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 – (Feb. 8, 2019)

1) The 10th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge is now sold out. This event consists of  Teams of 4 members who will hike 3 mountains in one day. They are  1) Cape Smokey , 2) Branch Pond look-off and 3) and Franey for a total of 26.8 km. Registration is now closed. In the last three years, this event was sold out in 6 days.     

2) The 2019 hiking schedule for the 16th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival will be announced shortly.  

3) Subscribe to our regular monthly newsletter and keep up with all the news. Our next newsletter will be coming out shortly, early February 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 2018 schedule of hikes  on the website. There are some new hikes for 2018 as well some come back from the past.

3 Peaks Challenge

3 Peaks Challenge

The 9th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge will take place Saturday, July 21, 2018.   Hike 3 mountains in one day. This event is sold out. Thanks to all the teams for your great support.  2017 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 2017 Group Photos featured