A Fall Hiking Festival in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands.

Hike the Highlands Festival
September 13-22, 2019
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

A ten-day hiking festival on the Cabot Trail and Northern Cape Breton that features guided hikes, evening activities & presentations, the hiker distance award, opening & closing ceremonies and a photo contest.

Festival Updates & News – (July 16, 2019)

1) Online Registration for the 16th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival is open. This is a two step process, 1) hikers register for their hikes first and then 2) pay online. 

2) the 10th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge is scheduled this coming weekend – July 20 with 24 teams participating. The event is sold out. Each team  will hike 3 mountains in one day, approximately 27 km.

3) The 2019 hiking schedule for the 16th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival is now finalized and available online. Photos of the trails will be added later soon.

4) Subscribe to our regular monthly newsletter and keep up with all the news. Our next newsletter will be coming out shortly, late July 2019.  Please note when you subscribe to our newsletter, you will get another e-mail a bit later asking you to confirm. The festival is following Canada’s Anti-Spam guidelines & regulations approved in 2014 

Come Hike with Us!

Hiking Cape Breton Highlands

A Great Line-up of Hikes

 The 2019 schedule of hikes  on the website. There are some new hikes for 2019 as well some come back from the past.

3 Peaks Challenge

3 Peaks Challenge

The 10th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge will take place Saturday, July 20, 2019.   Hike 3 mountains in one day. This event is sold out. Thanks to all the teams for your great support.  2018 event photos.

Smokey Towers


A tradition started by our guide co-ordinator, Lisa Dixon, each hike we ask everybody to get together for a group photo. Here are 2018 Family Photos featured