Evening Events and Activities

Join us for our social evenings! -2013

Meet your fellow hikers and relax after a great day on the trails.

Evening presentations begin at 7:00 pm and last an hour. Below is the 2013  program of evening activities.   The 2014 schedule of evening activities is expected be ready by end of April or earlier.


Friday, Sept. 13     –  Opening Ceremonies,  St. John’s Hall , 7 pm.  

Description:   A special evening is being organized to help the festival get off to a great start.  There will be a slideshow of the best photos from the Landscape Photography Workshop,  and the main event – a special show  “A Look at the Past Years of the Hike the Highlands Festival “ – a  collaboration between Wally Hayes & Tom Wilson. There will also be a  a meet and greet with food and  updates on the 2013 Festival.

Saturday, Sept. 14  -   Health, Nutrition and Fitness, St. John’s Hall, 7 pm.

Description -  Learn more about these three important topics in our everyday life and how we can live better.  Presenter – Rychina Williams, Coach, Beachbody, and Guide & Sweep at Hike the Highlands Festival for many years.

Sunday, Sept. 15th  -  The Lastest Trends & Changes of Cape Breton Weather , St. John’s Hall, 7 pm.

Description -  Explore and discover the the lastest trends & changes of Cape Breton Weather with presenter – Bill Danielson, Meteorologist and author of Cape Breton Weather book.

Monday, Sept. 16th – Haunted Hike – Ingonish Beach Area, 7 pm.

Description – As the darkness creeps in, listen for the haunting call of the loon, or will it be one of Ingonish’s ghosts? As the moonbeams glisten on the lake, you will become spellbound by the tales of this place.This hike will be held by a Parks Canada Interpreter.

Tuesday, Sept. 17th -  Hikers Safety and  Latest Research on Coyotes in Cape Breton Highlands National Park,  CBHNP Visitor Information Centre, 7 pm.

Description – Presenter Eric Muntz, Project Co-ordinator, Coyote Research Project, CBHNP, will provide an interesting presentation of the research findings to-date and what has been learned as well hikers safety.

Wednesday, Sept. 18th – Sunset Hike, Skyline Trail, 5:00 pm.

Description : Immerse yourself in nature’s masterpiece where the mountains truly meet the sea. You will be led through the boreal forest to witness a breathtaking sunset over the Atlantic Ocean 400 metres below. Don’t forget your camera: bald eagles, moose and whales often make an appearance.

Thursday, Sept. 19th -   Enjoy – Night Off

Friday, Sept. 20th – Social Evening , Legion 7 pm.

Entertainment tonight beginning at 7 pm. with Gladstone and friends. Enjoy a relaxing evening with your new and old hiker friends.

Saturday, Sept. 21 – Closing Ceremonies – 10th Anniversary , St. John’s Hall, 5:30 pm.

Description – A special evening to highlight and thank  hikers, sponsors & partners of 2013 Hike the Highlands Festival. There will be a supper as well  Presentation of the  Hiker Distance Awards,  Door prizes  and the 2013 Closing Show.

Other Activities to do in the area:
1) Whale watching in Ingonish, Neil’s Harbour, Bay St. Lawrence, Pleasant Bay and Cheticamp. The Whale Interpretative Centre in Pleasant Bay is open 9-5 each day.
2) Visit Museums – North Highlands Community Museum, Cape North, St. Paul’s Lighthouse Museum, Dingwall, and Les Trois Pignons in Cheticamp,
3) Golf – Highlands Links in Ingonish Beach or Le Portage in Cheticamp
4) Enjoy the beaches at Ingonish Beach, Black Brook, North Bay, Neil’s Harbour, Cabot Landing Beach, Pleasant Bay & Cheticamp.
5) Kayaking – rent or take tours
6) Visit our artisans studios & craft shops in our communities
7) Enjoy evening entertainment in Ingonish & Cheticamp.