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Trails Day, Saturday, June 4th, 2011

On International Trails Day, Saturday, June 4th, we hiked the Cape Smokey hiking trail , a 11km seacoast trail that features a number of scenic look-offs – seven in total.  The look-offs are located over 900 feet from water on high granite cliffs. Besides the hike today, our tasks were to clean-up the final look-off and trim limbs and branches on the way out. It was Hike the Highlands  way of giving something  back to one of Cape Breton Highlands favorite hiking trails.

Unfortunately, we did not get to see much on the way out as it was a thick of fog. It started to clear a bit on the end and yes even the sun came out. My friend, Tim found the geocache at the end of the trail and that made his day. Locals call the end of the trail – the green spot. It is a wonderful view when it is clear and you can see Ingonish Harbour, Middle Head and Ingonish Island  and the bays – North and South. We could hear the lobster boats below and their engines as well the harbour buoy- a fog horn.

Coming back as the sky got clear and we stop a few times at the look-off near the coasts. It was evident by the views, we were hiking above the clouds that day. A great way to end the International Trails Day in Nova Scotia. Hope your day was special too. Below is a few pics of the day.


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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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Smokey Towers

Group Picture on top of the summit at Smokey Towers - Photo by Chrissie Hawley

Forty hikers enjoyed the last two hikes of the festival on day 10, Sept 19 at Smokey Towers and Clyburn Valley…..the sun was with us on the last day of the festival. It was a sad day for many us – saying good-byes …the days seemed to go by fast.  Alot of  new friendships were made and old friendships re-kindle…

Below are some pictures of the Clyburn Valley hike…. Next year’s festival dates have been set – Sept. 9 – 18, 2011. 

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Money Point Light

Money Point Light Trail - Photo by Sam Schwartz

Heavy rains the day before made conditions on Cape Smokey wet and on Money Point Light tricky with some washouts but 60 plus hikers enjoyed the sunny day. It was nice to see the sun again…

Money Point Light Group Pic - photo by Chrissie Hawley

Hikers were disappointed to see the conditions left by government officials & contractors who removed the light .. and left everything behind..see below.

Money Point Light - photo by Chrissie Hawley

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Le viuex chemin du Cap Rouge

Le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge trail interpretive sign. Photo by Gayle Bourgeois

A new hiking trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park,  “Le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge, ” was officially opened on August 15th, on National Acadian Day,  with over 200 people in attendance  including former Cap Rouge residents. The ceremonies recognized the people & families who used to live in Cap Rouge before the area became part of a National Park.  The day featured music, interpretive talks, storytelling and much more. Laurette (Aucoin) MacGillvary, the last person born at Cap Rouge cut the ribbon to officially open the trail.

This 6 km trail follows the route of the old Cabot Trail from Le Buttereau to Trout Brook. The trail was a joint project of Parks Canada and Conseil Economique de Cheticamp.

Entertainment at opening of Le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge hiking trail

Entertainment at opening of Le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge hiking trail. Photo by Gayle Bourgeois

The trail has been described as a pleasant hike along the top of a ridge that offers gentle climb through the woods with the occasional clearing opening onto breathtaking views of the coast .  It also includes interpretive signs that will inform visitors about the people who lived there. 

Le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge trail will be one of the hikes featured in this year’s 2010 Hike the Highlands Festival , a ten day hiking festival from Sept. 10-19 in Northern Cape Breton along the Cabot Trail.  Other new hikes in 2010 include Money Point Light and Polletts Cove.

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Emily Forrest - NS Come to Life Photo

One of Nova Scotia’s amazing persons, Emily Forrest, is in Cape Breton Highlands, walking along the coastline  to promote the benefits of walking, the NS Heart Stroke & Foundation’s Walkabout Program and Brigadoon, a camp for children with chronic illnesses.  Emily will be walking over 2995 kms over 88 days, covering an average of  40 kms a day.  She began her walkabout on May 13th and will finish on August 8th, 2010.

She will be visiting Margaree Harbour, Cheticamp, Pleasant Bay, Cape North, Neil’s Habour, Ingonish, Wreck Cove, North River Bridge in the Highlands. Check out her schedule and try to spend time walking with her along her route. She will appreciate this plus you can help her get to know a special part of Cape Breton. For more information on her walkabout & Emily check out this recent Chronicle Herald newspaper article – Walking Changed Her Life.

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Sugar Loaf Mountain - One of 3 Peaks

Ten teams have registered to date for the 1st Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge on July 17th.  The event has generated alot of interested by hikers as well the media community includng CBC and Canadian Geographic Magazine.  The Cape Breton 3 Peaks Challenge is all about hiking Franey, Sugar Loaf and Acadien mountains in 12 hrs – 7am. to 7pm.

The 3 peaks challenge involves approximately 9 hrs of hiking, 4300 in total elevation, 21 kms,  and 2.5 hours driving. This is a team event , four members to a team that includes a team captain. It is pattern a bit from the UK 3 Peaks Challenge.  Their challenge is 24 hrs long , hiking 43 kms and over 500 km driving.  

Their is still time to register a team for this event – deadline July 9th. Registration fee  is $100 per team and includes a souvenir t-shirt and a Parks Canada 125th Anniversary souvenir.  This event is hosted by the Hike the Highlands Festival with assistance from Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

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