2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018

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-Baddeck: The Beginning & End of the World Famous Cabot Trail-

Winter beauty abounds in the Village of Baddeck. Be sure to try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing on one of the many trails, including Uisge Ban Falls, ice fishing or spend a weekend with a loved one on a guided experience the quaint village

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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January 5-7, 2018

January 5

Chase the Ace every Friday at the Victoria Legion

All proceeds benefit the RCL and the BVFD. Ticket sales 5:30-7:30 Entertainment 6-8pm, Kitchen open 5-8pm. Jan. Line-up includes: Jan. 5th – Richard Schaller

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January 6

Bras d’Or Lakes Stick Spiel

Baddeck Curling Club

John MacIntosh – 902-295-1137
Blaise Landry – 902-295-1445

January 6

Uisge Ban Falls Guided Snowshoe Hike

1 pm – Local Guide: Iris Kedmi – Naturally Active for Life  Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Free – must have own snowshoes

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 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. For further information: Naturally Active for Life Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

January 7

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January 12-14

January 12

Chase the Ace every Friday at the Legion

All proceeds benefit the RCL and the BVFD. Ticket sales 5:30-7:30, Entertainment 6-8pm, Kitchen open 5-8pm. Jan. Line-up includes: Jan. 12th Brock & Lee

Jan. 12th – Karaoke 10pm-2am $3 cover 

Saturday, January 13 

Educational Hike

On behalf of Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), local guide and farmer, Iris Kedmi, will lead an educational hike. She will instruct on the identification of winter trees, after which the group will make tea from the foraged ingredients. Hikers will meet at the Baddeck Forks Hall at noon. Kids are welcome to join. Snowshoes are recommended, if equipment is required, go to: http://tiny.cc/kq7opy (Please note: Library closed Sundays & Mondays). Dress for the weather, ideally in layers, and bring water and hiking snacks. The hike will wrap up around 1:30pm. The hike is followed the closed following event for area farmers (beginning at 1:45pm):

January 13

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Cape Breton Farmer to Farmer Retreat

2 PM – 7 PM

Baddeck Forks Hall

Are you a farmer or aspiring farmer? Do you have farmer friends?

The Island Food Network is pleased to be hosting a
Cape Breton Farmer to Farmer Retreat!

This get-together will offer farmers a chance to chat about all of the issues that they faced this past year as they plan for the season to come. We will then celebrate with a local meal prepared by none other than Bryan Picard of the Bite House.

PLEASE NOTE: VENUE CHANGE
To accommodate as many folks as possible at the Farmer to Farmer Retreat we have secured a larger space at the Baddeck Forks Hall, 87 Big Baddeck Road Extension. This is a rural hall with a beautiful river and hiking trails nearby. Weather permitting, we’ll include these resources in the day’s events.

REGISTRATION FULL! Let us know if you would like to be added to the waitlist!
islandfoodnetwork@gmail.com

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January 13

Learn to Meditate

Baddeck Library, 5:00-6:00 pm

Meditation can help lower blood pressure and create some calm in our busy lives. Join Scott Noble each week for an hour of meditation, including basic instruction in various techniques. No experience necessary, and all are welcome. Call 902 295 2055 for more info.

January 13

Victoria legion

Middle River Band 10pm-2am $7 cover
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January 14

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January 19-21

January 19

Chase the Ace every Friday 

All proceeds benefit the RCL and the BVFD. Ticket sales 5:30-7:30, Entertainment 6-8pm, Kitchen open 5-8pm. Jan. Line-up includes: Jan. 19th Robbie Simms,
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Bantam “C” Hockey Tournament (Tentative)

Victoria Highland Civic Centre (Baddeck Rink)

Baddeck Forks Opens

Restaurant Hours Saturdays & Sundays 8:00 am to 8:00 pm – Snowmobile to the Highlands and enjoy full restaurant service at Baddeck Forks Golf Club

January 20

Big Baddeck Guided Snowshoe Hike

1:00 pm, Free

Led by Arie Schop.  Hike a trail thorough Arie’s property then link to a snowmobile trail that takes to the pump house.  Arie will lead participants from his yard through the woods and up the pump house road in Big Baddeck. Almost all uphill on way in – what a workout it’ll be! The views are spectacular and worth the climb – Bring a camera! You’ll have great company, social and physical activity! Meet at Arie’s House directions as follows:  Take the Old Margaree Rd past the hospital  and head toward the Trans Canada.  Stay on the Old Margaree Rd. Continue along the Old Margaree Rd, go past the dump to the bridge, cross bridge and keep to the right. About 1.4 km from the bridge on the left,  look for civic # 259.  Arie will stick a snowshoe at the end of his driveway.  Park near garage.  Watch for icy spots on driveway. 1.5 – 2 hours hike.

 

January 20

Learn to Meditate

– Baddeck Library, 5:00-6:00 pm

Meditation can help lower blood pressure and create some calm in our busy lives. Join Scott Noble each week for an hour of meditation, including basic instruction in various techniques. No experience necessary, and all are welcome. Call 902 295 2055 for more info.

January 21

InveraryResortSundayBrunch2018

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January 23-25

Silver Dart Bonspiel

Baddeck Curling Club

For further information, please contact John MacIntosh – 902.295.1137

January 26-28

January 26

Chase the Ace every Friday at the Victoria Legion

All proceeds benefit the RCL and the BVFD. Ticket sales 5:30-7:30, Entertainment 6-8pm, Kitchen open 5-8pm. Jan. Line-up includes: Jan. 26th Mike Cavanaugh

January 26-28

Jackie Macaulay Memorial Hockey Tournament

Victoria Highland Civic Centre (Baddeck Rink)

January 27

Baddeck Lions Club Kidston Beach Classic Curling Classic Bonspiel

All money raised will help the Lions Club run Kidston Beach Swim Program

Baddeck Curling Club

For further information, please call Amanda MacQuarrie 902.295.1375, Roland Palmizi 902.295.3392 or Doug MacEachern 902.756.3423

January 27

Learn to Meditate

5:00 p.m. Meditation can help lower blood pressure and create some calm in our busy lives. Join Scott Noble each week for an hour of meditation, including basic instruction in various techniques. No experience necessary, and all are welcome. Baddeck Library, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

January 28

InveraryResortSundayBrunch2018

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February 2-4

February 2

Chase the Ace every Friday at the Victoria Legion

All proceeds benefit the RCL and the BVFD. Ticket sales 5:30-7:30, Entertainment 6-8pm, Kitchen open 5-8pm. Jan. Line-up includes: Feb. 2nd Jordan Musycyn

February 2-4

Leonard Matheson Memorial Hockey Tournament

Victoria Highland Civic Centre (Baddeck Rink)

 

February 3

Dennison Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

10 am

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

6 km snowshoe round trip

Will go to a peak to the old Dennison Farmhouse with spectacular views! Bring Your Camera. Directions: Turn off the TCH 105 Ext 9 and go across the overpass on Margaree road (Turnn right if coming from Sydney-do not cross overpass)). Turn right on the Big Baddeck Road towards Baddeck Forks and travel 5 kms. Dennison Road Trail on the right. Park on the right side of the road. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

February 3

Learn to Meditate

Baddeck Library, 5:00 p.m. Meditation can help lower blood pressure and create some calm in our busy lives. Join Scott Noble each week for an hour of meditation, including basic instruction in various techniques. No experience necessary, and all are welcome. 5:00 – 6:00 pm

February 4

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February 9-11

February 10

2nd Annual Uisge Ban Falls Winter Guided Hike 2018

1:00 pm – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), Free – must have own snowshoes. 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. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and the 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. For further information: Naturally Active for Life Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

February 10

Learn to Meditate

– Baddeck Library. Meditation can help lower blood pressure and create some calm in our busy lives. Join Scott Noble each week for an hour of meditation, including basic instruction in various techniques. No experience necessary, and all are welcome. 5:00 – 6:00 pm

February 10

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February 16-18

February 17

Boiler Trail Historic Guided Snowshoe Hike

10:30 am Local Guide Judy King – – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est.

2011). The Boiler Trail is located in Rear Baddeck Forks – Westside Big Baddeck Rd (3 kms past Rockinghorse ranch on the left) and concludes with a visit to the 1930’s Boiler Steamer. The hike is about 3 hours totaling 18,750 steps. The Boiler Trail is located in Rear Baddeck Forks – Westside Big Baddeck Rd (3 kms past Rockinghorse ranch on the left, take that road to the trail head) and concludes with a visit to the 1930’s Boiler Steamer. The hike is about 2 hours totaling 12,500 steps. Length: 7.5 km Duration: 3 hrs Difficulty: The trail follows the Old Rear Forks road (Westside Big Baddeck Rd, 3 kms past Rockinghorse ranch on the left. Park on the right side of the road facing back towards Rockinghorse ranch and the snowshoe will begin at this road to the trail head). The trail is a gentle grade with an elevation gain of about 200 feet. The next 1.5 km is relatively level with an elevation gain of about 100 feet. There is a small creek at this point with a bridge and guardrail. From this point the steepness of the trail increases with an elevation gain of about 340 feet over the next 1.5 km.

Watch for the boiler on the right side of the trail. This portion is most pleasing as it passes through hardwood forest. There are occasional views of the hillsides and valley. In addition to the historical significance of the boiler, the early portion of the trail skirts and crosses Mill Brook on which once stood a water-powered grist mill.

History – Boiler Trail: Leo Fownes Grandfather’s Boiler, used in the 1930’s, and abandoned when the war started. The old steam engine that ran the boiler was brought down the mountain by Leo & Stephen and is stored in our Leo & Joan Fownes Shop. ‎Fownes bros late thirties brought it up ancient tech left in forties steam powered saw mills one Fownes.

Passed a lot of softwood. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

February 19

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Nova Scotia Heritage Day

Nova Scotia Heritage Day is an annual reminder of our storied past and an opportunity to honour the remarkable people, places and events that have contributed to this province’s unique heritage.

February 19

Baddeck Celebrates Heritage Day 2018

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Hello Winter !! Come help celebrate our 2nd Annual Heritage Day in Baddeck. Bring the entire family and participate in some great events!!!

Heritage Day 2018 Events:

Coming soon! Look for updates, further information here.

Huge thanks to everyone who are graciously donating their time & resources. We are Proud to be Partnered with Naturally Active for Life Victoria County and Victoria County Municipal Councillors. All events are free except where noted. We will be accepting food donations for our local food bank which can be dropped off at St Michael’s Hall.

3rd Annual Old-fashioned Bring Back Play Pond Hockey  

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/2017/11/10/3rd-annual-old-fashioned-pond-hockey-2017-18/

10:00 am – 12:00 Noon

Sessions is FREE!

***Adults must have a stick & helmet / children & youth must have a stick & helmet with a full shield

Proud Partners for Your Health:

◾Dr. John Ritter

◾Victoria Highland Civic Centre

◾Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

◾Municipality of the County of Victoria

◾NS Dept of Communities, Culture & Heritage

Heritage Day Skate

Bring your fellow students, friends, parents, grandparents, relatives, neighbor’s, co-workers and meet new friends, etc.

1:00 – 3:00 pm          FREE – Open to Everyone!

Proud Partners for Your Health:

◾Remax – Minerva MacInnis (Realtor and Associate Broker)

◾Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

◾Municipality of the County of Victoria

◾CBVRSB

◾Baddeck Academy School

◾NS Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage

◾Victoria Highland Civic Centre

February 23-25

February 23

Steve MacDermid Memorial Scholarship Family Skate

7:30 – 9 pm, Victoria Highland Civic Centre

February 24-25

Annual Steve MacDermid Memorial Scholarship Hockey Tournament

Victoria Highland Civic Centre – Send an email to register: stevemacdermidmemorial@gmail.com

February 24

MacLean Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

1:00 pm – Local Guide: Mary Ivey – Hunter’s Mountain- at the end of the MacLean Rd. Take TCH west from Baddeck.

Turn right at the red barn onto the Cabot Trail. Follow this road almost to the top of Hunter’s Mountain. Watch for MacLean Rd on your left. (Roughly 5 Kms) Turn left onto MacLean Rd-you’ll see a blue cape cod house on your left.

Drive to the end and park to the side (If you get to the Highland Rd you’ve gone a bit too far; turn around and watch for MacLean Rd on your right). There will be some lovely views! Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest and 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018 Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

February 24

Learn to Meditate

Baddeck Library. Meditation can help lower blood pressure and create some calm in our busy lives. Join Scott Noble each week for an hour of meditation, including basic instruction in various techniques. No experience necessary, and all are welcome. 5:00 – 6:00 pm

March 2-4

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March 3, 2018 

Inverary Inn – Baddeck, Cape Breton Island – Nova Scotia
Mike Eddy – 902-478-7651 gm@snowmobilersns.com
Join us for a fun-filled day of riding with a lunch, banquet, poker run, prizes and much more all while helping to raise money to fight prostate cancer! 

March 3

MacLean Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

1:00 pm – Local Guide: Mary Ivey – Hunter’s Mountain – at the end of the MacLean Rd. Take TCH west from Baddeck. Turn right at the red barn onto the Cabot Trail. Follow this road almost to the top of Hunter’s Mountain. Watch for MacLean Rd on your left (Roughly 5 kms). Turn left onto MacLean Rd-you’ll see a blue cape cod house on your left. Drive to the end and park to the side (If you get to the Highland Rd you’ve gone a bit too far; turn around and watch for MacLean Rd on your right). There will be some lovely views! Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Baddeck 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

March 3

Learn to Meditate

Baddeck Library. Meditation can help lower blood pressure and create some calm in our busy lives. Join Scott Noble each week for an hour of meditation, including basic instruction in various techniques. No experience necessary, and all are welcome. 5:00 – 6:00 pm

March 4

7th Annual Baddeck Middle River Old Time Commute Trek 2018

1:00 PM – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) FREE – Please bring your own shoes. 8.9 km Challenging hike from MacMillan’s Mtn Rd to the Two Churches in Middle River. Take the Cabot Trail from the Red Barn entry to MacMillan Mountain Rd. on the right (Roughly 2 kms on right from the red barn) and park at the end of that road. Watch http://www.naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

for further information. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and the 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

March 9-11

March 10

Learn to Meditate

Baddeck Library. Meditation can help lower blood pressure and create some calm in our busy lives. Join Scott Noble each week for an hour of meditation, including basic instruction in various techniques. No experience necessary, and all are welcome. 5:00 – 6:00 pm

 

March 16-18

17th Annual Ladies Blarney Stone Curling Bonspiel

http://baddeckcurlingclub.com/#/blarney-stone/4532221938

The Baddeck Curling Club would like to invite you to join us for the 17th Annual Ladies Blarney Stone Curling Bonspiel

March 17 – 18, 2018
Starting at 10am

Fee:  Only $160 per team

There will be a maximum of 18 teams. Every team is guaranteed three – 6 end games

On Saturday you will be provided with a continental breakfast, hearty lunch and superb supper…   plus evening entertainment!

On Sunday you will receive a continental breakfast and light lunch. Prizes will be awarded to all four teams in the playoffs

Submit your entry form by  March 1, 2018 (online submissions only)

If you have any questions contact us by email at rachel.kelly@ns.sympatico.ca

March 23-25

March 24

Dennison Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

10 am

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

6 km snowshoe round trip

Will go to a peak to the old Dennison Farmhouse with spectacular views! Bring Your Camera. Directions: Turn off the TCH 105 Ext 9 and go across the overpass on Margaree road (Turnn right if coming from Sydney-do not cross overpass)). Turn right on the Big Baddeck Road towards Baddeck Forks and travel 5 kms. Dennison Road Trail on the right. Park on the right side of the road. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

Guided Hike is part of the 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

March 24

Learn to Meditate

Baddeck Library. Meditation can help lower blood pressure and create some calm in our busy lives. Join Scott Noble each week for an hour of meditation, including basic instruction in various techniques. No experience necessary, and all are welcome. 5:00 – 6:00 pm

March 30-31

March 31, 2018

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Cross-country Ski in Baddeck & area on Multi-use Groomed SANS (Snowmobile Association of Nova Scotia) Trails by the Crowdis Mountain Snowmobile Club

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/facilities/cross-country-ski-in-baddeck-area-on-multi-use-groomed-trails/

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(As conditions permit!)

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  • Dennison Road Trail (5.2 kms total)

Trail: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1PqBU0aElakIYi7FX8WGsJ0TpOBI&usp=sharing

Directions to Trail:

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  • Bell Bay Golf Course

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Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, Victoria County, Nova Scotia has over 7 klm of groomed classic ski trails and snow shoe trails. Everyone is welcome! Enjoy!

A family membership of only $20 for the 2018 season must be purchased to access the trail in support of the grooming by the Crowdis Mountain Snowmobile Club

Memberships are available at the following:

  • Morrison Motors
  • MacRae’s Esso
  • Baddeck Forks
  • Baddeck Library
  • Inverary Resort

If you need equipment (Skis, boots, poles) to ski, the local Baddeck Library has a Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program available at no fees (Form must be filled out to loan). It provides FREE (No down payment) access to this equipment. There are adult and children’s skis, boots, and poles.

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/active-outdoor-gear-loan-program/victoria-county-active-outdoor-gear-loan-program/

Skiing in Baddeck & Area is Proudly Supported By Your Municipal Physical Activity Strategy – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) in Partnership with the Bell Bay Golf Course, the Crowdis Mountain Snowmobile Club, NS Dept of Transportation Infrastructure Renewal, Baddeck & Area Ski Committee & Ski Enthusiasts, Cape Breton Nordic Ski Club, “Hello Winter” Baddeck Event 2017 and local businesses, service providers, hotel accommodations, restaurants, etc. THANK YOU ALL for Contributing!  

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Need Equipment:

Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan 

at Baddeck Library

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The Cape Breton Regional Library lends out a wide variety of winter equipment in partnership with the Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program. It provides FREE access to this equipment through the Baddeck Library. There is adult and children’s skis, boots, and poles; reflective safety vests; various sizes of ice traction cleats; and snowshoes and walking poles in a variety of sizes available. Your Partners for Your Health: Cape Breton Regional Library, Baddeck Library, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), Victoria County and NS Dept Communities, Culture & Heritage

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Winter Walking Safety Tips

https://canadasafetycouncil.org/senior-safety/safety-tips-winter-walking

Snowshoe, Ski at the Old Horse Track in Baddeck

If you are looking for a place to Snowshoe, Ski, Hike Walk, or Ski. 1/2 mile track – about 800 meters. Hats Off to All Involved in making this area accessible to the public

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/be-active/walking/

“Heritage Way” Community Walking Path – Alderwood

Open to the community. It is maintained during the ‎winter season and is well lit at night! It takes 10 minutes to do 1 lap of the Path and is 1/2 km long or 660 Steps! For further information, please contact Alderwood Rest Home Phone: 902.295.2644

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/be-active/walking/

Steve McDermid Memorial Field – Walking Track

Baddeck Academy – Snowshoe, ski, hike or walk all weekend long on the track behind the school (Next to the Brad d’Or Lake)

Baddeck Curling Club

http://baddeckcurlingclub.com/

Bonspiels: http://baddeckcurlingclub.com/#/bonspiels/4532152911

Victoria Highland Civic Centre – Baddeck Arena

Contact: Andrew MacDonald amaccbwest@gmail.com

Campbell St, Baddeck, NS B0E1B0 / ph. 902.295.2292

Rink Schedule: http://victoriahighlandciviccentre.com/

Trail Highlights

Maps & directions are available by contacting Todd Garland at 902 295 2503 or by email at mam.tag@ns.sympatico.ca

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Please contact: Darren Baker: W 902-371-2650 or Work 902-295-2174

Snowmobiling in Baddeck, Victoria County

VIDEO – https://vimeo.com/122316745 . Features the Inverary Inn, Baddeck Forks Golf Club and the Annual Ride for Dad Event (in support of prostate cancer). The County of Victoria has more 365 km of groomed snowmobiling trails that lead into Highlands of Cape Breton and connect to Margaree, Cheticamp, Whycocomagh and points beyond.

Cape Breton Highlands Snowmobile Trail Map

http://mappery.com/Cape-Breton-Highlands-Snowmobile-Trail-Map

Snowmobile Safely

Safe Riders Snowmobile Safety Awareness Program at http://www.saferiderssafetyawareness.org/

Highland View Snowmobile Rentals

Hello Winter Baddeck 2018 Special:

A complete suit rental with a snowmobile rental and if 2 or more sleds are rented together the price will be $200 per sled plus gas & oil and taxes.

Nested in the beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands, Highland View Snowmobile Rentals is located at 1773 Big Baddeck Road, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Just a 10 minute drive from Baddeck and TCH 105.

Highland View Snowmobile Rentals is a family run business that offers complete snowmobile, snowmobile clothing and accessories rentals for the whole family. Whether you are an experienced rider or new to the sport they have the sled for you.

They offer guided tours upon request that are suited for every ability. Located on SANS 780 trail, you can leave from our location and within minutes be heading up to see Cape Bretons hidden treasures, like Cape Clear and Bald Mountain look-offs or even go to Bells lake and see Alexander Graham Bell’s Chimney where his cabin once stood. The snowmobile trail system is very well groomed and signed (all done by local volunteers). Arrangements can also be made to have the snowmobile delivered to your location of choice.

Every driver is familiarized on the snowmobile and is give a trail map and contact numbers. There are a number of cabins, motels, fuel and places to eat along or not far from the trail. Having 12 snowmobiles from 500 fan to 600 liquids, single and 2up machines, we can match snowmobile to your needs.

Snowmobile range from $225 to $250 per day which includes a complete suite and helmet rental. Gas and oil charges are extra. Longer rental rates and group rates are available upon request. Along with the rentals they offer a complete snowmobile repair services, servicing most makes and models. We are also full line dealers for Choko Snowmobile clothing and Amsoil synthetic oils. We are open Wednesday to Sunday, 8am to 8pm, (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays). So come to Cape Breton and see majestic beauty and hospitality we have to offer. Reach them on Facebook or call 902-295-0510 or 902-295-1167.

https://www.facebook.com/Highland-View-Snowmobile-Rentals-123752797658888/

https://www.cbisland.com/things-to-do/highland-view-snowmobile-rentals/

Seniors’ Technology Training

One-on-one, free, customized help for seniors with computers, smart phones, etc. For further information, please contact Kate Oland, Baddeck Library at 902.295.2055

Bras d’Or Yacht Club

1 Jones Street, Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0 – 902-295-2107

Winter Hours of Operation:

Lounge Hours

Mon – Thurs           4-7 pm

Fri                             4-11 pm

Sat                             11 am – 11 pm

Sun                            2-7 pm

Manager, Bras d’Or Yacht Club

brasdoryacht@gmail.com

Stand & Stuff Your Face (Food Service) at the Yacht Club

Tues – Sat, 11:30 am – 7 pm

Eat in or take out

902-304-7103

Your Winter Drive “To & From”

G.W. Taxi & Delivery Service

902.295.0085

9:00 am to 10:00 pm – 7 days a week!

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

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Festivals & Events

https://www.cbisland.com/festivals-events/?campaign=2017Winter

While in Baddeck, Join us for our 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018

Something for Everyone!

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

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7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018

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https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/be-active/hiking/hike-victoria-snowshoe-fest-2017/

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Hike Nova Scotia’s 2018 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series

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www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects/guided-hikes/

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Baddeck Forks Golf Course – Open for the Winter Snowmobile Season!

https://www.facebook.com/Baddeck-Forks-Golf-Course-152063138150745/?fref=ts

Darren and Loretta Baker will be open for the winter season. Open on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm – until the snow melts. Snowmobile to the Highlands and enjoy full restaurant service at Baddeck Forks Golf Club.

 

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We have some amazing winter getaway packages that are sure to wow your family and friends! BOOK TODAY at http://bit.ly/2zZX4NG

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Get Snowed In! Inverary Resort Winter Packages
Come to Baddeck… we make winter fun!

A Snowed In Weekend:

– 2 Nights in a Deluxe Room
– Breakfast for 2 Saturday morning
– Guided Hike or Snowshoe around Baddeck
– Afternoon Bonfire at Inverary
– $50 Credit to our Thistledown Pub
– Brunch for 2 Sunday morning
– Late CheckoutFriday arrivals only, November through April starting at $379 per package
plus taxes, based on double occupancy – Call today to book your Winter Weekend!

Farm to Table Date Night

For something special, join us for one of our exclusive evenings of food and fun! Sit back as our chefs work their magic and create a menu you will dream about all week!
– Incudes Overnight in a Deluxe Room
– Farm to Table Dinner for 2
– Sunday Brunch for 2
– Late CheckoutSelect Saturday arrivals only – starting at $269 per night, plus taxes, based on double occupancy – Call today to inquire!

Spectacular Winter Footage

Winter Reel (Credit: Destination Cape Breton):                                            https://novastream.box.com/s/6momofpbz2yvyjypf0ow0e0dugqd5yfc

Snowmobiling (Credit: Municipality of the County of Victoria):

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Ski Cape Smokey (Credit: Municipality of the County of Victoria):

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Snowed In at the Inn (Credit: Inverary Resort)

Cabot Trail, Cape Breton (Credit: Outdoor Enthusiast, Marshall Kaiser):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-dKXxVjvnM

Skyline on the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton (Credit: Outdoor Enthusiast, Marshall Kaiser):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCssSjK8Sps

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Cape Breton Island Winter Tourism 6 Minute Video –  (Credit: Destination Cape Breton):

https://vimeo.com/213102057 – (Password: 2017)

So Much To Do This Winter 2018 in Baddeck and Victoria County: Nova Scotia’s Outdoor Destination All Seasons:

7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018 (Est. 2012)

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

7th Annual Victoria County Snowshoe Fest 2018  (Est. 2012) https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/be-active/hiking/hike-victoria-snowshoe-fest-2017/

Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program (Est. 2016https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/active-outdoor-gear-loan-program/victoria-county-active-outdoor-gear-loan-program/

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7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018

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January 6 to March 31, 2018

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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
Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

So Much Fun in the Snow This Winter:

7th Annual Hike Victoria County Snowshoe Fest 2018

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January 6, 2018

Uisge Ban Falls Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

1 pm

Local Guide: Iris Kedmi – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Free – must have own snowshoes

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 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. For further

information: Naturally Active for Life Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

 January 14, 2018

North Highlands Nordic Open House

Free to all

10 am

https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/facilities/xcountry-skiing-nhn/

Proudly supported by: Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

 

January 20, 2018

2nd Annual Franey Trail Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

11 am

Ingonish, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Free – Must have own snowshoes (can borrow from Libraries in Victoria County – Active   Outdoor Gear Loan Program)

10 kms – 4-5 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 4-5 hours. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Clyburn Valley and Middlehead. We will snowshoe 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 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County >

 January 27, 2018

Mica Hill, Paquette Lake

10 am

Hike the Highlands Festival

 

January 28, 2018

4th Annual Smokey Mountain Towers Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

10 am

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Smokey Mountain Parking Lot to the Microwave Towers. This trail provides two great panorama views of the North Shore and Down North of Ingonish …. take your camera. You will hike up an old road to both locations. You’ll pass four towers along the way. 4 kms  1.5 hours – 2 hours, Difficulty Rating – 2C . This hike will take place directly across the Cape Smokey Provincial Park. Trailhead/Starting Point – Please park your cars in the parking area just before will walk out from parking area and cross the Cabot Trail highway and begin the hike. Once up there it is open, very rough and the view is awesome. At the top you can wonder around to get good vantage points. It is uphill on the way up, downhill on the way back. Rocky underfoot so good footwear advised. Open, basically no trees, and high altitude, so it could be windy and cold. Wind breaker and head cover advised. Water bottle is a good idea also. (Directions: Drive to parking area on the top of smokey just before the park entrance on top of Smokey Mountain.

Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria.

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

 

February 3, 2018

Dennison Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

10 am

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

6 km snowshoe round trip.

Will go to a peak to the old Dennison Farmhouse with a spectacular view! Bring Your Camera. Directions: Turn off the TCH 105 Ext 9 and go across the overpass on Margaree road (Turn right if coming from Sydney-do not cross overpass)). Turn right on the Big Baddeck Road towards Baddeck Forks and travel 5 kms. Dennison Road Trail on the right. Park on the right side of the road. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

 February 10, 2018

2nd Annual Uisge Ban Falls Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

1 pm

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Free – must have own snowshoes.

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. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and the 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. For further information: Naturally Active for Life Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

 February 17, 2018

Boiler Trail Historic Guided Snowshoe Hike

10:30 am

Local Guide Judy King – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

The Boiler Trail is located in Rear Baddeck Forks – Westside Big Baddeck Rd (3 kms past Rockinghorse ranch on the left) and concludes with a visit to the 1930’s Boiler Steamer. The hike is about 3 hours totaling 18,750 steps. Length: 7.5 km Duration: 3 hrs Difficulty: The trail follows the Old Rear Forks road (Westside Big Baddeck Rd, 3 kms past Rockinghorse ranch on the left. Park on the right side of the road facing back towards Rockinghorse ranch and the snowshoe will begin at this road to the trail head). The trail is a gentle grade with an elevation gain of about 200 feet. The next 1.5 km is relatively level with an elevation gain of about 100 feet. There is a small creek at this point with a bridge and guardrail. From this point the steepness of the trail increases with an elevation gain of about 340 feet over the next 1.5 km.

Watch for the boiler on the right side of the trail. This portion is most pleasing as it passes through hardwood forest. There are occasional views of the hillsides and valley. In addition to the historical significance of the boiler, the early portion of the trail skirts and crosses Mill Brook on which once stood a water-powered grist mill.

History – Boiler Trail: Leo Fownes Grandfather’s Boiler, used in the 1930’s, and abandoned when the war started. The old steam engine that ran the boiler was brought down the mountain by Leo & Stephen and is stored in our Leo & Joan Fownes Shop. ‎Fownes bros late thirties brought it up ancient tech left in forties steam powered saw mills one Fownes.

Passed a lot of softwood. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

February 18

Central Cape Breton Gets Active 2018

Directions/Details: Come out for a snowshoe hike, along with skating and snow man making,

in Iona . Event takes place at Rankin School of the Narrows, Iona, Route 223, Central Cape Breton overlooking the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake. Be sure to take your camera! This event is also part of the 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest program. Pre-registration is required – bring your own snowshoes or remember to request a pair when you register. Hot chocolate and a snack will be provided.   For further information check out www.arosnamara.com for updates and to Pre-Register please email:  ccbcvi@gmail.com . Hosted by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc., Wellness Committee, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), Hike Nova Scotia and Rankin School of the Narrows 

February 24, 2018

MacLean Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

1:00 pm

2.5 kms

Local Guide Mary Ivey

Hunter’s Mountain- at the end of the MacLean Rd. Take TCH west from Baddeck.

Turn right at the red barn onto the Cabot Trail. Follow this road almost to the top of Hunter’s Mountain. Watch for MacLean Rd on your left (Roughly 5 kms on the left from the red barn). Turn left onto MacLean Rd-you’ll see a blue cape cod house on your left.

Drive to the end and park to the side (If you get to the Highland Rd you’ve gone a bit too far; turn around and watch for MacLean Rd on your right). There will be some lovely views! Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest and 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018 Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca<mailto:naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca>

 White Point

10 am

Hike the Highlands Festival

 February 25, 2018

3rd Annual Skyline Trail “Ultimate” Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

Cape Breton Highlands National Park

11:00 am

FREE

Please bring your own snowshoes. Moderate Level Trail. The Skyline Trail is located 27 minutes north of Cheticamp on the Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Find directions here: http://tiny.cc/gxyo7x  Meet at the trailhead. Skyline Trail Winter Snowshoe Guided Hike. Free 7.5 kms, 2 to

3 hours. 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. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018 and as part of the 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and the 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca / http://www.naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

 March 3, 2018

MacLean Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

1:00 pm

Local Guide Mary Ivey

2.5 kms

Hunter’s Mountain- at the end of the MacLean Rd. Take TCH west from Baddeck. Turn right at the red barn onto the Cabot Trail. Follow this road almost to the top of Hunter’s Mountain. Watch for MacLean Rd on your left. Turn left onto MacLean Rd (Roughly 5 kms from the red barn) – you’ll see a blue cape cod house on your left. Drive to the end and park to the side (If you get to the Highland Rd you’ve gone a bit too far; turn around and watch for MacLean Rd on your right). There will be some lovely views! Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Baddeck 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

 March 4, 2018

7th Annual Baddeck Middle River Old Time Commute Trek 2018

1:00 pm

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

FREE – Please bring your own shoes

8.9 km

Challenging hike from MacMillan’s Mtn Rd to the Two Churches in Middle River. Take the Cabot Trail from the Red Barn entry to MacMillan Mountain Rd. on the right and park at the end of that road. Watch http://www.naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/winter-activefest/

for further information. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 and the 7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

 March 17, 2018

Warren Lake

10 am

Hike the Highlands Festival

March 24

Dennison Road Guided Snowshoe Hike

10 am

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

6 km snowshoe round trip

Will go to a peak to the old Dennison Farmhouse with spectacular views! Bring Your Camera. Directions: Turn off the TCH 105 Ext 9 and go across the overpass on Margaree road (Turnn right if coming from Sydney-do not cross overpass)). Turn right on the Big Baddeck Road towards Baddeck Forks and travel 5 kms. Dennison Road Trail on the right. Park on the right side of the road. Guided Hike is part of the Hike NS Guided Snowshoe Hiking Series 2018, 2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018 and 7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County in Partnership with Hike NS and Hike Victoria. Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

Winter Guided Snowshoe Hikes 2018 – Cape Breton

Participants may win a “trail” prize. Thanks to our local partners for organizing the hikes on the ground and to Goose Lane Editions and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. Hikes are free or low-cost and pre-registration is required unless otherwise indicated. See the details below for each hike. When winter hiking or snowshoeing, always be prepared for the conditions. Learn how to prepare

here . Looking for snowshoes? Check out our Where to Borrow, Rent or Buy Snowshoes guide here .

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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

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 (1/2 km past Ski Cape Smokey heading down north), 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

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 for further, updated information: 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 (Since 2016)

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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 to loan for a week! (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 to have with you every time you Hike A 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 – Rediscover the Magic of Winter – “Snowed In at the Inn”

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 every Saturday and Sunday mornings
  • Saturday bonfire 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/

 

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

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2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck Event 2018

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

Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

Box 370, 495 Chebucto St, Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0

Tel: 902.295.3661 / Cel: 902.295.0387 / Fax: 902.295-1864

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NaturallyActiveforLifeVictoriaCounty/

Website:   https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/

Twitter:     https://twitter.com/pastrategyvc

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Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Proud to Support Successful 22nd Annual Christmas in Baddeck 2017

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Christmas in Baddeck 2017 kicks off on November 24-25 weekend with a variety of events including the Tree Lighting and caroling on Friday evening and Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 25th. For the complete list of events & program click here for the poster in pdf here: CHRISTMAS IN BADDECK 2017 poster edit

For all the updated information on all the initiatives taking place, please visit them on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1553166968096173/

Remember to click on “discussion” to see list of events. We will be posting food and accommodation options soon – Come celebrate the holiday season 2017 in Beautiful Baddeck.

Lots of great Christmas activities 2017 for the whole family to enjoy!! ‘‘Tis the season to be jolly fa la la la la

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Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) is a proud Partner and Supporter of the Annual Christmas in the Village Event.

Please look for the following Nov. 24 and 25, 2017:

4th Annual Merry 7mas Free Family Skates 2017

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FREE Skating Party with “Santa”

November 24, 2017

7:00–9:00 pm Christmas in Baddeck

FREE

Tim Hortons Hot Chocolate and Timbits

Thank You Stone’s Pharmasave for Donating 150 Candy Canes to Christmas FREE Skate with Santa, Nov. 24th, 7-9 pm at Victoria Highland Civic Centre. 

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Proudly supported by Midway Motors, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), Victoria County, NS Department Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Victoria Highland Civic Centre

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FREE “Christmas Parade Day” Family Skate

November 25, 2017

3:00-4:30 pm Christmas in Baddeck

FREE

Tim Hortons Hot Chocolate and Timbits

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Christmas Hike 2017

Uisge Ban Falls

November 25th

10:30 am

FREE

Get some fresh air and exercise with a Christmas Hike at Uisge Ban Falls. Meet at the trail head. Guide: Local Resident – Mary Ivey. Sweeper: Local Resident – Vince Forrestall. Proudly supported by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) 

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Free Family Swim

Inverary Resort Pool

Saturday November 25th, 2017

5-7pm

FREE

Proudly supported by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), NS Department Communities, Culture and Heritage and Inverary Resort

Please feel free to keep updated with the Christmas in Baddeck Event 2017 and all Happenings with Your Municipal Physical Activity Strategy – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) at the Following Links:

Facebook:

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7th Annual Hike NS Summit at Ingonish May 11-13, 2018

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

https://www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects-hiking-summit/

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!

 Hike NS Summit 2018 Volunteer Information Night HELD 

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.

Tremendous Hike NS Summit 2018 Volunteer Information & Recruitment Night held November 16, 2017 with 20 Participants at Smokey Recreation Society Building in Ingonish. Thank You All Volunteers for Your Interest, Participation and Volunteering at the May 11-13, 2018 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

 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
Look for further information on the 7th Annual Summit in Ingonish, Victoria County as it becomes available. Please note: Program, Hikes and Registration won’t be available until late 2017 or early 2018
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
  • Ski Cape Smokey Society
  • Hike the Highlands Festival Society
  • Destination Cape Breton
  • Golf North (Keltic Lodge)
  • Wagmatcook First Nation
  • NS Dept of Communities, Culture and Heritage
  • Unama’Ki Cape Breton Outdoor Network

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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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GO-Girls Only After the Bell Fall Program 2017 at Baddeck Academy

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GO (Get Outside) Fall Program 2017

Tracey CampbellThis is a fabulous program (GO-Girls Only: Get Out in Nature Program 2017)! The girls are really enjoying it!” (Nov. 7, 2017) 

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Schedule: GOGirlsOnlySCHEDULE2017 / GOGirlsOnlySCHEDULE2017PDF

The hiking schedule for GO (GET OUTSIDE In Nature) girls grades 6-9 (10) program, from October to December 2017, including some guidelines. Please contact me if you have any questions/concerns (phone number and email address on attached schedule).

I will put out a call for drivers if I need them. We have had some generous offers already.

If parents have any special requests regarding arrangements for their student after the program on Thursday afternoons, please contact me at least 24 hours ahead of time to let me know, so we can communicate about what is possible. (I emphasize, I do not have a cell phone and cannot receive/send emails away from home! I check emails usually each morning.)

We’re really looking forward to this coming Thursday’s hike at Beinn Bhreagh! We very much enjoyed last week with the girls on Kidston Island, to get started!

Judy King

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A “GO” (Get Outside) Fall 2017 Program Information Session for Girls Grades 6-9 attending Baddeck Academy was held on Thursday, October 12th. Pizza, fruit and refreshments were enjoyed by all girls grades 6-9 during the session at lunchtime. They were informed of the two upcoming programs below this Fall 2017 and also gave input into what activities they’d also like to participate in the 2017-18 school year – GOInfoSessionInputBaddeckAcademyOct122017

The Program is FREE, include healthy snacks each outing and will include program hoodies for each participant. The program will be led, supervised by Retired Teacher Judith King: ajudithmarg@ns.sympatico.ca (For further information, any questions, etc.)

The program will focus on hiking and promoting the great natural environment, outdoors we have access to in Victoria County and play after-school leading to physical, social, mental, environment and health benefits of participating in the program.

Program Registration Form 2017-18 Downloadable for Your Convenience Above:

The program takes place in nature on or adjacent to school property and in Baddeck and Area. Provides girls grades 6-9 at Baddeck Academy the opportunity to be outdoors, enjoying our great natural, outdoor environment that we live and play in!.

The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on physical activity for children and youth reported that only 9% of Canadian children aged 5-17 years old are getting the 60 minutes of heart-pumping activity that they require each day.  Grades 5 and 6 students who regularly are allowed to go outside and explore unsupervised get 20% more heart-pumping activity than those who are always supervised (Ibid. 2015:)

The Goals of the Program are to:

  • Increase participants’ physical activity
  • Develop their exposure to nature and our great natural environment
  • Develop their outdoor and leadership skills
  • Foster a stronger connection with the natural world.

The Objectives of the Program Includes:

  • Be outdoors, hiking after the bell during the after school time period no matter what the weather! (It’s not the weather, it’s the way we are dressed)
  • Incorporate structured and unstructured activities including free play outdoors, outdoor skill building activities, games and nature awareness activities
  • Demonstrate that little material is required to have fun in nature, an outdoor setting in Victoria County great natural environment

Go (Get Outside) program offers children and youth at Baddeck Academy the chance to be physically active while exploring the natural world we live.

Parents who are interested in contributing to transportation needs, when needed, please let us know as a stipend will be offered to cover expenses ($25 gas card)

The Fall session will be 10 weeks long – once a week, held after school (Thursdays, starting Oct. 26th, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Meet after-school in the cafeteria) – 1st outing on Oct. 26th, 2017 will be a hike to Kidston island, shuttled by Baddeck Marine)

Proudly Presented By Your Partners In Your Health:

  • CBVRSB
  • Baddeck Academy
  • Victoria County
  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
  • Cape Breton Family Place Resource Centre Society
  • NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage

Grades 6 – 12 Fit Yoga Program  -Fall 2017

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This Fall 2017 Program is FREE for Girls Grades 6 to 12 and will be held at Baddeck Academy Tuesdays, After the Bell (After-school Time Period) beginning October 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm.

The program will be led, supervised by certified instructor Patsy MacKenzie. If you are interested in the program and/or need further information, please contact Patsy at patmk30@hotmail.com

Program Registration Form is Downloadable Above for Your Convenience at the top of this page.

Proudly Presented By Your Partners In Your Health:

  • CBVRSB
  • Baddeck Academy
  • Victoria County
  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
  • Cape Breton Family Place Resource Centre Society
  • NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage

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Hi Vince: I had 15 students the first 2 weeks on the elementary yoga! It’s awesome!” – Program Leader Karen Welton (Oct. 26, 2017)

Fall 2017 – Aforementioned held at Baddeck Academy – Proudly supported by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

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3rd Annual Old Fashioned Pond Hockey 2017-18

Victoria Highland Civic Centre (Baddeck Rink)

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Throw the sticks in, pick teams and let’s play!-

  • HELD – December 1, 2017

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – includes BBQ

  •  HELD – December 8, 2017

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • December 22, 2017

1:00 – 3:00 pm

  • February 19, 2018

10:00 am – 12:00 Noon

All Sessions are FREE!

***Adults must have a stick & helmet / children & youth must have a stick & helmet with a full shield

Proud Partners for Your Health:

  • Dr. John Ritter
  • Victoria Highland Civic Centre
  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
  • Municipality of the County of Victoria
  • NS Dept of Communities, Culture & Heritage

 

 

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3rd Annual After the Bell “FREE” Skating 2017

 

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Bring your fellow students, friends, parents, grandparents, relatives, neighbor’s, co-workers and meet new friends, etc.

  • November 17, 2017

11:00 – 1:00 pm:        FREE – Open to Everyone!

  • November 23, 2017

3:00 – 4:00 pm:          FREE – Open to Everyone!

4:00 – 5:00 pm            FREE SKATE FOR ALL sponsored by REMAX

  • November 30, 2017

3:00 – 4:00 pm:          FREE – Open to Everyone!

4:00 – 5:00 pm            FREE SKATE FOR ALL sponsored by REMAX

  • December 7, 2017

3:00 – 4:00 pm:          FREE – Open to Everyone!

4:00 – 5:00 pm            FREE SKATE FOR ALL sponsored by REMAX

  •  December 14, 2017

3:00 – 4:00 pm:          FREE – Open to Everyone!

4:00 – 5:00 pm            FREE SKATE FOR ALL sponsored by REMAX

  • December 21, 2017 – INCLUDES BBQ AND REFRESHMENTS FOR ALL!

3:00 – 4:00 pm:          FREE – Open to Everyone!

4:00 – 5:00 pm            FREE SKATE FOR ALL sponsored by REMAX

 Proud Partners for Your Health:

  • Remax – Minerva MacInnis (Realtor and Associate Broker)
  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
  • Municipality of the County of Victoria
  • CBVRSB
  • Baddeck Academy School
  • NS Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage
  • Victoria Highland Civic Centre

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