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Enjoy a winter season of hiking!



Hike NS E-news: February 2018


Learn about a new membership benefits partner, find out how to influence government on forestry and spending, take in some poetry and see our latest blog on snowshoeing part two!


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Tell NS Government Wilderness & Hiking Matters


There are two consultations taking place in NS that could affect wilderness, trails and hiking. The Independent Review of Forest Practices is asking for input. Hike NS suggests that forestry needs a complete overhaul with a drastic reduction in clearcutting. Learn more about forestry issues from the Healthy Forests Coalition. Submit ASAP.


NS Budget Consultations are now underway, seeking input on provincial spending. Hike NS suggests government make trails and hiking a priority by properly funding the new Trails Strategy (to be released soon). Wilderness protection should also be a high priority in spending (including addressing forestry practices above). Submit by February 23.



Member Benefit Added: Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Downtown


Hike NS is happy to welcome The Courtyard by Marriott Halifax Downtown to its member benefits plan. Members will receive a 10% discount off its best available sell rate at the time of booking. It features: free wireless Internet; 24-hour food market and business centre; and spacious rooms, fitness centre, indoor pool and dining.




Consider Lifetime Membership

Tired of having to renew your individual Hike NS membership each year? Make things simple and save yourself the trouble and some cash by becoming a Lifetime member of Hike NS. Pay $100 upfront for a Lifetime membership. You’ll be a member for life and Hike NS won’t bother you for membership fees anymore! Sign-up for your Lifetime membership here.



Guided Snowshoe Hike Series 2018

Hike Nova Scotia and 38 host organizations across NS have partnered to offer over 65 hikes this winter. Hikes are led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Most are free and require pre-registration unless otherwise indicated. We thank our partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as Goose Lane Editions and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. Check out details here.


Looking for snowshoes? Check out our Where to Borrow, Rent or Buy Snowshoes guide online.



Trail Poetry: I do, I do


I do, I do

By Natalie Brown


I do love a trail of muck and slop

I do love a trail of dirt and crushed rock.

I do love a trail of birds singing in the trees

I do love a trail, walking in silence and feeling the breeze.

I do love a trail with sunlight and skies of blue

I do love a trail in the rain, snow, or dew.

I do love a trail that takes me on paths I’ve already been

I do love a trail that challenges and holds new adventures within.

I do love a trail with a group of friends

I do love a trail on my own, seeing things through a new lens.

I do love a trail when I am happy and blessed

I do love a trail where burdens are lifted; there is comfort and rest.

I do love a trail, where plans are made in advance.

I do love a trail that is taken by chance.


Natalie Brown, a Hike NS member, was inspired in early December to write this poem and she shared it with us. We thought we’d share it with you!





Good Robot Event: Rescheduled to Mar. 26


The Goodwill Bot: Hike Nova Scotia event will take place at Good Robot Brewing Co. in Halifax (2736 Robie St.) on Monday, March 26 (rescheduled from Feb. 12). Join us for a fun night of talking hikes and enjoying brews! $1 from every Good Robot pint sold throughout the day will be donated to Hike NS. From 5 to 8 pm, Hike NS will be onsite with water-bottle beer pong and hiking sock puppet-making. There will be prize giveaways and sales of Hike NS t-shirts and trail mix. Check out the Facebook event here.




Seeking 2019 Summit Co-Host


Hike NS is now seeking applications to co-host the 2019 Hiking Summit, with a deadline of February 16, 2018. A celebration of hiking culture, the Summit moves to a different part of the province every year to support the local hiking movement and highlight local trails and attractions. With 200 people expected, such an event is also an economic boost to a community. Download the application here.



Upcoming Events

  • Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series 2018, province-wide: Jan. 13-Mar. 17
  • Winter Walk Day (any day in Feb.) for schools & youth groups, province-wide: February
  • Hector’s Point Moonlight Snowshoe Walk at the Highland Village, Iona: Feb. 2, 11, 25
  • Storm the Mountain Adventure Challenge, Wentworth:  Feb. 3
  • Nova Scotia Nature Trust Moonlit Snowshoe Hike, Wolfville: Feb. 3
  • Chebucto Hiking Club, 10 km walks in HRM: Feb. 3, 9, 17, 23
  • Backcountry 101: Snowshoes workshop at MEC, Halifax: Feb. 6
  • Deadline for applications to co-host the 2019 Hiking Summit: Feb. 16
  • Nordic Fest, with the Halifax Nordic Ski Club and The Trail Shop, Halifax: Feb. 17
  • Backcountry 101: Intro to Winter Camping workshop at MEC, Halifax: Feb. 20
  • Friends of Pugwash Estuary snowshoe hike followed by the AGM, Pugwash: Feb. 24

Find more events listed here.


Save the Date: 

Hiking Summit


Ingonish, Cape Breton

May 11 – 13, 2018


Hiking/Trail News Hits


These are some news hits from Twitter and Facebook:

  • Snowshoe program proving popular in Amherst view
  • Group ready to launch campaign to reopen Louisbourg-Gabarus road view
  • Discover four seasons of fun at Antigonish County’s Keppoch Mountain view
  • Great Trail a “work in progress” view
  • Snowshoeing grows with Hike Series view
  • Halifax buys 80 hectares of land for Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes park view
  • Volunteers needed to build The Great Trail view
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation awarding $55,000 in grants for walking program view
  • Victoria County’s active gear program in demand at local libraries view
  • Clearcutting our losses view



Feature: Snowshoeing NS Part Two

By Brad Donaldson


This winter, Hike Nova Scotia will be highlighting some of the province’s best areas for snowshoeing. In part two, we bring our attention to mainland Nova Scotia, dialing in on some shining gems of our province’s rural areas.


Read the full posting here.




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