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Bull Moose on Le vieux chemin du Cap Rouge

The 75th Anniversary Cape Breton Highlands National Park in 2011 has provided hikers with a new challenge – hike  75 km from May to October. It also provides you with a wonderful opportunity to see the whole park,  its great scenery, wildlife and plants. And of course to get in shape for more events such as CB Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge and 8th Annual Hike the Highlands festival in September.

Hikers are required to keep track of your trails hiked and dates, record them on paper, signed it and pass it into the Parks Canada Cheticamp or Ingonish Visitor Information Centre where you will receive some 75th Anniversary prizes. Note: Hikers can only hike each trail once.  Be sure to take your camera with you and take lots of pictures.  Below are just a few of the pictures I took while completing the 75 km hiking challenge.


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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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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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“Today I was challenged and rewarded,” can best described my hike today – the Guided Wilderness Hiking Adventures Hike at Ingonish Harbour. This was one of the 18 guided hikes during the 4th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival.  It was full of many nice surprises and interesting adventures. A hike that was memorable thanks to our guide, Lawrence Barron, sweepers – Lisa Dixon, Becky Jackson and Maurena Barron and fellow hikers. A wonderful group of people that made for an amazing experience.

It was interesting to note on the Guided Wilderness Hiking Adventures web site, it states “This is a lifetime experience that visitors will truly remember and cherish”. This is so true.  They say a picture says a thousand words – enjoy the slideshow below of just a few pics of this wonderful experience.

The rain stayed away and over 80 hikers enjoyed three hikes during the second day of the Hike the Highlands Festival. Broad Cove Mountain and Jigging Cove Lake were the other feature guided hikes today that attracted a large group of hikers on each hike.  It pays to have a retired meteorologist on your board.

Tomorrow’s weather – Sunday, Sept. 16 ,  A mix of sound and cloud, 30% chance of showers.  (note- Environment Canada forecast at 10:00 pm on Saturday).  Sunday’s hikes feature Cape St. Lawrence-Lowland Cove, starts at 10:00 am. – meet at Meat Cove Welcome Center and  White Point Hike, starts at 10:00 am.  meet at White Point Wharf.  Tomorrow is also the Terry Fox Run and we asked all Canadians to support this important event for cancer.

 The Cape Breton Weather Watching evening presentation by Bill Danielson was well received and attracted almost a full house of hikers. Bill is the author of Cape Breton Weather Watching book, a retired meteorologist, and a board member of the Hike the Highlands Festival. Bill has volunteered to give daily weather forecasts for Hikers at the Festival Headquarters at Heather room, Glenghorm Beach Resort each day.  Thanks Bill for the sunny and ideal hiking conditions forecast so far. I see Monday & Tuesday look good – sunny. Keep up the great work.

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Jigging Cove Lake

The first day of the Hike the Highlands Festival went well and featured the Jack Pine Guided Hike and the opening ceremonies.  There were 31 hikers enjoyed the guided hike of the Jack Pine Trail led by guides Mary MacDonald and Bethsheila Kent and sweeprs Sandra Curtis and Robert Dauphinee.  The registration desk was brisk all day and opening ceremonies in Heather room was packed.  Many enjoyed Thirsty Hiker Pub afterwards.

Tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 15th  features the Guided Wilderness Hike at Ingonish Harbour and Broad Cove Mountain in the morning , both starting at 10:00 am. and Jigging Cove Lake in the afternoon beginning at 2:00 pm.  I am heading to Ingonish Harbour for the Guided Wilderness Hike tomorrow with my nordic walking poles and looking forward to getting some great photo shots.  Will post them tomorrow night.

Weather forecast tomorrow indicates 40% chance of showers in the afternoon, high of 19 degrees  and rain at times heavy in the evening 20-30 mm.  Hmm looks like I have a good chance to get my hike in before the rain hits. Sure hope so.

Picture feature above is Jigging Cove Lake and Mary MacDonald, one of the Hike the Highlands Festival Guides. She will be leading the hike to Jigging Cove Lake tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 pm.  

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Mary MacDonald

The big day has arrived and  our committee is excited and ready to welcome hikers to the 4th annual Hike the Highlands Festival.  Five new hikes, all new evening presentations, opening and closing ceremonies are just some of the reasons why you should not miss our festival. Spectacular highlands & ocean scenery, exploring nature, and being active are  just some of the experiences you will have during the festival. Hikers are friendly people and  you will have a chance to have many conversations and make new friends. You should feel rejuvenated when you leave this festival.

The festival headquarters are located at the Heather room at the Glenghorm Beach Resort, Ingonish from Sept. 14-23.  The registration desk will be open on Friday, Sept. 14 from 3:00 pm. – 9:00 pm, Saturday, Sept. 15 from 8:00 am. – 12:00 noon and  6:00 pm. – 8:00 pm and on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 8:00 am. – 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. – 8:00 pm.  You can still register for the festival 1) on-line or at the 2) Heather room or 3) at the trailhead of the hike. Glenghorm Beach Resort is also home to the Thirsty Hiker Pub….. that features nightly entertainment throughout the festival.  Ask at the registration desk in the Heather room, about specials for hikers in the Hike the Highlands Festival.

A new feature this year will be a daily post on this blog to keep people informed on the festival activities & events.  I will probably have a few more surprises for you. So drop by often and find out more about our great festival.  Note: The lady in the picture is Mary MacDonald, one of Hike the Highlands festivals Guides, and also a park interpreter, CBHNP, enjoying the view from Franey Hiking Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. She will be guiding on the Jack Pine and Jigging Cove Lake Hikes in the festival.

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Jigging Cove Lake

I have the pleasure of sharing with you an article written by Mary MacDonald, one of the guides in this year’s Hike the Highlands Festival and Park Interpreter, CBHNP.  

Jigging Cove Lake – Mary MacDonald, Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Jigging Cove Lake trail provides hikers an opportunity to immerse themselves in a rich Acadian forest habitat with strong Boreal components without having to endure steep climbs.  For those speedier hikers who don’t wish to linger too long in one spot, the whole trail can be done in an hour.   The trailhead and first few meters of the hike are quite unassuming.  However, as the trail unravels, you soon find yourself catching glimpses of a lake sparkling between Spruce and Maple trees swaying in the wind.   The trail descends towards the lake where it splits to the right and left.  Before continuing on your adventure, I recommend taking a few more steps closer to the lake to take in the wonderful view before you.  

Jigging Cove Lake is a magical spot teeming with life.  You may catch a glimpse of a moose enjoying the cool water, a green frog sitting on a lily pad, or hear the splash of fish jumping for insects. Regardless of which direction you choose to circle the lake, you will be serenaded by a number of birds including Black-Capped Chickadees, Nuthatches, Juncos, and Palm Warblers.  Their distinctive songs are a perfect accompaniment to the many shades of greenery that surround.   Crossing the occasional small bridge, take a moment to listen to the sounds of the streams as water rushes over moss covered rocks.  Sections of the trail shaded by Spruce, Fir, and Yellow Birch will open up into lush fern thickets that blanket either side of the trail.  While hiking the trail it is possible to spot the soft needles of the Tamarack rising above the abundant Sheep Laurel.Jigging Cove Lake is one of the 18 Guided hikes featured at the 4th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival taking place from September 14-23, 2007 in Inverness & Victoria Counties.  The festival Headquarters are located at the Heather room,  Glenghorm Beach Resort, Ingonish during the festival.   For more information on the festival and how to register visit : http://www.hikethehighlandsfestival.com

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