Hike NS News: April 2018

Enjoy a spring season of hiking!



Hike NS News: April 2018


Learn about a proposal to increase membership fees, check-in about the Hiking Summit, see how the Hike NS AGM is shaping up and check out a neat new adventure.


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Member Fee Increase & AGM

The Hike NS Annual General Meeting will take place in Truro on Saturday, June 23 at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. It will include a hike at 10:30 am, a light lunch at 12:30 pm and the AGM at 1 pm. All attendees are required to register by June 21. Please note that Hike NS membership will be asked to vote on proposed increases to membership fees at the AGM. Register and view the membership fee proposal here.




Hiking Summit Full!

For the first time ever, the Hiking Summit – taking place in Ingonish from May 11 to 13 – has sold out! It took just one month for registration to fill. There will be over 225 people coming together to talk hiking and explore the local trails. Hike NS was not expecting to sell out and we are aware that some loyal Hiking Summit attendees have missed out because it filled so quickly (we have a long waiting list). We’re sorry that you won’t be able to join us this year, but there is always next year. The location for 2019 will be announced at the Summit. For those who are attending the Summit, please double-check your confirmation emails to ensure you bought extra meals if you wanted them and be sure to use the link in that email to register for your hikes. See you in Ingonish in May!



Oceanstone Polly’s Cove Hiking Adventure:  June 2

Join Oceanstone Resort and Hike Nova Scotia on the Polly’s Cove Hike Adventure, near Halifax, in support of Hike NS. After the hike enjoy a barbeque and S’mores back at Oceanstone in Indian Harbour.

Learn more and register here.



Call for Board Members & Nominations

Hike Nova Scotia seeks board members across the province who love hiking and can contribute to moving Hike NS forward. It’s looking for board members who have the time and energy to devote to helping Hike NS achieve its mandate of creating a culture of hiking, walking and snowshoeing in our beautiful province. There are some perks; travel is reimbursed and food is provided for in-person meetings. The board meets four to five times per year in person or by conference call. Contact Hike NS to express your interest or to nominate someone. Check out our website to learn more about what we do.





Winter Hike Success

Hike Nova Scotia and 38 local host organizations offered the Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series from January to March 2018 across NS. There were 40 hikes with over 570 participants (26 other hikes were cancelled due to weather or lack of snow). The free hikes were led by local folks and participants qualified to win “trail prizes.”

Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as Goose Lane Editions and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support.



Thanks to Good Robot

The Goodwill Bot: Hike Nova Scotia event took place at Good Robot Brewing Co. in Halifax on Monday, March 26.

Hike NS connected with new and old friends as folks had a brew to help raise funds for Hike NS’s work. Good Robot donated $1 from every pint sold.

Thanks so much to Good Robot for supporting Hike NS!



Recreational Trail Expansion Grants

The NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is now accepting applications to the Recreational Trail Expansion Grant Program until April 30. The program provides funding to community groups, municipalities, Mi’kmaq Band Councils, and  ‘not-for- profit’ organizations to develop new trails, expand recreational trails and capital upgrades to existing trails in order to increase opportunities for Nova Scotians to recreate in the outdoors and connect with nature. Learn more here.



Upcoming Events

  • Chebucto Hiking Club hikes, Musquodoboit Harbour, Cole Harbour, Carrolls Corner, Halifax: Apr. 7, 13, 21, 27
  • Central Woodland Conference with the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association, New Glasgow: Apr. 7
  • Backcountry 201: Wilderness Navigation with MEC, Dartmouth: Apr. 8
  • Halifax Regional Trails Association Annual General Meeting, Bedford: Apr. 9
  • Backcountry 101: Introduction to Day Hiking with MEC, Halifax: Apr. 9
  • Packing for Your Camino, hosted by The Trail Shop and the Canadian Company of Pilgrims Halifax Chapter, Halifax: Apr. 10
  • Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park Citizen’s Meeting, Halifax: Apr. 12
  • Backcountry 101: Hiking Cape Chignecto with MEC, Halifax: Apr. 13
  • NS Outdoor Network Provincial Summit, Aylesford: Apr. 13-14
  • Parks Canada in Cape Breton Open House, Cheticamp and Cape North: Apr. 18-19
  • Backcountry 101: Packing for an Overnight Trip with MEC, Halifax: Apr. 19

Find more events listed here.





Hiking/Trail News Hits

These are some news hits from Twitter and Facebook:

  • Yarmouth and Acadian Shores Hiking Association formed view
  • Province admits old-growth forest may have been cut for fuel view
  • Temperatures right for an early tick emergence: zoologist view
  • Big plans for continued work at the Keppoch view
  • A for Adventure talks about upcoming outdoor summit view


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ParticipACTION – Attitudes, Beliefs and Opinions around Physical Activity, and its Causes and Solutions


Canadians know they are not active enough and even 84% say they feel responsible for their inactivity – so what’s holding them back?

To better understand the problem, ParticipACTION set out to investigate the “social climate” around physical activity. In other words, we wanted to explore the attitudes, beliefs and opinions around physical activity, and its causes and solutions. The ParticipACTION Pulse Report powered by MEC presents those findings in a report formed from an online survey of 2,519 Canadians aged 18 and older.

This report takes a “pulse” on Canadians’ perceptions of physical activity in an attempt to better understand the inactivity problem and potential solutions.

Learn more about how we can make Canada a more active place, and click below to read The ParticipACTION Pulse Report powered by MEC.



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Cabot Trail in 4 Days 2018

Tour dates are Saturday August 11th to Tuesday August 14th and it begins and ends at the Gaelic College on the Cabot Trail in St. Anne’s Bay.

We offer luggage transfers, two support vehicles loaded with snacks and refreshments, three nights accommodations, three suppers and breakfasts and showers at the end of the tour.

Our two cycling guides live locally and have lead tours of the trail for a decade.  Tour cost is $665.00 per person double accommodation.  And if you are travelling alone we will match you up with a roommate.

The Cabot Trail is a must do for any cyclist.  And our tour is designed to give you time to really enjoy the scenery, stop at one the white sand beaches, hike in the Highlands National Park, visit artists and artisans along the way.

Each day involves 70 to 85 Kms of cycling and our two support vehicles means both speedy and relaxed riders are serviced.  Everyone gets to ride at their own pace. This tour fills up quickly so register early to secure your spot.

Once 40 riders have registered we will establish a waiting list. Check it out here https://www.velocapebreton.ca/2018-schedule

The following texts are from the description on the web site.

THE CABOT TRAIL: Named one of the TOP 10 Cycling destinations in the World by Lonely Planet in 2010, and since toured by thousands of cyclists from all around the world, the Cabot Trail is a “MUST” on the bucket list of every cyclist.

Three hundred kilometers of paved roads, from softly rolling terrain to steep climbs, you will wind your way through the quiet Margaree Valley on the first day, then ride along the shores of the Gulf of St.Lawrence the second day, the scenic Highlands National Park the third, and end along the scenic Atlantic coast of Cape Breton Island.

Cabot Trail in 4 Days is a fully supported tour where everyone cycles at their own pace and style. No pressure with lots of time and opportunities to explore.

DETAILS: We provide: 3 nights hotel/motel accommodation, luggage transportation, two support vehicle at your service should you need a lift or other assistance, breakfast Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, dinner Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Park fees, and snack food (fresh fruit and baked goods) enroute. Children 16 – 18 years, must be accompanied by a cycling adult. We have two van drivers and two cycling guides. All four individuals are very familiar with the area and the route. We aim to give you a unique cycling experience with a full immersion in our culture and our spectacular landscapes.

ITINERARY: Clockwise direction leaving the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s Bay on Saturday August 11th to Tuesday August 14th. Day 1- To Margaree Harbour, 85km. Day 2- to Pleasant Bay, 70km. Day 3- to Ingonish, 71km Day 4- to Gaelic College, 71km. *** There will be optional side tours suggested to shorten or lengthen the day’s ride.***

Proudly Presented by Velo Cape Breton Association


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Velo Cape Breton Barbeque and Social

The first scheduled event on the Velo Cape Breton calendar. The BBQ features your choice of Steak or Portobello Mushroom, as well as a selection of salads and of course dessert. There will be an open bar for refreshments. The BBQ will be preceded by a Bicycle Ride around the Mira River.
It will be a casual ride starting from the Mira Boat Club, 545 Hillside Rd., Albert Bridge, going clockwise along Hillside Road and Trout Brook Road up and down the Mira River, approximately 30km. The route can be shortened if desired. These roads have been recently paved and are quite flat, perfect for the first ride of the season. Your ride leader will be Colette Smith.
If you haven’t renewed your annual $10.00 membership, you will have the opportunity to do so during the social.
Who: The ride and social are open to both members and non-members, so bring a friend.
When: Saturday, May 5, 2018. The ride starts at 2:30pm, the BBQ starts at 5:00pm.
Where: The Mira Boat Club, 545 Hillside Road, Albert Bridge.
Why: To reconnect with your cycling friends, to get your bike out for maybe the first time this year, to enjoy good food and good company. Do I really need to mentioned the fresh air and exercise you’ll get from riding your bike? And how about the scenery of the Mira River.
How Much: Cost of the Meal is $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for under 19. Cost of the Bike ride is free to members, $2.00 for non-members.
Note: Participants may do the bike ride only, the BBQ only, or may do both, however anyone that will be attending the BBQ must pre-register. There will be no on-site purchases of meals.
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Community Library Discussion

10:00–12:00 noon

Saturday, April 14th

Baddeck Community Hall, 526 Chebucto Street (beside the library).

If You dreamed a library, what would it look like?” A group discussion on the present role of the Baddeck branch and possibilities for the future.

Branch manager Kate Oland will present “Modern Public Libraries Around the World.”

Tea, coffee and snacks provided. For information contact Bill 902.929.2727 or Laura 902.929.2600.

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Federal Government’s (ESDC) Enabling Accessibility Fund

The mid-sized projects stream is currently open – deadline to apply is May 24/18.

The funding is to support new construction, renovation, and retrofit projects of accessible facilities in Canadian communities. The facilities must plan to offer programs and services that focus on a holistic approach in addressing the social and/or labour market integration needs of people with disabilities.

Eligible applicants:

  • Not for profit organizations
  • Municipalities
  • Indigenous organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)
  • Territorial governments (not provincial)

Funding requests must be between $350,000- $1,000,000. A min. of 35% of eligible project costs must be provided by other funding sources – a strategy to meet this requirement must be included in the application.

More info here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/enabling-accessibility-fund-mid-size.html

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Recreational Trail Expansion Grant Program

We are pleased to announce a funding program for trails called The Recreational Trail Expansion Grant program is available starting April 1, 2018.

The guidelines for the RTE grant program can be found at https://cch.novascotia.ca/trail-funding-programs.

The deadline to allow trail groups who may not have applied through RFD is April 30th, 2018.

If you want to discuss the Recreational Trails Expansion Grant program contact Steve Vines at  steve.vines@novascotia.ca, 902-396-1325



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