Hike NS

Enjoy a winter season of hiking!
Hike NS Enews: January 2018
View our schedule of guided snowshoe hikes across NS, learn where to find snowshoes, add some upcoming events to your calendar and check out a feature on where to snowshoe!
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.
Where to Find Snowshoes in NS
Once again, Hike NS offers our Where to Borrow, Rent or Buy Snowshoes guide online. With over 75 venues listed all over the province, we’ve got you covered. Of these, there are over 55 venues where you can borrow them for free. Now bring on the snow!
MEC Club Night for Members: Feb. 1
Mountain Equipment Co-op invites Hike Nova Scotia, friends and family to a Club Night at the Halifax store on Thursday, February 1 from 12:00pm – 7:00pm. Be sure to bring your Hike NS membership card (paid members have an electronic or a hard copy card). Please note:
  • 10% discount on purchases in store only, including tents, packs, bikes, and even boats!
  • Discount does NOT apply to clearance items, services, Blundstones, or packages already discounted.
  • You must be a member of MEC. It’s only $5 for a lifetime membership.

View our full slate of member perks and discounts here.

Good Robot Brews for Hike: Feb. 12
The Goodwill Bot: Hike Nova Scotia event will take place at Good Robot Brewing Co. in Halifax (2736 Robie Street) on Monday, February 12. Join us for a fun night of talking hikes and enjoying brews! $1 from every 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.
Take Action for Protected Areas
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society has launched a campaign to help protect Nova Scotia’s protected areas. The mining industry is actively lobbying for access to protected wilderness areas, asking for a change in legislation that could open-up all protected wilderness areas in the province to mining activities. Please lend your voice to efforts to oppose such an ill-conceived proposal.
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.
Online Auction Success
Hike NS is sending out a very special thank you to The Trail Shop – our Official Outdoor Retailer – for its support of our Hiking for the Holidays Online Auction in late November and early December. Our goal was to raise $1,000 by auctioning off items donated by The Trail Shop and we did it! Thank you to everyone who participated in the auction and to those who supported Hike NS with their winning bids.
Upcoming Events
  • Chebucto Hiking Club events, Halifax and Lower Sackville: Jan. 6, 12, 20, 26
  • MEC Halifax Race Series Race 1: Run, walk, or hike Point Pleasant Park, Halifax: Jan. 7
  • Cape Breton Nordic Introduction to snowshoeing, North Sydney: Jan. 7
  • Backcountry 101: Snowshoes workshop at MEC, Halifax: Jan. 9
  • Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series 2018: Jan. 13 – Mar. 17
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour with Take It Outside & The Trail Shop, Truro: Jan. 16
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour with The Trail Shop, Halifax: Jan. 17-18
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour with The Trail Shop, Wolfville: Jan. 23
  • Backcountry 101: Intro to Winter Camping workshop at MEC, Halifax: Jan. 23
  • Cape Breton Nordic Snowshoe Shuffle (race or ramble), North Sydney: Jan. 27
  • Winter Walk Day (any day in February) for schools and youth groups in NS: February
  • MEC Club Night for Hike NS Members, Halifax (bring your membership card!): Feb. 1
  • Storm the Mountain Adventure Challenge, Wentworth: Feb. 3
Save the Date:
Ingonish, Cape Breton

May 11 – 13, 2018
Hiking/Trail News Hits
These are some news hits from Twitter and Facebook:
  • Be prepared before heading out on your Great Trail winter adventure view
  • Digby trails coordinator busy working to develop regional gems view
  • One step at a time: Two South Shore women set out to walk rails to trails from Lunenburg to Halifax view
  • Bridge being built over Highway 101 to connect Digby rail-bed trail view
  • Supporting infrastructure and a countrywide vision view
  • Nova Scotia is trying to become a winter tourism destination view
  • 12 Winter Walks Through The HRM That You Have To Try view
  • Walk of Honour lives up to its name view
  • Ingonish to host annual Hike Nova Scotia summit in May view
  • The Wilderness Next Door view
Feature: Snowshoeing NS Part 1
By Brad Donaldson
This winter, Hike Nova Scotia will be highlighting some of the province’s best areas for snowshoeing. In part one, we begin in central Nova Scotia, listing some of our favourites in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Read the full posting here.
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