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Mon 02 Mar 2009 admin 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival / Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Hike the Highlands / Hiking Boots / Hiking Tips 1 comment / / / / /

Backpacker 2009 Gear Guide is out – Editors’ Choice Awards

The April 2009 issue of Backpacker magazine is out which features the Annual Gear Guide. This year Backpacker magazine features 521 reviews and skills. Of course there are the Editors’ Choice Awards, my favorite section,  as well the 10 page skills guide. The Annual gear guide looks at...Read more

Mon 23 Feb 2009 admin Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / Cape St. Lawrence Hike / CBHNP / Hike the Highlands / Hike the Highlands Guides / Hiking / Hiking Boots / Hiking Cape Breton / Hiking Festival / Middlehead Hiking Trail / Nordic Walking / Nordic Walking Poles / North River Big Falls / North River Provinicial Park / Red Island Guided Walk / Red ISland Hiking Trail / Salmon Pool Hiking Trail / Skyline Hiking Trail / Sugarloaf Mountain Trail / Trekking / Victoria County Hiking Trails 0 comment / / / / / / / / / / / / / /

Hike the Highlands 2009 Hiking Schedule Announced

The hiking schedule for the 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival has been announced and it includes nine new hikes.  They include White Point to Burnt Head, Coastal, Lone Sheiling, MacIntosh Brook, Robert’s Mountain, Red River to Black Brook, Red River to Otter Brook, Le Chemin du Buttereau,...Read more

Sun 08 Feb 2009 admin Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Hike the Highlands / Uncategorized 0 comment / / / / / / /

Wildlife & Birds in The Highlands

With eight winter storms to date,  it has been an interesting winter here on Cape Breton Island.  The last couple of weeks have been great seeing  birds and animals.  Michelle Sears from Halifax started things off by saying  she saw a Auk at Englishtown Ferry – see pic 2 below. Then...Read more

Sun 30 Nov 2008 admin Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Hike the Highlands / Hike the Highlands Guides / Hiking / Hiking Cape Breton / Hiking Festival / Victoria County Hiking Trails 0 comment / / / /

Hike the Highlands – A Nova Scotia Must

Hiker Trish McCormick recently informed me that Hike the Highlands Festival has been recognized as a Nova Scotia Must by Allan Lynch in his new book (2008) ” Nova Scotia – Book of Musts -” the 101 Places every Nova Scotian Must See”.   Trish is one of Hike the Highlands...Read more

Sun 23 Nov 2008 admin Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / Hike the Highlands / Hiking / Hiking Cape Breton / Victoria County Hiking Trails 0 comment / / / /

Great Horned Owl

Sometimes you get lucky when you are hiking and see some amazing flora and fauna. My wife took her sister’s dog Bailey for a walk recently on the Clyburn Valley Hiking trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park and came across a Great Horned Owl.  Generally you hear an owl before seeing...Read more

Fri 07 Nov 2008 admin Cape Breton Island / Hike the Highlands / Hiking / Hiking Cape Breton / Hiking Festival / Victoria County Hiking Trails 0 comment / /

Red Island Hiking Trail – Loses a Great Volunteer, Leader & Friend

Red Island Hiking Trail lost one of its great volunteers, leader and friend recently, John Graham MacInnes, who died at the age of 61.  John Graham was a tireless volunteer in the community, a municipal councillor for 23 years who held the positions of Deputy Warden and Warden for the...Read more

Wed 05 Nov 2008 admin Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / CBHNP / Hike the Highlands / Hiking / Hiking Cape Breton / Hiking Festival / Victoria County Hiking Trails 0 comment / / / / / / /

2008 Hike the Highlands Festival Photo Contest Winners

The judges have reviewed all the great photo entries and have made their decisions on the winning photos of the 2008 Hike the Highlands Photo Contest. There are five categories – Fauna, Flora, Humour, People and Scenery. The 1st place winners will receive a free 2009 Hike the Highlands Pass...Read more

Mon 15 Sep 2008 admin Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / Hike the Highlands / Hike the Highlands Guides / Hiking Cape Breton / Victoria County Hiking Trails 0 comment / / / / / / / /

Day 4, Sept 15, 2008 – Hike the Highlands Festival

Despite an overcast day and high winds – 50-70 kms, day four of Hike the Highlands Festival,  Sept. 15th, turned out to be amazing hiking day with lots of sun.  Day four hikes included Sugarloaf Mountain, NHN Trail and White Point. The day ended with a bonfire and weiner roast at Black...Read more

Mon 15 Sep 2008 admin Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / Hike the Highlands / Hike the Highlands Guides / Hiking Cape Breton / Hiking Festival / Victoria County Hiking Trails 1 comment / / / / /

Money Point and Broad Cove Hikes – Great Views

Some nice weather and great views provided 3rd day of Hike the Highlands Festival with memorable hikes at Money Point and Broad Cove. Sixty hikers were on the trails today. Special thanks to Guide Jocelyne Quann and Sweeps Lyndia Stepanovic and Brendan Tweig for a great job on Broad Cove and to...Read more

Sat 30 Aug 2008 admin Cape Breton Highlands National Park / Cape Breton Island / Hike the Highlands / Hiking Cape Breton / Victoria County Hiking Trails 0 comment / / / / / / /

Clyburn Valley Hike is back in 2008

One of my favorite all time hikes has always been the Clyburn Valley Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  It is a trail for all seasons as the trail is groomed for cross country skiing in the winter. One winter,  I was very lucky and saw a rare snowy owl on this trail just before the...Read more