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 – (Sept.24, 2018)

1) A very big Thank-you to all the hikers, volunteers, partners and sponsors for making our 15th Anniversary of Hike the Highlands Festival – Sept. 14-23, 2018, a great success. This year’s festival attracted hikers from across Canada, United States, Germany and Sweden. 

2) Thank-you to our partners and sponsors: – Partners include – Cape Breton Highlands National Park,  Destination Cape Breton,  ACOA, and Municipality of the County of Victoria.   Sponsors include – Ingonish Home Hardware, Doucette’s variety store, Salty Roses & Periwinkle Cafe, Main Street Restaurant, Coastal Waters Restaurant, Seagull Restaurant, Neil’s Harbour Co-op, Neil’s Harbour Pharmachoice, Foodwood PEI, Ingonish Freshmart, Ingonish Irving, Highland Fling, Rona, Knotilus, and Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Bean Barn Cafe, Scotia Bank, Deron Donovan and Not Since Moses Run. All your contributions made this festival a success. 

3) Subscribe to our regular monthly newsletter and keep up with all the news. Our next newsletter will be coming out shortly, end of September 2018.  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