Posts Tagged ‘Cape Breton Highlands National Park’

Mon 19 Sep 2016 Tom Wilson 2016 Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on Clyburn Valley / /

Clyburn Valley

                      The last day of the Hike the Highlands Festival featured the Clyburn Valley hike . Nineteen hikers enjoy this peaceful and serene walk thru hardwood stands along the Clyburn River. You will also pass by the Highlands Links...Read more

Mon 19 Sep 2016 Tom Wilson 2016 Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on Mica Hill & White Point / / /

Mica Hill & White Point

                  Mica Hill and White Point were the featured hikes on Day 9 of the 2016 Hike the Highlands Festival.  Sunny conditions provided a few sun burns today. Mica Hill hiking trail takes you thru an Acadian Mixed Forest up to wind swept...Read more

Mon 19 Sep 2016 Tom Wilson 2016 Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on North River Falls – A True Adventure / / / / / / /

North River Falls – A True Adventure

  Hiking to Nova Scotia’s highest waterfalls, North River, at 105 feet was the highlight for many hikers on Day 8 (Sept. 16,) of the 2016 Hike the Highlands Festival. The 18 km return trail in a wilderness area, provides a true adventure especially past the middle section with ups and...Read more

Mon 19 Sep 2016 Tom Wilson 2016 Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on Cool & Windy on Money Point Gulch / / / /

Cool & Windy on Money Point Gulch

                      Cool and windy conditions provided a memorable experience for hikers as they ventured out on the peak of Money Point Gulch.  30 – 50 km winds made for short steps and a wide stance. Hikes on Day 7, (Sept. 14,...Read more

Mon 19 Sep 2016 Tom Wilson 2016 Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on A new hike – Foxback Trail / / / / / /

A new hike – Foxback Trail

                        Day 6 of the festival had over 70 plus hikers enjoyed the Skyline Trail, Foxback Trail and MacIntosh Brook. A new hike Foxback trail located in Pleasant Bay provided some amazing views of mountains as well the...Read more

Wed 14 Sep 2016 Tom Wilson Hike the Highlands / Hike the Highlands Festival / Northern Cape Breton Comments Off on Aspy Trail – Most Popular Hike / / / / / /

Aspy Trail – Most Popular Hike

                  Photo credit – Marcel Arsenault The Aspy Trail & Beulach Ban Falls continues to be the most popular hiking trail during the 2016 Hike the Highlands Festival. Hikers enjoyed the peace and tranquility this trail offered and the...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

Fri 18 Sep 2015 Tom Wilson 2015 Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on Day 7 – Sun is Back / / / / / /

Day 7 – Sun is Back

  The big news on Day 7 – the sun was back. The morning started out chilly at 12 degrees but soon warmed up to a high of 27 degrees. Three hikes today – Branch Pond (14 km), Branch Pond Look-off (8.4 km) and White Point Sunset Hike (4 km). Day 8 hikes are – […]Read more

Sun 17 May 2015 Tom Wilson spring hiking Comments Off on 10 Tips for Spring Hiking / / / / / /

10 Tips for Spring Hiking

I have learned over the years several lessons and tips to being prepared for spring hiking especially in the highlands of Cape Breton. They are: 1) Expect snow in May on trails, 2) expect high streams and difficult wet crossings. 3) Use hiking or trekking poles for balance and stability. 4) Wear...Read more