A Fall Hiking Festival in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands.

Hike the Highlands Festival
September 8-17, 2017
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 – (Sept 20, 2016  )

1) Thank-you to the following for making 2016 Hike the Highlands Festival, Sept. 9-18,  a great success:

a) A big thank-you to an amazing bunch of hikers who participated in this year’s festival.
b) Thanks to our 40 plus volunteer team for their great committment & time to Hike the Highlands and for helping us run a well organized festival.
c) Thanks to our partners – ACOA, Municipality of Victoria County, DCBA, NS Dept. of Community, Culture & Heritage, and Cape Breton Highlands National Park for their important contributions to the festival.
A special thanks to all our sponsors for their important contributions to the festival. They include Ingonish Home Hardware, Neil’s Harbour Pharmasave, Neil’s Harbour Co-op, Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Company, Ingonish Gift Company, Doucette’s Variety, Donovan’s Rona, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Ingonish Irving, Notorius, Main Street Restaurant & Bakery, Andrew’s Pizza, Seagull Restaurant, Ingonish Outdoor Store, Coastal Waters Restaurant, Lynn’s Craft & Chris Gorey Gallerry & Book Nook, Freshmart, and Perwinkle Cafe & Salty Rose’s Art & Craft.

2) The 2016 Photo Contest is now open– Hikers that participated in this year’s festival can submit one photo in each of the following categories:  Flora, Fauna, People, Scenery, and Humour.  Photos cannot be any bigger than 2 meg. Deadline to submit  photos is Saturday, October 1st to

3) Subscribe to our regular monthly newsletter and keep up with all the news. Our next newsletter will be coming out late September  2016.  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 2016 schedule of hikes is now up on the website. There are some new hikes for 2016 as well some back from the past.

3 Peaks Challenge

3 Peaks Challenge

The 7th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge has now been completed. This event involved hiking 3 Mtns. in one day. 2016 Photos to be uploaded by late July.


Smokey Towers


A tradition started by our guide Lisa Dixon, each hike we ask everybody to get together for a group photo. Here are last year’s (2015) group photos.