2012 Victoria County Winter ActiveFest

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2012, it was greaty appreciated as we Took The Roof Off Winter! A BIG THANK YOU to the volunteers, organizers, organizations, service providers, facilities who all should be commended for providing winter physical activity opportunities benefitting our residents and visitors.

We’d also like to thank NS Health & Wellness in partnering with us to promote and to provide Take The Roof Off Winter Toques.

We’ll be back next year with a longer event: one month, with a great amount of options to chose from for you and your family, along with greater resources to work with.

Thank You again to everyone for making this years edition a success. Some key events were cancelled, re-scheduled or post-poned due to the weather, but as you know, we can’t control the weather.

I leave you with this testimonial/feedback on this years event:

“I’m in Vancouver for a conference, and just spent time scrolling through this (Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2012). Amazing! The photos are beautiful, and the array of events featured, just lovely. Made me want to leave Vancouver for Cape Breton on the next flight!  What a great job you’re doing. 

There’s such diversity, something for everyone, and so creative.  This is really wonderful. 

What kind of response are you getting?  I feel as if you could be marketing this to folks far beyond the jurisdiction.  I mean, I’ll be speaking to female friends of mine who I’m sure would love to take part in some of the things you’ve advertised here.  I think there’s a much wider audience who would be so interested in what your region has to offer.  Anyway, great work!!

Brenda, Nova Scotia Age Friendly


Come North – Winter Fun in northern Cape Breton

“Come North”-Winter Fun in Northern Cape Breton


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!

Where many cross-country ski trails are machine groomed and tracked for both skating

and classic techniques. Level terrain makes snowshoeing easy and 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.

Cross-country skiing:

-North Highlands Ski Facility

-Ski Tuonela

-Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Other Outdoor Activities:

-Toboganning, skating, Ice-fishing, snowmobiling & wildlife watching.

Cape Breton Highlands Winter Highlands Wonderful

Immerse yourself in the magnificent winter wonderland that is Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

In the winter, the park’s majestic plateaus and sheltered valleys become a veritable dreamland featuring the highest snowfall in Nova Scotia.

Many of its 26 trails are suitable for snowshoeing, and over 20 kms trails are groomed for cross-country skiing. You can reward your efforts by the wood stove at Mary Ann Falls where you can stop for a short rest or rent a shelter and stay the night.

For more information on winter activities, and to get a Winter Trail Map, visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/capebretonor call 902-224-2306.

A park pass is required to ski or snowshoe on any groomed trail in the park or for trips into the backcountry.

– Rental of Mary Ann Fall’s shelter: S19.60/night (not accessible by car)

– Black Brook shelter: $29.40/night (accessible by car)

Winter road report: http://511.gov.ns.ca/map/

webcam: www.gov.ns.ca/tran/cameras

Men’s Wellness Clinic

Men’s Wellness Clinic

Saturday, March 31

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

St Ann’s Bay Community Health Centre (Indian Brook Fire Hall)

New doctor in Baddeck, Dr Heughan, will hold a Men’s Wellness Clinic

For further information and bookings, please call

Virginia at 295-3701

between 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday.

Well Women’s Clinic March 10, 2012

Well Women’s Clinic

Saturday, March 10, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

St Ann’s Bay Community Health Centre (Indian Brook Fire Hall)

Dr MacCormick will hold a Well Women’s Clinic. For more information and bookings please call 1-877-794-5427.

North Highlands Nordic Cross Country Ski Club Trail Shop Ski Marathon

North Highlands Nordic Cross Country Ski Club Trail Shop Ski Marathon

Held: March 4th, 2012

The top finishers: 42 km male     1.Daniel Murray, Dingwall 2:16:04                       2.Kris Doyon, Halifax  2:18:46                       3.Mark Campbell, Dartmouth 2:22:48

21 km  female 1.Mariah Hudec, North Sydney 1:23:29 2.Dorian Hudec, North Sydney 2:08:46                       3.Rosemary Algar, Aspy Bay 2:32:47

21 km male     1.Chris Milburn, Sydney 1:15:19                       2.Kevin MacDonald, Mineville 1:20:47                       3.Tommy Chubbs, South Ridge 1:20:56

14 km male     1. Edward Walsh, Halifax 44:40                       2.Colin Ward, Mahone Bay 45:10                       3.Jonah Hudec, North Sydney 45:51

14 km female  1.Kilya MacNeil, Bay St. Lawrence 49:26                       2.Sintija Lazovskis, Sydney 56:28 3.Helen MacDonell, Mahone Bay 1:22:01

4 km male       1.Brynn Dudley-Chubbs, South Ridge 18:06                       2.Aiden Costelo, Cape North 20:04                       3.Jabob Fitzgerald, Middle Harbour 25:14

4km female      1.Kelsey Burchell, Dingwall 28:33                        2.Anna Lazovskis, Sydney 34:26                        3.Jade Wilkie, Cape North 36:09 Complete results can be found at nhn.xcski.ca

Wilderness Survival Course

* RESCHEDULED To March 24-25, 2012 (From Sat. & Sun, February 25-26)

NSOLD (Nova Scotia Outdoor Leadership Development) is holding a

24 hour Wilderness Survival Course

If you were not able to attend the first time around, now’s your chance to register!

The NSOLD 24 hr Winter Survival Course in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park has been changed to March 24-25!

This course is ideal for  x-c skiers, snowshoers, trappers, snowmobilers and all outdoor enthusiasts!

Fee: Only $20/ person or Only $30/ family

For more information visit: www.nsold.ca.

To register call 787-3507, or email cara.palmer@invernesscounty.ca

Victoria County Awards I Fit Green Gyms to Four Communities

Victoria County Announces Successful Applications for I Fit GreenGym Equipment

Victoria County Municipal Council would like to express their appreciation to the various community organizations who submitted an Expression of Interest in acquiring an I Fit GreenGym assembly for their community.

There were more applications than Council can provide at this time.

Council expects to acquire additional sets of equipment early in the new fiscal year.

Council determined the successful communities on the basis of a draw from the hat.

Successful communities chosen were:

–         Iona School Recreation Group

–         Smokey Recreation Society

–         St Ann’s United Church

–         Neil’s Harbour /New Haven Fire Department

Equipment will be ordered shortly and will await delivery.

An outline of Council’s expectations, on the operation and maintenance routines, for the equipment will also be included.

Once the equipment has been received, organizations will enter into a formal agreement covering the essentials of the program.

As Council moves into the new fiscal year, Council will likely issue a call for more community interest and those community groups that were

unsuccessful this time will be given another opportunity to participate.

This initiative hopes to get county residents & residents more active, more fit and therefore more healthy.

Ski Cape Smokey

Smokey Community Centre – Ski Cape Smokey 2012 Season

Opened for season February 24

Hours of Operation:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM March Break (March 9 – 16) – 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

$10.00 Rentals, $15.00 Lift Ticket

March 11 – Hosts Annual Ski Races in memory of

David “Little Dave” Rudderham and Donnie Powers!

Watch for more information this week on the times, and details!

We will also be having a kid race! Get your skiis ready for racing!

March 17 – King of the Hill Snowmobile Races




North Highlands Nordic (NHN) Ski Facility Trail Report

March 7, 2012

Marvelous skiing conditions at North Highlands Nordic with all 12km of trails groomed, tilled and track set for both classic and skate skiing. The heated ski room is open daily from 10am to 5pm. For more information please call 902-383-2479.