our Trailgate events, a whole slew of courses and a fundraising night hike on the South Shore. Check out our website for details on these events in the coming month:

 

Oct. 14: Trailgate Canada 150 volunteer trail maintenance day, Gulliver’s Head, Digby County

Oct. 14-15: Field Leader – Hiking Course, Halifax

Oct. 21-22: Field Leader – Hiking Course, Antigonish

Oct. 28-29: Navigation Maps & Compass, Halifax (sold out with waiting list)

Nov. 4: Beaver Moon Night Hike to Keji Seaside (sold out with waiting list)

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

  • Hike NS Fall Guided Hike Series – 50 hikes across NS this fall: Sept. 16-Nov. 12
  • International Walk to School Month: October
  • Chebucto Hiking Club regular walks: October
  • CBRM Trail Series, Fall schedule: Oct. 7-29
  • Celebration of Fall with the Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro: Oct. 7
  • Parkbus to Keji: Oct. 14
  • Trailgate Canada 150 volunteer trail maintenance day, Gulliver’s Head, Digby Co.: Oct. 14
  • Annapolis County Fall Hiking Series: Oct. 15-28
  • Forest Funeral with the Healthy Forest Coalition, Halifax: Oct. 19
  • Cape to Cape 10th Annual Ladies Only Trail Building Weekend, Pictou Co.: Oct. 21-22
  • Nova Scotia Outdoor Network Fundy Regional Collaboratory, Truro: Oct. 26
  • Deadline for the 2nd annual Youth Nova Scotia Nature Writing and Art Contest: Oct. 31
  • Nova Scotia Outdoor Network Halifax Regional Collaboratory, Hatchet Lake: Nov. 6

Find more events listed here.

 

 

Hiking/Trail News Hits

 

These are some news hits from Twitter:

  • Wolfville gets money from government for trailhead view
  • Starlight festival shines Sept. 16-23 in South West Nova Scotia view
  • Hiking and beer: TrALE Run refreshing fitness and fun view
  • Hike NS offering guided tour of new Greenhill trail view
  • Solitude speaks volumes in rare forests of Nova Scotia view
  • Plymouth photographer captures animal close-ups using trail cameras view
  • Fall colours in spotlight for Nova Scotia hike series view
  • Seek peace on the Peace Trail near Pugwash view
  • Trail clearing open to public to help and hike October 14 at Gulliver’s Cove view
  • Black Rock Trails Society’s Fairy Walk fast approaching view

 

Save the Date: 

Hiking Summit

 

Ingonish, Cape Breton

May 11 – 13, 2018

 

Feature: The McLachlan Bothy – A Community Build

By Brad Donaldson

 

As some readers may know, last year I followed the revealing of the Doris and Jack McLachlan Bothy.

The bothy stands on Six Mile Brook Trail-a trail that is part of the Cape to Cape trail system-and was constructed by community volunteers and a number of high school students in the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. Many of those students came from the North Nova Education Centre, in New Glasgow, and were led by a name mentioned in last year’s piece: Andrew Parsons. He was and still is a driving force behind the creation, maintenance, and constant improvement of this unique overnight shelter. So, last week I attended one of these student outings to see the bothy for myself. Read the full posting here.

 

 

 

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Enjoy a fall season of hiking!

 

 

Hike NS E-news: September 2017

 

Learn about 50 guided hikes this fall along with our courses, volunteer trail maintenance events, a new blog posting about the BioBlitz and more.

 

Visit Our Website

 

 

Hike NS Fall Guided Hike Series

 

Hike Nova Scotia and 28 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2017 Fall Guided Hike Series from September to November. There are 50 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Hikes are free and pre-registration is required unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as the ParticipACTION 150 Play List and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. Check out details here.

 

 

 

 

Trailgate Canada 150 Volunteer Trail Maintenance Days

 

Hike NS and six community trail groups will offer Trailgate Canada 150 events across the province this fall. These volunteer trail maintenance days give hikers a chance to help out their local community trail group. All equipment and guidance on trail maintenance provided and volunteers will enjoy a “trailgate” party with barbeque and cake to celebrate Canada’s 150th. This project is funded by the Government of Canada. Events include:

  • September 16 – Economy
  • September 16 – Meat Cove
  • September 23 – Antigonish
  • September 30 – Halifax
  • October 14 – Green Bay, Lunenburg County
  • October 14 – Gulliver’s Cove, Digby County

Find details here.

 

 

 

Registration for Hike NS Fall/Winter Courses Open

Registration is now open for Hike NS’s fall and winter courses across Nova Scotia. They range from how to share nature with children to how to be a hike leader to navigation. The specific offerings include: Urban Poling; Field Leader – Hiking Courses; Field Leader – Winter Module; and Navigation Maps & Compass Courses. Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course. Learn more and register.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

  • Hike the Highlands Festival in Cape Breton: Sept. 8-17
  • Urban Poling Quick Start Clinic, Halifax: Sept. 9
  • The Big Hike, fundraising hike in Cape Chignecto: Sept. 9
  • HaliBlitz: Halifax BioBlitz: Sept. 11-7
  • Hike NS Fall Guided Hike Series – 50 hikes across NS this fall: Sept. 16-Nov. 12
  • Trailgate Canada 150 volunteer trail maintenance day, Economy: Sept. 16
  • Trailgate Canada 150 volunteer trail maintenance day, Meat Cove: Sept. 16
  • Trailgate Canada 150 volunteer trail maintenance day, Keppoch, Antigonish: Sept. 23
  • Field Leader – Hiking Course, Parrsboro: Sept. 23-24
  • Trailgate Canada 150 volunteer trail maintenance day, Halifax: Sept. 30
  • Navigation Maps & Compass, Sydney: Sept. 30-Oct.1

Find more events listed here.

 

 

 

 

Hiking/Trail News Hits

 

These are some news hits from Twitter:

  • Nova Scotia woodlot report looks beyond ‘mining our forests’ view
  • Sons retrace fathers’ steps by recreating 1967 Shelburne Trailblazers walk view
  • Rescuing hikers: A collaborative effort for N.S. emergency officials view
  • New coin celebrates Great Trail view
  • Bike lanes, hiking trails boost new invisible economy view
  • Oxford trail project takes significant step forward view
  • RCMP reminding hikers to know before you go view
  • Nova Scotia review of forestry practices needs to tackle clear cutting:group view
  • Trans Canada Trail links the nation and its people view
  • Tentative agreement reached for Purcell’s Cove Backlands view

 

 

Feature: BioBlitz to Re-take Halifax

By Brad Donaldson

 

For the first time since 2009, Halifax will be home to a Bioblitz. Between September 11th and 17th, the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) will be hosting the community-based event that encourages the public to get outside and collectively identify the biodiversity living within the Halifax region. This year’s blitz will take place at the Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Wilderness Area as well as Point Pleasant Park-two very different areas-which will allow participants to see the true diversity in our province’s biological systems. Read the full posting here.

 

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