Hikers Herald: October 2023

Fuel your next hike with a yummy recipe, take part in a fall guided hike, learn about a new member benefit, have input on government consultations and so much more!

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Fuel Your Hikes

We are happy to share a wonderful breakfast recipe with you from our sponsor the Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia. Autumn means full and busy days for many of us so try Overnight oats – Rise and Shine Chocolate Peanut Butter. This hearty and quick option is great before heading out on a hike or easy to pack for a meal on the go. Find the recipe here (sponsored post). 

Fall Guided Hike & Walk Series

Hike Nova Scotia and 16 host organizations offer the 2023 Fall Guided Hike & Walk Series across NS. There are 38 events led by local folks and participants qualify to win trail prizes. They are free or low-cost events and some require pre-registration. We thank our partners on the ground for organizing the events as well as Goose Lane Editions and the NS Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage for their support.

Find details here.

Call for Winter Guided Hikes & Walks

Deadline: December 10

Hike Nova Scotia invites groups across NS to partner with it on delivering guided hike, walk or snowshoe events in winter 2024. Hike NS will help promote events and provide a how-to guide and trail prizes to give away. If your municipality, First Nation or organization can organize a hike, walk or snowshoe event (or already plan to host one), please register your event by December 10, 2023 for events between January 12 and March 17, 2024. 

Register your event here.


Courses & Webinars

Learn more and register here

  • Oct. 28: Trail Maintenance workshop, Musquodoboit Harbour
  • Oct. 30: NS Walks Walk Leader Training, Springhill
  • Nov. 4-5: Navigation Maps & Compass course, Sydney
  • Nov. 15: NS Walks Walk Leader Training, online
  • Nov. 29: Hike Strength Training & Injury Prevention webinar
  • Ongoing: Leave No Trace awareness workshops for groups

Trail Builders Network News

Trail Maintenance Workshop: Oct. 28 Musquodoboit Harbour

Another of Hike NS's trail maintenance workshops will take place on Saturday, October 28 in Musquodoboit Harbour. It is meant to support hiking trail managers including community trail groups, First Nations, municipalities and others. Learn more and register here.

Funding to Support Greening

The Green Cities Foundation's #GreenMyCity Program supports the restoration and building of green spaces. Projects must be located on publicly owned, accessible open spaces in urban Canadian communities, including community gardens, parks or streets, historic green spaces, sports fields, parks, brown spaces, green spaces, school grounds, and gardens. A community could get 50% of costs covered. Learn more here.

Draft NS Built Environment Accessibility Rules Available for Comment

The Government of Nova Scotia is making a Built Environment Accessibility Standard and is asking for your feedback. It aims to address barriers to accessibility in the places people live, work, learn, and play. This includes buildings and outdoor spaces such as trails, parks, and beaches. The deadline to provide feedback is October 30, 2023. Learn more and provide comment here.

New Member Benefit: Tilley

If you're a paid Hike NS member, you get some pretty sweet perks, such as discounts on Hike NS events and courses and discounts at various businesses.

We are happy to announce Tilley as a new member benefit partner. Tilley produces mindfully designed hats, apparel and accessories for Life Out There. All Hike NS members receive 15% off Tilley hats and apparel at Tilley.com with code HIKENS15.

Help Stop Invasive Species

Invasive species are negatively affecting our natural environments. The Invasive Species Council of Nova Scotia can help you learn how to stop the spread of invasive species. You can help prevent their introduction and reduce their spread.

Learn more here.

Notable Upcoming Events

Here are some events from some of our friends and partners!

Give Input on Protected Areas

The Province of Nova Scotia is inviting feedback on the development of a collaborative protected areas strategy to conserve at least 20% of Nova Scotia’s land and water mass by 2030. There is a discussion paper to review and a survey to take (by Oct. 6). Learn more here.

Give Input on Coastal Protection

The Province is consulting with coastal property owners on how to plan and adapt development along the coastline, in response to climate change. The deadline for input is November 7. Input is welcome from all Nova Scotians (not just property owners). Learn more here.

Quick Hiking/Trail News Hits

These are some news hits about hiking and trails.