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

Tue 13 Sep 2016 Tom Wilson Cape St. Lawrence Hike / Hike the Highlands Festival / Meat Cove Mountain Comments Off on Meat Cove Welcomes Hikers / / / / / / / /

Meat Cove Welcomes Hikers

                        Meat Cove Welcome Centre was the venue for Day 3 hikes during Hike the Highlands Festival.  Over 100 hikers enjoyed the three hikes – Cape St. Lawrence (photo below),  Meat Cove Mountain ( photo above) and...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

Thu 17 Sep 2015 Tom Wilson 2015 Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on Day 6 – Pleasant Bay / / / / /

Day 6 – Pleasant Bay

Today the hiking festival moved to the small community of Pleasant Bay with 70 plus hikers enjoying trails at 1) Otter Brook, halfway to Pollett’s Cove,  2) Roberts Mountain – a steep trail with an elevation of 1126 feet, and 3) MacIntosh Brook – a short trail, 1.7 km,  with a...Read more

Wed 16 Sep 2015 Tom Wilson 2015 Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on Day 5 – Cheticamp Area / / / / / / / /

Day 5 – Cheticamp Area

The weather cooperated nicely with just a few sprinkles on Day 5 of Hike the Highlands Festival.  100 plus hikers enjoyed three trails – Skyline (loop) , Le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge and Corney Brook on the west side of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. In the evening,  hikers were...Read more

Tue 15 Sep 2015 Tom Wilson Uncategorized Comments Off on Day 4 – Meat Cove / / / /

Day 4 – Meat Cove

The community of Meat Cove was the centre of attention in Day 4 of Hike the Highlands Festival.  58 hikers enjoyed the three hikes today- Lowland Cove, Meat Cove Mountain and  Little Grassy & the boardwalk. A little drizzle to start the day off but nothing to damper the spirits of fellow...Read more

Mon 14 Sep 2015 Tom Wilson 2015 Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on Day 3 – Mountains & Cabot Landing / / / / /

Day 3 – Mountains & Cabot Landing

  Today’s hikes involved some great scenery on Tenerife Mountain and Money Point Gulch along with a relaxing walk along the 4 mile beach at Cabot Landing Provincial Park at Sugar Loaf.  Over 100 hikers enjoyed the three hikes in a region called Top of the Island along the Cabot Trail....Read more

Sun 13 Sep 2015 Tom Wilson 2015 Hike the Highlands Festival Comments Off on Day 2 – Middle Head and Mica Hill

Day 2 – Middle Head and Mica Hill

Hikers were strong and resilient on Day 2 of Hike the Highlands Festival (2015) facing rain, fog, mud and wasps.  The day began with a sunrise hike on Middle Head hiking trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Fog, clouds and rain kept the sun away but we did see a light in a spruce tree...Read more