A Fall Hiking Festival in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands.

Hike the Highlands Festival
September 14-23, 2018
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

A ten day hiking festival on the Cabot Trail and Northern Cape Breton that features guided hikes, evening activities & presentations, the hiker distance award, opening & closing ceremonies and a photo contest.

Festival Updates & News – (Jan.4, 2018)

1) In 2018, Hike the Highlands will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary of its hiking festival.   Our first announcement – Hike the Highlands will doing a Snowshoe series in 2018 involving three hikes – Paquette’s Lake (Mica Hill), White Point and Warren Lake.  Click here for details on the snowshoe series events.

2) The 2017 Photo Contest winners have been announced in the five categories – Fauna, Flora, Humour, People and Scenery. Check out the winning photos here

3) The Fall Colours in the highlands have been amazing this year, lasting for most of October. Check out the new video on Cape Breton Highlands National ParkGreat drone video by Brinton Photography

4) Subscribe to our regular monthly newsletter and keep up with all the news. Our next newsletter will be coming early November 2017.  Please note when you subscribe to our newsletter, you will get another e-mail a bit later asking you to confirm. The festival is following Canada’s Anti-Spam guidelines & regulations approved in 2014 


Come Hike with Us!

Hiking Cape Breton Highlands

A Great Line-up of Hikes

 The 2017 schedule of hikes  on the website. There are some new hikes for 2017 as well some back from the past. 2018 schedule coming soon.

3 Peaks Challenge

3 Peaks Challenge

The 8th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge took  place Saturday, July 15, 2017.   Hike 3 mountains in one day. Thanks to all the teams for your great support.  2017 event photos. 


Smokey Towers


A tradition started by our guide co-ordinator, Lisa Dixon, each hike we ask everybody to get together for a group photo. Here are 2017 Group Photos featured