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Franey Hiking Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Franey Hiking Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Sunny conditions prevailed on Day 8 after early morning rain and over 80 hikers enjoyed hikes at Franey, Freshwater Lake & Look-off and Smokey Towers. Today hikes featured outstanding views and cameras were very busy.  The Outdoor Nature Photography workshop with Wally Hayes attracted a great crowd and continued in the evening. Lori Burke ‘s presentation Hiking In Europe was outstanding and opened alot of eyes with trip preparation tips. 

Day 9 , Sept. 19th features Guided Wilderness Hike, Clyburn Valley and Broad Cove Mountain Hikes. In the evening, the festival will have its closing ceremonies.

The festival concludes on Day 10, Sept. 20th with hikes at North River Big Falls – highest waterfalls in Nova Scotia beginning at 9:00 am. and Red Island, Indian Brook at 10:00 am.

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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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On top of Sugarloaf looking at North, Middle & South Harbours

On top of Sugarloaf looking at North, Dingwall, Middle & South Harbours

The hiking schedule for the 2009 Hike the Highlands Festival has been announced and it includes nine new hikes.  They include White Point to Burnt Head, Coastal, Lone Sheiling, MacIntosh Brook, Robert’s Mountain, Red River to Black Brook, Red River to Otter Brook, Le Chemin du Buttereau, and Smokey Towers.  

Backed by popular demand are Meat Cove Mountain, Cape St. Lawrence/Lowland Cove, Salmon Pool, and Red Island hikes. There will be 24 guided hikes in this year’s festival and hikers will have the opportunity to participate in our  long distance hiker awards program of 100 km, 50 km and 25 km.

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Snowshoeing on Red Island Hiking Trail

Snowshoeing on Red Island Hiking Trail ( MacDonald's Pond photo) - PS. Buck Saw was for trimming branches & small windfalls that day on the hiking trail.

 It is a new year and with it comes goals & resolutions. Mine are simple – stay healthy and be physically active. One of the great ways to enjoy winter is to take part in outdoor activities.  Three popular outdoor physical activities are skating, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

More and more people are taking up snowshoeing as it is a great aerobic workout, You can work the arms, shoulders & back muscles (poles) and legs.  It is a great sport for hikers as you are using the same muscles especially if you use poles for descending & ascending . 

Some great resources out their for snowshoeing are 1) the Snowshoeing newsletter by Annapolis County Recreation Dept. in Nova Scotia, b) Snowshoe Magazine  ,  and c) Quebec Tourism,  E-Magazine- Snowshoeing so cool.   The Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia and Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Red Island Hiking Trail, Indian Brook,  as well Northern  Cape Breton  are popular snowshoeing locations in Atlantic Canada .  Take time to enjoy the great outdoors this winter on trails or make your own.

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Day eight of the festival was another sunny day for hikers who enjoyed Red Island Guide Hike today.  38 hikers explored the trail featuring Barachois River, Red Island & the ocean and MacDonald Pond.  Today’s hike featured three guides – Mary Ann Wilson, Bethsheila Kent and Marion Thompson and sweeps – Lisa Dixon,  Marie Stradeski and myself.  I was hoping for a pain-free day and it was looking quite good until I got stung by wasps 4 times. Seems somebody walked on their nest and I was the next person. I am ok.   A few pics below of the Red Island Hike.  Tonight’s evening presentation – “Wild Wonders of Diverse Landscapes by Marie Stradeski, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, well attend by hikers.

Weather forecast for Saturday, Sept. 22 – Sunny with cloudy periods, High 22.  Saturday’s hikes are Franey and Middlehead both in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and starting at 10:00 am.  Saturday night is the closing ceremonies for the festival beginning at 7:00 pm. Sunday’s hikes are Corney Brook at 10:00 am. and Uisge Ban Falls at 1:30 pm.

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