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CBHNP Receives Certificate of Appreciation

At the recent Cabot Trail Tourism Solutions Conference at Keltic Lodge,  Cape Breton Highlands National Park were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for their valuable contributions as a partner for the 2007 Hike the Highlands Festival.  In the picture above are – Jocelyne Quann, Park Interpreter,  Marie Stradeski,  Manager of Heritage Presentations,  Tom C. Wilson, Chair, Hike the Highlands Festival Society, Elaine Wallace, Chief of Visitor Services, and Heather Dixon, Marketing and Information Officer.

“Cape Breton Highlands National Park were a tremendous partner in this year’s festival” says Tom C. Wilson, Hike the Highlands Festival Society, “and their involvement played a major role in the success of it.”  The Cape Breton Highlands National Park developed a new guides manual, provided guides training, developed new trail fact sheets, assisted in the marketing and promotion of the festival through a fall newsletter and articles and contributed in-kind contributions of staff. 

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It is a sad day in the Cape Breton Highlands today…this is the last day of the Hike the Highlands Festival.  It has been a wonderful ten days of hiking and making new friends. The weather cooperated throughout the festival and our meterologist, Bill Danielson, did a great job giving us sunny conditions for the most of the festival. 

Forty hikers enjoyed the last two guided hikes today at Corney Brook and Uisge Ban Falls. Yesterday, 50 hikers hiked Franey and Middlehead trails during another beautiful sunny day.  Altogether over 460 hikers enjoyed hiking the 18 guided hikes during the festival.  

The closing ceremonies on Saturday night featured a slide show of many of the hikes during the festival,  thank-you (s) to volunteers, festival partners & sponsors, hikers and communities, door prizes and food.  It was an evening of celebration and thanking hikers, volunteers, festival partners and sponsors for a wonderful festival.

In closing, thanks to all of you for making the 4th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival such a great success and for an  amazing 10 days of hiking in the Highlands. See you back next year.

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Hike the Highlands Festival
Just 5 weeks away before the 4th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival begins on September 14, 2007. It is time to start thinking about registering for the Hike the Highlands Festival. There are two ways to pre-register:

1) download the e-brochure (pdf format) of the festival , complete the form and mail in your form and registration fees to Hike the Highlands Festival Society, P.O. Box 239, Ingonish, NS B0C 1K0. or

2) Complete the on-line registration form and pay your registration fees at the Hike the Highlands registration desk at the Heather room, Glenghorm Beach Resort, Ingonish when you arrive.  

To help you in determining what trails you want to hike during the festival, visit the Hike the Highlands web site and check out the hiking schedule page and trail information page.  Note: Longer trails and trails that take 4-6 hours to complete require that you are in good physical condition.  It is highly recommended to wear hiking boots for your safety and health.

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While camping in Cheticamp at National Park Campground, my wife and I hike a few trails on this side of the National Park. One of the trails was Corney Brook. The trail began on the other side of the road from the parking lot. It was nice, wide trail allowing two people to walk side by side, well maintained, that followed the brook all the way to the falls. After hiking the trail, we went to the Corney Brook Campground, then down to the beach for a swim. Note: the brook is colder than the ocean. Nearby is the Cap Rouge and Veterans Monument where you can take the postcard picture of the Cabot Trail. Later that day we hiked the Skyline Trail and the Bog. These two trails are the most popular hiking trails in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  At the Skyline Trail, besides some great views,  we managed to see some spruce grouse on the trail.  At the Bog Trail, lots of pitcher plants ,water lilies, and orchids.

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