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Hikers Mickey & Sharon enjoying the views on Skyline, photo by Phyllis MacLeod

It was a day when records fell and hikers were out in big numbers at Salmon Pools, Le Buttereau & le Chemin du Buttereau and Skyline hikes. The Skyline hike had the most hikers on any hike since the festival started 8 years ago with 75 plus. The total day of hikers was another record.

2nd pool, Salmon Pools trail

The weather cooperated again on Day 6 with sunny conditions for most of the day with some breezes on Skyline.  Many of the hikers did  two hikes today. Veteran and popular guide Daniel Aucoin started the day by helping hikers enjoyed nature on Salmon Pools trail. he was folled by park interpreter Donna Doucette who provided interesting stories & history of the Acadien families on Le Buttereau & Lechemin du Buttereau trails.

Moose on Skyline - photo by Phyllis MacLeod

The last hike of the day was on the Skyline trail led by guides Marieve Therriault and Lisa Dixon. The hikers did the back loop first (old trail)  and came back on the new trail.  Four moose were spotted. The day ended with a nice social evening at main theatre, Parks Canada Cheticamp Visitor Centre hosted by Les Amis du Plein Air.

Today’s hikes are Pollett’s Cove and Fishing Cove…. two of the longer hikes with outstanding views at the end of each hike.  This will be one hike day due to the length of each trail. Tonight presentation back at the hall is St. Paul’s Lighthouse.


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Money Point Gulch looking back

It was a perfect day for hiking on Day 3 of the 2011 Hike the Highlands Festival- sunny and 18 degrees. Eight-one hikers enjoyed the day on the Meat Cove Mountain and Money Point Gulch hikes.

Meat Cove Mountain by Sharon Proctor

At Meat Cove Mtn. hikers enjoyed outstanding views, zumba and picking blueberries. Guide Lori Taylor and her assistants Rosie Smith and Sharon Proctor made sure hikers experienced this special place.

Back down looking at Bay St. Lawrence

Veteran guide David Rasmussen was thanked by the hikers for sharing with us his trail on Money Point Gulch and the spectacular views on top of this mountain.

Today’s hikes on another sunny day are Cabot Landing Beach at 10:00 am. & 2 pm. and Tenerife at 10:00 am. and 2:00 pm.

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Marie on Salmon Pool hiking trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Marie Stradeski, a friend and volunteer of Hike the Highlands Festival has left Cape Breton Highlands National Park and is heading for the Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia.  Marie was Heritage Presentation Officer III at Cape Breton Highlands National Park for the past 6 years.

She played an important role in helping the festival grow and develop to where it is today. Specifically in guide training and evening presentations.  The Hike the Highlands Festival team would like to acknowledge and thank Marie  for her many important contributions to the festival and wish her well in her new adventure.

Below is a short video that Marie made of her Cape Breton adventures. Hope you enjoy hiking, sea kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in BC.

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It finally happened it rained during hikes on day 7 of Hike the Highlands festival. Despite inclement weather, all three hikes – Skyline, Fishing Cove and Le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge were completed.  The passionate and dedicated hikers were out in full force today. They carried on despite wind, showers and rain. Guides were on the look-out for shelters, and under trees for protection during breaks.   

le Bloc Wharf

Le Bloc Wharf

Heavy fog prevented any views on Skyline…did notice two professional photographers walking by us on the way out.  One chap had a lens, sport photographers used during professional sports. On the le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge trail we saw some house foundations of  three homes and the old schoolhouse,  Le Bloc wharf, and the view at the end. This was a good day to learn about layering ( base, mid-layer & rain gear) for various weather conditions.

Le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge

Group Picture at Le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge

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Day three of Hike the Highlands Festival  – Another overcast day with 70% chance of showers but it did not discourage any of the hikers. Close to twenty hikers enjoyed the Cabot Landing Beach walk led by guide Shaune Warren and the historic significance of this provincial park. Another 30 hikers enjoyed the Money Point Gulch hike led by veteran guide David Rasmussen. The view on top of the gulch was spectacular along the scenic look-off of Bay St Lawrence coming down the hill at the end of the hike. Interesting weather note it was sunny and 19 degrees at Money Point where in Ingonish dark, cold & cloudy all day. It was a day to dress in layers.

Note- Photo credit – Cabot Landing – Sam Schwartz

Hikers enjoyed a great evening presentation – Hiking the Hadrian’s Wall, England by Paula & Tim Reynolds. The Hadrians Wall was built in AD122 and a significant portion still exists today. The long distance hike is approximately 135 kms long.

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Merry Christmas

Lots of great gifts for hikers out there that won’t hurt the pocketbook.  Here are some ideas for you :  1) a pair of smart wool socks, 2) a bear bell, 3) small mesh bag, 4) drybag, 5) a whistle, 6) a trail map, 7) a compass, 8) a watch with carabiner that hooks on to the daypack, 9 ) a memory card for a digital camera, 10) a memory card case – Staples has one for $5.99 holds 6 cards, 11) batteries for camera, 12) battery charger, 13) a first aid kit, 14) bear spray, 15) a rain cover for daypack, 16) a national park pass, 17) a pair of trekking poles, 18) a hiking book, 19) a hiking hat,  20) sunscreen, 21) insect repellent,  22)  carabiner, 23) stainless steel water bottle, 24) a pedometer, 25)  headlamp, 26)  binoculars, 27) a camera tripod, 28) a swiss army knife, 29) a roll of duck tape, 30) rope,  31) a travel towel, 32) an emergency blanket, 33)  moleskin for blisters, 34) a trowel, 35) lip palm, 36) a hip pocket all weather note pad, 37) a tick plier, 38) camp suds, 39) waterproof gloves, 40) a toque, 41) a subscription to Explore Magazine and or Backpacker magazine.

Hikers are easy to buy for Christmas. Surprise your hiker friend with a small gift at Christmas time….The above items can be found at most outdoor stores such as MEC,  and box stores – Canadian Tire, Walmart, Home Hardware etc.

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What an amazing 10 days of hiking ….with great people, partners and sponsors. The 6th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival will be a memorable event for so many people.  One hiker indicated how spirtual, uplifting and incredible experience this festival had been for her. She can’t wait for next year. 

Hikers in this year’s festival came from across Canada – British Columbia to Newfoundland & Labrador, US, Great Britain and Beligum. An amazing bunch of individuals that shared stories, laughs and moments together and made this an incredible festival.  Our festival team enjoyed meeting all of you and sharing this hiking experience with you.  

I would also like like to thank our festival team – our organizing committee – Sandra Curtis, Lisa Dixon, Shaune Warren, Bill Danielson, David Rasmussen and Heather Dixon, registration chairperson- Heather Dixon and her volunteers – Elaine Wallace, and Regan Warren, trailhead registration volunteer and sweeper Sharon Proctor, all our guides & sweeps, evening presentors – Wally Hayes, John Francis Lane, Marie Stradeski, and Lori Burke. Our partners – Cape Breton Highlands National Park,  Glenghorm Beach Resort & Thirsty Hiker Pub, Les Amis du Plein Air, ECBC, NS Tourism ,Culture & Heritage, DCBA, and all sponsors to be featured in our next post.   An amazing team that can be very proud of its work.

Below are some photos from Chrissie Hawley, Lisa Dixon and Sharon Proctor of the 6th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival.

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