Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2017

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Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2017

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Over 20 Snowshoe Hikes in Victoria County February 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

Hike NS Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series 2017:

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 (Est. 2011) – Vince Forrestall @ vince.forrestall@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/

February 11th

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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/

February 12

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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

February 18

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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

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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

Vince Forrestall – vince.forrestall@countyvictoria.ns.ca

February 19

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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

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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 (Est. 2011), Vince Forrestall – vince.forrestall@countyvictoria.ns.ca

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

February 25

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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    

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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 Snowshoe Winter Guided Hike Series 2017.

Vince Forrestall – vince.forrestall@countyvictoria.ns.ca / http://www.hikenovascotia.ca

March 4

Snowshoe Hike – 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

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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 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2017. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011); Vince Forrestall – vince.forrestall@countyvictoria.ns.ca

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

March 5

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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

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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

 March 13

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Free Guided Snowshoe on Scenic Trails

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

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(Inverary Resort)

12:30 – 2:30pm

Hike to Uisge Ban Falls with hot chocolate

March 19

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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 25

                              Skyline Trail Winter Snowshoe Guided Hike

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

March 25, 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.

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Vince Forrestall – vince.forrestall@countyvictoria.ns.ca

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

March 26    

                   Smokey Mountain Towers Snowshoe Guided Hike

March 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

Vince Forrestall – vince.forrestall@countyvictoria.ns.ca

http://www.hikenovascotia.ca

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

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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

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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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Hello Winter Baddeck Event 2017

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

Schedule downloadable for your convenience:

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