A Fall Hiking Festival in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands.

Hike the Highlands Festival
September 11-20, 2015
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. 30, 2015 )


Snowshoeing with poles is a great aerobic workout burning on average 600 calories per workout

Snowshoeing with poles is a great aerobic workout burning on average 600 calories per workout

  1) The Hike the Highlands are please to announce our 2015 Snowshoe Series involving three snowshoes hikes this winter in partnership with Hike NS and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

       They are :

a) Freshwater Lake – Saturday, Jan. 31st –  Please note this is event is cancelled due to the weather forecast - snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and rain. It will be re-scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7th  (Admin & Visitor Centre)
b) Black Brook – Saturday, February 28     ( Black brook Campground)
c) South Mountain, Saturday, March 14th    (Paquette’s Lake)

     All snowshoe hikes begin at 10:00 am.  Watch for the Hike the Highlands sign for the parking area

2) Hike the Highlands Festival now has a song thanks to the generosity of fellow hiker Terry Smith.   This song was performed at the Closing ceremonies and received a standing ovation. The song was later recorded, photos added and a video developed for youtube .

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Come Hike with Us!

Hiking Cape Breton Highlands

A Great Line-up of Hikes

The festival is currently working on the 2015 schedule of hikes. Expect the hiking schedule to be announced in early December.

3 Peaks Challenge

3 Peaks Challenge

The 6th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge will take place July 18, 2015. This event involves hiking 3 Mtns. in one day. The3 mountain to hike in 2015 are expected to be announced in early December.


Smokey Towers


A tradition started by our guide Lisa Dixon, each hike we ask everybody to get together for a group photo. Here are this year’s (2014) group photos.