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
Update – Summit (March 7, 2018) – “Keltic Lodge – All 88 rooms at the Lodge are booked up for the Summit weekend! An amazing 192 people (including 6 youth/students and 12 children) registered so far. We’ve never had so many people register this far in advance for past Summits. The capacity for the Lodge is 225 people for the event and I expect registration will get to that and that we’ll have to turn people away. This will be our biggest Summit yet” – Janet Barlow, Hike NS
Host Keltic Lodge Video:
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.
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.
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.
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.
2018 Hike NS Hike Summit Welcome from
Victoria County Warden Bruce Morrison
Summit 2018 Partners
- Hike NS
- Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 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: email@example.com or by telephone: 902.220.1200
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)
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: