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 – (August 6, 2018)

1) Online registration is open for the 15th Anniversary of Hike the Highlands Festival – Sept.14-23,2018.  The first 100 hikers who register online will receive a special gift from the festival. 

2) An Outdoor & Nature Photography Workshop will be held Sept. 13-14 with Wally Hayes, one of Canada’s best professional photographers and world-renowned for his Wally Vision Shows. For more info on the workshop & registration details click here. 

3) Subscribe to our regular monthly newsletter and keep up with all the news. Our next newsletter will be coming shortly –  July 2018.  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 2018 schedule of hikes  on the website. There are some new hikes for 2018 as well some come back from the past. 


3 Peaks Challenge

3 Peaks Challenge

The 9th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge will take place Saturday, July 21, 2018.   Hike 3 mountains in one day. This event is sold out. 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