|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.
|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)
- 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:
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.