Rise & Shine Walking and Fitness Program Runs Tuesdays & Thursdays Until End of August

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011 A Proud Partner of this New Program with Cape Breton Regional Library and the Baddeck Library, Benefiting Residents and Visitors. Tuesday & Thursday Morning 8 am with A Walk, Stretching, etc. with Local Leader Matthew Carmichael:

The program is directed at seniors in the surrounding areas.

Goal is to introduce/continue a variety of physical activity in the lives of people in the area. Exercise has major benefits for older adults such as reduced risk of of heart disease, increased bone and muscle density, reduced risk of dementia, increased mental health functionality, etc.

The sessions take place twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday, 8 am-9 am), and run for an hour.

The first 30 minutes consists of outdoor walking session around the Village of Baddeck (Water St, the bay, the museum, walking track, etc.). The next 30 minutes consists of a form of resistance training and a light stretch that would address the full body. A lot of these exercises done with resistance bands. Exercises such as chair squats, overhead presses, bridges, leg lifts/extensions, etc. Matthew has resistance and body weight programs for older adults, these can be modified depending on the fitness level of the participants.

The program is a great opportunity to take in the beauty of Baddeck in the summer time, socialize with fellow participants, and improve overall health. The program is focused on the senior population, but open to anyone that wants to join in.

Testimonial:

Mary Ellen MacLean – “This program is amazing.I enjoy it so much Matthew is terrific,always coming up with some different type of exercise.it’s great that it starts at 8 am (Tues & Thurs, till the end of August)..Leaves you feeling terrific with lots of energy the rest of the day” (Aug. 1, 2018)

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Call for Fall 2018 Guided Hikes

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Deadline: August 15, 2018

Hike NS invites groups across NS to partner with it on delivering fall guided hikes from September to November 2018. If your municipality, First Nation or organization can organize a hike (or already plan to host a hike), please register your event here by August 15, 2018 for events between September 14 & November 12, 2018

Note that one organization may register only up to five hikes (register only one event per form).

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Hike NS E-news: August 2018

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Enjoy a summer season of hiking!

 

 

Hike NS E-news: August 2018

 

Learn about some great upcoming events, such as an Urban Poling clinic and featured events like the Digby Hiking Adventure!

 

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September Courses

 

Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop Sept. 21, Truro

The Re-Connecting with Nature workshop is a hands-on day of adventure to improve your ability to lead and share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $30 to $60. It will take place in Truro on Friday, September 21.

 

Urban Poling Clinic Sept. 22, Halifax

Hike NS and Urban Poling will offer a Quick Start Urban Poling Clinic in Halifax on Saturday, September 22 from 10 am to 12 pm in Point Pleasant Park. Learn how to Nordic Walk! The cost is $35 ($25 for current paid Hike NS members) and participants must register in advance. The clinic is taught by a certified Urban Poling Instructor and demo poles will be available for use and for sale after the session.

 

Date Change: Navigation Course Sept. 29-30, Trenton

A Navigation Maps & Compass course will be offered in Trenton on September 29 and 30 (not Sept. 22-23 as originally planned). Participants receive Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) national certification. The cost is $135 ($125 for current paid Hike NS members).

 

For more information and to register for these courses, go to www.hikenovascotia.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

Call for Fall 2018 Guided Hikes

Deadline: August 15, 2018
Hike NS invites groups across NS to partner with it on delivering fall guided hikes from September to November 2018. If your municipality, First Nation or organization can organize a hike (or already plan to host a hike), please register your event here by August 15, 2018 for events between September 14 and November 12. Note that one organization may register only up to five hikes (register only one event per form).

 

 

 

Coastal Protection Provincial Consultation

 

The government has committed to creating legislation to provide legal protection for our coasts. It’s asking the public to provide input on designing this new legislation. Take the survey and read the consultation document here. The Ecology Action Centre has good information online about coastal protection and what the legislation should include. Learn more here. The deadline for feedback is August 17.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

  • MEC Trail Run Crew, Halifax: Wednesdays in Aug.
  • Chebucto Hiking Club, 10 km hikes, West Dover, Dartmouth, Halifax & Canning: Aug. 4, 10, 17, 25, 31
  • Dartmouth Volksmarch Club walks, Halifax, Lower Sackville, Waverley, Cole Harbour, Dartmouth, Eastern Passage: Aug. 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
  • Skyline Sunrise Hike, Cape Breton Highlands National Park: Aug. 5
  • Backcountry 101 – Introduction to Knot Tying, MEC Halifax: Aug. 7
  • Camp Cooking 101: Learn to Eat Well in the Outdoors, with The Trail Shop and A for Adventure, Halifax: Aug. 8
  • Lunch at the Headland with the The Friends of Taylor Head Park, Spry Bay: Aug. 11
  • Backcountry 101 – Introduction to Day Hiking, MEC Halifax: Aug. 13
  • Deadline to register events with Hike NS’s Fall Guided Hike Series: Aug. 15
  • Backcountry 101 – Camp Kitchen, MEC Halifax: Aug. 20
  • Cape Mabou Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge (Register by August 10), Mabou: Aug. 25
  • Backcountry 101 – Packing for an Overnight Trip, MEC Halifax: Aug. 27

Find more events listed here.

 

 

 

 

Hiking/Trail News HitsThese are some news hits from Twitter and Facebook:

  • Wyman earns Trail Builder of the Year award view
  • Coxheath Hills Wilderness Recreation Association wins top trail group award view
  • Countryside in the neighbourhood view
  • How to prepare for a hike view
  • RCMP, Search and Rescue hold remote rescue training in Halifax view
  • Minister’s Cabot Trail trek brings ‘diet of goodness’ view
  • Whistler’s Walk – Book chronicles Valley man’s life-changing Appalachian Trail experience view
  • Harvest Moon Trail view
  • Canada’s largest tick reduction project underway in MODL view
  • Parks Canada offers ‘in-tents’ overnight experience at York Redoubt view
  • Province to spend $1 million to enhance Cabot Trail visitor experience view
  • Fundraising wearing out search and rescue teams view

 

 

 

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Cape Breton Highland National Park Visitor Guide 2018

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Cape Breton Highland National Park Visitor Guide 2018

Downloadable for Your Convenience Here:

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August Links to Ideas, Activities, Events to Be Active in Victoria County

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Swing Over the Mountain News (Boularderie Island) – August 2018  https://sotmnews.weebly.com/

Central Cape Breton

http://www.centralcapebreton.com/

North of Smokey Community Bulletin Boardhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/246185905442901/

Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Things to do!

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ns/cbreton/activ

Baddeck

https://ourbaddeck.com/

Middle River

https://www.facebook.com/middle.r.hall

Community Bulletin: Middle River, Nyanza & Baddeck Areahttps://www.facebook.com/groups/167351549995017/

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Bras d’Or Archers Association

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1) Tuesday Night has now been designated Target Archery Night. We may still have some educational aspect (short videos to go over various aspects of equipment / technique) but the focus will be target archery. There will be an opportunity to practice and get pointers but starting around 7:30 pm(+/-) we will have a mini competition for anyone who wants to participate. It will be 10 rounds of 3 arrows per round (1/2 a typical indoor 600 Round competition).  This will start this week (Tuesday July 17th) – we will start at close distance – Jrs. at 10M and Seniors / Masters at 14M and each week add 2M until we are at competition distance (18M). There is a scoreboard for keeping track of your weekly score.

2) Thursday Night is 3D Night.  The range will be set-up with ten (10) 3D foam targets at various distances – Jrs. up to 18M; Seniors / Masters up to 25M. Similar to Tuesday night, there will be an opportunity to practice / get pointers and then there will be a mini competition for those wanting to participate starting around 7:30PM. Traditional / recurve archers will shoot 2 arrows from 2 different distances and compound shooters will shoot 1 arrow from the furthest distance. Total scores over the 10 target course can be entered on the posted scoreboard for keeping track of your weekly score.

3) Sundays will be left open for either type of archery / practice

Congratulations to club member Cassandra Paul for finishing 1st in the Jr. Division of the recent Traditional Archers Association of Nova Scotia (TAANS) 3D shoot hosted by Highland Bow & Arrow in Skir Dhu. This was a 2 day competition shooting 4 rounds of 20 3D foam targets. Her next planned competition is the Mi’kamq Summer Games being hosted in Eskasoni in mid-August. We wish her well in that competition. [Please note that she does give some credit to her success to coaching – not much mind you – but some (ha, ha)].

We have some new recurve bows that have just come in so we will be able to fit size / draw weight to respective archers better.

Come in and check it out. We have lots of laughs – mostly at my expense – but it is all fun and good exercise. Who knows, you may be the next great archer!

 

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Victoria County Scenic Hiking and Cycling Maps

 

 

 

  • Victoria County Provincial Hiking Trails Map

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http://www.novascotiaparks.ca/brochures/Victoria_Hiking.pdf

 

  • Hiking Trails Across Cape Breton Island Resource

    A wonderful resource for all hiking trails across Cape Breton Island at the link below. Select the category and then click on the link, it will provide you with all the information required on the trail.
    Whether you embark on a wild adventure, delve into a cultural discovery, or take the road less traveled, larger than life experiences are just a step ahead. Follow your heart and bring home a memory that will last a lifetime.

 

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