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Cape Breton Highlands National Park 75th Anniversary Geocoin

In 2011, Cape Breton Highlands National Park celebrates its 75th anniversary. One of the popular activities in this park has been geocaching.  This year geocachers who find all 5 ecocaches and complete the quiz will receive a special limited gold geocoin for their achievement.

Geocachers will have to hike 17 km on 5 hiking trails in the national park – Acadien, Benjies Lake,  MacIntosh Brook,  Jack Pine and Freshwater Lake. This can be done in one or two days.  Be sure to stop into Cheticamp or Ingonish Parks Canada Visitor Information Centre to get your cacheport and get GPS co-ordinates.

Geocache Box on Jack Pine

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Cap-Rouge, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

On International Trails Day, June 5th, 2010, Cape Breton Highlands National Park  and the Atlantic Canada Geocaching Association will host a Geocaching Day in Cheticamp. 

The newest geocache is located on one of the most pristine coastlines in the park and coordinates will be released at noon the day of the event.  Hint it is on the Fishing Cove Trail…. Last year, marked the launch of geocaching in Cape Breton Highlands National Park which now has an extensive offer consisting of 14 geocaches.

Here is the schedule of activites for Geocaching Day on the June 5th :
10:00 am. at Cheticamp Visitor centre,  meet and greet 
10:30 am.  Wilderness Safety presentation 
11:00 am.  Geocaching workshop 
12:00 pm. the coordinates of the new geocache will be released. 
4:00 pm. event wrap-up and prizes.   A special 125 anniversary coin of Parks Canada will be given to geocachers when they complete the event.

For more information visit the geocaching website – http://www.geocaching.com . You will need to register as a member its is free.

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Mild Winter attracting Deer

With the warm weather lately, our mild winter is getting alot of  hikers thinking this could be an early start for the 2010 Hiking season…. 

The warm weather attracted some visitors to our area that have not been seen in awhile – deer.. They look like about year old….  Other visitors include a number of flocks of Common Golden eyes birds…a few rabbits, foxes, hawks, eagles and coyotes…

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Roberts Mountain, Pleasant Bay

Roberts Mountain, Pleasant Bay

Day 5 of Hike the Highlands was all about avoiding rain and we did it. All three hikes  we got in. The last hike of day – Roberts Mountain lived up to expectations & more. It provided hikers with spectacular coastal scenery. Local guide Tina Roach, Pleasant Bay, indicated the Mountain was named after Robert MacLeod, one of the three families that had came over in 1800’s from the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Hiking up Roberts Mountain was a great day for hiking with poles,  up and down a mountain. I remember the proper techniques  instructor Linda Murray had demonstrated the day before at Nordic Walking workshop.

First hike of the day was Lone Shieling, a short hike led by guide and park interpreter John Francis Lane who provided hikers with an interpretative talk on the crofter’s house, the acadien forest and some studies being done in monitoring.  The second hike of the day was MacIntosh Brook, a short hiking trail to falls and one of the five geocaching sites in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Guide Lisa Dixon took us to the geocaching site and to falls which were flowing quite good due to the rain lately. MacIntosh Brook is also a picnic site and campground and has an excellent picnic shelter and washrooms.

Day 6 hikes are Otter Brook, the first half of Pollett’s Cove and Salmon Pool. The day ends with a social evening for hikers at the main theatre at Cheticamp Visitor centre. Hosted by Les Amis du Plein, a co-operative organization that runs the Nature Bookstore and a new partner in the Hike the Highlands festival. The evening will feature Acadien and English Folklore music, refreshments and food. The Nature bookstore will be open from 7-9 pm.

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Nordic Walking Workshop - Hiking with Poles

Nordic Walking Workshop - Hiking with Poles

Day four of  Hike the Highlands Festival was an important day for hikers – it showed us the importance of hiking with poles and the proper techniques.  It also emphasize dressing in layers and use of rain gear as the day involved showers.

Our instructor, Linda Murray started off the nordic walking workshop at North Highland Nordic Ski Trails, Cape North, by saying hiking with  poles is not just for older hikers but for younger people as well. Both her 29 year old daughter and husband hikes with poles all the time.

The benefits of nordic walking are incredible for your body  –  easier on your knees and hips, better balance, increased aerobic workout (20-40% more with poles), and a full body workout.  Our instructor, Linda Murray demonstrated the proper way of going up the hills as well down and stayed with us for the next hike at Sugar Loaf Mountain – an up and down hike.   

The day ended with a great evening presentation by John Francis Lane, park interpreter on Species at Risk, Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  We were amazed at how big the female American Eel was and the silver colour.

Day 5 hikes include Lone Shieling, MacIntosh Brook and Roberts Mountain.  All three hikes today are on new trails.

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A Hiker at White Point, a Silhouette by Wally Hayes, NS Tourism, Culture & Heritage

A Hiker at White Point, a Silhouette by Wally Hayes, NS Tourism, Culture & Heritage and cover photo of 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival Brochure.

With nine new hikes and four popular hikes from the past, this is an incredible year for new photo opportunities and a great photo contest for 6th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival, Sept. 11-20, 2009

The digital photo cameras, both point and shoot and DSLR are improving each year and now capturing photos in 10 megaixals or more. The quality of photos are amazing and it is now becoming an important part of the hiking festival…especially group pics which started from the festival’s veteran guide – Lisa Dixon….

Workshops have been added this year to the hiking festival including Outdoor Nature Photography by Wally Hayes, NS Tourism professional photographer. Wally has been a great supporter of this hiking festival over the past six years and continues to promote this festival with his incredible photo shoots.  The cover of this year’s Hike the Highlands Festival brochure is a NS Tourism photo shoot by Wally Hayes.

So bring your digital camera to this festival with extra memory cards, battery charger and batteries….and catch all those special memories…

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Deuter Futura 28 Backpack

Deuter Futura 28 Backpack

With just 3-4 weeks away before the 6th Annual Hike the Highlands festival – Sept. 11-20, it is time to get out the checklist and start getting ready for the hiking festival.  

1) review the hiking schedule and trail info and decide what hikes you will be going on as well workshops.
2) review the list of accommodation and book for the festival. 
3) Register for the festival – Determine which option you will be doing –
     a) register online for hikes & workshops, and then pay online,
     b) print off the registration form from digital e-brochure and mail the
      registration form and payment in. Please allow a week for mail. or
     c) register and pay in person.
4) Get your equipment ready – daypack,  sunscreen, insect repellent,  water
     bottles, hiking clothes, hiking socks, hiking boots, camera, batteries,
     battery charger, memory cards, sun glasses,  soft shell jacket, wind
     breaker/rain jacket, hiking poles or walking stick, hat, etc.  
5) You should start hiking more – a) you should be going on longer hikes now
      as it gets closer to the festival as well doing two a day. b) Then hike two
      consecutive days.
6) Tell your friends about this Hiking Festival and encourage them to attend
     as well. Help them prepare.

Hope this checklist gets you ready and is a useful resource list.

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