Call for Fall Guided Hikes

Posted on Jun 26, 2015

Once again, Hike NS invites groups across NS to partner with it on delivering fall guided hikes in September and October of 2015. The purpose of the events is to:

Get more people in NS hiking
Highlight local trails and increase their use
Promote Hike NS and local trail groups

If you and your local organization can organize a fall guided hike, please register your event here by August 15, 2015.  



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Walkabout Awards 2015 – Nominations Open

Posted on Jun 15, 2015

The Walkabout Awards are a celebration of people and organizations that are making communities and other environments more walkable in Nova Scotia. Through their actions, they are contributing to a culture of walking in Nova Scotia.

First introduced in 2011, the Walkabout Awards aim to acknowledge leaders who have made an effort to improve the walkability of environments where they live or work. In 2015, we have introduced three nomination categories for the Awards:

Community Champion
Mi’kmaq First Nation, Town, Village or Municipality
Private Sector

The Licenced Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia and Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ are partnering on this initiative to advance our shared belief that walkable environments are important in the lives of Nova Scotians. Working as a team, we can promote the importance of walkability and further this work across the province.

Deadline for nominations: 4:00pm, Wednesday, August 15, 2015.

For more information and to download the application Walkable Award Nomination form 2015 .

As a thank you for submitting a nomination, you will be entered into a draw to win a Walkabout prize package valued at $50.

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HRM Bike Week – June 5 to 14

Posted on Jun 08, 2015

HRM Bike Week runs June 5th to June 14th. There are nearly 40 events to choose from including a Poker Ride, a Bicycle Photo Hunt, a Vintage and Custom Bicycle “Show and Shine,” and multiple Bike Rodeos.

The short-term objectives are to create opportunities for citizens to try riding a bike; and to encourage a healthy, sustainable, and active lifestyle through cycling. The long-term goal is connected to Halifax council’s regional plan to focus on improving conditions for forms of transit such as walking and cycling.

For more information  on events and dates go to

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2014 Walkable Communities Grants

Posted on Mar 07, 2014

Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ is offering Walkable Communities Grants to help organizations or groups take steps to increase walking participation.

Deadline for submissions is Monday April 21, 2014.

Click here to download the Walkable Communities Grant for Public Feb 2014
Click here for a Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ Fact Sheet

Criteria – Priority will be given to proposals that:

Clearly and effectively link with action of Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ (* See attached fact sheet or visit
Are action and results oriented, with an achievable work plan.
Communicate a clear purpose and  activities that are reasonable and can be evaluated for their effectiveness
Build public support and involvement
Engage local or regional leaders and decision makers (e.g. informing municipal counselor of your plans)
Build on existing community support or physical activity strategies (e.g. Municipal Physical Activity Leadership strategies; school or municipal active transportation plans)

Useful Resources:
Infrastructure and Advocacy:
Marketing:  Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ has transit ads, posters, signage templates, radio ads, wholesale rates on pedometers, and tracking tools.  We encourage integration of these materials within the grant plan/budget to complement other elements of the initiative to help create momentum and build a culture of walking in the province.  The Walkabout logo is available for appropriate use.

Inquiries should be directed to the Director of Health Promotion, Policy and Research:  423-7682 X3311 or [email protected]

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Heart and Stroke Foundation Supports EAC’s Green Mobility Strategy

Posted on Oct 06, 2008

Halifax, NS – Increasing physical activity, reducing air pollution, and minimizing land use in Nova Scotia are key reasons to support the Green Mobility Strategy says the Heart and Stroke  Foundation of Nova Scotia.

The Ecology Action Centre report provides eight solid recommendations with accompanying action steps that – with provincial government investment – can significantly increase sustainable passenger transport throughout Nova Scotia. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia supports the strategy because implementation of its recommendations will help create a more sustainable and healthy province.

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Sponsored By:

  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • NS Gov
  • CTV