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6th Annual Victoria County Canada Day Physical Activity Challenge 2017

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The three events to complete the challenge are:

  1. The Englishtown Mussel Fest 5K on June 24, 2017 
  2. Followed by the Velo Cape Breton Cycling around St. Ann’s Bay afterwards, and
  3. The Dan MacDonald 10K in Baddeck on Canada Day (July 1, 2017).

All the results and pre-registration can be available on line at www.limitlessracetiming.com. Just go to the events tab.

Englishtown Mussel Fest 5K  – June 24, 2017

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This is one of the flattest and fastest 5K’s in our area, has gorgeous scenery, and you can stay afterwards for the Mussel Fest itself.  Registration is at https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=103660&owner=1  This is a CBRR points series race!  Remember to sign up for the Roadrunners if you haven’t (online at cbtrisports.com or at the race)  As well, this is event one of the Victoria County Fitness Challenge (see number 2 and number 4 below)

Velo Cape Breton’s Annual Mussel Fest Ride Around St. Ann’s Bay – June 24, 2017

Shortly after the Mussel Fest 5K, starting from the community hall.  All levels of cyclist welcome.  Details at velocapebreton.ca  This is #2 of the Victoria County Fitness Challenge.  The ride is 40Km and non-competitive  (enjoy the scenery and all the brand new pavement with a big shoulder)

Annual Baddeck Dan MacDonald Canada Day 10K

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Starts at the Baddeck Yacht Club, register starting 8:30, run start 9:30.  Registration link is here: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=103766&owner=1  This is the 3rd and final event in the Victoria County Fitness Challenge, and a CBRR points series race.  Plus, there is no better place to be for Canada150 than Baddeck.

Superhero Run on July 1st, 2017

1.5 km Run for ages 1-10. Participants must wear a superhero outfit.

Registration: Only $15 fee

Sponsors: Victoria County, ACOA, Naturally Active for Life Victoria County – Part of the 6th Annual Victoria County Fitness Challenge 2017

Pre Register: (http://limitlessracetiming.com/event/78)

Please contact Robin Stuart robinstuart@ns.sympatico.ca for details, or see the schedule at cbtrisports.com

Complete the Englishtown Mussel Fest Run, St. Ann’s Bay Bike Ride and the Dan MacDonald Run and you’ve achieved the 6th Annual Challenge with loads of fun, social, physical activity, refresments, etc.

June 24th, 2017—13th Annual Englishtown Mussel Festival—9:00 am registration for 5 km and 1 km road race; 11:00 am Beaton Institute to discuss our local history in photographs (including ones at our hall); 12:00 noon–6:00 pm Mussels, Lobster dinners & BBQ plus live music inside and out. Come join us. Come lend a hand too.

Englishtown Musselfest Sunday June 24, 2017

For more information contact festival organizers. leonbeth@ns.sympatico .ca .  902 929 2700

The course is beautiful – about as flat as you can get in CB and following the picturesque shore of St. Ann’s Bay. Commencing at the St. Marks Presbyterian Church and proceeding 2.5 km towards the ferry down the Black Head Road and back. Ride starts at noon. Racers and Walkers register 8:30 AM. Festival ends at 6:00PM. It’s a blast to get out and run in a beautiful part of Cape Breton and afterwards join in on the fun of the festival with seafood and music.

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Proudly Supported By Your Partners in Health:
-Englishtown Mussel Fest
-Englishtown Community Hall
-Baddeck Runners Club
-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)
-Victoria County
-Velo Cape Breton
-ACOA
-Destination Cape Breton
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Cape Breton Connect.ca Launched June 16, 2017

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The Direct Route to information about Active Living on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – This is the starting point for families to find physical activity, recreation and sport activities in Victoria County, Inverness, Richmond,  Port Hawkesbury, CBRM and Mi’Kmaw Communities throughout Cape Breton Island #TheDirectRoute

Great initiative of the Cape Breton Connect Partnership! – Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) A Proud Partner of the Cape Breton Connect Partnership which includes Cape Breton’s 5 Municipalities and Mi’Kmaw Communities, NS Department of Communities Culture & Heritage and Sport NS

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Great to have Victoria County Resident Eliot Frosst , VCAN-Victoria County Action Network Implementation Team Member of the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy (Naturally Active for Life Victoria County) speak at the Cape Breton Connect.ca Launch June 16, 2017. Great job Eliot, Thank you for all you have done the past 6 years benefiting residents + visitors! Also,

A Big Thank You to Victoria County Warden Bruce Morrison and Madeline Harvey, National Historic Site and Visitor Experience Manager,  Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site / Parks Canada who were in attendance for the launch at the MacConnell Library in Sydney, Cape Breton!

Cape Breton Connect http://capebretonconnect.ca/ & NS Connect http://www.recreationns.ns.ca/ns-connect/

A collaborative initiative, supported by several partners who are working to create The Direct Route of comprehensive on-line directory of active living opportunities for residents and visitors. The goal of this initiative is to make it easier and more convenient to find out what is going on in Victoria County, Wagmatcook First Nation and across Cape Breton Island.

Cape Breton Connect allows residents & visitors to have access to information on recreation, sport & physical activity at their fingertips!

  • Partners for Your Health

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

-Victoria County

-NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage

-CBRM

-Town of Port Hawkesbury

-Municipalities of the County of Victoria Inverness and Richmond County

-Mi’Kmaw Communities in Cape Breton

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Cape Breton Connect Factsheet:

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  1. Cape Breton Connect is an online database that contains all recreation and sport opportunities in Cape Breton. It is the direct route to information about trails, summer programs, sports, arts and culture and events.
  2.  Cape Breton Connect is managed by a management team that includes representatives from Port Hawkesbury, Richmond County, Potlotek First Nation, Eskasoni First Nation, Membertou First Nation, CBRM, Victoria County, Wagmatcook First Nation, Waycobah First Nation, Inverness County, Sport Nova Scotia and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
  3.  Cape Breton Connect is a part of the Nova Scotia Connect system. Nova Scotia Connect includes databases for 5 regions in the province – Cape Breton, Highland, Fundy, Annapolis Valley and South Shore.
  4.  There are approximately 1000 records presently in the Cape Breton Connect database. Approximately 130 of these records are Mi’kmaw community records.
  5.  Any member of the public can suggest changes to records or suggest new records directly through the system. In this way, we can ensure that the records are as up to date as possible.
  6.  Cape Breton Connect officially launched in June of 2017, after being in development for 2 years. Highland Connect was the first Connect system in the province. It began in 2012.
  7.  Cape Breton Connect has buttons on the main page that take the user directly to all trails, summer programs, community sports, arts and culture and funding opportunities. There is also a button for accessible opportunities in the region.
  8.  The user can choose to search by keyword or browse by category on Cape Breton Connect. The user can specify the geographic area they wish to search.
  9.  There is a map at the bottom of the Cape Breton Connect webpage that links to the other Connect databases in the province. There is also an option to search all of Nova Scotia through the Nova Scotia Connect system.

For further information (Victoria Residents and Visitors Only), please contact: Vince Forrestall , Physical Activity Strategy Coordinator, E-mail: vince.forrestall@countyvictoria.ns.ca / Tel: 902.295.3661 / Fax: 902.295.1864

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Cape Breton Road Runners Update – June 20, 2017

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Athlete Update – June 20th 2017

Hey Athletes

Summer!!  Nice!!  And lots of upcoming events

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1) This Saturday is the Englishtown Mussel Fest 5K.  This is one of the flattest and fastest 5K’s in our area, has gorgeous scenery, and you can stay afterwards for the Mussel Fest itself.  Registration is at https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=103660&owner=1  This is a CBRR points series race!  Remember to sign up for the Roadrunners if you haven’t (online at cbtrisports.com or at the race)  As well, this is event one of the Victoria County Fitness Challenge (see number 2 and number 4 below) https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/canada-day-challenge/

2) Velo CB’s annual Mussel Fest ride around St. Ann’s bay is shortly after the Mussel Fest 5K, starting from the community hall.  All levels of cyclist welcome.  Details at velocapebreton.ca  This is #2 of the Victoria County Fitness Challengehttps://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/canada-day-challenge/ .  The ride is 40Km and non-competitive  (enjoy the scenery and all the brand new pavement with a big shoulder)

3) This Sunday we’ll be doing a fun tri to replace the missing Ingonish Triathlon.  Start time is 11AM at Dalem Lake (Bras D’Or is still too cold to swim in).  Be a little early to get your stuff on.  Bring bug spray.  Change rooms and pit toilets are there (at the provincial park accessed off St. James Road).  We’ll do the run after the swim, around Dalem on the trails (the trail is almost exactly 2.5K around, we’ll do 2 loops).  After the run we’ll head to our cottage 11493 Ross Ferry Rd. and will do the bike from here.  We are 4Km up the road, on the right.  Please park BEFORE the cottage, as we’ll be heading south along the road on bikes and don’t want to block the road past the cottage.  Bring some refreshments and a snack for afterwards if you have some time to stay and chill out.

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4) The annual Baddeck Dan MacDonald Canada Day 10K starts at Baddeck Yacht Club, register starting 8:30, run start 9:30.  Registration link is here: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=103766&owner=1  This is the 3rd and final event in the Victoria County Fitness Challenge https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/events/canada-day-challenge/ , and a CBRR points series race.  Plus, there is no better place to be for Canada150 than Baddeck.  (for anyone who wants to do a multisport workout, contact me about cycling there in the morning from Ross Ferry or somewhere in between)

5) the Marion Bridge 10K is another CB Roadrunners points series event, on the 8th of July.  Details at cbtrisports.com under schedules tab.  This is a longtime fixture of our race series, with a challenging uphill finish and ALWAYS hot.

6) Just to put it on your radar, see below from Troy Bond about a fundraiser swim in Hfx Harbour on Sept 7th.

As usual, any questions please get in touch.  See you at the races!  Don’t forget Tuesday Track every Tuesday, rain-shine-hail-cold-hot (usually we get all in one day here in CB) at 6:30 PM, Atlantic St. Field.

CM – Chris Milburn

CB Roadrunners

www.cbtrisports.com

15 Howe Court, Sydney B1P 0B2 / 902-539-6852 / chris.milburn@ns.sympatico.ca

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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