Cape Breton Island

Sun 24 Mar 2013 Tom Wilson Cape Breton Island / Hike the Highlands / snowshoeing Comments Off on Bay Road Valley Snowshoe Hike / / /

Bay Road Valley Snowshoe Hike

Early expectations of this snowshoe hike did not disappoint. The Bay Road Valley snowshoe hike provided incredible scenery and views. Twenty people enjoyed this special place.  It was last snowshoe of the year for Hike the Highlands and it will be certainly be remembered. Our guide provided us...Read more

Mon 25 Feb 2013 Tom Wilson Cabot Trail / Cape Breton Island / Photography / Red ISland Hiking Trail / snowshoeing Comments Off on Red Island Trail – Snowshoe Hike, Feb 16th / / /

Red Island Trail – Snowshoe Hike, Feb 16th

One of my favorite trails for snowshoeing in the winter is the Red Island Trail at Indian Brook, along the Cabot Trail in Victoria County. Why ?  Because it is nearby, 4km long, but provides you with 3 bodies of water – Barachois River, Atlantic Ocean and MacDonald’s pond and lots of...Read more

Mon 28 May 2012 Tom Wilson Cabot Trail / Cape Breton Island / Cape Smokey Hiking Trail / Hike the Highlands Festival / Trekking Poles Comments Off on Cape Smokey Trail – Great Coastal Scenery / / / / / /

Cape Smokey Trail – Great Coastal Scenery

With eight look-offs, Cape Smokey hiking trail provides the visitor with some amazing coastal scenery of the North Shore, Atlantic Ocean, and Ingonish area. This 11 km in and out trail located in a provincial park along the Cabot Trail, takes approximately 3 -4 hours to complete depending on your...Read more

Sun 01 Apr 2012 Tom Wilson Cabot Trail / Cape Breton Island / Dressing in Layers / Fleece Jackets / gaiters / Outdoor Gear / Photography / Red ISland Hiking Trail / Trekking Poles Comments Off on Spring Hiking – Red Island Trail / / / / / /

Spring Hiking – Red Island Trail

Like most hikers at this time of the year, it is hard to say no when the warm weather hits and its a beautiful day out there.  Off we went to the Red Island trail, Indian Brook, on Cabot Trail.  There was alot of discussion – will there be snow on the trail, can we […]Read more

Thu 15 Sep 2011 Tom Wilson 2011 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / Fishing Cove Hiking Trail / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hike the Highlands Guides / Pollett's Cove / Salmon Pool Hiking Trail / Skyline Hiking Trail Comments Off on Day 6 – Records Fall / / / / / / / /

Day 6 – Records Fall

It was a day when records fell and hikers were out in big numbers at Salmon Pools, Le Buttereau & le Chemin du Buttereau and Skyline hikes. The Skyline hike had the most hikers on any hike since the festival started 8 years ago with 75 plus. The total day of hikers was another record....Read more

Sun 11 Sep 2011 Tom Wilson 2011 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Island / gaiters / Nature & Landscape Photography / Raingear / Sugarloaf Mountain Trail / Wally Hayes / White Point Comments Off on Day 2 – White Point & Sugar Loaf hikes / / / / / / /

Day 2 – White Point & Sugar Loaf hikes

Close to 100 hikers enjoyed the hikes on Day 2 of 2011  Hike the Highlands Festival at White Point and Sugar Loaf . It was a day to enjoy great coastal scenery,  a climb up a steep mountain and to prepare you with some wet weather. White Point hike provided great coastal scenery, the history...Read more

Thu 04 Aug 2011 Tom Wilson 2011 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / Dressing in Layers / Hiking Boots / Hiking Tips / Packs / Trekking Poles Comments Off on Some Tips to Help You Plan & Prepare for Upcoming Hike the Highlands / / / / / / / / / / / /

Some Tips to Help You Plan & Prepare for Upcoming Hike the Highlands

With just 5 weeks away, it is time to start planning and preparing for the Hike the Highlands Festival, Sept. 9-18, 2011.  Here are some tips: 1) Determine your Hikes  – Review the list of hikes scheduled ie. trail description, photos & map. Determine the ones you would like to do and...Read more

Mon 18 Jul 2011 Tom Wilson 2011 Hike the Highlands Festival / Acadien Hiking Trail / Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / Franey Hiking Trail / Hike the Highlands Festival / Roberts Mountain Comments Off on When you Believe, A Challenge is Attainable / / / / / / / / /

When you Believe, A Challenge is Attainable

Eighteen teams believed and took the challenge on – hiking three mountains in one day at the Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge, July 16th.  They all made it in safely and the organizers, Hike the Highlands Festival Society, are extremely proud of their accomplishments. Thanks to all...Read more

Mon 06 Jun 2011 Tom Wilson Cape Breton Island / Cape Smokey Hiking Trail / Hiking / Hiking Boots / Hiking Cape Breton / Hiking Tips / NS Provincial Hiking Trails Comments Off on Hiking above the Clouds – Cape Smokey / / /

Hiking above the Clouds – Cape Smokey

On International Trails Day, Saturday, June 4th, we hiked the Cape Smokey hiking trail , a 11km seacoast trail that features a number of scenic look-offs – seven in total.  The look-offs are located over 900 feet from water on high granite cliffs. Besides the hike today, our tasks were to...Read more