September 2013

89% of Nova Scotians would favour a political party committed to increased investment in health promotion

Posted on Sep 20, 2013

Below are 2 links to media coverage of Heart and Stroke Foundation public polling results which showed that 89% of Nova Scotians would favour a political party who committed to increased investment in health promotion.

Global TV report in video format (2nd story post weather):

Global TV report in print format:

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A Walk with Music in Point Pleasant Park: Sept. 21

Posted on Sep 19, 2013

Hike Nova Scotia presents a Walk with Music with Michael Averill in Point Pleasant Park in Halifax on September 21 at 10:30 am.
This is a family-friendly event. Participants qualify to win trail prizes.

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Four Nova Scotia Projects to be Funded

Posted on Sep 16, 2013

Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ is pleased to announce that four community based walkability projects will be funded this year.  From motivational signage to supports for mental health consumers, there is lots of exciting work on the go!

The Pictou County Trails Association will be supported to design and install signs on their Shortline Rail Trail.  This signage will communicate distance and time required to walk to destinations that are accessible through the trail.  This will encourage active transportation in the area.  The Argyle Municipal  Recreation Department will be supported for a similar initiative.  They will design and install distance and time signage to encourage active transportation between East and West Pubnico.

With assistance from Heart&Stroke Walkabout™, the Digby Area Recreation Commission is developing a Share the Road campaign to improve safety for individuals who choose to be physically active along the busy Shore Road.

Finally, a unique project from the Canadian Mental Health Association in East Hants will support mental health consumers to be active through facilitating a walking group.  This is an important project given the strong link between physical activity and mental health.

Walkabout™ partners are eager to see the results of each of these valuable initiatives.


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Hike the Kenomee Canyon Trail – October 19, 2013

Posted on Sep 05, 2013

Join the Cobequid Eco-trails Society for a  challenging 18 km hike on the Kenomee Canyon Trail in the Economy River Wilderness Area.

Meeting Time: 8 AM in Economy and expect to be on the trail by 9 AM.

Meeting Place: the Interpretive Center in Economy.

Details: Hikers will trek through spruce and hardwood forests and along the edge of the Economy River gorge. You will have the opportunity to see 3 waterfalls. This is for experienced hikers only. Be prepared for a full day of hiking and to get wet. We will also be doing a 12 km hike for experienced hikers on the Kenomee Canyon Trail going to Newton Lake, having lunch and retracing our steps back to our cars.  The hikes will take place rain or shine. They are guided hikes. The leader has the authority and discretion to alter routes as conditions require. Wear hiking boots and dress for the weather. Bring water, lunch and high energy snacks. Visit our website at  Contact Sheila at 895-2007 or email [email protected]

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Annual NS Marathon Walk – Judique September 28

Posted on Sep 03, 2013

Cape Breton Island Hoppers Volkssport Club will host the 2013 Nova Scotia 42k Marathon Event on September 28 in Judique. The 42K marathon Start Point is the Judique Hall, 5471 Hwy 19, Judique. The marathon will take place along the Trans Canada Trail at the rear of the hall along the Judique Flyer Trail and the Ceilidh Shores Coastal Trail. Also available are 5km, 10km and 15km walks. For more information go to

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Hike the Highlands Festival September 13-22

Posted on Sep 03, 2013

Hike the Highlands festival will celebrate its 10th Anniversary this year from September 13-22. The Festival is making it a special year to remember. Here’s what’s new in 2013:

A special souvenir pass/log book, a 32 page publication with photos and pages for notes
A special Wally Hayes Vision show – “A look Back at the Past,” nine years of Hike the Highlands Festival on opening night of the festival
A sit down supper as part of the closing ceremonies
Expanding your Horizons – A Landscape & Seascape Photography workshop, Sept. 12-13, learn to shoot wide angle & panoramic photos and manage your library of photos
New evening activities and presentations
Hike the Highlands new website now for mobile devices. If you type in our regular website address on your phone it will automatically take you to our mobile website. If you have a tablet ie. iPad, our regular website will come up on your device.

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Young Hiker Challenge

Posted on Sep 03, 2013

Calling all young hikers (and wannabe hikers)! Hike Nova Scotia challenges children and youth to get out on the trails. Keep track of the distances you hike and you could earn the Hiker Distance Award Badge!

Tally these kilometres within one year:

ages 5 to 8: 15 km;

ages 9 to 14: 30 km;

ages 15 to adult: 45 km.

No pre-registration is necessary for the Young Hiker Challenge, simply start hiking and keep track of how far you go! Use our special Youth Logbook to record your hikes. Youth that earn a patch by March 1, 2014 qualify for a prize draw for a $100 gift card. Hike NS thanks the IWK Community Grants and MEC for their support. Learn more here:

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Hike NS Fall Guided Hike Series: Youth & Family Theme

Posted on Sep 03, 2013

Hike Nova Scotia and eight host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2013 Fall Guided Hike series in September and October. There are 17 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” This year, many of the hikes have a Youth & Family theme, with some featuring special activities for children and youth. Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground and to Backroad Mapbooks for its donations. Check out the list of events here:

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Sponsored By:

  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • NS Gov
  • CTV