Victoria County International Trails Day Celebration (Since 2012)



6th Annual Victoria County

International Trails Day Celebration 2017

June 3 and 4, 2017 


Franey Trail

June 3, 2017 – 1:00 pm

Locator map - Franey
Hiking Look-off Pit Privy

You climb up and up and your reward is at the top! Large flat rocks give you a nice place to sit and enjoy the 360º views of the entire Clyburn Brook canyon and the Atlantic coastline from Cape Smokey to Ingonish. Gaze back at the mountains, the sheer rocky face of Franey Mountain, or the river winding through the valley, 425 m below. Keep an eye out for wildlife – moose like this habitat too.

Length: 7.4 km (4.6 mi) loop
Elevation: 95 – 430 m (310 – 1,410 ft)
Time: 2 – 3 hours
Significant Features: Transition from Acadian to boreal forest, mountain and ocean vistas
Steep climb. Rugged sections. Caution: Keep young children away from the steep cliffs.

Trailhead: Turn off the Cabot Trail just north of the Clyburn River and follow the fire access road for about a kilometre to a small parking lot
GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.660766 Long: -60.422683

Micca Hill Trail

June 4, 2017 – 1:00 pm

Mica Hill

Locator map - Glasgow Lakes Look-off
Hiking Look-off

This breathtaking trail winds through Acadian mixed forest and stunted taiga as it climbs to the wind-swept highlands plateau. It offers 360º views spanning the barrens, the dramatic Aspy fault, coastal villages far below and mountains reaching the most northern tip of Cape Breton. Continue along a narrower footpath to Mica Hill’s remarkable outcrops of quartz and mica.

Length: 7.9 km (4.9 mi) return
Elevation: 260 – 410 m (850 – 1345 ft)
Time: 3 – 3.5 hours
Significant Features: Highlands taiga, mica outcrop
Gradual climb.

Trailhead: Take the Paquette Lake road and park at the lake
GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.834629 Long: -60.434124

In Conjunction with the 15th Annual International Trails Day 2017

International Trails Day is an annual celebration of trails to promote trail development, the use of trails & the healthy lifestyle they encourage”. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) has been celebrating International Trails Day since June 2012.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park & Local Hiking Guides will lead hikes for our 6th Annual Celebration on June 3 and 4, 2017.

Proud Partners for Your Health:
-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
-Victoria County
-Parks Canada
-Cape Breton Highlands National Park
-NS Trails
-Hike NS
***Please see tips for a safe hike at end of this page

HELD – 5th Annual Victoria County International Trails Day Celebration 2016 A Success – See You in 2017!

June 4 & 5, 2016 – In Conjunction with the 14th Annual International Trails Day 2016

International Trails Day is an annual celebration of trails to promote trail development, the use of trails & the healthy lifestyle they encourage”. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) has been celebrating International Trails Day since June 2012.

Local Hiking Guides lead hikes and/or organized a community trail event for the 5th Annual Celebration on June 4 or 5, 2016.

It all kicked off with a Pre-Trails Day 2016 Hike on May 29th, 2016

Gold Brook Mine Historical Hike


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Directions: As you enter the Cabot Trail at the Red Barn on Highway 105 travel through Middle River and on the Right you’ll see Gold Brook Road (!/summary/85010247/zoom/15) – Enter there and follow to the end. Hike will begin there.

The Wellness Walkers  –  are walking on Saturday, June 4, 2016


Meet at the Iona Port at 10 am.

This walk was in recognition and celebration of International Trails Day and World Oceans Day Festival.

Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee and supported by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

***North River Falls

June 4, 2016 – 10:00 am

Waiver signed



Hey Vince, I hiked in to North River falls yesterday and it was spectacular. My dog Celti came with me and we logged 17km of fantastic hiking. The first 3/4 of the trail was easy going but the last 1/4 was much more technical and challenging. Overall besides some windfalls it hasn’t changed much. There is lots of water coming over the falls so I look forward to hiking it again tomorrow. I tagged you in a video on twitter I took of the falls yesterday so hopefully you check it out” – Cheers, Guide Marshall Kaiser (June 3, 2016)


Hiking Guide: Marshall Kaiser

***Please see tips for a safe hike at end of this page

Length: 18 km (return) Duration: 5 – 7 hrs

Difficulty: 5


Possible wildlife: rare American martin, moose, foxes, owls, hawks, pheasants, deer and coyotes. There are also a high population of black bears, lynx’s and bobcats in the mountains.

The trail starts by climbing a steep hill which joins an old settlement road made/used by Scottish settlers in the mid 1800′s.

Many of their stone old foundations are still intact in various locations along the hike. The settlement road goes through a series of mixed hardwood and softwood forest winding along the mountains. Eventually the wood along the trail thins out and you hit the old MacLean farm. At the fork in the trail, veer to the right and head towards the Old Forest. Once you make it through the Old Forest the hike becomes increasingly more difficult as you wind your way through more mountains, scale river side cliffs, nervously cross old hand-made bridges and cross over the east branch of the river twice. As you near the end of the trail the land mass opens up there are the falls.

The largest waterfalls in the Maritimes, the mighty 32 meter North River Falls is a truly breathe taking sight. The mist from their watery wrath will be cooling your face as you recover from the initial sighting and make your make way closer to the base. In June through mid-July a large number of Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterflies migrate and take limited residence here and along the river. Time it with the leaves changing the fall for an extra mind numbing experience.

5th Annual Victoria County International Trails Day 2016 – A Walk on the “Wild Side” for children grades 3 to 7


Join us June 4, 2016 at 10 am for 2 hours at the old horse race track on twining street, Baddeck for a great Naturecise

Hiking leader & local botanical forager Iris Kedmi will lead an educational walk through the woods where your child will Increase their physical activity, learn about local wild plants, shrubs & trees, increase Vitamin G ( Green environment ) and Vitamin N (Nature)

Enjoy some healthy snacks Limited to 20 participants – To register please contact Leader Iris Kedmi @ 902-818-8504

Spinnigan’s Trail Hike

Waiver to be signed



June 5, 2016 beginning at 1:00 pm (Meet at Gaelic Singers Hall, Cabot Trail)

Local Hiking Guide: brigitte buehlmann –



It can be on a favorite trail of their choice. Watch for activities under the event as soon as they become available including hikes to Spectacular and beautiful North River Falls and Spinnigan’s Trail on the North Shore!

Celebrate Trails Day with us and/or on one of the many trails available in Victoria County: 


or visit:

13th Annual International Trails Day 2015 A Success in Victoria County (June 6 & 7, 2015)


“International Trails Day is an annual celebration (1st Saturday in June) of trails to promote trail development, the use of trails and the healthy lifestyle they encourage”. Naturally Active Victoria County has been celebrating International Trails Day since June 2012.

Whether you take daily walks in the park or go on weekend trips to the mountains, you will be burning calories and gaining muscle. International Trails Day is an annual celebration of trails to promote trail development, the use of trails and the healthy lifestyle they encourage. It is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in June. Naturally Active Victoria County celebrated International Trails Day on June 6 & June 7, 2015.

4th Annual Victoria County Trails Day 2015 A Success:

June 6, 2015: Bald Mountain Guided Hike: “A Hike To Remember”


-Met at Baddeck Valley Community Center at 9:00 am. Refreshments provided.

-Wonderful View at Destination Point – 1,113 ft mountain peak in NS. It ranks as the 29th highest mountain in NS.

Hiking Guides: Iris Kedmi. Pauline Diekelmann (botanic & knowledgeable about the history of the area)- talked about the Native Flora & Fauna (plants & animals) and the history of Big Glen Hiking is a way to lose weight and get in shape.

Participants threw snowballs after finding snow on top of the mountain in June!

Body Weight – The number of calories burned hiking depends in part on your body weight. In general, a 160-lb person burns between 430 and 440 calories per hour of hiking. A 200-lb person burns approximately 550 calories per hour of hiking. The more you weigh, the more calories you burn in an hour of hiking.

Steps – 26,040 steps (10,000 daily goal) will be accumulated on this hike.…/299000-the-calories-burned-per…/

For further information, Please contact guide by e-mail: or telephone at 902.818.8504

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Gold Brook Mine Guided Hike – June 6 3:00 pm Hiking Guide: Larry Gibbons (Local Resident)


*Was cancelled due to rain (Rescheduled during 4th Annual Fall Harvest ActiveFest Oct. 16-31, 2015)

Meet at the end of Gold brook Rd, Middle River. The hike is about two hours to the mine and back. 3.5 Km one way. Some climbing at one point around a twenty/thirty foot gap. At the mine there is a little bit of climbing along the brook and a crossing of the brook which may give participants a soaker if the water is running high. Hiking Guide is Larry Gibbons. Social and refreshments to follow. Everyone is welcome.

June 7, 2015: Hike & Lunch – Guided Hike: Smokey Mountain held Sunday, June 7th 11 am – Met at Cape Smokey Provincial Park Parking Lot Entrance Local Hiking Guide Marcelle Lavoie led this special hike to the Top of Smokey Mountain to the towers and followed the ridge around back towards the more south tower. Lunch was provided.

The hike had spectacular views. For further information, please contact Marcelle Lavoie Proudly Supported by Naturally Active Victoria County


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International Trails Day is Proudly Presented by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Est. 2011 (Municipal Physical Activity Strategy) in Partnership with NS Trails

TrailsDayLogo“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”- John Muir


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