It’s time to hit the trails!

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  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.

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Connect2, Nova Scotia’s sustainable transportation grant program, is now open for 2017-2018

Posted on Apr 05, 2017

On April 4, the Connect2 sustainable transportation grant program opened for 2017-2018. Expressions of interest, followed by applications for grants, are now being accepted from communities and organizations wishing to have more access to walking and biking paths, ride sharing, and other sustainable transportation options.

Connect2 aims to provide more options to communities to reduce their carbon footprint, and making walking, biking and using sustainable modes of transportation a practical and enjoyable choice throughout Nova Scotia

Communities, municipalities, and organizations interested in applying for a grant are invited to first submit an expression of interest. A response along with an application form will be provided within 48 hours confirming if your proposal is eligible. The deadline to then submit your completed application is May 5.

Government will provide $600,000 to the program again this year, pending budget approval. Sustainable transportation projects focused on active transportation infrastructure design or build are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $150,000. Projects focusing on public education and engagement, or studies to advance sustainable transportation best practices in Nova Scotia are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $30,000.

For more detailed information and to submit an expression of interest, please visit: Should you have any questions, please contact: Sustainable Transportation Program Coordinator at

We encourage you to share this information with anyone you feel may benefit from the Connect2 program. And we look forward to hearing about your project.



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Winter Walk Day Challenge!

Posted on Feb 02, 2017

Winter Walk Day Challenge

Winter is a wonderful time to walk. Don’t let cold, wind, snow or rain keep you and your friends from heading out for a walk. Just dress for the weather. Enjoy the many opportunities to go for a walk during our beautiful Canadian Winter

Choose any day in February as Winter Walk Day. Register yourself, your community group or workplace as a Winter Walk Day participant by emailing

By just sending the email that you are walking or have walked enters you in the draw for a gift card of $100, but if you send a picture as well, it will give you two chances to win.

A poster is attached for print or to share amongst friends and colleagues.  Share widely as one email can give you a chance to win $100!

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Field Leader – Hiking Courses in November

Posted on Oct 06, 2015

Three Field Leader – Hiking Courses will be offered in November in Chester Basin, Halifax and Truro. Participants receive Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC) national certification in Field Leader – Hiking. The cost is $100 ($90 for current paid Hike NS members). The course is offered through Hike Nova Scotia in partnership with the OCC and supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. For more information, go to


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Become a Walkabout Community Leader – upcoming training

Posted on Oct 05, 2015

Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ will be hosting VIRTUAL Leader Training sessions that will support you in the role of volunteer walking leader. The Walkabout Community leader training session will happen from the comfort of your home or office on October 27th or Nov 17th from 11:30am to 1:00pm and again for leaders from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

All you need is a computer with internet access and a phone. There is no charge to participate in this walking leader training. Please RSVP to as soon as possible to reserve your space or ask any questions.

Can’t attend this community training? E-mail us your contact information so we can let you know about upcoming leader training sessions.



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