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Enjoy a summer season of hiking!


 Hike NS Strategic Plan 2017 – HikeNSStrategicPlan2017FINAL


Hike NS E-news: June 2017


Check out some neat partnership opportunities for groups, our AGM, our call for board members, our slate of courses and workshops, a feature on A for Adventure and more.


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Looking for Trail Maintenance Event Partners

Hike NS is looking for partners in our Trailgate Canada 150 project. This involves partnering with six trail groups across NS to hold a volunteer trail maintenance day, followed by a “trailgate” party – a barbeque at the trailhead to thank the volunteers and celebrate Canada’s 150th. Costs of the six events are covered through Hike NS and we’ll take a lead on promotion. Please contact us ASAP to express your interest and learn more in partnering on an event.



Call for Fall 2017 Guided Hikes

Deadline August 14

Hike NS invites groups across NS to partner with it on delivering fall guided hikes from September to November, 2017. The purpose of the event series is to get more people in NS hiking, highlight local trails and increase their use and promote Hike NS and local trail groups. Hike NS will help promote events and provide a how-to guide and trail prizes to giveaway.

If you and your local municipality or organization can organize a hike (or already plan to host a hike), please register your event here by August 14 for free events between Sept. 15 and Nov. 12. Note that one organization may register only up to five hikes. Also note that this year, all events will be free and are in celebration of the ParticipACTION 150 Play List.



Slate of 2017 Courses & Workshops

Hike NS’s schedule of courses and workshops are now available for 2017. Our offerings include:



Hike NS AGM in Truro June 17

Hike NS Invites you to it’s Annual General Meeting on June 17 in Truro. There will be a morning guided hike in Victoria Park, a lunch, a presentation by a local group and the AGM.

It’s free but attendees must RSVP in advance here.





New Member Management System

Hike NS launched a new online member management system in early May. Its purpose is to help automate and better manage our growing membership base. We discovered some glitches along the way, however. If you received an invoice from Hike NS, it was for your membership renewal. You would have also received an email prompting you to login so that you can update your contact information and check on the status of your membership. Those emails weren’t spam! We apologize for any mis-understandings about these emails – future ones will be clearer in their wording. Thank you for your patience as we modernize our membership management system. Please contact us if you have questions about your membership.


Call for Board Members & Nominations

Hike Nova Scotia seeks board members across the province who love hiking and can contribute to moving Hike NS forward. As a working board, it’s looking for those who have the time and energy to help Hike NS achieve its mandate of creating a culture of hiking, walking and snowshoeing in our beautiful province. Contact Deb to express your interest in becoming a board member or nominate someone you think would be a good addition to the board. Learn more about Hike NS here.





Upcoming Events

  • June 10: Young Naturalist Club NatureBlitz and Birthday Celebrations, Halifax view
  • June 14: Re-Connecting with Nature workshop, Halifax view
  • June 17: Hike NS AGM, Truro view
  • June 18: Ravine Scavenger Hike hosted by Annapolis Valley Adventures, Wolfville view
  • June 21: Re-Connecting with Nature workshop, Antigonish view
  • June 23: Re-Connecting with Nature workshop, Truro view
  • June 24: Central Nova Volkssport Club, Bass River Walk, Bass River view
  • June 25: West Hants Trails Association Avondale trail system grand opening hike, Avondale view
  • July 15: 8th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge, Cape Breton Highlands view
  • July 29: MacKinnon’s Brook Celebration – 1817-2017, MacKinnon’s Brook Trail, Cape Mabou Highlands Hiking Trails view

Find more events listed here.



Hiking/Trail News Hits

These are some news hits from Twitter:

  • Two receive Hike N.S. awards view
  • Search & rescue changing with times view
  • Critics say Liberal forestry plan is reinventing the wheel view
  • Hike Nova Scotia presents award to Gordon Young for trail development view
  • Forest ecologist uses science to show clearcutting must stop view
  • Walking Guide: Get out, walk old St. Margaret’s Bay Road view
  • Concerns about possible clearcut next to Gully Lake Wilderness Area view
  • TransCanada Trail: First woman to complete the trek view
  • Federal government spends $4M to fight Lyme disease view
  • Reconnect with Nature – helping kids remember how to play in the great outdoors view





Feature: A for Adventure

By Brad Donaldson

When asked about A for Adventure’s beginnings, Chris Surette can’t help but get excited. “I still get the chills when I think about it,” says Surette when reflecting on how the multi-faceted marketing brand started. Fittingly, the adventure started here in Nova Scotia, when, in the summer of 2013, Jan LaPierre (another member of A for Adventure) created “Paddle to Sable”, a paddling venture that would travel from Canso, Nova Scotia to Sable Island. Read the full posting here.


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