Cape Breton Island

Tue 31 May 2011 admin Acadien Hiking Trail / Baselayers / Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / cross-country skiing / Franey Hiking Trail / Hiking Boots / Outdoor Gear / Roberts Mountain / Trekking Poles 0 comment / / /

Hiking Challenges for Cape Breton Highlands in 2011

The year 2011 can be declared the year of hiking challenges in the Cape Breton Highlands.  Here are just a few below : 1) The Cape Breton Highlands National Park celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2011 has issued a 75 km hiking challenge from May to October.  You cannot hike on the same...Read more

Tue 31 May 2011 admin Baselayers / Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / Clyburn Valley hiking Trail / Dressing in Layers / gaiters / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hiking Boots / Hiking Tips / Nature & Landscape Photography / Outdoor Gear / Packs / Uncategorized 0 comment / / / /

Tips for the Start of Hiking Season

Generally, the Victoria Day weekend is the start of the hiking season in the Cape Breton Highlands area for many hikers. You can expect wet conditions, some windfalls, cold temps, winds and much more. Here are some tips to get ready for the season: 1) develop a checklist for your hiking equipment,...Read more

Sat 14 May 2011 admin Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / Franey Hiking Trail / gaiters / spring hiking / Trekking Poles 0 comment / / / / / /

Hiking Franey in early May

Spring hiking means wet conditions, streams and brooks to cross, and using your trekking poles and wearing your gaiters. But don’t forget about snow...Franey is one of your classic hikes in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park - incredible views on top and a nice aerobic workout. It was...Read more

Sat 26 Feb 2011 admin 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hiking / Wally Hayes / White Point 0 comment / / / / / / /

Love at First Hike

In 2009, a young lassie, Sophia, from England came to Canada for a year to travel and work.  Her first stop was Hike the Highlands Festival…About midway thru the festival she met a lad from PEI who was studing at University of British Columbia. JF was working at Cape Breton Highlands...Read more

Thu 17 Feb 2011 admin Cape Breton Island / Hike Nova Scotia / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hiking / snowshoeing / Staying Fit in the Winter 0 comment / /

Hike Nova Scotia Announces New Program

In February 2011, Hike Nova Scotia announced its new program – a Hiker Distance Award. Pattern a bit like Hike the Highlands Festival in Cape Breton, the award program provides a lapel pin to people who hike, walk or snowshoe in Nova Scotia. There are three distances 150 km, 250 km and 500...Read more

Thu 06 Jan 2011 admin 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival / 2010 Hike the Highlands Festival / Acadien Hiking Trail / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / cross-country skiing / Fishing Cove Hiking Trail / Franey Hiking Trail / Hike the Highlands / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hike the Highlands Guides / Hiking / Hiking Cape Breton / Hiking Festival / Hiking Tips / Jigging Cove Lake / Le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge / Middlehead Hiking Trail / Nature & Landscape Photography / Photography / plants / Salmon Pool Hiking Trail / Skyline Hiking Trail / snowshoeing 0 comment / / / / / / /

Thanks Marie – Hike the Highlands

Marie Stradeski, a friend and volunteer of Hike the Highlands Festival has left Cape Breton Highlands National Park and is heading for the Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia.  Marie was Heritage Presentation Officer III at Cape Breton Highlands National Park for the past 6 years. She...Read more

Mon 20 Sep 2010 admin 2010 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / Clyburn Valley hiking Trail / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hiking / Hiking Cape Breton / Hiking Festival / Smokey Towers trail 0 comment / /

Day 10 – Smokey Towers & Clyburn Valley

Forty hikers enjoyed the last two hikes of the festival on day 10, Sept 19 at Smokey Towers and Clyburn Valley…..the sun was with us on the last day of the festival. It was a sad day for many us – saying good-byes …the days seemed to go by fast.  Alot of  new friendships were...Read more

Sun 19 Sep 2010 admin 2010 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Island / Cape Smokey Hiking Trail / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hiking Cape Breton / Hiking Festival / Money Point 0 comment / / /

Day 9 – Money Point Light & Cape Smokey Hikes

Heavy rains the day before made conditions on Cape Smokey wet and on Money Point Light tricky with some washouts but 60 plus hikers enjoyed the sunny day. It was nice to see the sun again… Hikers were disappointed to see the conditions left by government officials & contractors who...Read more

Sat 18 Sep 2010 admin 2010 Hike the Highlands Festival / Broad Cove Mountain / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / Dressing in Layers / Fleece Jackets / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hiking / Hiking Boots / Hiking Festival / Hiking Tips / Mid-Layer / Middlehead Hiking Trail / Outdoor Gear / Raingear / Trekking Poles 0 comment / / / / / /

Day 8 – Proud to Walk with Them

Today’s weather forecast was 30-40 mm of rain, heavy at times with winds 20-70 kms… I never thought 40 hikers on Day 8 would show up at 9:00 am. to hike Branch Pond Look-off at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. They showed at Middle Head at 10:00 am and later in the afternoon at...Read more

Fri 17 Sep 2010 admin 2010 Hike the Highlands Festival / Baselayers / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / Dressing in Layers / Fishing Cove Hiking Trail / Fleece Jackets / Hike the Highlands Festival / Hike the Highlands Guides / Hiking / Hiking Boots / Hiking Festival / Hiking Tips / Le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge / Mid-Layer / Skyline Hiking Trail 0 comment / / / / / /

Day 7 – Carry On

It finally happened it rained during hikes on day 7 of Hike the Highlands festival. Despite inclement weather, all three hikes – Skyline, Fishing Cove and Le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge were completed.  The passionate and dedicated hikers were out in full force today. They carried on despite...Read more