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Hike NS Summit 2018 Heading to Nature’s Home-Ingonish, Victoria County

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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

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 All Seasons Outdoor Destination

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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
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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 Proud Partners

  • Hike NS
  • Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
  • Victoria County
  • Parks Canada
  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Ingonish Development Society
  • Smokey Recreation Society
  • Ski Cape Smokey Society
  • Hike the Highlands  
  • Cape Breton Partnership
  • ACOA
  • Destination Cape Breton
  • Golf North (Keltic Lodge)
  • Wagmatcook First Nation
  • NS Dept of Communities, Culture and Heritage
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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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Hike NS 2017-18 Courses and Workshops Happening Across NS

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Field Leader – Hiking Courses in NS in 2017

Six Field Leader – Hiking Courses will be offered from June to December in Sydney, Parrsboro, Halifax, Antigonish, Wolfville and Yarmouth. They will provide participants with Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) national certification in Field Leader – Hiking. This includes skills to organize and lead others in a one day, educational or activity based experience in a natural environment. Courses are two days in length and will provide successful candidates with the necessary skills to be a confident hiking leader. The program is suitable for hiking club leaders, trail group volunteers, recreation department staff, teachers, 4H leaders, Scout and Guide leaders, parents or individuals interested in leading hikes. Courses are taught by OCC certified instructors. The cost is $100 to $125. The course is offered through Hike Nova Scotia in partnership with the Nova Scotia Chapter of the OCC and supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. For more information, go to www.hikenovascotia.ca

Field Leader – Hiking Course Sydney June 3-4, 2017

A Field Leader – Hiking course will be offered in Sydney on June 3 and 4, 2017. Participants receive Outdoor Council of Canada national certification. The cost is $100 to $125. For more information, go to http://www.hikenovascotia.ca

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Hike NS 2017-18 Courses and Workshops Happening Across Nova Scotia
https://www.hikenovascotia.ca/courses-workshops/

Hike NS’s schedule of courses and workshops across Nova Scotia is now available for 2017-18. Beginning June 2017 through to February 2018, they range from how to share nature with children to how to be a hike leader to navigation.

The specific offerings include:Re-Connecting with Nature Workshops; Field Leader – Hiking Courses; Field Leader – Winter Module; Field Leader – Overnight Module; Navigation Maps & Compass Courses; and WILD Connect Course. Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course or workshop.

Learn more and view the schedules at www.hikenovascotia.ca

Janet Barlow, Executive Director Hike Nova Scotia
(902) 932-6523 info@hikenovascotia.ca www.hikenovascotia.ca

Winter (2017), Hike NS and the Outdoor Council of Canada delivered courses to help you and others get outside. Learn more at www.hikenovascotia.ca.

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Bike to Bite – Bike Ride 2017

Signature Event of the 6th Annual Bike Victoria Week 2017

Please visit the following link: https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/be-active/cycling/ or download the following for your convenience:

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Saturday, June 10, 2017 – (Rain date: June 17th)

8:30 – 9:00 am – Registration and pick-up your bike at Big Baddeck Road next to the Baddeck Forks Golf Course (Look for the Pedallers By The Bay Trailer)

Meet at the turn to Big Baddeck Road just before the entrance to Baddeck Forks Golf Course in Big Baddeck (Directions via the RCMP side)

Fee: Only $15 each – Includes bike (If needed – until they are not available, maximum 10 available at no cost!), helmet, water bottle and a lunch at the Baddeck Forks Golf Course.

Cycle starts at 9:00 am (When you register, please tell us your height, male or female and also, you must sign a waiver to participate); Distance: 10 kms

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) and “Pedallers by the Bay” Proudly Present the “Bike to Bite” Bike (Big Baddeck, the Big Glen & Hike to Pioneer Cemetery)

The ride starts at the entrance to Big Baddeck Road (counter clock wise). Journey stops at The John Morrison Weaver Cemetery.

There we will have a guided hike with historical information about the pioneer cemetery provided by Pauline Diekelmann. From there journey will continue to bicycle the Big Baddeck Road with stops along the way to Centre Bridge and back to the hall and lunch at the Baddeck Forks Golf Course Restaurant.

To pre-register and/or for further information, please contact Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.ca

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Cape Breton Unama’ki Outdoor Network Collaboratory 2017

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May 2017 E-news
       
Outdoor Network Unama’ki Cape Breton Collaboratory

June 1, 2017 Sydney

TD Bank presents the NS Outdoor Network – Unama’ki Cape Breton Collaboratory in Sydney on June 1, 2017. This event is a regional gathering of the outdoor community, taking place from 10 am to 1 pm at Cape Breton University in Sydney (Multipurpose Room B). Participants must register by May 26 here. This is a free event including coffee/tea and a nutrition break. The event aims to build a provincial network by gathering and connecting local stakeholders to share resources, learn from one another and talk about stewardship and more. The collaboratory is for professionals and volunteers interested in the outdoors including outdoor recreation providers, outdoor educators, nature-based tourism operators, park planners, public health, active living, etc. The NS Outdoor Network is a project of Recreation Nova Scotia. The event is a partnership of TD Bank, Recreation Nova Scotia, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Unama’ki Cape Breton Outdoor Network.

There will be other regional gatherings like this one in June and the fall across the province.

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6th Annual Victoria County Trails Day 2017

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6th Annual Victoria County

International Trails Day Celebration 2017

June 3 and 4, 2017 

In Conjunction with the 15th Annual International Trails Day 2017

International Trails Day is an annual celebration of trails to promote trail development, the use of trails & the healthy lifestyle they encourage”. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) in partnership has been celebrating International Trails Day since June 2012.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park & Local Hiking Guides will lead hikes for our 6th Annual Celebration.

Schedule

Franey Trail

June 3, 2017 – 1:00 pm

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http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ns/cbreton/activ/randonnee-hiking/franey

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You climb up and up and your reward is at the top! Large flat rocks give you a nice place to sit and enjoy the 360º views of the entire Clyburn Brook canyon and the Atlantic coastline from Cape Smokey to Ingonish. Gaze back at the mountains, the sheer rocky face of Franey Mountain, or the river winding through the valley, 425 m below. Keep an eye out for wildlife – moose like this habitat too.

Length: 7.4 km (4.6 mi) loop
Elevation: 95 – 430 m (310 – 1,410 ft)
Time: 2 – 3 hours
Significant Features: Transition from Acadian to boreal forest, mountain and ocean vistas
Steep climb. Rugged sections. Caution: Keep young children away from the steep cliffs.

Trailhead: Turn off the Cabot Trail just north of the Clyburn River and follow the fire access road for about a kilometre to a small parking lot
GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.660766 Long: -60.422683

Micca Hill Trail

June 4, 2017 – 1:00 pm

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Mica Hill

http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ns/cbreton/activ/randonnee-hiking/mica

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This breathtaking trail winds through Acadian mixed forest and stunted taiga as it climbs to the wind-swept highlands plateau. It offers 360º views spanning the barrens, the dramatic Aspy fault, coastal villages far below and mountains reaching the most northern tip of Cape Breton. Continue along a narrower footpath to Mica Hill’s remarkable outcrops of quartz and mica.

Length: 7.9 km (4.9 mi) return
Elevation: 260 – 410 m (850 – 1345 ft)
Time: 3 – 3.5 hours
Significant Features: Highlands taiga, mica outcrop
Gradual climb.

Trailhead: Take the Paquette Lake road and park at the lake
GPS Co-ordinates for Trailhead (in decimal degrees):
Lat: 46.834629 Long: -60.434124

Proud Partners for Your Health:

-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
-Victoria County
-Parks Canada
-Cape Breton Highlands National Park
-NS Trails
-Hike NS
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***Please see tips for a safe hike at end of this page
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