Hike NS

Enjoy a summer season of hiking!
Hike NS Enews: July 2018
Learn about Hike NS’s member fee increase along with some featured upcoming events, government consultation on coastal protection and an award presented to Norris Whiston.
Member Fees to Increase
On June 23 at the Hike NS Annual General Meeting in Truro, a membership fee increase was approved as follows: Individual membership will go from $10 to $20; Lifetime membership will go from $100 to $200; Family membership will go from $18 to $35; and Group membership will go from $25 to $50. It is effective starting August 1 for new members or membership renewals. We continue to offer free associate membership, but it includes only the monthly enews and does not include other paid member benefits.
Call for Fall 2018 Guided Hikes
Deadline: August 15, 2018

Hike NS invites groups across NS to partner with it on delivering fall guided hikes from September to November 2018. If your municipality, First Nation or organization can organize a hike (or already plan to host a hike), please register your event here by August 15, 2018 for events between September 14 and November 12. Note that one organization may register only up to five hikes (register only one event per form).

Featured Events
Waterfalls Book Presentation July 9, Halifax
Goose Lane Editions will host a presentation based on the new book Waterfalls of Nova Scotia, by Benoit Lalonde, on July 9 in Halifax at 6:30 pm at the Halifax Central Library. Hike NS will be on hand with a display. Learn more here.
Liscombe Hiking Adventure Sept. 8
Join Liscombe Lodge and Hike Nova Scotia on the Liscombe Hike Adventure on September 8 in support of Hike NS.
Explore the Liscombe River Trail with guide Lori Taylor followed by a BBQ, evening hike and resting by the bonfire.
Digby Hiking Adventure Sept. 29

Join the Digby Pines and Hike Nova Scotia on the Digby Hike Adventure on September 29 in support of Hike NS. Hike at Van Tassel Lake with two experience guides followed by a lovely meal and sleep back at the Pines. Learn more and register here.

New Government Plan
Coastal Protection Provincial Consultation
The government has committed to creating legislation to provide legal protection for our coasts. It’s asking the public to provide input on designing this new legislation. Take the survey and read the consultation document here. The Ecology Action Centre has good information online about coastal protection and things the legislation should include. Learn more here. The deadline for feedback is August 17.
New HRM Green Network Plan
HRM’s New Green Network Plan is a plan for creating a greenbelt for Halifax and it was released on June 21. View the document here. The Our HRM Alliance has been pushing for the plan for quite some time and has provided an analysis of it here.
Upcoming Events
  • Chebucto Hiking Club, Halifax, Pennant Point & Mount Uniacke: July 7, 13, 21, 27
  • Waterfalls of Nova Scotia: A presentation by author Benoit Lalonde, Halifax: July 9
  • MEC Backcountry 101: Introduction to Day Hiking, Halifax: July 9
  • Parks Canada Learn to Camp, Cape Breton Highlands National Park: July 14-15
  • Camino Nova Scotia: The Way of St. Columba, Annapolis Valley: July 16-21
  • Halifax Northwest Trails Assoc. walk around the Mainland Loop Trail, Halifax: July 19
  • Parks Day in Nova Scotia and in Canada: July 21
  • Learn to Camp with Nova Scotia Provincial Parks, Dollar Lake Provincial Park: July 21-22
  • Camino Nova Scotia: The Way of St. Columba, South Shore: July 30-Aug. 4
Hiking/Trail News Hits

These are some news hits from Twitter and Facebook:

  • Getting back to nature view
  • Advocates applaud Halifax Green Network Plan, designed to protect nature from development view
  • Canadians support protected marine, land areas view
  • Nova Scotia seeks public input on legislation to protect coastlines view
Feature: Whiston Receives Award

Norris Whiston was presented with a Summit Award at the Hike NS AGM in Truro on June 23. The Summit Award recognizes outstanding leadership and commitment to the growth and development of hiking in Nova Scotia. Norris is a long-time board member of Hike NS and has been involved with the Cobequid Eco-Trails Society. His passion for hiking, nature and history has contributed greatly to the development of trails in Colchester County. Read the full post here.
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Hike NS Annual Report 2017-18

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Enjoy a spring season of hiking!
Hike NS Enews: June 2018
Check out Hike NS’s call for Fall Guided Hikes as well as a slew of events including lots of hikes, the Hike NS AGM and courses. You can now our new solar lanterns online!
Call for Fall 2018 Guided Hikes
Deadline: August 15, 2018

Hike NS invites groups across NS to partner with it on delivering fall guided hikes from September to November 2018. If your municipality, First Nation or organization can organize a hike (or already plan to host a hike), please register your event here by August 15, 2018 for events between September 14 and November 12. Note that one organization may register only up to five hikes (register only one event per form).

AGM June 23, Member Fee Increase
The Hike NS Annual General Meeting will take place in Truro on Saturday, June 23. It will include a hike at 10:30 am, a light lunch at 12:30 pm and the AGM at 1 pm. All attendees are required to register by June 21. Please note that Hike NS membership will be asked to vote on proposed increases to membership fees. Register and view the membership fee proposal here.
Upcoming Courses
Learn more and register at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop: June 16 Trenton
The Re-Connecting with Nature workshop is a hands-on day of adventure to improve your ability to lead and share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $30 to $60.
GO Hike Workshop: June 23 Halifax
This Outdoor Council of Canada learn-to-hike, one-day workshop teaches beginners  the basics you need to know to be comfortable and safe while hiking. The cost is $75 to $85.
Field Leader – Hiking Course: June 16-17 Baddeck
Participants receive Outdoor Council of Canada national certification in Field Leader – Hiking (how to be a hike leader). The cost is $110 to $135.
Earth Walk Kits Available for Loan
Hike NS has partnered with eight municipal recreation departments to provide loans of Earth Walk Kits. An Earth Walk Kit is a backpack full of props and tools to help adults run fun nature activities for kids aged 5 to 12. Kits are available to parents, grandparents, teachers, recreation staff, volunteers and others who want to engage kids with nature. The kits are especially useful to the over 450 people in NS who have taken Hike NS’s Re-Connecting with Nature workshop. Learn more about the kits and locations here.
Hiking Summit & Award
The 2018 Hiking Summit held in Ingonish was a great success with 250 people in attendance – our biggest and best Summit yet. Thanks to all our co-hosts, partners, sponsors, volunteers and participants! Hike NS presented the Summit Award to the Coxheath Hills Wilderness Recreation Association. Learn more here. Hike NS’s co-hosts for the 2019 Hiking Summitwill be Events Lunenburg County, the Municipality of Chester and Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre.
Waterfalls Book Presentation July 9, Halifax
Goose Lane Editions will host a presentation based on the new book Waterfalls of Nova Scotia, by Benoit Lalonde, on July 9 in Halifax at 6:30 pm at the Halifax Central Library. During this free presentation the author will present a few lesser-known waterfall gems of this province while describing the many adventures one can experience while exploring over 600 waterfalls in Nova Scotia. Hike NS will be on hand with a display. Learn more here.
Celebration of Life for Alice Power: June 23
Hike NS was saddened to hear of the passing of Alice Power, a friend to Hike NS, trails and nature. Alice presented at the 2017 Hiking Summit in Tatamagouche, was an avid hiker and was part of the Friends of the Pugwash Estuary. A Celebration of Life for Alice will be held June 23 at the Northumberland Community Curling Club in Pugwash at 2 pm. Dress is casual. Mingle and share memories of Alice; light refreshments will be served.
Upcoming Events
  • MEC Trail Run Crew, Mule Trail, Waverly: June 7
  • Chebucto Hiking Club hikes, Halifax, Prospect, Mahone Bay & Halifax: June 8, 16, 23, 29
  • Harrison Lewis Centre, Birding-by-Ear Workshop, East Port L’Hebert: June 8-10
  • MEC Backcountry 101: Camp Kitchen, Halifax: June 11
  • Roots to Boots Festival, Cheticamp and Louisbourg: June 14-17
  • Re-Connecting with Nature workshop, Pictou County: June 16
  • Field Leader – Hiking course, Baddeck: June 16-17
  • MEC Backcountry 101: Packing for an Overnight Trip, Halifax: June 18
  • Seawall Trail Presentation, Escape Outdoors, North Sydney: June 19 (must RSVP)
  • Planning for Family “Screen-Free” Time with Halifax Recreation, Halifax: June 21
  • Hike NS AGM, Truro: June 23
  • Get Outside Hike (GO HIke) learn to hike workshop, Halifax: June 23
  • Parks Canada Learn to Camp, Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site: June 23-24
  • MEC Halifax Race Three: 5K/10K/21.1K Salt Marsh Trail, Cole Harbour: June 24
  • MEC Backcountry 101: Introduction to Knot Tying, Halifax: June 25
  • Camino Nova Scotia: The Way of St. Columba, Annapolis Valley: June 25-30
Hiking/Trail News Hits
These are some news hits from Twitter and Facebook:
  • A Common Vision for increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary living in Canada: Let’s Get Moving view
  • After 3 years of red tape, Cape Breton group gives up on hiking trail hopes view
  • Hike Nova Scotia to host annual summit this weekend in Ingonish view
  • Cape Breton University professor to study how time outdoors interacts with nature and our community view
  • DNR says ‘we failed,’ confirms old-growth trees cut by Port Hawkesbury Paper view
  • Walk of life view
  • Hike Nova Scotia Summit held in Ingonish view
  • Coxheath group presented with Summit Award by Hike Nova Scotia view
  • For the community, by the community: Part of McIntosh Run Trail System open for the summer view
  • Happy Trails – Major improvements through Nictaux on South Shore Annapolis Trail view
  • Hike Nova Scotia releases new course schedule view
  • Islands Consolidated School students help get Balancing Rock trail in Digby County ready for the season view
Featured Trail: Castle Rock, Chester
Castle Rock is the Municipality of Chester’s newest gem. It includes panoramic views over all of Mahone Bay. Access is from the parking lot near the junction of Highways 3 and 329 in East River. From there it is an easy stroll 3.2 km along the Chester Connection Trail to the trailhead at the northern end of Labrador Lake where you can explore a further 3.3 km of trail, exploring the Castle Rock area. Find details here.
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