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2011 Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge - July 16th

Eighteen teams believed and took the challenge on – hiking three mountains in one day at the Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge, July 16th.  They all made it in safely and the organizers, Hike the Highlands Festival Society, are extremely proud of their accomplishments. Thanks to all the teams for participating in this event.

Seventy-two hikers hiked Franey in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Roberts Mountain in Pleasant Bay, and Acadien in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, in weather that featured showers & drizzle throughout the day and great hiking temperatures – 10-15 degrees. Interesting to note the following day features hot, sunny weather with temperatures over 30 degrees.

One of my highlights of my day was on Acadien hiking trail going up Cheticamp River Valley and hearing the sound of a flowing stream along the hiking trail.

The day ended with a closing reception and door prizes. One of the questions asked for door prizes was “How many steps did you take while doing the Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge, answer is 42,968 steps. Thanks to our two partners – Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Les Amis du Plein Air for all their assistance with this event.

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Roberts Mountain, Pleasant Bay

The big event is coming ….just 7 weeks to prepare and get ready for the Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge on Saturday, July 16, 2011 .. The challenge is to hike 3 mountains in one day – Franey (1400 ft), Roberts Mtn. (1400 ft) and Acadien(1500 ft).  Three of the highest and steepest mountains in Cape Breton. This event is open to 15 teams – 4 members to a team. One member must be the team captain and help organize and prepare the team for this event.

The day begins at 7:00 am at Franey at the Trailhead sign and concludes at the Acadien hiking trail. After finishing the last hike, teams will be asked to check into the Nature Bookstore inside the Parks Canada Information Centre at Cheticamp. A short reception & closing ceremonies will follow at the Main Theatre in the Visitor Centre building.

The registration fee for the Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge is $100 per team and includes a souvenir t-shirt for each member, Cape Breton Highlands National Park 75th Anniversary souvenir plus the closing ceremonies and reception. Teams can register and pay online. The event is hosted by Hike the Highlands Festival Society with assistance from Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Les Amis du Plein Air.

Register soon to be a part of this unique hiking challenge on Cape Breton Island.

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Snowshoeing in the Cape Breton Highlands

Snowshoeing is a very popular winter sport in Nova Scotia this winter along with guided excursions.  Hiking Trails tend to look different in the winter with snow…thus the need for guides. Snowshoeing is a great aerobic sport to keep you active during the winter. Don’t forget to use trekking poles.

On Saturday, February 6  at 10:00 am.  Cape Breton Highlands National Park will be hosting a guided snowshoe hike along with its partners Les Amis du Plein Air, and Hike Nova Scotia on the new park trail – Le vieux chemin des Cap Rougiens.  Participants will meet at the Cheticamp Visitor Centre first.  Contact – 1-902-285-3009 or Marie Stradeski to register or reserve snowshoes.

On Tuesdays throughout the winter – North Highlands Nordic Ski Club in Cape North, Northern Cape Breton, will host their Happy Trails program from 10:00 am. – 12:00 noon. Instructional guided tours – ski, snowshoe or walk. rentals available in skies and snowshoes. Then gather in the ski room for tea.
Contact – Club Room # 902-383-2479 or e-mail nhn@xcski.ca

On Saturday, February 13th, Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Hike Nova Scotia will host a 4 km guided snowshoe excursion on Middle Head Trail at 10:00 am. Meet at the trailhead sign behind Keltic Lodge.
Contact – 1-902-285-3009 or Marie Stradeski to register or reserve snowshoes.

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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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