Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Thu 15 Sep 2016 Tom Wilson Acadien Hiking Trail / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / CBHNP / Hike the Highlands / Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on Sunny with a Breeze – Great Hiking Conditions / / / / / /

Sunny with a Breeze – Great Hiking Conditions

Today’s weather, sunny with a breeze on Day 5 of Hike the Highlands Festival, provided perfect hiking conditions for the three hikes today. Acadien, Le Buttereau & Le Chemin du Buttereau,  and Cheticamp Gypsum Mine Trail were well attended with over 100 hikers. The Acadien trail  with...Read more

Tue 13 Sep 2016 Tom Wilson Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Franey Hiking Trail / Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on Great Start to Hiking Festival – Day 1 & 2 / / / / / /

Great Start to Hiking Festival – Day 1 & 2

                    The 2016 Hike the Highlands Festival got off to a great start with an evening hike at Jack Pine and opening ceremonies on Day 1;  There were   three hikes on Day 2 that attracted over 100 hiker.  Hikes included a sunrise hike...Read more

Mon 05 Sep 2016 Tom Wilson Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on Aspy Trail – Back Again / / / / /

Aspy Trail – Back Again

  Once a very popular hiking and cross-country ski trail in the 80’s & 90’s , the Aspy Trail seemed to fallen on hard times. It was actually closed for awhile but the Northern Cape Breton Development Society (Top of the Island)  encouraged the Cape Breton Highlands National...Read more

Tue 13 Jan 2015 Tom Wilson Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Hike Nova Scotia / Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on Hike the Highlands – Snowshoe Series / /

Hike the Highlands – Snowshoe Series

Hike the Highlands Festival Society will be hosting three snowshoe hikes this winter(2015) in partnership with Hike Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Watch for the Hike the Highlands Sign for parking area. All hikes start at 10:00 am. 1)  Freshwater Lake – Saturday, Jan....Read more

Mon 12 Jan 2015 Tom Wilson Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Hike Nova Scotia / Hike the Highlands Comments Off on 2015 – A New Year of Challenges / / /

2015 – A New Year of Challenges

I have registered for my first challenge of the new year – 1000 km hiker distance award with Hike Nova Scotia. In this challenge you must walk, snowshoe or hike 1000 km in Nova Scotia.  In past years, I have came close, but close doesn’t count.  Fingers crossed for 2015. I am off to a...Read more

Sat 27 Sep 2014 Tom Wilson 2014 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Highlands National Park Comments Off on Day 10 – Branch Pond Look-off / /

Day 10 – Branch Pond Look-off

  Today was the last hike of the festival – Branch Pond look-off.  This trail 8 plus km takes you into the interior of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in a barren area. You have a great view of Cape Smokey and North Mountains range. Hikers enjoyed a nice warm day on the last...Read more

Sat 27 Sep 2014 Tom Wilson 2014 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Highlands National Park Comments Off on Day 9 – Three Hikes today / / / /

Day 9 – Three Hikes today

Today was a busy day on Day 9 of the Hike the Highlands Festival. Hikers enjoyed 3 hikes today – Ski Cape Smokey -4km,  Aspy -9km and Coastal to Neil’s Harbour beach -2 km.  Ski Cape Smokey is a new hike in 2014 with amazing view at the summit. Aspy received a lot of work […]Read more

Sat 27 Sep 2014 Tom Wilson 2014 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cabot Trail / Cape Breton Highlands National Park Comments Off on Day 7 – Views, Clouds & Moose / / / / / /

Day 7 – Views, Clouds & Moose

Day 7 of Hike the Highlands Festival, featured three great hikes today – Acadien, Le Buttereau, and Sunset hike on Skyline.  Hikers enjoyed the great view at the summit of Acdien and community of Cheticamp. TripAdvisor reviewers rate Acadien hiking trail as one Cheticamp’s top...Read more

Thu 18 Sep 2014 Tom Wilson 2014 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cabot Trail / Cape Breton Highlands National Park Comments Off on Day 6 – Salmon Pools & Fishing Cove Hikes / / /

Day 6 – Salmon Pools & Fishing Cove Hikes

  70 plus Hikers on Salmon Pools and Fishing Cove trails enjoyed perfect hiking conditions on day 6 of the Hike the Highlands Festival.  It was sunny, not too hot and there was a breeze. Hikers enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the Salmon pools trail with guide Daniel Aucoin. The 12.2 km...Read more

Wed 10 Sep 2014 Tom Wilson Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Clyburn Valley hiking Trail Comments Off on Bull Moose and the Rutting Season / / / /

Bull Moose and the Rutting Season

  Did you know the first full moon in September is the start of the rutting season for moose in northern Cape Breton. A number of us learn that last year at Hike the Highlands after returning from our sunset hike.   Not sure what rutting means, well its mating & breeding time for moose....Read more