7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018

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Join us in Nova Scotia’s Outdoor Destination All Seasons on the World Famous Cabot Trail for Lots of “Magical Winter Moments” and Memories, while enjoying perfect Snowshoe Adventures (48 Guided Snowshoes Organized!) during our 7th annual offering. Always an abundance of snow, making snowshoeing in Victoria County so magical, you’ll enjoy immensely!

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January 6 to March 31, 2018

Proudly presented by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) and the many Victoria County Volunteers, Leaders, Community Groups, Facility Operators and Service Providers  – We Thank Them for their Continued Support, Efforts & Contribution Benefiting Out Residents and Visitors
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So Many Magical Moments and Fun in the Snow 

This Winter:

7th Annual Hike Victoria County Snowshoe Fest 2018

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

HELD – Uisge Ban Falls Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

1 pm

Local Guide: Iris Kedmi – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Free – must have own snowshoes

2.61 km – Moderate hike.

10 participants enjoyed magical winter moments to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nova Scotia (pronounced ‘ush-ka ban’). On Hwy 105, take Exit 9 and watch for signs. It is 14.5 km north of Baddeck at 715 North Branch Road, Baddeck Forks. This is part of the 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. For further

information: Naturally Active for Life Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

Saturday, January 6

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – Dennis Laffan hosts hikers/snowshoers (possibly) along his well-maintained home-trails. Moderate elevation. Water/poles. Dogs welcome. Meet by 1:00 pm at 42 Murray Road. Parking up driveway if conditions allow. For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program. For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax

Saturday, January 13

*CANCELLED Due to Weather – Educational Hike

On behalf of Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), local guide and farmer, Iris Kedmi, will lead an educational hike. She will instruct in the identification of winter trees, after which the group will make tea from the foraged ingredients. Hikers will meet at the Baddeck Forks Hall at noon. Kids are welcome to join. Snowshoes are recommended, If equipment is required, go to: http://tiny.cc/kq7opy (Please note: Library closed Sundays & Mondays). Dress for the weather, ideally in layers, and bring water and hiking snacks. The hike will wrap up around 1:30pm. The hike is followed by a closed event for area farmers (beginning at 1:45pm).

Saturday, January 13

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – Will enjoy the trails at Jitka Zgola’s. Meet by 1:00 pm at 42164 Cabot Trail Hwy, north Wreck Cove. Some demanding verticals, but well worth it. Poles/water. Dogs welcome.

For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program.

For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax

Sunday, January 14

POSTPONED to Jan. 20th – North Highlands Nordic Open House 2018

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Sunday, January 14th, 2018

Begins at 10 am, ending at 4 pm

In partnership with Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (est. 2011), NS Dept of Communities, Culture & Heritage, Victoria County and Victoria County Sport & Recreation Department.

Weather impending – there will be an update if any change in date was to occur. There will be local entertainment from 1-4 pm.

For any inquires regarding the open house, please call the ski room at, 902-383-2479, or e-mail, nhn@xcski.ca

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 Saturday, January 20, 2018

Big Baddeck Guided Snowshoe Hike

1:00 pm, Free

Led by Arie Schop.  Hike a trail thorough Arie’s property then link to a snowmobile trail that takes to the pump house.  Arie will lead participants from his yard through the woods and up the pump house road in Big Baddeck. Almost all uphill on way in – what a workout it’ll be! The views are spectacular and worth the climb – Bring a camera! You’ll have great company, social and physical activity! Meet at Arie’s House directions as follows:  Take the Old Margaree Rd past the hospital  and head toward the Trans Canada.  Stay on the Old Margaree Rd. Continue along the Old Margaree Rd, go past the dump to the bridge, cross bridge and keep to the right. About 1.4 km from the bridge on the left,  look for civic # 259.  Arie will stick a snowshoe at the end of his driveway.  Park near garage.  Watch for icy spots on driveway. 1.5 – 2 hours hike.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

2nd Annual Franey Trail Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

11 am

Ingonish, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Free – Must have own snowshoes (can borrow from Libraries in Victoria County – Active   Outdoor Gear Loan Program)

10 kms – 4-5 hours. Challenging.

Watch for the Franey Trail Road sign on the Cabot Trail in Ingonish. (Please note: Pending conditions, parking at the trailhead may not be accessible and a snowshoe to the trailhead from the secondary road may apply). This hike includes a climb of 366 metres in 4-5 hours. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Clyburn Valley and Middlehead. We will snowshoe through mixed woods to a cliff-top look off providing breathtaking views of the Clyburn Valley and the surrounding highlands, extending ridge upon ridge into the distance. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County >

Saturday, January 20

St. Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

Local Guide Merrill MacInnis will lead a Coastal Hike in Breton Cove. Hike starts at 1:00 pm. Park at 43887 Cabot Trail. For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program. For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax

Saturday, January 20

OPEN HOUSE – NORTH HIGHLANDS NORDIC SKI FACILITY

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In partnership with Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), Victoria County Sport & Recreation invites you to experience the fantastic cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails.

 

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Backup date Sunday, January 21st

Complimentary use of Snowshoes

For more info call 383-2479 or e-mail nhn@xcski.ca

Proud member of Cross Country Ski Nova Scotia & Cross Country Canada

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Mica Hill, Paquette Lake

10 am

Hike the Highlands Festival

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Saturday, January 27

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – Aron and Ruth Schneider welcome participants to join them on their extensive trail system. Many features. Meet by 1:00 pm at their driveway at 329 West Tarbot Rd. “Doc”, the resident dog, must be already accepting of any guest dogs. For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program. For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax

Sunday, January 28, 2018

4th Annual Smokey Mountain Towers Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

10 am

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Smokey Mountain Parking Lot to the Microwave Towers. This trail provides two great panorama views of the North Shore and Down North of Ingonish …. take your camera. You will hike up an old road to both locations. You’ll pass four towers along the way. 4 kms  1.5 hours – 2 hours, Difficulty Rating – 2C . This hike will take place directly across the Cape Smokey Provincial Park. Trailhead/Starting Point – Please park your cars in the parking area just before will walk out from parking area and cross the Cabot Trail highway and begin the hike. Once up there it is open, very rough and the view is awesome. At the top you can wonder around to get good vantage points. It is uphill on the way up, downhill on the way back. Rocky underfoot so good footwear advised. Open, basically no trees, and high altitude, so it could be windy and cold. Wind breaker and head cover advised. Water bottle is a good idea also. (Directions: Drive to parking area on the top of smokey just before the park entrance on top of Smokey Mountain.

Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria.

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

 Monday, January 29

Warren’s Lake Guided Snowshoe Hike-A Beautiful Moonlit Experience

4km, Bring your own snowshoes

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Meet at the Warren’s Lake turnoff, approximately 1 km after re-entering the park after you leave Ingonish, driving northward. The turnoff is on the left, shortly after driving past the Broad Cove Campground. This hike follows the road to Warren’s Lake – a beautiful, moonlit experience. We will snowshoe by the moonlight but people can bring their own flashlights if they would feel more comfortable

Organized by: Ingonish Development Society

Marie Hawley and Lee Williams

barron_marie@hotmail.com

www.experienceingonish.com

Friday, February 2

Hector’s Point Moonlight Snow Shoe Walk

Join us for our special “Hector’s Point Moonlight Walk” – a moonlight snowshoe hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so buy your tickets on line • Walks begin at 7 pm Meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

Contact Name: Dan Franklin / Contact Phone # 902-622-2190

Contact Email: info@ionaheightsinn.com

Cost $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own

Location of Event (street, park, trail, etc.): Frolic n’ Folk Pub, Iona Heights Inn

$5 to rent snow shoes

Tickets must be purchased on-line: Website: Ionaheightsinn.com & Highlandvillage.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ionaheightsinn/ & https://www.facebook.com/highlandvillagemusuem/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IonaHeightsInn & https://twitter.com/highlandv

February 3, 2018

Dennison Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

10 am

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

6 km snowshoe round trip.

Will go to a peak to the old Dennison Farmhouse with a spectacular view! Bring Your Camera. Directions: Turn off the TCH 105 Ext 9 and go across the overpass on Margaree road (Turn right if coming from Sydney-do not cross overpass)). Turn right on the Big Baddeck Road towards Baddeck Forks and travel 5 kms. Dennison Road Trail on the right. Park on the right side of the road. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

 

Saturday, February 3

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

2nd Annual Uisge Ban Falls Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

1 pm

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Free – must have own snowshoes.

2.61 km – Moderate hike. 47 participated last year (2017) To one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nova Scotia (pronounced ‘ush-ka ban’). On Hwy 105, take Exit 9 and watch for signs. It is 14.5 km north of Baddeck at 715 North Branch Road, Baddeck Forks. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and the 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. For further information: Naturally Active for Life Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

 

Saturday, February 10

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program.

Sunday, February 11

Hector’s Point Moonlight Snow Shoe Walk

Join us for our Sunday afternoon “Hector’s Point Snow Shoe Walks” – a snowshoe hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets on-line. Walks begin at 1 pm – meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

Name: Dan Franklin

Phone # 902-622-2190

Email: info@ionaheightsinn.com

$15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own

Location of Event: Frolic n’ Folk Pub, Iona Heights Inn

$5 to rent snow shoes; Tickets must be purchased on-line:

Website: Ionaheightsinn.com & Highlandvillage.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ionaheightsinn/ & https://www.facebook.com/highlandvillagemusuem/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IonaHeightsInn & https://twitter.com/highlandv

February 17, 2018

Boiler Trail Historic Guided Snowshoe Hike

10:30 am

Local Guide Judy King – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

The Boiler Trail is located in Rear Baddeck Forks – Westside Big Baddeck Rd (3 kms past Rockinghorse ranch on the left) and concludes with a visit to the 1930’s Boiler Steamer. The hike is about 3 hours totaling 18,750 steps. Length: 7.5 km Duration: 3 hrs Difficulty: The trail follows the Old Rear Forks road (Westside Big Baddeck Rd, 3 kms past Rockinghorse ranch on the left. Park on the right side of the road facing back towards Rockinghorse ranch and the snowshoe will begin at this road to the trail head). The trail is a gentle grade with an elevation gain of about 200 feet. The next 1.5 km is relatively level with an elevation gain of about 100 feet. There is a small creek at this point with a bridge and guardrail. From this point the steepness of the trail increases with an elevation gain of about 340 feet over the next 1.5 km.

Watch for the boiler on the right side of the trail. This portion is most pleasing as it passes through hardwood forest. There are occasional views of the hillsides and valley. In addition to the historical significance of the boiler, the early portion of the trail skirts and crosses Mill Brook on which once stood a water-powered grist mill.

History – Boiler Trail: Leo Fownes Grandfather’s Boiler, used in the 1930’s, and abandoned when the war started. The old steam engine that ran the boiler was brought down the mountain by Leo & Stephen and is stored in our Leo & Joan Fownes Shop. ‎Fownes bros late thirties brought it up ancient tech left in forties steam powered saw mills one Fownes.

Passed a lot of softwood. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

Saturday, February 17

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Sunday, February 18

Snowshoe and luncheon

Washabuck Community Centre

 

Sunday, February 18

Central Cape Breton Gets Active 2018

Directions/Details: Come out for a snowshoe hike, along with skating and snow man making,

in Iona . Event takes place at Rankin School of the Narrows, Iona, Route 223, Central Cape Breton overlooking the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake. Be sure to take your camera! This event is also part of the 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest program. Pre-registration is required – bring your own snowshoes or remember to request a pair when you register. Hot chocolate and a snack will be provided.   For further information check out www.arosnamara.com for updates and to Pre-Register please email:  ccbcvi@gmail.com . Hosted by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc., Wellness Committee, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), Hike Nova Scotia and Rankin School of the Narrows 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

MacLean Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

1:00 pm

2.5 kms

Local Guide Mary Ivey

Hunter’s Mountain- at the end of the MacLean Rd. Take TCH west from Baddeck.

Turn right at the red barn onto the Cabot Trail. Follow this road almost to the top of Hunter’s Mountain. Watch for MacLean Rd on your left (Roughly 5 kms on the left from the red barn). Turn left onto MacLean Rd-you’ll see a blue cape cod house on your left.

Drive to the end and park to the side (If you get to the Highland Rd you’ve gone a bit too far; turn around and watch for MacLean Rd on your right). There will be some lovely views! Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest and 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018 Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca<mailto:naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca>

Saturday, February 24 

White Point

10 am

Hike the Highlands Festival

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Saturday, February 24

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Sunday, February 25

Hector’s Point Moonlight Snow Shoe Walk

Join us for our Sunday afternoon “Hector’s Point Snow Shoe Walks” – a snowshoe hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets on-line. Walks begin at 1 pm – meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

Name: Dan Franklin

Phone # 902-622-2190

Email: info@ionaheightsinn.com

$15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own

Location of Event: Frolic n’ Folk Pub, Iona Heights Inn

$5 to rent snow shoes; Tickets must be purchased on-line:

Website: Ionaheightsinn.com & Highlandvillage.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ionaheightsinn/ & https://www.facebook.com/highlandvillagemusuem/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IonaHeightsInn & https://twitter.com/highland

 Sunday, February 25, 2018

3rd Annual Skyline Trail “Ultimate” Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

11:00 am

FREE

Please bring your own snowshoes. Moderate Level Trail. The Skyline Trail is located 27 minutes north of Cheticamp on the Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Find directions here: http://tiny.cc/gxyo7x  Meet at the trailhead. Skyline Trail Winter Snowshoe Guided Hike. Free 7.5 kms, 2 to

3 hours. in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Find directions

here: tiny.cc/gxyo7x . Meet at the Shelter on the Cabot Trail in front of the Skyline Parking Area. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018 and as part of the 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and the 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca / http://www.naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

 Friday, March 2

Hector’s Point Moonlight Snow Shoe Walk

Join us for our special “Hector’s Point Moonlight Walk” – a moonlight snowshoe hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so buy your tickets on line • Walks begin at 7 pm Meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

Contact Name: Dan Franklin / Contact Phone # 902-622-2190

Contact Email: info@ionaheightsinn.com

Cost $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own

Location of Event (street, park, trail, etc.): Frolic n’ Folk Pub, Iona Heights Inn

$5 to rent snow shoes

Tickets must be purchased on-line: Website: Ionaheightsinn.com & Highlandvillage.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ionaheightsinn/ & https://www.facebook.com/highlandvillagemusuem/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IonaHeightsInn & https://twitter.com/highlandv

Saturday, March 3, 2018

MacLean Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

1:00 pm

Local Guide Mary Ivey

2.5 kms

Hunter’s Mountain- at the end of the MacLean Rd. Take TCH west from Baddeck. Turn right at the red barn onto the Cabot Trail. Follow this road almost to the top of Hunter’s Mountain. Watch for MacLean Rd on your left. Turn left onto MacLean Rd (Roughly 5 kms from the red barn) – you’ll see a blue cape cod house on your left. Drive to the end and park to the side (If you get to the Highland Rd you’ve gone a bit too far; turn around and watch for MacLean Rd on your right). There will be some lovely views! Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Baddeck 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

Saturday, March 3

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

March 4, 2018

7th Annual Baddeck Middle River Old Time Commute Trek 2018

1:00 pm

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

FREE – Please bring your own shoes

8.9 km

Challenging hike from MacMillan’s Mtn Rd to the Two Churches in Middle River. Take the Cabot Trail from the Red Barn entry to MacMillan Mountain Rd. on the right and park at the end of that road. Watch http://www.naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

for further information. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and the 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

Saturday, March 10

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Sunday, March 11

Hector’s Point Moonlight Snow Shoe Walk

Join us for our Sunday afternoon “Hector’s Point Snow Shoe Walks” – a snowshoe hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets on-line. Walks begin at 1 pm – meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

Name: Dan Franklin

Phone # 902-622-2190

Email: info@ionaheightsinn.com

$15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own

Location of Event: Frolic n’ Folk Pub, Iona Heights Inn

$5 to rent snow shoes; Tickets must be purchased on-line:

Website: Ionaheightsinn.com & Highlandvillage.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ionaheightsinn/ & https://www.facebook.com/highlandvillagemusuem/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IonaHeightsInn & https://twitter.com/highlandv

March 17, 2018

Warren Lake

10 am

Hike the Highlands Festival

https://www.hikethehighlands.com/2018-hthfsnowshoe-series/

Saturday, March 17

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Saturday, March 24

Dennison Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

10 am

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

6 km snowshoe round trip

Will go to a peak to the old Dennison Farmhouse with spectacular views! Bring Your Camera. Directions: Turn off the TCH 105 Ext 9 and go across the overpass on Margaree road (Turnn right if coming from Sydney-do not cross overpass)). Turn right on the Big Baddeck Road towards Baddeck Forks and travel 5 kms. Dennison Road Trail on the right. Park on the right side of the road. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

Saturday, March 24

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Saturday, March 31

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

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Winter Guided Snowshoe Hikes 2018 – Cape Breton

Participants may win a “trail” prize. Thanks to our local partners for organizing the hikes on the ground and to Goose Lane Editions and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. Hikes are free or low-cost and pre-registration is required unless otherwise indicated. See the details below for each hike. When winter hiking or snowshoeing, always be prepared for the conditions. Learn how to prepare here . Looking for snowshoes? Check out our Where to Borrow, Rent or Buy Snowshoes guide here .

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Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Surround Yourself in the Majestic of the Highlands by Breaking Your Own Trail

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Where the mountains meet the seas…in the highlands of Cape Breton Island. Where you’ll find some of the highest snowfall accumulations in Eastern Canada. Where there is plenty of space to explore on or off the beaten track, away from it all! Fun for all age groups. Where our unique downhill (Ski Cape Smokey) and telemark ski areas offer you panoramic views of the magnificent Cape Breton Highlands and the Atlantic Ocean! CBHNP Trails: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ns/cbreton/activ/randonnee-hiking.aspx   – you will not regret this healthy experience in our natural environment.

 Grab a Partner & “Break Your Own Trail” in Victoria County

http://www.naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/trails/victoria-countytrails/ during the winter, especially in Cape Breton’s Highland National Park https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/trails/cape-breton-highlands-national-park-hiking-trails/

North Highlands Nordic Trails in Cape North

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http://www.nhn.xcski.ca  / Ski Room 902.383.2479https://www.facebook.com/north.nordic?fref=ts . NHN Programs and Events:

  • Tuesdays: Ski Snowshoe & Tea– Adults, Tuesdays, join your friends or meet new friends at 10:00 am for a leisurely ski, snowshoe and return to the heated ski room for a cup of tea. Group rates apply. North Highlands Nordic, Cape North. http://www.nhn.xcski.ca

Enjoy Ingonish River – Kalapa Valley

Anybody who enjoys snowshoeing is welcome to explore Kalapa Valley (for directions see http://www.skicapesmokey.ca/directions). Ingonish and enjoy the beauty and flatness of it trails. The trails will be maintained regularly during the winter. Anyone using the trails does so at their own risk and should carry appropriate first aid and safety equipment. Please remove any garbage you take in, treat the valley and its animals with respect and have some great winter fun. When parking please do not block the gate. Look forward to seeing you on the trails.

St Ann’s Afternoon Community Hikes

Great social and physical activity on Saturdays (Nov to March). Meet at 1:00 pm, dogs permittedhttps://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/be-active/hiking/st-anns-saturday-afternoon-community-hikes/

Go to the St. Ann’s Community Event Sheet Calendar for further, updated information: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax

Equipment Available to Support your Snowshoeing Adventures:

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Where to Borrow, Rent or Buy Snowshoes

Guide found here: http://www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects/guided-hikes/

Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program (Since 2016)

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https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/active-outdoor-gear-loan-program/victoria-county-active-outdoor-gear-loan-program/ Snowshoes & poles for individuals, groups, schools & workplaces supporting your outdoor play for loan, FREE to loan for a week! (No down payment) with a Cape Breton Regional Library Card! 

BAM if you see Wildlife in your Active Adventures:

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B – back away A – act big M – move away: https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/resources/wildlife-safety/

13 items to have with you every time you Hike A Trail

Snowshoeing in Victoria County, Northern Cape Breton Another blizzard, another opportunity to dig out the snowshoes and enjoy being naturally active on our great natural environment on the trails. While you can bring whatever you like with you in your pack while out for a hike, there are about 13 items you should consider to have with you every time you hike the trail. Don’t forget to tell somebody where you are going & how long you will be out: 1.Knife 2.Water 3.Compass 4.Whistle 5.First Aid Kit 6.Map 7.Extra Clothes 8.Rain Gear 9.Flashlight 10.Extra Food 11.Walking stick 12.Nordic Poles 13.Horn (Blaster).

Winter is here, with lots of snow as usual! – Victoria County’s fabulous winter wonderland brings snow enthusiasts out each year. Before you seek out your thrills, be sure that you are well prepared and that you have all the right gear to make every winter outing safe and enjoyable. https://www.adventuresmart.ca/

Things to Do

https://www.cbisland.com/things-to-do/?campaign=2017Winter&gclid=CN6iuI2c9NECFcOLswodsUYO_A

Where to Stay

https://www.cbisland.com/where-to-stay/?campaign=2017Winter

Regular Operations at Inverary Resort – Rediscover the Magic of Winter – “Snowed In at the Inn”

http://capebretonresorts.com/our-resorts/inverary-resort/activities

  • Hotel rooms and meeting spaces available 7 days a week, 12 months a year
  • Thistledown Pub open Friday and Saturday from 5-9pm with Live music from 6-9 pm
  • Hot breakfast every Saturday and Sunday mornings
  • Saturday bonfire every week
  • Snowshoes available for use at any time
  • Indoor pool, sauna and hot tub open 8am-8pm, plus NEW Outdoor Hot Tub

CAPE NORTH & DINGWALL: Area code is 902

 Channel Breezes B & B, Dingwall  902-285-0650
 Inlet B & B, Dingwall  902-383-2112

NEIL’S HARBOUR & WHITE POINT:

Backcove Cottages 902-336-2812
Oceanview Cottage (3 bedrooms) 902-336-2212

INGONISH:

  • Knotty Pine Cottages   (housekeepng)                        1-800-455-2058
  • Castle Rock Country Inn   (B&B)                                 902-285-2700

Driving times from Cape North:

·       Dingwall 5 minutes
·       Neil’s Harbour 15 minutes
·       North Ingonish 30 minutes
·       Ingonish Ferry 40 minutes
·       Pleasant Bay 25 minutes
·       Cheticamp 1 hour

511 Nova Scotia

A Free Traveler Information Service Operated by NS Gov’t Accessed Via Phone, Mobile Device or Computer

http://511.gov.ns.ca/en/

Festivals & Events

https://www.cbisland.com/festivals-events/?campaign=2017Winter

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https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

 

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

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2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck Event 2018

https://www.cbisland.com/festivals-events/baddeck-winter-events/

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

Box 370, 495 Chebucto St, Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0

Tel: 902.295.3661 / Cel: 902.295.0387 / Fax: 902.295-1864

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCounty/

Website:   https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/

Twitter:     https://twitter.com/pastrategyvc

THANK YOU

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) in Partnership with Hike NS, Hike Victoria Thanks the many Victoria County Volunteers, Leaders, Community Groups, Facility Operators, Service Providers and Businesses for their Continued Support, Efforts & Contribution to A Successful 2018 Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest  benefiting Residents & Visitors! See you in 2019 for our 8th! 

Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2017 A Success!  

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THANK YOU

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) in Partnership with Hike NS, Hike Victoria Thanks the many Victoria County Volunteers, Leaders, Community Groups, Facility Operators, Service Providers and Businesses for their Continued Support, Efforts & Contribution to A Successful 2017 Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2017 benefiting Residents & Visitors! See you in 2018! 

HELD – 2017 S C H E D U L E

Downloadable for your convenience:

hikevictoriasnowshoefest2017pdf / hikevictoriasnowshoefest2017

Over 20 Snowshoe Hikes  HELD in Victoria County Feb. 10 to March 19, 2017

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/be-active/hiking/hike-victoria-snowshoe-fest-2017/

Proudly presented by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) and the many Victoria County Volunteers, Leaders, Community Groups, Facility Operators and Service Providers  – We Thank Them for their Continued Support, Efforts & Contribution benefiting residents and visitors

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

 

Hike NS and Hike Victoria Winter Guided Snowshoe

Hike Series 2017 HELD:

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/be-active/hiking/hike-ns/hike-ns-winter-guided-snowshoe-hike-series/

Proudly presented by Hike NS & Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

HELD – February 10th

30 Participated! – Snowshoe Walk around Hector’s Point

For 2017, the Iona Heights Inn & the Highland Village are hosting six separate “Hector’s Point Snowshoe Walks

Hike around the Highland Village. It was approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be.

$15 per person including snowshoes , or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so reserve on line, and pay at the door cash/debit/credit card. http://www.ionaheightsinn.com/eventing

  • Meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

HELD – February 11th

47 Participated in Uisge Ban Falls Winter Guided Hike

2.61 km – Moderate hike. This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nova Scotia (pronounced ‘ush-ka ban’). On Hwy 105, take Exit 9 and watch for signs. It is 14.5 km north of Baddeck at 715 North Branch Road, Baddeck Forks. This is part of the Hike NS Winter Guided Hikes Snowshoe Series and Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2017. Further information:

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

Met at trail head: https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/46.0999169,-60.754676/Uisge+Ban+Falls+Provincial+Park,+N+Branch+Rd,+Baddeck,+NS+B0E+1B0/@46.1513145,-60.8494694,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m10!4m9!1m1!4e1!1m5!1m1!1s0x4b67862382c3a683:0xdf32bd4ff614814f!2m2!1d-60.7779041!2d46.2025299!3e0

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

HELD – February 11th

St. Ann’s Community Hike

1:00 p.m. Rear Barrachois, with guide Marcelle. Snowshoes and poles. Meet at the bridge at Rear Barrachois Road (the swimming hole) Level of difficulty, Moderate. For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or Baddeck Library (902-295-2055). Hike is part of the St. Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes (Nov-March). 

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/be-active/hiking/st-anns-saturday-afternoon-community-hikes/

HELD – February 12

Sundays on Snow (Ski or Snowshoe)

1:30 pm – on local trails with local guides in Baddeck & Area every Sunday 1:30 pm. This week – Uisge Ban Falls Winter Guided Hike. 2.61 km – Moderate hike. This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nova Scotia (pronounced ‘ush-ka ban’). On Hwy 105, take Exit 9 and watch for signs. It is 14.5 km north of Baddeck at 715 North Branch Road, Baddeck Forks. Must have own equipment. To find out which trail each week and be included on the e-mail contact information listing, please contact leader Eileen Woodford by e-mail: ewoodford@ns.sympatico.ca . Hello Winter Baddeck Event 2017 

Meet at the trail head : https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/46.0999169,-60.754676/Uisge+Ban+Falls+Provincial+Park,+N+Branch+Rd,+Baddeck,+NS+B0E+1B0/@46.1513145,-60.8494694,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m10!4m9!1m1!4e1!1m5!1m1!1s0x4b67862382c3a683:0xdf32bd4ff614814f!2m2!1d-60.7779041!2d46.2025299!3e0

HELD – February 18

St. Ann’s Community Hikes

1:00 p.m. North River Trails with guides Harold and Donna. Snowshoes and poles. No guest dogs. Meet at 58 Oregon Road. Level of difficulty, Moderate. For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or Baddeck Library as part of the Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program(902-295-2055). Hike is part of the St. Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes (Nov-March). 

 Held – February 18

 30 Participated – Washabuck’s Annual Snowshoe Hike 2017

Snowshoe Along the Beautiful Shores of Washabuck. Come out for a fun winter hike with friends and family, enjoy our beautiful scenery and join us in a social afternoon. Start time is 1:00 pm. Light hot lunch to follow after the walk.

Pre-registration is required – contact snowshoeing@washabuck.com , Zina at 902-725-2444, Cheryl at 902-371-0169 or Quentin at 902-725-2852. This event is sponsored by Washabuck Community Centre, and Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) as part of the 6th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2017.

 HELD – February 19

11 Participated – Franey Trail Winter Snowshoe Guided Hike 2017

Ingonish – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Free – Must have own snowshoes (can borrow from Libraries in Victoria County – Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program)

9 kms – 3 to 4 hours

Challenging Watch for the Franey Trail Road sign on the Cabot Trail in Ingonish.

Please note: Pending conditions, parking at the trailhead may not be accessible and a snowshoe to the trailhead from the secondary road may apply.

This hike includes a climb of 366 metres in 3 hours or less. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Clyburn Valley and Middlehead. We will hike through mixed woods to a cliff-top look off providing breathtaking views of the Clyburn Valley and the surrounding highlands, extending ridge upon ridge into the distance.

Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2017 and as part of the 6th Annual Victoria county Winter ActiveFest 2017..

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and HikeVictoria

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

HELD – February 19

Afternoon Snowshoe in Iona around Hector’s Point

1:00 pm – For 2017, the Iona Heights Inn & the Highland Village are hosting six separate “Hector’s Point Snowshoe Walks”. This will be a hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be.

$15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so reserve on line, and pay at the door cash/debit/credit card. http://www.ionaheightsinn.com/eventing

  • Meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn. The snowshoe will be followed by a youth open-mic, starting at 2:00 pm at the inn.

February 25

Postponed to March 25th – Skyline Trail Winter Snowshoe Guided Hike

On the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

11:00 AM

Free 7.5 kms, 2 to 3 hours

Moderate The Skyline Trail is located 27 minutes north of Cheticamp on the Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Find directions here: tiny.cc/gxyo7x . Meet at the Shelter on the Cabot Trail in front of the Skyline Parking Area. Part of the Hike NS Winter Guided Snowshoe Hikes Series 2017 and the 6th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2017.

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

http://www.naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

HELD – February 25

St. Ann’s Community Hikes

1:00 pm – Rear Munro’s Point with guides Carmel and John. Snowshoes and poles. Meet at 50402 Rear Munroe’s Point Road (2 km in from the Cabot Trail)

For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or Baddeck Library as part of the Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program(902-295-2055). Hike is part of the St. Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes (Nov-March).

February 26    

 Postponed to March 26th-Smokey Mountain Towers Snowshoe Guided Hike

February 26 1:00 PM

Free 3 kms, 1-1.5 hours

Moderate This trail provides two great panorama views of the North Shore and of Ingonish, Victoria County. Take your camera! You will snowshoe up an old road to both locations. You will pass a few towers along the way. This hike will take place directly across from the Cape Smokey provincial Park. Please park on the top of Smokey the view parking lot. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County & Hike NS in Partnership as part of the Hike NS and HikeVictoria Snowshoe Winter Guided Hike Series 2017.

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca>

http://www.hikenovascotia.ca

HELD – March 4

Walk  – Central Cape Breton Gets Active 2017

Saturday, March 4th, 11 am: Snowshoe/Hike: Central Cape Breton Gets Active 2017 – Come out for a snowshoe hike in Iona, located along Route 223, Central Cape Breton overlooking the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake on

Be sure to take your camera! Meet at the Iona Port. This is part of the 6th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2017 and Hike Nova Scotia events for 2017. Pre-registration is required – contact ccbcvi@gmail.com or Ann Marie at 902-725-2253 or Murdell at 902-725-2348.

Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee and Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) as part of the 6th Victoria County Winter Activefest 2017.

http://www.centralcapebreton.com/

March 5

HELD – 15 Participated

6th Annual Middle River Baddeck Old Time Commute Trek 2017

1:00 PM – Must pre-register at vince.forrestall@countyvictoria.ns.ca

Free – must have own snowshoes (Can loan at Victoria County Libraries -Victoria County Active Outdoor Loan Program). 8.9 km Challenging The trail will include MacMillan Mountain Road to Gillis’s Point Look-off to the Highland Road to the two Churches in Middle River. Chef George Smith will have refreshments following (1.1 kms from trail ending)!

Take the Cabot Trail from the Red Barn. Entry to MacMillan Mountain Rd. is on the right. Park at the end of the road. Part of the Hike NS and HikeVictoria Winter Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2017.

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

http://www.naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/                                                                  

March 5

HELD – Snowshoe Walk around Hector’s Point

1:00 pm – For 2017, the Iona Heights Inn & the Highland Village are hosting six separate “Hector’s Point Snowshoe Walks”

This will be a hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be.

$15 per person including snowshoes , or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so reserve on line, and pay at the door cash/debit/credit card. http://www.ionaheightsinn.com/eventing

  • Meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

  March 10

HELD – Snowshoe Walk around Hector’s Point

7:00 pm – For 2017, the Iona Heights Inn & the Highland Village are hosting six separate “Hector’s Point Snowshoe Walks”. This will be a hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be.

$15 per person including snowshoes , or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so reserve on line, and pay at the door cash/debit/credit card. http://www.ionaheightsinn.com/eventing

  • Meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

HELD – March 12

BOULARDERIE ISLAND – DALEM LAKE SNOW FUN 2017

The Boularderie Island Volunteer Fire Departments of South Side, Ross Ferry and Big Bras‘dor in Partnership with “Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)”

A winter fun day of activities at Dalem Lake from 9 am to 10pm.

The Aim of the event is to promote community participation in a healthy setting to encourage an active life style. We are blessed in Cape Breton to have this winter play ground in our back yard. Park on New Dominion Rd prior to the park entrance.

All are welcome to dig out their snow shoes, cross country skis and/ or skates to participate and enjoy our wonderful Cape Breton winter. A limited amount of Refreshments and hotdogs will be available between 11 am and 1 pm. Everyone is encouraged to bring their BBQ or Colman stove and food as the picnic tables are still there (However, you may need your show shoes to get there).

All Provincial Park rules apply as if it were summer, and please keep your pets on a leash.

March 12th will bring a full moon so you can enjoy an evening show shoe or ski around the approx. 2km trail. Start time 7pm.

Contact for information
-Fire Chief Wayne Jardine 902 565 7092
-Fireman Ken Nunn 902 294 0101

March 13

HELD – Free Guided Snowshoe on Scenic Trails

Had our guided snowshoe walk on Monday.  Not many showed up, but for the ones that did it was magical” – Linda Murray (March 14, 2017)

North Highlands Nordic

1 pm, snowshoes available on site. Proudly supported by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) and is part of the 6th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2017

March 18

CANCELLED – (Inverary Resort)

12:30 – 2:30pm

Hike to Uisge Ban Falls with hot chocolate

March 19

HELD – Snowshoe Walk around Hector’s Point

1:00 pm – For 2017, the Iona Heights Inn & the Highland Village are hosting six separate “Hector’s Point Snowshoe Walks”

This will be a hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be.

$15 per person including snowshoes , or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so reserve on line, and pay at the door cash/debit/credit card. http://www.ionaheightsinn.com/eventing

  • Meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

HELD – March 25 (Summary Below)

                              23 Participated in Skyline Trail Winter Snowshoe Guided Hike

North of Cheticamp on the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

March 25, 12 Noon

Free 7.5 kms, 2 to 3 hours

Moderate The Skyline Trail is located 27 minutes north of Cheticamp on the Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Find directions here: tiny.cc/gxyo7x . Meet at the Shelter on the Cabot Trail in front of the Skyline Parking Area. Part of the Hike NS & Hike Victoria Winter Guided Snowshoe Hikes Series 2017.

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

HELD – March 26   (Summary below) 

                   16 participated – Smokey Mountain Towers Snowshoe Guided Hike

March 26th

4 kms, 370 meter elevation

Moderate This trail provided two great panorama views of the North Shore and of Ingonish, Victoria County. Take your camera! Snowshoed up an old road to both locations. Passed a few towers along the way. Hike took place directly across from the Cape Smokey Provincial Park. Parked on the top of Smokey the view parking lot. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) & Hike NS, Hike Victoria in Partnership

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

http://www.hikenovascotia.ca
Hi Vince, I enjoyed the weekend snowshoeing (Skyline Trail March 25, 2017 & Smokey Mountain Towers March 26, 2017). I’m attaching the photos I took in the attached link. Please feel free to share them or use them in your website. Thanks for organizing the event“- Sam Schwartz (Participant at both-March 26, 2017)

HIKENSWinterGuidedSnowshoeHikeEvaluationSmokeyMountainTowersVictoriaCountyMarch262017

HIKENSWinterGuidedSnowshoeHikeEvaluationSmokeyMountainTowersVictoriaCountyMarch262017PDF

Pretty wonderful time of year for up there (Smokey Mountain Towers). Great you still take people up there” – Marcelle Lavoie (March 27, 2017)

“Wonderful! Thank you! (Smokey Mtn Towers Guided Snowshoe Hike)” – Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike Nova Scotia (March 27, 2017)

HI Vincent, Thx for the photos. I had a great time and the scenics were wonderful (Smokey Mtn Towers Guided Snowshoe Hike). The trees all covered in ice and the snow and the sun and the mountains were great for photo taking” – Larry Gibbons (March 26, 2017)

HIKENSWinterGuidedSnowshoeHikeEvaluationSkylineTrailVictoriaCountyMarch252017PDF

HIKENSWinterGuidedSnowshoeHikeEvaluationSkylineTrailVictoriaCountyMarch252017

“Hi Vince, thanks for organizing such an amazing day (Skyline Trail Snowshoe Guided Hike March 25, 2017)! So amazed that the fog broke right at the time that we were ready for the view. Here are some pictures from the day, feel free to use them for anything!” – Lorraine Margaret (March 27, 2017)

Got your pics – thanks for the great day Vince !!” – Jim Jr Connors (March 25, 2017)

“Had a great day on the Skyline trail snowshoeing today with a great group. It was a magical day with some silver thaw on the trees and fog hanging on the mountain. While we were resting up at the viewing plane at the end are view of nothing magically cleared . A must see in the winter time – Done today with a group of 22 – thank you #hikens !!!”

Lorraine Pye-VarnesAwesome day(March 25, 2017)

Joanne Fraserawesome” (March 25, 2017)

John JohnsonThanks for sharingVince Forrestall! (March 25, 2017)

Karen BrewerThank You to Vince Forrestall and Naturally Active for Life Victoria County“!!!

Hi Vince, Thank you so much for the photos (Skyline Trail Snowshoe March 25th)! They gave me a really good idea about what to expect when I head over. Thank you again for the documentation and time” – Lorraine Albert (March 26, 2017)

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Surround Yourself in the Majestic of the Highlands by Breaking Your Own Trail

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Where the mountains meet the seas…in the highlands of Cape Breton Island. Where you’ll find some of the highest snowfall accumulations in Eastern Canada. Where there is plenty of space to explore on or off the beaten track, away from it all! Fun for all age groups. Where our unique downhill (Ski Cape Smokey) and telemark ski areas offer you panoramic views of the magnificent Cape Breton Highlands and the Atlantic Ocean! CBHNP Trails: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ns/cbreton/activ/randonnee-hiking.aspx   – you will not regret this healthy experience in our natural environment.

 Grab a Partner & “Break Your Own Trail” in Victoria County

http://www.naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/trails/victoria-countytrails/ during the winter, especially in Cape Breton’s Highland National Park https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/trails/cape-breton-highlands-national-park-hiking-trails/

North Highlands Nordic Trails in Cape North

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http://www.nhn.xcski.ca  / Ski Room 902.383.2479https://www.facebook.com/north.nordic?fref=ts . NHN Programs and Events:

  • Tuesdays: Ski Snowshoe & Tea– Adults, Tuesdays, join your friends or meet new friends at 10:00 am for a leisurely ski, snowshoe and return to the heated ski room for a cup of tea. Group rates apply. North Highlands Nordic, Cape North. http://www.nhn.xcski.ca

Enjoy Ingonish River – Kalapa Valley

Anybody who enjoys snowshoeing is welcome to explore Kalapa Valley, Ingonish and enjoy the beauty and flatness of it trails. The trails will be maintained regularly during the winter. Anyone using the trails does so at their own risk and should carry appropriate first aid and safety equipment. Please remove any garbage you take in, treat the valley and its animals with respect and have some great winter fun. When parking please do not block the gate. Look forward to seeing you on the trails.

St Ann’s Afternoon Community Hikes

Great social and physical activity on Saturdays (Nov to March). Meet at 1:00 pm, dogs permittedhttps://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/be-active/hiking/st-anns-saturday-afternoon-community-hikes/

Go to the St. Ann’s Community Event Sheet Calendar: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax

Equipment Available to Support your Snowshoeing Adventures:

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Where to Borrow, Rent or Buy Snowshoes

Guide found here: http://www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects/guided-hikes/

Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

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https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/active-outdoor-gear-loan-program/victoria-county-active-outdoor-gear-loan-program/ Snowshoes & poles for individuals, groups, schools & workplaces supporting your outdoor play for loan, FREE (No down payment) with a Cape Breton Regional Library Card! 

BAM if you see Wildlife in your Active Adventures:

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B – back away A – act big M – move away: https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/resources/wildlife-safety/

13 items you should consider to have with you every time you Hike the Trail

Snowshoeing in Victoria County, Northern Cape Breton Another blizzard, another opportunity to dig out the snowshoes and enjoy being naturally active on our great natural environment on the trails. While you can bring whatever you like with you in your pack while out for a hike, there are about 13 items you should consider to have with you every time you hike the trail. Don’t forget to tell somebody where you are going & how long you will be out: 1.Knife 2.Water 3.Compass 4.Whistle 5.First Aid Kit 6.Map 7.Extra Clothes 8.Rain Gear 9.Flashlight 10.Extra Food 11.Walking stick 12.Nordic Poles 13.Horn (Blaster).

Winter is here, with lots of snow as usual! – Victoria County’s fabulous winter wonderland brings snow enthusiasts out each year. Before you seek out your thrills, be sure that you are well prepared and that you have all the right gear to make every winter outing safe and enjoyable. https://www.adventuresmart.ca/

Things to Do

https://www.cbisland.com/things-to-do/?campaign=2017Winter&gclid=CN6iuI2c9NECFcOLswodsUYO_A

Where to Stay

https://www.cbisland.com/where-to-stay/?campaign=2017Winter

Regular Operations at Inverary Resort

http://capebretonresorts.com/our-resorts/inverary-resort/activities

  • Hotel rooms and meeting spaces available 7 days a week, 12 months a year
  • Thistledown Pub open Friday and Saturday from 5-9pm with Live music from 6-9 pm
  • Hot breakfast from 8-11 am every Saturday and Sunday mornings
  • Saturday bonfire at 5pm every week
  • Snowshoes available for use at any time
  • Indoor pool, sauna and hot tub open 8am-8pm, plus NEW Outdoor Hot Tub

CAPE NORTH & DINGWALL: Area code is 902

 Channel Breezes B & B, Dingwall  902-285-0650
 Inlet B & B, Dingwall  902-383-2112

NEIL’S HARBOUR & WHITE POINT:

Backcove Cottages 902-336-2812
Oceanview Cottage (3 bedrooms) 902-336-2212

INGONISH:

  • Knotty Pine Cottages   (housekeepng)                        1-800-455-2058
  • Castle Rock Country Inn   (B&B)                                 902-285-2700

Driving times from Cape North:

·       Dingwall 5 minutes
·       Neil’s Harbour 15 minutes
·       North Ingonish 30 minutes
·       Ingonish Ferry 40 minutes
·       Pleasant Bay 25 minutes
·       Cheticamp 1 hour

511 Nova Scotia

A Free Traveler Information Service Operated by NS Gov’t Accessed Via Phone, Mobile Device or Computer

http://511.gov.ns.ca/en/

Festivals & Events

https://www.cbisland.com/festivals-events/?campaign=2017Winter

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https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

Schedule Downloadable for your convenience:

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Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

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Hello Winter Baddeck Event 2017

https://www.cbisland.com/festivals-events/baddeck-winter-events/

Schedule downloadable for your convenience:

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