7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2018 Begins Today

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Join us in Nova Scotia’s Outdoor Destination All Seasons on the World Famous Cabot Trail for Lots of Perfect Snowshoe Adventures during our 7th annual offering. Always an abundance of snow, making snowshoeing in Victoria County so magical, you’ll enjoy immensely!

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January 6 to March 31, 2018

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
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So Much Fun in the Snow This Winter:

7th Annual Hike Victoria County Snowshoe Fest 2018

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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Saturday, 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

Saturday, January 6

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – Dennis Laffan hosts hikers/snowshoers (possibly) along his well-maintained home-trails. Moderate elevation. Water/poles. Dogs welcome. Meet by 1:00 pm at 42 Murray Road. Parking up driveway if conditions allow. For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program. For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax

Saturday, January 13

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – Will enjoy the trails at Jitka Zgola’s. Meet by 1:00 pm at 42164 Cabot Trail Hwy, north Wreck Cove. Some demanding verticals, but well worth it. Poles/water. Dogs welcome.

For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program.

For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax

Sunday, 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)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

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.

Saturday, 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 >

 

Saturday, January 20

St. Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

Local Guide Merrill MacInnis will lead a Coastal Hike in Breton Cove. Hike starts at 1:00 pm. Park at 43887 Cabot Trail. For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program. For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Mica Hill, Paquette Lake

10 am

Hike the Highlands Festival

https://www.hikethehighlands.com/2018-hthfsnowshoe-series/

Saturday, January 27

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – Aron and Ruth Schneider welcome participants to join them on their extensive trail system. Many features. Meet by 1:00 pm at their driveway at 42164 329 West Tarbot Rd. “Doc”, the resident dog, must be already accepting of any guest dogs. For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program. For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax

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

 

Friday, February 2

Hector’s Point Moonlight Snow Shoe Walk

Join us for our special “Hector’s Point Moonlight Walk” – a moonlight snowshoe hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so buy your tickets on line • Walks begin at 7 pm Meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

Contact Name: Dan Franklin / Contact Phone # 902-622-2190

Contact Email: info@ionaheightsinn.com

Cost $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own

Location of Event (street, park, trail, etc.): Frolic n’ Folk Pub, Iona Heights Inn

$5 to rent snow shoes

Tickets must be purchased on-line: Website: Ionaheightsinn.com & Highlandvillage.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ionaheightsinn/ & https://www.facebook.com/highlandvillagemusuem/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IonaHeightsInn & https://twitter.com/highlandv

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

Saturday, February 3

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program.

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

 

Saturday, February 10

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program.

Sunday, February 11

Hector’s Point Moonlight Snow Shoe Walk

Join us for our Sunday afternoon “Hector’s Point Snow Shoe Walks” – a snowshoe hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets on-line. Walks begin at 1 pm – meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

Name: Dan Franklin

Phone # 902-622-2190

Email: info@ionaheightsinn.com

$15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own

Location of Event: Frolic n’ Folk Pub, Iona Heights Inn

$5 to rent snow shoes; Tickets must be purchased on-line:

Website: Ionaheightsinn.com & Highlandvillage.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ionaheightsinn/ & https://www.facebook.com/highlandvillagemusuem/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IonaHeightsInn & https://twitter.com/highlandv

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

Saturday, February 17

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

 

Sunday, 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 

Saturday, 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>

Saturday, February 24 

White Point

10 am

Hike the Highlands Festival

https://www.hikethehighlands.com/2018-hthfsnowshoe-series/

Saturday, February 24

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Sunday, February 25

Hector’s Point Moonlight Snow Shoe Walk

Join us for our Sunday afternoon “Hector’s Point Snow Shoe Walks” – a snowshoe hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets on-line. Walks begin at 1 pm – meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

Name: Dan Franklin

Phone # 902-622-2190

Email: info@ionaheightsinn.com

$15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own

Location of Event: Frolic n’ Folk Pub, Iona Heights Inn

$5 to rent snow shoes; Tickets must be purchased on-line:

Website: Ionaheightsinn.com & Highlandvillage.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ionaheightsinn/ & https://www.facebook.com/highlandvillagemusuem/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IonaHeightsInn & https://twitter.com/highland

 Sunday, 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/

 Friday, March 2

Hector’s Point Moonlight Snow Shoe Walk

Join us for our special “Hector’s Point Moonlight Walk” – a moonlight snowshoe hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so buy your tickets on line • Walks begin at 7 pm Meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

Contact Name: Dan Franklin / Contact Phone # 902-622-2190

Contact Email: info@ionaheightsinn.com

Cost $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own

Location of Event (street, park, trail, etc.): Frolic n’ Folk Pub, Iona Heights Inn

$5 to rent snow shoes

Tickets must be purchased on-line: Website: Ionaheightsinn.com & Highlandvillage.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ionaheightsinn/ & https://www.facebook.com/highlandvillagemusuem/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IonaHeightsInn & https://twitter.com/highlandv

Saturday, 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

Saturday, March 3

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

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

Saturday, March 10

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Sunday, March 11

Hector’s Point Moonlight Snow Shoe Walk

Join us for our Sunday afternoon “Hector’s Point Snow Shoe Walks” – a snowshoe hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be. $15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own. Space is limited, so purchase your tickets on-line. Walks begin at 1 pm – meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

Name: Dan Franklin

Phone # 902-622-2190

Email: info@ionaheightsinn.com

$15 per person including snowshoes, or $10 if you bring your own

Location of Event: Frolic n’ Folk Pub, Iona Heights Inn

$5 to rent snow shoes; Tickets must be purchased on-line:

Website: Ionaheightsinn.com & Highlandvillage.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ionaheightsinn/ & https://www.facebook.com/highlandvillagemusuem/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IonaHeightsInn & https://twitter.com/highlandv

March 17, 2018

Warren Lake

10 am

Hike the Highlands Festival

https://www.hikethehighlands.com/2018-hthfsnowshoe-series/

Saturday, March 17

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Saturday, 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

Saturday, March 24

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Saturday, March 31

St Ann’s Saturday Afternoon Community Hikes

1:00 pm – TBA: For the most up-to-date information, go to the Community Event Sheet Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=b2l73jsuoqeivrta5j47v3iul0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Halifax For more information contact Mary Ann at 929-2472. Loaner snowshoes available from the St. Ann’s Health Centre (Nancy, 929-2745) or the Baddeck Library (902.295.2055) – Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

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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

 

Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2017 A Success!  

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THANK YOU

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) in Partnership with Hike NS, Hike Victoria Thanks the many Victoria County Volunteers, Leaders, Community Groups, Facility Operators, Service Providers and Businesses for their Continued Support, Efforts & Contribution to A Successful 2017 Hike Victoria Snowshoe Fest 2017 benefiting Residents & Visitors! See you in 2018! 

HELD – 2017 S C H E D U L E

Downloadable for your convenience:

hikevictoriasnowshoefest2017pdf / hikevictoriasnowshoefest2017

Over 20 Snowshoe Hikes  HELD in Victoria County Feb. 10 to March 19, 2017

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

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