Great Start on Day 1

September 8, 2017 By Tom Wilson Broad Cove Mountain

Broad Cove Mountain, Day 1 Hike the Highlands Festival 2017








Photo Credit – Jenny Symes

The 14th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival, Sept. 8-17, 2017,  got off to great start with a hike to Broad Cove Mountain on Day 1 in the evening. This hike provided an amazing panoramic view of North Ingonish to Cape Smokey. It is one of the best views in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Hikers came back to enjoy the opening ceremonies at the festival headquarters, St. John’s Hall. The opening ceremonies provided an overview of the festival, guides & sweeps, trails & weather updates and much more.

Day 2 hikes featured are a sunrise hike to Neil’s Harbour Beach, a hike to Branch Pond and finally the Jack Pine trail. The weather is cooperating nicely tomorrow and the day will end with a presentation on hiking in the Lake District, UK, by Craig Smith. The Lake District was in the news recently as it was a named a UNESCO World Heritage site. 


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