Posted on Jul 20, 2017
Join us this summer for the Kespukwitk Trail Challenge. This opportunity to get out and connect with nature begins on Tuesday July 18th and runs until the Harvest Festival on October 7th.
In 1967, the HMCS Shelburne Trailblazers, led by LCdr Fred Jones, hiked to Shelburne along the Old Annapolis Road as a Centennial Project to enhance awareness of the history of the region.
50 years later, this commemorative hike has been designed to use existing roads, trails, and waterways, to connect the history of the diverse groups who have lived and worked in the region of southwest Nova Scotia. This is your chance to walk the trail virtually, all while receiving fun facts and updates from various communities in the region.
The trail connects the First Nations Bands of the region (Yarmouth, Ponhook, Medway, Wildcat and Bear River); the former military installations (at Yarmouth, Bacarro, Shelburne, Liverpool, Annapolis Royal, and Cornwallis); and includes recognition of sites of importance to the cultures of First Nations, Acadians. New England Planters, Loyalists, Africans, Welsh, and others who settled in the region over the centuries.
The trail is 500km and involves travelling a challenging 615,453 steps to complete it. We encourage you to sign up as a group, whether it be family or friends, or as an individual, if you’re interested in a larger challenge, and complete this virtual walk throughout the summer and early fall.
Simply email us at [email protected] with your name and email address. If you are on a team, please send your team members names and email addresses. Once you email us, we will send you a note on how to sign up on the website so you can see your progress virtually as you go. You can start at any point!
Throughout the challenge you will receive updates full of fun facts, historical information and motivational tidbits to keep you moving. This region is rich in history and what better way to enjoy that history than through walking!
For everyone who enters the challenge, you will be placed in a draw for a $25 gift card of your choice. For those who finish the challenge (all 500km), you will be put in a draw for a $75 gift card of your choice.