92. Take a Hike – Cape Breton
There aren’t a lot of places that host hiking festivals, but it’s the gregarious nature of Nova Scotians that we just can’t help ourselves when it comes to organizing a celebration.
This time we celebrate the hills and hues of Cape Breton with a 10-day Hike the Highlands Festival. While the word “hike” can sound intimidating to people sat at a computer, this festival is organized to celebrate all abilities and interests.
Hike The Highlands Festival offers 24 guided hikes ranging from 1.7 kms in distance (roughly 40 minutes hiking) to 18 kms (lasting 7 hours). If you go, you don’t have to do all of them. It’s a mix-and-match situation. There are also some self-guided hikes for those who like a more unstructured trek.
The festival also has scheduled après-hike activities, like nature talks and moonlight bonfires. And for those who feel they’ve earned a reward after all that exercise, several island resorts offer hiking packages.
In 2013 The Hike the Highlands festival takes place September 13-22. For the latest information and registration, click on: hikethehighlandsfestival.com.
For information about the new 400-km-long Cape Trail, click on capetocapetrail.ca. For information about hiking and hiking clubs in Nova Scotia, check out: hikenovascotia.ca.
Excerpted from The Nova Scotia Book of MUSTS, the 101 Places Every Nova Scotian MUST See (MacIntyre Purcell Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9784784-2-1) the first travel guide to Nova Scotia for Nova Scotians and by a Nova Scotian.