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Hike NS E-news: July 2017


Become tick aware, view our fall and winter course schedule, check out a feature on the Natural Resources Education Centre and more.


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Tick Awareness


The Government of Nova Scotia has released information about how to be tick safe this summer. According to Department of Health & Wellness information, there are several things that can be done to reduce the risk of tick bites and thus reduce the fear that can become a barrier to people getting outside. Learn more here.





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.




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:Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop; Field Leader – Hiking Courses; Field Leader – Winter Module; Field Leader – Overnight Module; and Navigation Maps & Compass Courses. Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course. Learn more and register.




AdventureSmart Presenter/Trainer Workshop in October


AdventureSmart is a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians to get informed and go outdoors. A two-day AdventureSmart Presenter/Trainer Workshop will be held at the Debert Hospitality Centre in Debert, NS on October 28-29, 2017. This free one and a half-day workshop will provide you with the skills and knowledge to help those in your care enjoy their favourite outdoor activities more safely. Learn more and register.



Upcoming Events

  • NS Trans Canada Trail 100% Connection Celebration, Salt Marsh Trail, Cole Harbour: July 8
  • 8th Annual  Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge, Cape Breton Highlands: July 15
  • MacKinnon’s Brook Celebration – 1817-2017, MacKinnon’s Brook Trail, Cape Mabou Highlands Hiking Trails: July 29
  • Harrison Lewis Centre Wild Wednesdays guided nature walks, Port Joli: July – August
  • Association of NS Geocaching, Maritime Mega 4 geocaching event, Truro: Aug. 5
  • Deadline for organizations to register their events with Hike NS`s Fall Guided Hike Series: Aug. 15
  • Central Nova Volkssport Club, Truro Walk, Truro: Aug. 18
  • Cape Mabou Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge, Mabou Highlands: Aug. 26
  • Fort-to-Fort: Canada 150 event, with County of Annapolis, Town of Annapolis Royal and Parks Canada, Annapolis Royal: Aug. 26
  • National Trans Canada Trail 100% Connection Celebrations, NS-wide (stay tuned for updated events at this link): Aug. 26

Find more events listed here.





Hiking/Trail News Hits


These are some news hits from Twitter:

  • Tracking ticks: New study forecasts spread of Lyme disease in Eastern Canada view
  • Why Dianne Whelan Plans to Conquer the Trans Canada Trail view
  • 117-kilometre Harvest Moon trailway to be finished by end of August view
  • County urges clear-cutting moratorium, presses province over WestFor deal view
  • Nature Passport app designed to get kids off the couch, out into nature view
  • Meet the man walking across Canada without leaving his town view
  • Wentworth residents concerned about clear cutting on slopes above the valley view
  • Trenton opens section of The Great Trail view



Feature: Q&A with the Natural Resources Education Centre

By Brad Donaldson


Last week, Brad Donaldson sat down with Martha Grantham and Amelia Kennedy of the Natural Resources Education Centre in Middle Musquodoboit, NS to discuss what they do. Read the full posting here.


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