7th Annual Hike NS Summit 2018 – Ingonish, Victoria County

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Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) and Partners are Pleased to Host Hike Nova Scotia’s 7th Annual Hiking Summit on May 11-13, 2018 at Nature’s Home: Ingonish, Victoria County, Cape Breton

Hike Nova Scotia’s seventh annual Hiking Summit is May 11 to 13 in Ingonish. A celebration of hiking culture, it includes best practices, stories, networking opportunities, a new kids’ program and hikes. Learn more and register here: https://www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects-hiking-summit/

 

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A celebration of hiking culture, it includes best practices, stories, networking opportunities and hikes in the hiking mecca of Nova Scotia – Victoria County, Nova Scotia’s Outdoor Destination All Seasons!

About the Summit

A celebration of hiking culture, the 2018 Hiking Summit will take place in Ingonish, Cape Breton on May 11, 12 and 13. Hike NS and its co-hosts Naturally Active Victoria County, Parks Canada and the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands invite you to join them. Get a sense of the venue – the Keltic Lodge – and the surrounding area by viewing this video. Presenting sponsor is The Trail Shop, Platinum sponsor is Victoria County, Gold sponsors are Parks Canada and Destination Cape Breton, Silver sponsors are the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and Big Spruce Brewing and Bronze sponsor is the Ingonish Development Society. Summit hosts are happy to announce that A for Adventure will be our MCs. The Warden of Victoria County invites you to attend the Summit.

New Family/Kids’ Stream

Families are encouraged to attend. A new kids’ program (ages 5 to 12) will run Saturday and Sunday mornings, concurrent with regular adult sessions and workshops. There will also be childcare provided Saturday and Sunday mornings for younger children (under 5). There are family-friendly hike options and families are expected to attend hikes together. Parents and caregivers are responsible for their children on all hikes, including judging their child’s ability to do a hike. Parents and caregivers are responsible for their children at all times when specific kids’ programming or childcare is not in progress. Children must be registered for kids’ programming or childcare in order to take part and waivers and forms must be completed onsite before participation.

View the Program and Hikes Before Registering

Before registering, please view the program first:

Program overview (PDF)     Detailed program (coming soon)

Kids’ program (coming soon)     Hike detailed schedule (coming soon)

Keltic Lodge facility map (coming soon).

Registration and Meals
Scroll down to register. The deadline to register is May 6th. Registration is $45 for paid Hike NS members, $55 for non-members and $35 for children, youth and students. The registration fee covers the whole weekend whether you attend for one or both days (sorry, online registration became too complicated to offer single day registration options). You can register and pay for up to five people at a time from the same family or organization. Lunch on Saturday and Sunday is included with this registration. For additional cost, you may sign up for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and Saturday supper at the Ketlic Lodge. Meal tickets will be issued for breakfasts and the supper. All other meals you must figure out on your own. Find a list of local restaurants here.

Register for Hikes Separately
After you have registered for the Hiking Summit, you will receive a confirmation email with a link where you can register for the hikes. Be sure to check your email spam folder if you do not receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact Hike NS.

Accommodations & Local Services
The Keltic Lodge is now taking room reservations for the Hiking Summit. To ensure you get the Summit discounted rate of $99/night (this rate covers a family of up to 4 people; this does not include breakfast), please be sure to say you are part of the Hike Nova Scotia Summit 2018. Make your reservations at 1-800-565-0444. Please make your reservations by April 1, 2018. View our list of additional accommodations as well as other services in Ingonish and surrounding areas.

Displays
For organizations and businesses that would like to have a display at the Hiking Summit, please click here to learn more and register.

National Park Passes Provided
All Hiking Summit attendees will receive a free Cape Breton Highlands National Park pass in their welcome bags (picked up at the check-in area when you arrive). The pass must be made clearly visible in attendees’ vehicles while attending the Summit.

Cancellation Policy
You may cancel your Hiking Summit registration by May 7 at noon and receive a full refund. Cancellations between May 7 at noon and May 10 at noon will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations after May 10 at noon and no-shows will not be refunded. To cancel your registration, please contact Hike NS.

 

 

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You’re Invited

Hike Nova Scotia is delighted to invite you to the Hiking Summit. It’s our seventh annual celebration of hiking culture including best practices, stories, networking opportunities and hikes. It takes place from Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13 in Ingonish at the Keltic Lodge.

Summit Highlights

  • Keynote David Miller, author of AWOL on the Appalachian Trail and The A.T. Guide
  • MCs Chris Surette and Jan-Sebastian LaPierre from A for Adventure
  • A new kids’ program and childcare (families, please join us!)
  • Hikes featuring the gorgeous scenery of the Cape Breton Highlands
  • Interesting sessions and skills workshops
  • Stories from the Trail Pecha Kucha presentations
  • Friday night reception
  • Saturday night supper with keynote speaker
  • Hike Nova Scotia’s Summit Awards
  • Silent auction and displays
  • Songs and stories around the campfire

Registration

  • $45 for paid Hike NS members
  • $55 for non-members
  • $35 for children, youth and students

Registration includes: access to information sessions and workshops, hike events and socials along with Saturday and Sunday lunches and breaks. There are optional breakfasts and a Saturday supper at additional cost. Registration does not include accommodation or other meals – you must arrange them on your own (the Keltic Lodge is offering a special discount until April 1). The deadline to register for the Summit is May 6.

 

Learn more and register here

 

Co-Hosts & Sponsors

 

The Summit is hosted by Hike NS, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), Parks Canada and the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands. Presenting sponsor is The Trail Shop, Platinum sponsor is Victoria County, Gold sponsors are Parks Canada and Destination Cape Breton, Silver sponsors are the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and Big Spruce Brewing and Bronze sponsor is the Ingonish Development Society.

 

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2018 Hike NS Hike Summit Welcome from

Victoria County Warden Bruce Morrison

Summit 2018 Partners

  • Hike NS
  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
  • Municipality of the County of Victoria
  • Parks Canada
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Ingonish Development Society
  • Smokey Recreation Society
  • Cape Breton Family Place Resource Centre Society 
  • Hike the Highlands Festival Society
  • The Seawall Trail Society
  • Destination Cape Breton
  • Golf North (Keltic Lodge)
  • Waycobah First Nation
  • Wagmatcook First Nation
  • Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
  • Unama’ki Cape Breton Outdoor Network
  • A for Adventure

Hike NS Summit 2018 Volunteer Information Night HELD 

Tremendous Hike NS Summit 2018 Volunteer Information & Recruitment Night held November 16th with 20 Participants at  (Next to Ingonish Outdoor Rink) Smokey Recreation Society Building in Ingonish. Thank You All Volunteers for Your Interest, Participation and Volunteering at the May 11-13, 2018, the 7th Annual Event.

If you were not able to attend last evening and are interested in volunteering or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact Percy Rasmussen, Volunteer Coordinator by e-mail: percy.rasmussen@hotmail.com or by telephone: 902.220.1200

The Hike NS Summit 2018 Partnership Organizing Committee are Looking for Volunteers for May 11-13th, 2018.
Volunteers receive a Hike NS Summit 2018 Registration and also a Hike NS Summit 2018 T-shirt.

 2018 Hiking Summit – Ingonish: Accommodations, Restaurants & Services

$99 ROOM A NIGHT AT THE HOST LODGE – KELTIC LODGE:

1-800-565-0444 (Required by April 1, 2018 Please, Thank You)

https://www.hikenovascotia.ca/filemanager/files/Accomm-Restaurants-Services-Summit2018.pdf

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The following is the Announcement and Presentation by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Est. 2011 of Victoria County Hosting the 7th Annual Summit which took place on Apr. 29th, 2017 in Tatamagouche downloadable for your convenience:
Link to the announcement photos: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AuIocdWNu7G9jh8CaEtEg14P-MiV

Hike Nova Scotia’s 6th Annual Hiking Summit took place April 28 to 30, 2017 in Tatamagouche. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) Presented at the 6th Annual Summit on Winter Guided Snowshoe Hikes in Victoria County. The following is the Presentation – downloadable for your convenience:

Link to the Winter Guided Hikes in Victoria County Presentation Photos: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AuIocdWNu7G9jh8CaEtEg14P-MiV
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