Hikers Herald: December 2023

Get gift ideas for the hikers on your list, learn about a new member benefit, start earning a new hiker challenge badge, let the government know what you think and more!

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Perfect Holiday Gift Ideas for Any Hiker! 

Do you have a hiker or potential hiker on your gift list this year? If yes, then Hike NS has got you covered with lots of gift ideas this holiday season. Check out our gift options and find the perfect gift for any hiker. Read the full posting here.

New Pictou County Coast Badge

Hike Nova Scotia, the Town of Pictou and the Municipality of Pictou County launched the new Pictou County Coast badge as part of the Hiker Challenge. The badge costs $5 for Hike NS paid members and $7.50 for non-members. It challenges you to hike a total of 25 km along certain coastal trails and beach walks within a year. Learn more here.

New Member Benefit: Mountain Equipment Company, Halifax

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 Mountain Equipment Company as a new member benefit partner. Hike NS members receive a 15% discount with proof of membership on all full price products and clearance products, with some exceptions as noted: gift cards, bulk orders, limited time deals, online purchases, and services: rentals, repairs, bike or ski services. Discount cannot be applied to prior purchases or combined with other discounts or offers, such as package discounts, price matching or staff discount. Receive a $1.00 off voucher for indoor parking at MetroPark. Offer is only valid in-store at the Halifax MEC location: 1550 Granville Street, Halifax.

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.


Trail Builders Network News

Tip Sheets to Remove Accessibility Barriers

Tourism NS has several tip sheets that are applicable to trails to help you make your trails more accessible and welcoming to those with disabilities. Check them out here. Of particular interest are the Access and Inclusion for Visitors with Disabilities sheet and the Activities, Festivals, & Events Sector sheet.

Trail Maintenance Workshops a Success

We wrapped up our successful Trail Maintenance workshops geared for community trail group volunteers and others in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Fiona. We held four workshops in Pugwash, Antigonish, Sydney and Musquodoboit Harbour for a total of 49 participants. The workshops were supported by NSLC For the Good of Our Community Fund as well as the NS Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage.

World Trails Conference Coming to Canada

Hosted by the Trans Canada Trail in Ottawa, the World Trails Conference will be held from September 30 to October 3, 2024. It is a global gathering of trail experts, trail managers and builders, trail destinations, enthusiasts and academics. This year’s theme is Connecting People, Places and the Planet. Learn more here. 

Online Auction Thanks

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who participated in our 2023 Hiking for the Holidays online auction in November, especially the winning bidders. During this annual fundraiser, you helped us raise $2,417.00 for Hike Nova Scotia’s work!

Special thanks go out to the following supporters for donating auction items:

The Trail Shop

Goose Lane Editions


Mountain Equipment Company

Tell the Province to Amend the Provincial Parks Act

In light of threats to Owls Head and West Mabou Beach Provincial Park, the Ecology Action Centre is calling on the Province to amend the Provincial Parks Act to ensure that Nova Scotia’s parks and protected areas will stay protected. Add your voice here

Take Part in NS Wetlands Survey

Help the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute better understand public knowledge and awareness of wetlands in Nova Scotia by participating in its survey. It takes less than five minutes and you can enter a draw for a chance to win some prizes! Take the survey here.

Quick Hiking/Trail News Hits

These are some news hits about hiking and trails.

N.S. Government designates Carters Beach as provincial park

Where are Nova Scotia's best beaches? This man visited 149 to find the answer

Consultation complete but still no timeline on proclaiming Coastal Protection Act

Meet the B.C. beetles on a cross-country mission to save Nova Scotia's hemlocks

Hike Nova Scotia adds a new badge to its Hiker Challenge

The long work of studying Nova Scotia's small owls