Hike NS is launching a new way to walk: NS Walks, which will support local community-based walking groups. We are looking for volunteers interested in leading gentle, fun, friendly regularly scheduled walks for people who are currently less active. We will provide free walk leader training to give you the skills and confidence to lead these walks. Leader training will be held on Tuesday, March 30 (registration deadline Mar. 24). Learn more and register at www.nswalks.ca.
Hiking Summit Postponed to 2022
Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Hiking Summit, originally planned for this June, has been postponed by one year and will take place in Chéticamp from June 3 to 5, 2022. The dedicated volunteers of the Hiking Summit Committee can’t wait to see you in Chéticamp in 2022! Learn more here.
Intro to Hiking Webinar: Mar. 23
Hike Nova Scotia and Popeye's Supplements will offer an Intro to Hiking webinar at 7 pm on March 23 for new and novice hikers. The cost is $20 (free for Hike NS paid members). Non-members receive a free one-year individual membership. Learn more and register.
Hiker Challenge Prize Winners
A prize draw for the Hiker Challenge was held on March 1, 2021 for those who earned badges this winter. Congratulations to the winners of gift cards generously provided by The Trail Shop Halifax:
$100 gift card: Sean Meister, Rhodes Corner
$50 gift card: Heather Beaton, Stellarton
$25 gift card: Gayle Zaunscherb, Lunenburg
The application deadline for badges earned this spring is May 31 for the June prize draw!
The NS government is inviting Nova Scotians to provide their input on 12 new proposed provincial parks and wilderness areas. The deadline for input is April 13. Learn more and have your say.
Why do you hike?
By guest blogger William “Whistler” Monk
A question for the ages, “Why do you hike”? If you lined up one hundred hikers you would likely get one hundred varied responses. As a long-distance hiker who has successfully thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT) and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), I asked myself that very question. Read the full blog here.
Funding for Trail Groups
For groups developing trails in NS, here are some opportunities: